As we celebrate Women’s History Month throughout March, we are excited to recognize Na Wei’s 10 year anniversary with us! Na has worked at Simon-Kucher in the bustling city of Tokyo since March 2011. To honor this milestone, Na takes a walk down memory lane and talks about first impressions, favorite projects, and shares some advice for new employees.
Happy anniversary Na! How did you find your way to Simon-Kucher? What was your first impression and how does that compare to today?
Na: I came to Simon-Kucher through on campus recruiting when I was studying in New York. Its “international” and “fast growing” aspects really caught my eye, and today I am still selling this to potential new hires.
How has your work changed over the years and what has been one of your favorite projects or accomplishments?
Na: At the beginning I got to explore a lot of different topics both within the division of Life Sciences and outside of it, geographic markets and so on. Over the years I started to focus more on the Japanese healthcare market and after that the content of my work shifted from doing the work, to building a team who can do the work. A larger share of my time is now dedicated to client interactions.
What is your favorite work event/memory and why?
Na: Definitely the World Meetings and holiday parties. That was when I got to meet all our fantastic colleagues in person and experience how brilliant and international the Simon-Kucher consultants are first-hand.
What do you like most about working here?
Na: The culture and the people. Everyone at Simon-Kucher is smart and hardworking, while at the same time fair, respectful, caring, and fun.
What advice would you give to someone just starting their career at Simon-Kucher? What's one thing you wish you knew before you started working here? What has been the biggest lesson you’ve learned since starting?
Na: Make sure to get some well-deserved rest while you attend the STEPs program for new hires. Although it is definitely important to get to know your colleagues and socialize, you should also make sure to get a good night’s sleep, so that you have the energy to make the most of the program.