I came across Arthur D. Little when I participated in a career fair at Waseda University in Tokyo. I was majoring in mathematical engineering. I did not know much about the company, but after hearing their presentation, I made up my mind to join Arthur D. Little. In fact, I was intrigued and excited by their ambition of “linking strategy, innovation and transformation,” and I wanted to learn more about it. I thought it fit quite well with my appetite for technology and engineering.
What I enjoy most about working at Arthur D. Little is the unique opportunity I experience every day in approaching and apprehending many cutting-edge technologies, as well as supporting our clients in their biggest strategy decisions. Recently, based on our recommendations, one of our clients made a bold move to acquire a company with a market capitalization of tens of billions of yen. I was super proud to be part of that project!
But so far, my best time at Arthur D. Little was my six-month transfer to Dubai, as part of our corporate mobility program. Working with international colleagues and clients from the Middle East was a stimulating cultural and professional experience. This was a fantastic opportunity to discover the global network of Arthur D. Little, and to challenge myself with different working methods and environments. I learned so much during these months of mobility that I recommended this experience to all my teammates in our Tokyo office.
Also when I was in Dubai, I realized one important thing for success in our business, which characterizes many of the people I met at Arthur D. Little: always keep an open mind! As a consultant, you will experience and do things for the first time. It is important not to have any preconceived notions, and to constantly challenge your thinking, sometimes starting from scratch.
With that in mind, what I also appreciate at Arthur D. Little is the atmosphere of respect that we have for each other and ourselves within the firm. Even though we have different opinions and ways of interacting (and we value that difference very much), we never give up on understanding each other, trying to maximize our creativity and output for our clients. I believe this mutual respect is really part of our corporate culture and a powerful thing to cherish. I also believe respect for each other begins with respecting oneself, listening to one’s rhythm. This can translate into various aspects of our daily work life. It might seem minor for some people, but I find it truly positive to be able to work from home whenever I feel the need. I also have seen a dear colleague take paternity leave to take care of his newborn child, which is a rare thing in Japan. In the end, those working conditions are essential for the necessary balance for qualitative work.