Women's Ratings
4.3
  • Headquarters Location

    Evanston, Illinois (United States)

  • Number of Employees

    1,001-5,000

  • Website

    https://www.zs.com/
We like solving problems—taking things apart, seeing how they work and putting them back together, better. We lead the way in combining science and hands-on experience to solve the toughest sales and marketing challenges. For more than 30 years, we’ve learned from each success and apply our passion to help customers win and grow.

When the forces of sales and marketing combine, the impact can be incredible. Together, they have the power to boost market share, increase revenue, lower costs and improve overall business performance.

That’s impact where it matters. And, in collaboration with our clients, that’s exactly the kind of impact ZS delivers.

With ZS, you have a partner committed to getting it right the first time. We work side-by-side with our clients at every stage to get to the heart of the problem. We ask the right questions to uncover insights that lead to better decisions. We use and build the best technologies and operational processes to design solutions that work. And, we know it’s about results, not just ideas, so we don’t stop until we know the solution is implemented and working.
Highlights from ZS
  • Meet a Fairygodboss at ZS

    • Name

      Maria Whitman

    • Position

      Principal

      Philadelphia, PA

    Maria Whitman is a principal in ZS’s Philadelphia office, and she’s responsible for ZS’s global specialty therapeutics and oncology space, which encompasses about half of the company’s work. She’s focused on ZS’s people, fostering inclusion and diversity among employees. Maria is a founder and steering committee member of eight centers of excellence in the company, and she’s a key leader within ZS’s Women’s Leadership Initiative and ZS Cares, the company’s community service and pro bono activities group.
     
    Previously, she was the managing principal of ZS’s Philadelphia office, which more than tripled in size during her tenure. As a professional, Maria has “reinvented” herself four times at ZS, never shying away from a challenge and pushing at every opportunity to learn and grow as a balanced consultant and leader. Maria came to ZS with a marketing and strategy consultant background. After several years, her work shifted radically and she spent more than two years helping define ZS’s early commercial operations capability, taking on program management for the largest project in the company’s history. In addition to managing around 75 team members in seven countries, she was an instrumental leader in the early days of ZS’s presence in India and helped develop the working model that has become a core ZS structure today. Maria then spent several years advancing customer insights and market research, becoming an early leader in the company’s innovation and change management thinking, and then turned her focus to oncology, an area that she’s passionately committed to.  

    Prior to joining ZS in 2005, Maria worked in direct response relationship marketing and advertising for several agencies. Maria earned her MBA with honors in marketing and health care systems from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. She has a bachelor’s degree in marketing from La Salle University and graduated maxima cum laude. In 2015, Maria was named one of Consulting Magazine’s 12 “Top Women Leaders in Consulting.” She also serves on the boards of the Emergency Aid of Pennsylvania Foundation and the Wharton Healthcare Alumni Association, and she’s a member of the Union League of Philadelphia. Maria recently welcomed another daughter and returned to her leadership roles in oncology and specialty therapeutics. She has jumped right back in, taking on a new role for ZS, becoming one of the first members of our new Executive Advisory track. Maria lives in Philadelphia with her husband and daughters.

What Women Should Know about Working At ZS
When choosing a place to work, most people look for a company where they can use their skills and continue to learn. A place where their performance gets rewarded. Where they can reach their full potential.

As a woman, you may have additional considerations: Is this a place where I will be respected? Will I feel supported and connected here? Is this a place where I can stay for the long term? At ZS, the answer is “Absolutely.”

Our unique culture—often described as a caring meritocracy—is built on respect, support, flexibility and connections. These qualities can be especially important to women like you, not only as you begin working but over the course of your entire career.

Programs, initiatives, groups

    • Additional information
    • The Women’s Leadership Initiative (WLI) at ZS supports women in building successful, long-term consulting careers and fosters an inclusive culture. The WLI empowers ZS women to make a positive impact on our business, our clients, our industries and themselves.
    • Unconscious bias training
    • Yes
    • Internal mentorship / sponsorship programs
    • Yes
    • Internal employee networking
    • Yes
    • Diversity initiatives / processes for recruiting
    • Yes
    • Sabbatical leave benefits
    • Yes
    • Executive coaching
    • Yes

Flexible working

    • Flexible working policies
    • We are a firm based on philosophies, not policies. Our goal is to ensure we are able to accommodate the unique needs of each of our employees, and therefore we aim to have fewer formal policies that could restrict this. We understand that there is always a balance we are trying to strike between changing professional and life priorities, and will work with you to help you navigate those changes. We have a number of ZSers currently working remotely and on part-time schedules.
    • Remote working
    • We are a firm based on philosophies, not policies. Our goal is to ensure we are able to accommodate the unique needs of each of our employees, and therefore we aim to have fewer formal policies that could restrict this. We understand that there is always a balance we are trying to strike between changing professional and life priorities, and will work with you to help you navigate those changes. We have a number of ZSers currently working remotely and on part-time schedules.
    • Part-time working
    • We are a firm based on philosophies, not policies. Our goal is to ensure we are able to accommodate the unique needs of each of our employees, and therefore we aim to have fewer formal policies that could restrict this. We understand that there is always a balance we are trying to strike between changing professional and life priorities, and will work with you to help you navigate those changes. We have a number of ZSers currently working remotely and on part-time schedules.

      We have a number of different ways to describe our support for work/life balance. The programs vary by country, but include examples like as how to manage short-terms schedule or work location changes or how teams declare their “me time” within the team.

Parental Leave

    • Overview: Parental leave policies
    • ZS provides for Family Leave, which is a program that varies by country, because each country’s laws are so different. However, the core of the program is that we provide paid and unpaid leave in very flexible ways to support new parents, and also ZSers who need leave to care for an ailing spouse, child, parent or sibling. We believe it is important that we provide each ZSer the support he or she needs to find the right balance in their life at work.
    • Paid maternity leave
    • Yes, Our paid maternity leave is competitive with the industry and varies by country. We also understand each situation is unique and we are proud that we are able to accommodate and work to help our ZSers meet their maternity leave needs.
    • Unpaid maternity leave
    • Yes
    • Paid paternity leave
    • Yes
    • Unpaid paternity leave
    • Yes
    • Adoptive paid leave
    • Yes, Our paid adoptive leave is competitive with the industry and varies by country. We also understand each situation is unique and we are proud that we are able to accommodate and work to help our ZSers meet their adoptive leave needs.
    • Short-term disability benefits
    • Yes

Maternity-Related Benefits

    • Lactation facilities
    • Yes
    • Phased-in post-maternity return
    • Yes
    • Maternity leave coaching
    • Yes
    • Fertility benefits
    • Yes
    • On-Ramping/Off-Ramping before and after parental leave
    • Yes

Care-taking benefits

    • Back-up childcare
    • Yes
    • PTO that explicitly covers care-taking
    • Yes
    • Elder-care benefits
    • Yes

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