A Flat Management Structure and Open Communication

By Kathy Swan


That’s how I landed a job at Cheiron.

I applied to Cheiron through the company website after stumbling on a video about the company’s consultants during a late-night Google search. It’s been years since I’ve watched it, but I still remember how passionately the consultants spoke about combining technology and actuarial science to help clients achieve their goals. That piqued my interest because I studied computer science in college.

Cheiron’s dedication to technology became even more evident when I interviewed here and the consultants showed me how they use interactive mathematical models in their work. The consultants here are proud and passionate about the tools they have developed. Having worked here since December 2010 I can honestly say that even after all these years the consultants here are still passionate about technology.

People often ask me what has kept me here all of these years. I always say it’s the people and the management style that has allowed me to build a career unique to my interests. Although I work in New York, I am supported by the various team members and managers with whom I work across the country. Moreover, I don’t have to jump through a million hoops to speak to senior consultants—all I need to do is pick up the phone and call them.

The beauty of working here is that my opinions and ideas are not disregarded because I am considered too junior or inexperienced. On any project I’m working on, I can always discuss my ideas or issues with someone who is open to listening to me and making changes. It is this flat management structure and open communication that has afforded me opportunities and a work environment that I could not imagine elsewhere.

About Kathy Swan

Consulting Actuary, FSA, MAAA, EA

Kathy is a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries, an Enrolled Actuary under ERISA, and a Member of the American Academy of Actuaries. She holds a Bachelor of Mathematics from the University of Waterloo with a concentration in Actuarial Science and Computer Science.