We asked Clément Chabert, a Senior Account Manager in our Paris office, to give us an inside look at what his job is really like – from how he gets to work in the morning, to the social platforms he uses most often, and the most unique thing about his team.
Tell us about your job.
I like to think of our work at EI as true data-driven consulting. At the end of the day, we help clients optimize and objectify their decisions based on data and insights. Because of my background in branding and design, I’m very much agnostic when it comes to methods and sources. I have no preconceptions about which data to use and how to use it, I’m more attracted to finding the good problem-data-approach fit with no apriori.
How do you commute to work in the morning?
I’m lucky enough to live near the Bois de Vincennes (Paris’ biggest park, at the far eastern end of the city) while also being close to a direct underground line to the office. Even though not super pleasant – and sometimes a bit hectic in the morning – the underground is still the most convenient way to commute.
What is your beverage of choice when you get to the office? Coffee or tea?
I’m known to be a heavy Nespresso drinker. Usually, I indulge myself in a cup of Dharkan to get the day started, and several cups of Volluto throughout the day.
What might you find yourself doing around 10 a.m. on a regular work day?
As I’m getting older, I’m becoming quite the early bird. Most of the time, I clock in at 8:30 a.m. – 8:45 a.m. (which is super early by Parisian standards!) and do my best to leave around 6:30 p.m. I try to take advantage of my ½ hour underground ride to catch-up on overnight emails and be as focused as possible during the morning. Thus, on a regular work day at 10:00 a.m., you would find me dedicated to tasks requiring maximum attention.
What are your top two sources of news and how often do you check them?
To be honest, I don’t check the news enough – I know that’s a shame. I typically rely on my coworkers and my friends to keep me informed on essential news. As fashion and beauty clients keep me busy for the bulk of the time, I never spend a day without checking Business of Fashion’s Daily Digest, possibly the best curation about the fashion industry at large. Quartz, Glossy, and FastCompany are also on my daily roll.
Which social platforms do you use most often? What do you like about them? Are they relevant to your work or is their purpose solely leisure?
If I refer to my personal iPhone stats, Instagram uses 46% of my battery on average! I’m literally (and unapologetically) an Instagram-junkie. I follow 1,000+ accounts, most of them intersecting both personal and professional interests.
How do you think the research and analytics trends in your region differ from other regions?
This may be due to the French Theory legacy, but us Frenchies have a little obsession with deconstruction and reflectivity. We seldom settle for the obvious choice, and we love to question everything (even when that makes us contradict ourselves).
What is the most unique thing about your office team?
Our book club is awesome: check it out! Being that we are all bookworms, our team decided to create this initiative to promote reading and foster conversations among team members based on the books we choose. Each book comes with a handwritten memo in which each person explains why this book is major and why you should read it.Needless to say, it’s also a great occasion to have a glass of wine and some pâtisseries!
What’s the most important thing you’ve learned since graduating college — about the workplace or the communications world in general?
Basically, that work life is less predictable than the textbooks!
Which “Be” do you most closely associate with? Why?
“Be Curious” without hesitation. To me, insatiable curiosity is a must-have for every researcher, and the life-blood of every single mission we do for our clients.
What are you doing when you’re not at work?
Cooking and/or eating out is a safe bet. Food in general is my #1 passion. I also love spending time in museums (MAD, Palais de Tokyo, Palais Galliera, the Louvre, of course – one could spend an entire life visiting the Louvre) and visiting the latest exhibitions in private galleries in the Marais area (Perrotin, Thaddaeus Ropac, Marian Goodman, I could go on forever). Last but not least, I spend at lot of time hiking with my dog.Her name is Chaussette and, frankly, she’s the cutest dog ever.
What is your favorite restaurant in your city?
Might not be my ultimate favorite, but definitely my go-to address: Chez La Vieille. It is ideally located between home and office, in the vibrant Les Halles district. It’s very authentic andthey serve traditional French comfort food re-interpreted by an American chef, such as foie gras, celery rémoulade, rabbit pâté.I have the Michelin Guide and the Fooding Guide on top of my desk, so I am the person to “ping” if you ever need restaurant advice for dinner in Paris.
What motto do you live by?
On a value basis: “Nothing ventured, nothing gained.” On a day-to-day basis: “The devil is in the details.”
If you told yourself ten years ago what you would be doing today, what would have your response been then?
I had no idea that this job was actually a job!