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West Monroe Partners – Why Work For Us?

We think West Monroe is the best place to work - but don’t take our word for it! West Monroe has won more than 30 awards praising our business acumen, comany culture and growth over the last five years from Consulting Magazine, National Association of Business Resources, Vault, Crain's Chicago Business, Brill Street, Chicago Tribune, Columbus Business First, Puget Sound Business Journal, Seattle Business Magazine and Seattle Business Monthly.

 

Check out quotes from our employees and watch our videos to learn more about West Monroe and our unique, people-first culture.

 

"West Monroe, though experienced on many fronts and in many industries, does not come to the marketplace telling clients what we can do to them or for them. Instead, we work with clients to outline their success criteria and collaboratively work with them to achieve the goals have developed."


"During my first project, I was able to travel internationally, work hand-in-hand with the CEO and CFO at my client, and have responsibilities that many other firms don’t offer to their employees at such a young age."


 

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Careers

You’ve invested a lot in developing your expertise. Come share it at a firm that’s invested in you. Talent valued here.

In the world of professional services, there are many quality organizations, many possible directions in which you can take your career and many opportunities that await you.

Whether you are just beginning your career or you are looking for new challenges, it is important to look for an organization that will help you grow personally and professionally: develop your knowledge and talent, explore new directions, and make an impact through your work—both at your company and for your clients. 

If you are looking for exceptional professional experience in a unique, people-focused consulting environment, we think you'll like what you find at West Monroe Partners. 

West Monroe, though experienced on many fronts and in many industries, does not come to the marketplace telling clients what we can do to them or for them. Instead, we work with clients to outline their success criteria and collaboratively work with them to achieve the goals have developed.

- Anonymous survey response

West Monroe Partners supports the hiring of Veterans and recognizes their leadership, loyalty, integrity, and commitment to excellence. The values and skills of our Nation’s Veterans align with our values and what we are seeking in future team members.

West Monroe Partners is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer. 

We believe in treating each employee and applicant for employment fairly and with dignity. We base our employment decisions on merit, experience, and potential, without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, marital status, age, religion, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic prohibited by federal, state, or local law.

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Values

When we opened West Monroe Partners, we set out to build a different kind of consulting firm. What made this possible is the set of values we adopted on day one and have practiced every day since.

We put our people first.

We are 100 percent employee owned. 

We don't settle for anything less than the best client service. 

Stewardship is everyone's responsibility. 

Integrity is paramount. 

Practical innovation drives better results. 

We respect diverse experiences and thought. 

Meritocracy provides opportunities. 

We seek the best and brightest. 

We strive for quality before growth. 

We are responsive by remaining nimble. 

We have fun at work. 

We don’t just want to do well; we want to do good. 

We at West Monroe Partners aspire to provide social and environmental leadership—helping those less fortunate, building strong communities, and contributing to sustainable growth that secures our resources for the future.

 

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    The best consulting gig for college grads

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    Current Employee - Senior Consultant  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at West Monroe Partners full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    I love it here. The work is widely varied across industries and skillsets but almost always challenging and complex. I've gained more exposure in three years than I would have in ten years positioned at an industry job. We have a strong tradition of giving new consultants way more responsibility than they're qualified for, and most of us rise to those expectations and grow rapidly as a result. I am already considered the "WMP expert" for a particular type of project and I don't think many college graduates can claim that after just three years. This was not a result of my hard work or ingenuity; WMP provided the opportunity and I simply rose to meet it. In addition to providing such opportunities, WMP also puts you alongside some of the brightest consultants that I've encountered and there's a strong sense of team work and collaboration. I've heard horror stories from other companies whereby experienced employees will safeguard and hoard their knowledge because they don't want newhires easily learning what took them years to figure out. I have literally never heard of this kind of thing occurring at WMP; knowledge is constantly being shared via training sessions, blog posts, lunch'n'learns, coach/career advisor relationships, our intranet site, team meetings, I could go on and on. If you learn something cool and want to disseminate it to the rest of the company, it is very much encouraged and there are multiple outlets to do so.

    Coming out of college, this place is especially great. You start with a big class of newhires aka your "start class." Our start class this year was 59 kids and it grows significantly every year. These annual waves of start classes have a few benefits:

    1. You start a full week of training alongside 60+ new friends. Start classes are always a tight knit group, even as the years progress. If you don't imagine yourself socializing with co-workers outside of work, then you won't like it here. Outlook and Lync are used for coordinating dinners and happy hours just as often as client status meetings.
    2. The company culture stays young. When an office of ~400 brings in such a big start class, it's a big injection of college culture. Our office keg is replaced on a weekly basis at this point.
    3. When a big flood of new consultants come in, it pushes everyone up the career model. With the consultant roles being filled by new hires, almost all of our hires from the previous start class are promoted to Experienced Consultant. Raises and promotions are constant here and it's largely due to the big influx of college graduates every year.

    This is consulting, so it's not a 9-5 job, but the work/life balance here is pretty legit. Over the last 15 months I worked an average of 47.8 hours per week INCLUDING all travel time (taxis/planes/cars/etc) so it's probably about 42 hours per week of work on average. I've traveled about 30% of the time here and that's been perfect for me. You start with four weeks of time off and I've never been denied a PTO request even when it was during critical parts of my project. Our work from home policy is that we have no policy, you can work from home whenever you need to (even if you're simply hungover). I consider myself pretty fortunate, though. I have friends in my start class who travel more and work significantly more hours than I do. But when you enjoy the work that you're doing and the people that you're with, the long hours aren't so terrible.

    Cons

    WMP consistently underpays its consultants. I've always made between $5-$10k less than I thought I was worth. The new ESOP program and the annual bonus help close that gap, but I still feel that I'm not being adequately compensated. We demand the "best and brightest" and we pay for the "good enough." I've looked at other consulting gigs which have offered me significantly more money, but at the end of the day I would have to sacrifice too much company culture and work/life balance to make it worth it. The happiness that I get from this job is worth more than the $15-$20k extra I could get elsewhere.

    This is more nitpicky, but we use a performance management tool and force everyone to create goals for themselves at the beginning of each year AND at the beginning of each project and then write reviews of those goals at then end of each year/project. I can appreciate the need for setting goals and reviewing performance as it relates to those goals, but the tool we use (Halogen) is extremely cumbersome and is universally hated by all Consultants. You don't have to write goals or reviews very often, but when you do, you will hate your life.

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    Consultant-level employees generally feel underpaid. We all love working at WMP too much to leave, but a small additional investment in compensation would attract better talent.

    Focus on keeping the company culture so great as we grow past 500 employees.

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West Monroe Partners Interviews

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    Interview process was pretty straightforward, had an initial phone interview going over resume and experience. Then scheduled for a second phone interview, which was more technical, asking about programming experience and such. After that was invited to the Chicago office, where had a series of 5 interviews with people from different departments. Included a Day in the Life Of interview, Behavioral Interview, Case Study Interview, and a Technical Interview.

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    • Not really anything too difficult, were mostly concerned with knowledge on SQL queries.
      Case Study was about a travel agency which was looking to close all physical offices and transition to only online.
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West Monroe Partners Awards & Accolades

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Best Firms to Work For, Consulting Magazine, 2013
Best Medium Workplaces, Great Place to Work, 2013
Top Workplaces (Midsize), Chicago Tribune, 2013
Top 50 Generation Y Employers Chicago, Brill Street + Company, 2012
Crain's Fast Fifty, Crain's Chicago Business, 2013
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Additional Info

Website www.westmonroepartners.com
Headquarters Chicago, IL
Size 500 to 999 Employees
Founded 2002
Type Company - Private
Industry Business Services
Revenue $10 to $25 million (USD) per year

West Monroe Partners is a North American, business and technology consulting firm focused on guiding organizations through projects that fundamentally transform their business. With the experience to create the most ambitious visions as well as the skills to implement the smallest details of our client’s most critical projects, West Monroe Partners is a proven provider of... More

Mission: We are a team of business and technical experts consulting in industries undergoing profound change. We help companies solve their most complex challenges so they can... More

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