Looking to grow as a leader early in your career? West Monroe gives our employees the resources, tools, and support to make it happen.
Are you looking for a new challenge? Interested in leadership opportunities?
A competitive advantage to joining a mid-sized firm such as West Monroe is the opportunity to lead engagements or internal initiatives at an early stage of your career.
West Monroe believes in empowering our employees to own their career and has created a supportive culture to ensure everyone—regardless of level—is feeling fulfilled and challenged.
While these moments of career ownership can be client-focused, there’s also opportunity to contribute to internal initiatives and take on leadership roles as a mentor. The impact our consultants make is tangible: Whether starting as a campus hire or making a career shift and transitioning into consulting for the first time, West Monroe employees are provided opportunities to contribute in meaningful ways.
West Monroe’s career model provides a framework for career progression and expectations around what it means to perform at level. Our Experienced and Senior Consultants typically have 2-5 years of working experience—and while this is still relatively early in their respective careers, we’ve developed some of the best, tenured leaders at the firm by allowing them to take on stretch roles to fuel professional growth. Here’s what some of those leaders had to say:
I have not only been given the responsibility for three separate workstreams and multiple resources on my current client, but I have received a seat on my account team and a voice to contribute and drive forward initiatives related to staffing, client relationship growth, multidisciplinary collaboration, project financials.
While stepping out of your comfort zone and taking on a new challenge might seem overwhelming, West Monroe makes sure you’re supported with a multidisciplinary project team to help you succeed early in your career.
I never feel micromanaged as we work toward meeting aggressive timelines. This allows me to learn when I should seek the guidance of our seasoned subject matter experts and when to raise project risks. I’m now trusted to share with new hires the tools and methods which empowered me.
Our career model is not only creating impactful work for our employees but also for our clients.
Two years ago, I created something from the ground up and was able to decide the path we would take. This ultimately led that client team to success. It’s a process that’s still being used today.
West Monroe also provides internal resources and opportunity to hone leadership skills. Professional training and development are investments our firm takes on every year to help cultivate new skills in our employees as they move through the career model.
West Monroe offers a variety of training opportunities to grow into a successful consultant. My personal favorite was Milestone 3 trainings for Senior Consultants. The training focused on leadership: how to listen as a leader, how to understand your team, and most importantly how to communicate effectively to your team.
A significant focus at West Monroe is creating a collaborative culture and building an environment that allows everyone to contribute at their full potential. Our Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) provide opportunities for employees to collaborate, build relationships, and learn from each other.
PAN [Pan-Asian Network] was West Monroe’s newest ERG at the time I took on a leadership role, and I was given full autonomy to experiment with wild ideas—involving everything from a director/partner spicy ramen challenge and noodle knowledge transfer sessions to Bolly-cardio dance classes—on how we could engage with and educate our Seattle team members on all things AAPI culture.
I’ve always felt empowered to raise my hand for the things that interest me. At the start of 2022, I decided to take on two different leadership roles within the Black Employee Network. I was extremely nervous that I was taking on too much and not sure if I’d be able to fill the shoes before me. But because of my passion and interest in our ERGs’ vision and goals, I’ve been able to be creative and start new programing and cultivate an even more inclusive culture within our ERG community within my leadership roles.
Our success in building the Next Generation of Leaders and empowering our Experienced and Senior Consultants to make such significant ownership would not be possible without the support of our leaders at the firm.
West Monroe has given me formal resources in my Career Advisor and countless informal resources in practice leaders turned mentors, project managers turned teachers and career coaches, and colleagues turned close friends who are invested in my career growth.
Not only are our people managers effectively leading by example, they also prioritize seeking out opportunities that will align with their advisees’ professional goals.
My Career Advisor has gone out of her way to ensure I’m getting the experiences that will help me grow as a leader and as a consultant. She routinely encourages me to own workstreams, lead calls, and draft analysis. Her feedback is always detailed and effective; it’s easy to tell she cares about my growth.
Our consultants have made lasting impacts and have delivered incredible results at such an early point in their career. While West Monroe provides the resources, support, and culture to succeed, it’s the drive and curiosity of our consultants that make us grateful for our young leaders.
What has made me successful is not shying away from the challenges that West Monroe puts in front of me. Doing something by yourself, leading a project, or leading a team for the first time can be scary. But each time the challenge has presented itself to grow my career, I’ve taken it because I know I have a strong support system in West Monroe to guide me along the way.
If you’re interested in making an impact for our clients and firm at West Monroe, check out our career page. We’d be lucky to have you!
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