West Monroe Partners, a full-service North American business and technology consultancy, today announced that it has been named one of Washington’s “2014 Best Workplaces” by Puget Sound Business Journal. The publication surveyed more than 250 nominated businesses in the region, ultimately honoring 85 finalists—25 each in the small, medium, and large business categories, and 10 in the extra-large category.
Opened in 2005, the Seattle office today has more than 70 employees and serves more than 40 clients across the Pacific Northwest in key industries, including banking, private equity, insurance, utilities, and retail. The Seattle office, like the rest of West Monroe Partners, has experienced rapid growth, including an 135-percent increase in revenue over the past two years. To meet continued strong growth projections, the firm plans significant local hiring, up to 20 additional consultants by the end of 2015, including campus graduates, and further diversification of its industry capabilities and credentials.
“We are thrilled to be recognized among such a respected group of employers in the area and extremely proud of the team we have established today—the strongest we have ever had,” said Tom Bolger, who has led the Seattle practice since its inception. “Our sustained growth, both in Seattle and across North America, is an important ingredient in creating an outstanding workplace because it allows us to offer exceptional experiences and opportunities for our people. Again and again, our employees cite the opportunities they have to take on new roles and challenges and to gain leadership experiences early in their careers as distinctive features of working at West Monroe Partners.”
Like all West Monroe Partners offices, the Seattle practice maintains a highly participatory and collaborative culture marked by an open work environment; frequent employee meetings and gatherings, including an annual strategic planning retreat; a strong commitment to serving the local community; and regular recognition awards. The company has rigorously maintained this culture as it has grown to nine offices across North America and a team of more than 500 consultants—in part by remaining 100-percent employee owned. Its innovative human resources practices enable people at all levels contribute to the company’s direction, and through its December 2012 conversion to an employee stock ownership plan (ESOP), to share in its results.
West Monroe Partners’ Seattle office has previously been a finalist in the Puget Sound Business Journal’s ranking of “Best Workplaces” in Washington. In addition, it has received workplace accolades from Seattle Business magazine. Nationally, the firm has been listed as a top company to work for by Consulting Magazine and Vault Inc., and was named by Great Place to Work® Institute as one of the best workplaces in the United States on its annual 2013 Best Small & Medium Workplaces list, published in FORTUNE magazine.
The Puget Sound Business Journal asked readers to nominate their own or other companies beginning in March. More than 300 companies were nominated for awards. To be eligible for recognition, companies must be at least four years old with 10 or more full-time employees at an office in Washington. Eligible companies participated by asking full-time Washington-based employees to complete a survey. The publication honored 85 top-scoring companies based on survey results covering the areas of employee engagement, management, communication, benefits, and others. The highest scoring companies in each size category were named finalists, and the publication then determined medalists in each category by administering a best practices survey in July.
The publication celebrated all 2014 honorees at an event at Safeco Field on August 14.