The firm leased the 3,000-square-foot space through 2020 to accommodate rapid growth in the Bay Area. The short-term lease will accommodate an anticipated need to expand again within three years: West Monroe expects to double its local workforce by the end of this year, and double it again by the end of 2018.West Monroe, which has 10 offices across the United States, entered the San Francisco market through its 2015 acquisition of Etherios, a consulting firm that specialized in delivering cloud-based customer relationship management (CRM) solutions built on the Salesforce platform. With the move, West Monroe Partners remains in close proximity to its largest strategic partner – Salesforce—as well as other key customers in the heart of San Francisco’s vibrant tech, mergers and acquisitions, and financial services community.
“While our position as a Salesforce Platinum Consulting Partner continues to drive a good portion of our work locally, our office has diversified and added talent in other core service areas, such as mergers and acquisitions,” said Will Wu, a director in the firm’s Customer Experience practice who leads the San Francisco office. “Collaboration among practices is essential to delivering differentiated client service, and the new office provides ample space for our rapidly expanding team to work together and foster close relationships.
In San Francisco, 100 First Street features a rooftop garden and proximity to the Transbay Transit Center, currently under development. It received the Building of the Year Award in 2015 and has consistently been awarded with Energy Star certification for its energy efficiency. In 2009, the U.S. Green Building Council awarded the building LEED Gold Certification.
West Monroe previously occupied space at 50 Fremont Street.
“Strategic growth and expansion in Northern California is vital to our long-term national strategy and key to increasing our presence on the West Coast,” said Tom Bolger, the firm’s senior managing director of strategic growth. “San Francisco is an important market for several core industries that West Monroe serves, including banking, private equity, healthcare, and energy. At the same time, we look forward to tapping into the area’s exceptional talent pool to advance our mission of developing the next generation of leaders.”
West Monroe’s growth strategy includes building its leadership team in the Bay Area. In November 2016, John Stiffler, a senior director, transferred from Chicago to San Francisco to lead and build the firm’s West Coast Mergers & Acquisitions practice.
“While West Monroe has provided transaction support to West Coast clients for years, dedicating Bay Area talent to service Bay Area clients is critical to success. As a result, we added about a dozen private equity firms to our client base in the past year,” Stiffler said. “As the San Francisco team grows, we look forward to providing even more local expertise from a range of our practices.”
West Monroe Partners, known for a distinctive people-first culture, has earned more than 20 awards in the past year alone, including:
• Consulting Magazine’s “Best Firms to Work For”
• Great Place to Work & Fortune’s “Best Small and Medium Workplaces”
• Consulting Magazine’s “Excellence in Social and Community Investment”
• The Talent Board’s “Candidate Experience Award”