West Monroe Partners Plans to Add 500 Jobs in Chicago

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The firm to nearly double the size of its current downtown Chicago workforce in the effort to address today's growing tech skills gap.

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West Monroe, a progressive business and technology consulting firm, announced today it plans to add more than 500 jobs in Chicago over the next five years, nearly doubling the size of its current workforce downtown. Its hiring plans are part of an effort to address today’s growing tech skills gap in business and innovation, as the firm hires professionals with an uncommon blend of deep technological expertise and business acumen.

As a homegrown company in Chicago, West Monroe serves hundreds of organizations in the Chicagoland area, including dozens of Fortune 1000 companies across multiple sectors. Its success has helped fuel incredible growth for Chicago jobs: West Monroe Partners was founded in 2002 with a handful of employees and has grown at a CAGR of 35%. It now employs nearly 1,000 nationwide, and about 600 of those positions are in Chicago.

“Our growth mindset has created hundreds of jobs in Chicago since our founding in 2002,” said Doug Armstrong, Managing Director of West Monroe’s Chicago office. “Our Chicago and Midwest work style, built on client satisfaction and relationships, has fueled the incredible growth of this office. We can barely keep up with the amount of growth, which is a good problem to have.”

West Monroe’s people-focused culture and policies consistently rank West Monroe as one of the best places to work in Chicago, appearing at No. 2 on Chicago Tribune’s Best Places to Work list and No. 7 on Fortune’s Great Places to Work (Best Small & Medium Workplaces in Chicago). The firm recruits and brings to Chicago dozens of new, top-tier college and MBA graduates every fall.

The 500 newly created positions will cover all areas of the consulting business, from operations to project managers to strategists, adding technical, functional, and industry expertise, primarily in the healthcare, life sciences, energy, utilities, and financial services industries. In Chicago, the jobs will also include corporate services such as human resources, marketing, and finance. In candidates, the firm looks for an “uncommon blend” of deep technical expertise and business acumen, both at the individual and collective level.

Part of the firm’s purpose is developing professionals that strike this uncommon blend into the next generation of leaders. Through mentorship and learning, West Monroe invests significantly in talent to develop the business skills of technologists, and the technology skills of business professionals. “This investment in talent has been critical to our growth, allowing us to adapt quickly and move faster than most firms,” CEO Kevin McCarty said. “When companies have more business-minded technologists and technology-minded business people, it’s a force multiplier. That is exactly why we are developing this blend within our young leaders today.”

The firm provides employees multiple opportunities to experience the city, choosing a different Chicago landmark each quarter for its office-wide meeting. Past locations include The United Center, The Shedd Aquarium, The Chicago Cultural Center, Wrigley Field, and Second City.

West Monroe is committed to giving back to the communities where we live and work. In Chicago, the firm has provided pro-bono consulting services to several critical organizations in the city, including PAWS Chicago and the Chicago Police Department. Additionally, the firm and its employees support dozens of local charities through board appointments and monetary contributions, including Lakeview Pantry, HFS Chicago Scholars, Spark, Chicago Scholars, Springboard Foundation, and Habitat for Humanity.

The firm’s Chicago office is located in The Franklin, at 222 W. Adams St., where it plans an expansion in early 2018 to accommodate the growth.

About West Monroe Partners LLC
West Monroe is a progressive business and technology consulting firm that partners with dynamic organizations to reimagine, build, and operate their businesses at peak performance. Our team of more than 850 professionals is comprised of an uncommon blend of business consultants and deep technologists. This unique combination of expertise enables us to design, develop, implement, and run strategic business and technology solutions that yield a dramatic commercial impact on our clients’ profitability and performance. For more information, visit http://www.westmonroepartners.com.

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