Tech consultancy named among Chicago's Greatest Places to Work

22 May 2018

Chicago-based technology consulting firm West Monroe Partners has been named the best small or medium-sized company to work for in the Windy City. The consultancy, which has national reach, has won accolades for its people-first approach and continues to generate exceptional growth.

Founded in 2002, West Monroe Partners has been on an upwards trajectory ever since. Last year the consulting firm grew by 34% and 2018 is shaping up to be a similarly memorable year. Expanding from a small team in a Chicago office, the technology consultancy now boasts a headcount of almost 1,000 professionals and manages ten offices across the US, including in New York City, Seattle, and Dallas.

Unusually for a consultancy, West Monroe Partners is a 100% employee-owned company. There are currently ten members of the Board of Managers which provides oversight, the most recent hire being Barbara Duganier – a former Chief Strategy Officer at Accenture. The wider professional team comprises both business consultants and technology wizards who combine their expertise to offer clients strategic business and technological solutions.

West Monroe’s ownership structure is just one small factor in the decision by Great Place to Work, in partnership with Fortune, to name the firm one of the Best Workplaces in Chicago. Specifically the consultancy topped the list of best small or medium-sized companies to work for. 

Tech consultancy named among Chicago's Greatest Places to Work

West Monroe took top spot thanks to the firm’s promotion of employee solidarity as part of a broader business strategy. There are regular parties, table tennis tournaments and employees benefit from what Great Place to Work describes as a “high-trust culture.” This has translated into solid HR metrics, including a staff turnover rate of just 11%, or around half the industry average.

Doug Armstrong, senior managing director at West Monroe, has said that, as a consulting firm, trust and personal relationships are taken very seriously by the company’s leadership. “Consulting is a people-to-people business,” he says, adding “we rely on our people to generate ideas.”

The Chicago ranking by Great Place to Work and Fortune saw Deloitte and PwC named among the better large firms in the Windy City. Protiviti and Accenture also won honorable mentions. Fortune recently released its 2018 national rankings of the 100 Best Companies to Work For. BCG was the only consulting firm to crack the top ten, while Deloitte was ranked 11th and KPMG 29th.


US tech consultancy Slalom to open Manchester office

19 April 2019

Slalom is on the move again, this time expanding its UK footprint. The American tech consulting firm has announced plans to open a Manchester office in which it will employ 200 staff by 2025. The firm, which opened a London office in 2014, was formerly known as Slalom Consulting until a 2015 rebranding.

The announcement of the Manchester move follows a January relocation of its more than 700 Chicago-based employees from its office in Chicago’s Prudential Plaza to Aon Center, the third-tallest building in the city. Slalom’s previous space at Prudential was separated between floors, causing inconvenience. The new space at Aon is a marked improvement, in addition to the sheer size difference, with the move nearly doubling the firm’s floor space. The space will also utilize hoteling (scheduled workspaces), project-based workspace, and flexible areas for events and education. Slalom also expanded into Canada in 2016, opening an office in Toronto.

Paul Squire, managing director of Slalom’s London location, will head up the Manchester office. “I’m excited about working with our clients in the North West of England, helping them to deliver people-centric change, bring strategic solutions to life, and ultimately, to love their future,” he said.

Slalom has been one of Fortune 100’s “Best Companies to Work For” for four consecutive years, and has partnerships with powerhouse organizations including Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud, Microsoft, Salesforce, and Tableau. It employs more than 6,500 people in 29 offices across North America and the UK.US tech consultancy Slalom to open Manchester office“Manchester is a city of digital enterprise with a wide range of strengths across industries including manufacturing, healthcare, utilities and consumer services; which perfectly complements Slalom’s breadth of expertise,” Dave Williams, UK Country Managing Director, said. "We're looking forward to collaborating with clients to shape their internal capabilities, building a team and investing in the local community."

“Greater Manchester is a hotbed for collaboration and innovation, making it the ideal location for pioneering businesses like Slalom. There are strong complementarities between Slalom and Greater Manchester’s efforts to collaborate with companies going through digital transformation and supporting them to grow within the region. Establishing operations within one of Europe’s largest digital and technology clusters will provide the consultancy firm with ample opportunities to join forces with the rapidly increasing number of world-leading brands that are choosing Manchester,” Tim Newns, chief executive of Manchester’s inward investment agency, added.

In December 2018, the firm launched Slalom Build, a software and tech product “Build-as-a-service” offering that enables companies to build cloud-native software and tech products. While Slalom is headquartered in Seattle, Slalom Build centers can currently be found in Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Denver, and Toronto.