To celebrate achieving top honors in the “Best Places to Work in LA” awards produced by the Los Angeles Business Journal, Manager Grady Ha describes what he values most about working for West Monroe LA.
Whenever the subject of work and life come together, there is always the mention of a balance, and the subsequent question of “where do you see yourself.” Having spent my entire career as a consultant, I found myself at the business end of that dilemma after spending years at firms such as Accenture and Cognizant, both internationally and domestically, in a wide variety of roles ranging from Strategy Consulting, to Corporate Development, and Digital Marketing/Agency work. West Monroe Partners represented the “just right” opportunity for me to both continue developing my expanding skillset in business and technology strategy, but to also join a firm that consistently values its people just as much as its clients.
Joining the Los Angeles office was a clear choice, as the office represents the collective knowledge and resource of a large consulting firm, with the startup atmosphere of a rapidly growing office. From the very first moment you step into the office, you’re placed in the middle of the commotion where everyone gathers; greeting and welcoming you to the company. Cultural fit was highly emphasized during the interview process, and while there was some disbelief during the initial conversations, the firm absolutely delivers. From colleagues caring about how late you worked, to birthday celebrations and company investments in training and guidance, West Monroe Partners dedicates itself as a company to ensure long-term satisfaction both in and out of the office.
Our client work is top-notch: from Banking LOS system planning and implementation to Digital Marketing and Customer Experience strategy, we’re consistently engaged on exciting projects that provide actionable insights and advice to our clients. While our solutions are focused, we’re constantly reminded that in this business, there’s a human element, and we are the ambassadors of the West Monroe Partners brand, and to develop relationships and care for our clients just as we do our own friends.
Life matters: The LA office is a small, but well-knit group that literally feels like a family. From the leadership, like Ken Siegman, to the consultants, we pride ourselves in knowing each other beyond just the immediate skillsets and circumstances. We bond and connect with each other through professional and social support, from the day you set foot into the office as a new partner, to retirements, everyone cares about what’s happening in your life and knows that there should always be a balance to achieving professional goals and leading a productive and emotionally healthy life outside of work.
Balance isn’t a buzzword: It’s almost a mantra. From office happy hours, holiday events, to informal celebrations around client satisfaction or birthdays, the WMP family comes together to celebrate achievements, disappointments, and general happy times. You’re never alone to face the obstacles and challenges that may come your way, and as exciting as building a fast-paced, high impact career in consulting is, it’s more exciting to realize that there is a firm out there that cares about your well being just as much as it does about your intellectual and mental processing capability.
Are you ready to do good, go beyond financial success, and experience the joys of collaboration? Are you ready for a firm that represents a healthy platform to expand both professionally and personally? Then accept the challenge, and come experience just why West Monroe Partners really is the balanced choice within the consulting world.