After five years of recruiting on campus, West Monroe Partners has 11 Carlson alumni working full time and is looking forward to welcoming five interns this summer. “We are consistently impressed by the caliber of students we find at Carlson,” says Campus Recruiting Coordinator Caroline Moriarity. “Our recruits are able to think critically, have keen attention to detail, and provide insightful client solutions.”
Carlson alumni who work at West Monroe are represented in four different offices across the country, and their titles range from consultant to senior director. To fill these roles, West Monroe looks for sharp, energetic, ambitious individuals who are serious about taking their first steps in a consulting career. And since many of its projects are highly collaborative, students who thrive in a team-oriented environment are especially prized.
“Candidates we recruit from the Carlson School often have experiences from coursework and extra-curricular activities that correlate well to the fast-paced, problem-solving, and team collaboration that we look for in the new hires at our firm,” Moriarity says. “For example, many of our recruits have participated in the Carlson Enterprises and honors courses or held leadership positions in business clubs. These experiences set Carlson students apart from other candidates we look at.”
Diversity of thought, background, and opinion are also prized at West Monroe. “We know that an inclusive culture attracts and retains talent that enables us to create meaningful careers within West Monroe,” Moriarity says. “We seek out the best of the best, and then we challenge them to make us better.”
The culture at West Monroe is not going unnoticed— it recently ranked No. 3 out of 100 midsize companies by Great Places to Work, an honor it has received for five consecutive years. Another recent award is also noteworthy—The Carlson School’s UBCC Breakout Award. “Our campus hires play a key role in cultivating the company culture we pride ourselves on,” she says.
This feature originally appeared in the Spring 2018 Carlson School Alumni Magazine.