Every person I have met at Monitor is incredibly smart and engaging, but they have a wide range of backgrounds and perspectives. The firm places a lot of emphasis on networks, and if you want something to happen, you are encouraged to ask for help and chart your own course rather than waiting for someone to offer you solutions. Monitor is a true meritocracy where people are promoted as and when they're ready - no one will put you in a box and tell you to wait 2 years before assuming more responsibility, but if you need a little longer to develop at one level, no one is going to throw you out because you didn't fit their defined timeline. The fact that we work from our own offices most of the time has a huge impact on work-life balance and lifestyle sustainability. Most importantly, our work is incredibly interesting - every project involves creating a customized solution based on deep understanding of the client's unique situation, rather than doing something the way it's been done 100 times before.
By virtue of its entrepreneurial roots and small size, Monitor is not the most structured of places. If you are looking for a firm with a very clearly defined career path and plenty of formal structures, Monitor is not the place for you, since we place a lot of emphasis on the individual as the unit of analysis - you are expected to make the things you want to see, happen.