West Monroe Partners Consulting Internship

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5.0 of 5 stars

360 View of what a well ran consulting organization is all about
Chicago, IL | 2014 | VERIFIED INTERN


Uppers

I started doing value added work right away. I was in meetings with the client and had the ability to interact with the client on a daily basis. I got to travel four days a week for six weeks.


Downers

Didn't get to meet as many people as i wanted to in the office because I traveled so much


Advice to Potential Interns

Expect to be thrown into the fire with some assignments and be able to adapt and work quickly. Consulting is a sink or swim industry and you rarely ever work only 40 hours in a week


Sample Interview Questions

I was asked what i would suggest to a travel agency start up that was looking to design a website and how they could differentiate themselves from the big players in the industry.


Advice to Management

Better benefits/compensation. A couple people left WMP to go to larger companies that paid more.


Would You Recommend

Yes


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4.9 of 5 stars

The Life As a Consultant
Chicago, IL | 2014 | VERIFIED INTERN


Uppers

-Having a Career Advisor and Coach, so 2 personal mentors assigned to everyone

-Flexibility on Fridays to network and pick brains of Directors/consultants

-Plenty of company social opportunities

-Ability to hold responsibility at a client site


Downers

-Little more technological then I anticipated


Advice to Potential Interns

Go out of your way to schedule time to meet 1 on 1 with people within the firm and pick their brains. It allows you to meet them and also gain some knowledge.


Sample Interview Questions

Case (in a simplified format): A warehouse is looking to expand and they've expanded before. What steps can they take to maximize potential?


Would You Recommend

Yes


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4.9 of 5 stars

Learn quickly, travel the world, explore areas you normally wouldn't, grow your personal value and enjoy life as you're doing it!
Chicago, IL | 2014 | VERIFIED INTERN


Uppers

Traveling, people, experience


Downers

At first it was a little slow because the team didn't know what I wanted to do or my strengths so I asked for oppurtintues and was able to shine


Advice to Potential Interns

Be ready to move quickly and learn even faster


Would You Recommend

Yes


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5.0 of 5 stars

First, Work Hard. Then, Play.
Chicago, IL | 2014 | VERIFIED INTERN


Uppers

exposure to the business and ability to work on real projects


Downers

I didn't like being at the client site 5 days a week


Advice to Potential Interns

Be professional and outgoing.


Would You Recommend

Yes


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5.0 of 5 stars

Intern given substantial responsibility and the support needed to succeed
Chicago, IL | 2014 | VERIFIED INTERN


Uppers

People - the people that worked with are ones that I want to maintain relationships with long after West Monroe, they were very welcoming and supportive,

Work - the work I was doing was challenging and fulfilling. I enjoyed knowing I was making a difference to my client everyday.

Trust - The trust that my team had in me as an intern was so strong that it was really motivated me to do my best and reach their expectations.

Responsibility - I was given more responsibility than I believe I would have been given anywhere else. Having ownership of my work made me feel even more accountable and like a part of the team.

Guidance - Although I seemed to hit the ground running with my work, those around me were always there to offer support when I needed it.

Mentors - West Monroe employees at every level were more than willing to meet with me to teach me about their career goals and share their knowledge.

Culture - The West Monroe culture would be hard to duplicate. Everyone there provides a unique aspect of the culture and values the diverse strengths one another has to offer.

Leadership - The leaders of West Monroe have it right. They know how to connect with the people of West Monroe and were very interested in the interns as a class and as individuals.


Downers

It is hard for me to think of any cons of the program. If I had to note my least favorite part, it would be something common to the consulting industry, such as being away from my intern class four days per week because of travel to the client site. However, I was very grateful to travel and found time on Fridays and over the weekend to build relationships with those in my internship class.


Advice to Potential Interns

West Monroe is a great firm to begin a career because you will be surrounded by several ambitious consultants that are inspired by one another to provide their clients with the best work in the industry.


Would You Recommend

Yes


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4.7 of 5 stars

Passionate Curiosity Enriched Through Internship Experience and West Monroe Partners
Chicago, IL | 2014 | VERIFIED INTERN


Uppers

The autonomy of the internship. You were able to choose to engage in other projects outside of the client work.


Downers

Not able to spend as much time with the other interns due to the nature of the travel


Advice to Potential Interns

There is a huge opportunity for career growth at this firm. WMP is growing so much, there is an amazing correlation between talent and process. Everything is being defined in a big way right now for the company.


Advice to Management

It would be helpful for new hires to have a grad school support program.


Would You Recommend

Yes


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4.6 of 5 stars

An honest representation of real-world consulting with a lot of fun mixed in
Chicago, IL | 2014 | VERIFIED INTERN


Uppers

Ability to make what you wanted out of it but a good offering of organized events that provided opportunity to network and bond with other interns and other employees.


Downers

Lack of exposure to other solution lines throughout the firm. A crash course in everything would have been a nice add to the training.


Advice to Potential Interns

This internship offers a very real portrayal of what work as a full-time consultant will be. You have to take ownership in order to advance at this company otherwise you'll get left behind. It is definitely fast paced and you can gain a lot of exposure into a variety of industries and solution areas.


Sample Interview Questions

CRM implementation case

ERP implementation case

Typical behavioral interview questions


Advice to Management

The initial training for full-time hires could be improved to give a better understanding of the entire organization.


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Yes


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4.6 of 5 stars

Great Hands-On Experience, Great People
Chicago, IL | 2014 | VERIFIED INTERN


Uppers

The people were awesome to be around, and a lot of people got to travel


Downers

The specific project I was on wasn't very exciting, but that wasn't a reflection of the company at all


Advice to Potential Interns

You're going to learn a lot about both programming and what it's like to be a consultant. If that's what you're looking for, this internship is perfect.


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4.5 of 5 stars

Traveling to the client site.
Chicago, IL | 2014 | VERIFIED INTERN


Uppers

Getting to work at the client site.

Meeting new people.

Growing my network.


Downers

We worked 16-18 hours some days.


Advice to Potential Interns

West Monroe Partners is a great place to work and if you are offered a internship, take it.


Advice to Management

It is a great place to work. Cant think of anything,


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Yes


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4.6 of 5 stars

Accessibility and Leadership Opportunity
Chicago, IL | 2014 | VERIFIED INTERN


Uppers

Ability to take initiative and ask for more leadership roles.

Accessibility of senior employees.

Being staffed on a project right away as an intern.


Downers

They didn't give suggestions for living arrangements.


Advice to Potential Interns

Set up as many meetings as possible with Directors when you are in the Chicago office.


Sample Interview Questions

Simple case tailored to the department you're interviewing for, they are very relaxed and want you to provide a written summary of the case afterwards.


Advice to Management

Keep on doing the same thing you've been doing!


Would You Recommend

Yes


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