Because the firm’s employee demographic skews young, West Monroe sought a vibrant aesthetic.
“We wanted it to feel like the lobby of a W hotel,” McCarty says. Garnett Architects obliged with rich woods, colors and glass. “I think they captured our mojo pretty well.”
West Monroe’s conference room looks like a slicker version of George Jetson’s office. Smart mikes detect speakers, shades retract when confidential client info is discussed and, during conference calls, cameras automatically zoom in on whoever’s speaking.
West Monroe Partners' magnum opus, an interactive conference room scheduler, has impressed industry heavies. “We built these apps from scratch and Microsoft is blown away,” McCarty says.
Job candidates prep for an interview by scanning their recruitment packet on a Microsoft PixelSense tablet, which then shows them bios of interviewers. “Instead of just having a regular coffee table here, [we] have some interactivity for our guests,” McCarty says.
Personal office McCarty recognizes that his place at the top of West Monroe’s food chain might make some folks uncomfortable. That’s why his office is open and accessible.
“When people come in, I don’t want them to think they’re at my desk talking to the principal,” he says.