It's not easy to build community at consulting firms, where many employees live the "road warrior" life and are out of the office for weeks at a time.
At West Monroe Partners, consultants and staff make a point to be at headquarters on Fridays, a day devoted to training, team meetings and social events.
"In consulting it's not uncommon to become removed," said manager Reva Busby. "Friday is a great time to be here. Everyone comes together."
Those connections foster loyalty at Loop-based West Monroe, started in 2002 by consultants from the collapsed Arthur Andersen. The consultancy ranked No. 2 among midsize companies in the Tribune's list of...