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Home. To many people, home is a place where you feel accepted, comfortable, and safe. This may be the house you grew up in as a child, and where your parents still live filled with familiar sights and scents. Or the dream house you and your spouse have painstakingly saved for over the years and were finally able to build or buy. And yet to others, home is simply anywhere your family and friends are. Home can mean many things to different people, but everyone shares the desire to find a home, be at home, or come home.
5 Reasons Why I Chose SEI for my Home
With each New Year, I take time to reflect on accomplishments of the past year; where I am and where I’m going. It’s an important ritual for me and last year was especially important as I had recently completed the interviewing process with SEI. With each passing interview, my excitement grew at the possibility of joining this exceptional group of individuals and being a part of this unique model. I was at a crossroads trying to determine if SEI was the right fit for me and my family. My decision ultimately came down to these top 5 reasons.
As consultants, we often find ourselves moving across industries, navigating diverse organizations, and engaging in a wide range of project initiatives. Each client is unique with its own challenges, operational processes, and cultural environments. Our work is dynamic and constantly changing. For most of us, this is one of the main reasons why we chose this career path; we have a growth mindset where we are drawn to learning new things and seek new challenges and opportunities. Additionally, one of the reasons many of us chose SEI specifically is our focus on the collective value model, where constantly sharing successes and failures internally to benefit our clients is intrinsic to what we do.
We all know the phrase ‘actions speak louder than words’. Recently, this statement has shown itself to be true both personally and professionally. From teaching my four year old daughter that saying sorry cannot erase bad behavior, to a fellow consultant offering to help during crunch time at a client when she was just as busy as me. How we act, and what we deliver, is what matters.
The SEI Atlanta office has grown in leaps and bounds since its inception. True to the SEI model, the growth has not been concentrated to a single area, but has been evenly distributed across the project engagement, recruiting, and collaborative aspects of our business. This expansion has brought with it a new challenge: maintaining the culture that was integral in achieving the aforementioned growth. In the face of substantial quarter over quarter growth, SEI-ATL has strived to stay true to the EPIC model in order to preserve its culture and high recruiting standards.
An explosion in the “Boutique” consulting industry, being defined by either the size of the organization or by a specialization in verticals, technologies, or processes, started in the early 2000’s and then accelerated even more during the recession of 2008. Demand for specialized service offerings, regulatory & market pressures, and changing client expectations are just some of the drivers that resulted in many new professional services accepting that label.
In December 2012, our leadership team was sitting in a conference room in Cincinnati discussing sourcing strategies, recruiting challenges, and growth strategies when we decided that we were going to take on the New York market.
We’re now about a year and a half into the endeavor and one of the most frequent questions I get in our interview process is the difference between a more mature SEI office and a startup office. Essentially, what are some of the unique challenges that an SEI startup faces? And what has our experience been at taking on those challenges?