There wasn’t one defining moment when Larry English realized there could be “more” to working in consulting. As a dedicated employee at an international consulting company, it was a slow build-up to what he calls his “midlife crisis at the age of 25.”
Regular 100-hour work weeks. Watching the personal lives of colleagues and mentors suffer as they missed soccer games, dance recitals and date nights. Delivering client work and not taking the time to get to know the people behind the project… It all became too much.
So Larry pushed pause. He left, and together with his wife, backpacked around the world for a year. He returned with a beard, long hair and inspiration to become an entrepreneur.
The idea for Centric Consulting started on a couch that is now a symbol of our culture.
On this couch, Larry, together with his two longtime friends and colleagues – Dave Rosevelt and Eric Van Luven – conceived the idea for a different kind of consulting firm that would allow them and their employees to get more out of life and make a better impact on those around them.
The foundational tenets Centric started with are the same now as they were that day on a couch several years ago — be a good person, provide value, lead with your heart, care for others, and make time for those around you. Or, as we like to say, create unmatched experiences for everyone you come in contact with.
Since our inception in 1999, we have grown to more than 1,000 employees in 13 cities in the U.S. and India. Our consultants lead large-scale business transformation efforts, develop and execute on comprehensive digital strategies, and help clients prepare for what’s next in technology while streamlining and improving their today.
But our focus remains the same — clients and colleagues are more like family, hard work is rewarded and personal pursuits are encouraged.
As our company’s founders laid out the initial business model, a few ideas were at the forefront:
PUT COMPANY CULTURE, CLIENTS AND EMPLOYEES FIRST
Hire those with a shared vision and commitment to helping clients be the best they can be. Nurture the talents and interests of employees in their professional and personal lives.
CREATE A VIRTUAL OFFICE MODEL THAT INCLUDES LOCALIZED BUSINESS UNITS
Allow employees to have a better, balanced lifestyle with more flexibility because they can live and work in their individual communities.
HIRE CARING PEOPLE WITH PASSION AND INTEGRITY
Seek those who have a hunger for learning, generating ideas, and trying something new. Find individuals that revel in doing the unexpected and extraordinary for others.
We set out to build the best culture in the consulting industry — one that cares about the work we do and the people we work with. A culture that celebrates individuals and creates lifelong friendships.
In our 20th year, we received the greatest honor of all: recognition for our efforts. We were awarded Best Company Culture and Best Companies for Women by Comparably, a career-data company.
This isn’t the first time others have noticed we invest heavily in our culture. Over the years, we’ve been honored for our commitment to employees, clients and communities. Most recently we were recognized as one of Fast Company’s 100 Best Workplaces for Innovators.
From the start of the company, we have simply been about doing great work for clients. We care about results as much as our clients and create an unrivaled environment for our employees. I get to do the work I love every single day with the people I love spending time with. That is Centric.
Our Core Values
We’re dedicated to providing you with an unmatched experience by working together to do what’s right by you while doing what’s right for all. Our seven core values reflect our professional passions and personal convictions.
Commit to delivery excellence
Embrace integrity and openness
Practice responsible stewardship
Invest in an exceptional culture
Ignite passion for the greater good
Strive to innovate
Live a balanced life
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