Our Foundation – A Desire to Do Better and Be Better
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.
For a firsthand look at our remote work business model, read “Office Optional: How to Build a Connected Culture With Virtual Teams.”
President Larry English tells the story of how our virtual consulting firm started — and how companies can follow suit with an office-optional culture.
As they 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 people with passion, integrity, and who genuinely care for others
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.
“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.”
Check out his book “Office Optional: How to Build a Connected Culture With Virtual Teams”.
Centric Consulting is like no other.
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Striving for a Life Unmatched
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.
Larry now enjoys leading a company where clients and colleagues are now more like family, hard work is rewarded and personal pursuits are encouraged.
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 what’s next while streamlining and improving their today.
We’re honored to be consistently recognized as a fast-growing organization and best place to work.
“Our people are extremely capable and committed. Passion, excellence and balance yields success.”
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.