We invest in consultants’ career growth and skills development
We actively work to maximize the full capabilities of each consultant. We offer a challenging yet fun environment and opportunity for learning.
Some of the key features are:
Our small team-based problem-solving model provides constant opportunities to learn from and to teach your colleagues. You’ll work closely with senior members of the firm early in your career. The typical project module team consistes of several people, and you will all work together to formulate ideas, challenge each others thinking, and work with the client to implement the solution. We consistently aim to challenge consultants by placing them in “stretch” situations that represent new challenges – while providing them support to succeed.
Feedback and Mentorship
We believe that actionable feedback, both formal and informal, is critical to accelerating career growth. We have a formal review process that provides feedback during and at the end of client engagements. In addition, we encourage frequent two-way feedback on an ongoing basis.
Each consultant is assigned a career advisor, an experienced consultant who helps guide career development. The career advisor monitors feedback from client engagements and helps the consultant with development needs and staffing decisions. In addition, the advisor meets with the consultant regularly to discuss career progress as part of our career review process.
Career progression at Dean & Company is purely performance based: we start by recruiting the most talented and professional people and then ask them to meet a wide array of challenges faced by our clients.
Promotion is based on performance and skills, not tenure, allowing each individual to develop at his or her own pace. We put a great deal of time and thought into our rigorous career review system, focusing on a consultant’s growth potential and skill development. The career review process relies on actionable feedback as well as regular informal feedback. This feedback focuses on identifying specific practices that an individual can apply to improve his or her effectiveness and on establishing priorities for development goals.
Semi-annually, we conduct thorough reviews of each consultant’s performance and development. These reviews provide an opportunity to take a wider perspective on an individual’s career progression and provide more holistic feedback, while also presenting the chance for promotion and increased compensation. Dean & Company does not subscribe to an “up or out” policy nor is there an established time frame for promotions.