Generation Y thrives on helping out others and making a difference. They also get a kick out of working with anything technology-related. Those two components are the basis of the Burwood Group, a strategy and technology solutions consulting firm founded in 1997. The firm, headquartered in Chicago, maintains a workforce composed of nearly 20% Generation Y employees.
Their Chicago office supports a fun and laidback environment for its young professionals to get their work completed. Employees can feel confident in their work through Burwood’s formal training and development programs. To make their workers feel even more comfortable in their work environment, the consulting firm provides an open door and discussion policy. Senior level management helps junior level employees with their careers by providing a mentoring and coaching relationship. Burwood is big on hiring from within and creating leadership opportunities for those looking to take their career to the next step.
The consulting firm provides tangible benefits to its employees in addition to a culture that fosters camaraderie and counseling. When in the office, employees are treated to free beverages, meals and snacks while they’re hard at work. The IT management group is obviously involved with the latest technology, so the firm provides all employees with company cell phones and laptops so that they may be connected wherever they are. Employees also receive a competitive benefits package upon hire, including a 401K match and stock options.
Are you hitting it out of the ballpark when it comes to work performance? If so, Burwood is sure to notice. The company applauds good work with achievement recognition and an annual performance bonus. The incentives are endless for the work completed for the consulting firm’s local, national and international clients.
Speaking of clients, Burwood provides diversity in the workplace with the kinds of industries it helps. Gen Y workers can look forward to working with businesses in the healthcare and higher education industries, getting a variety of work tasks accomplished. This is a bonus for young professionals, as diversity in office culture and the marketplace is important.
Burwood’s mission is to “seek to build strong relationships and be a trusted advisor that protects its clients’ best interests and solve their complex IT problems by making infrastructure strategic,” (www.burwood.com). Gen Yers are relationship builders, problem solvers and digital natives. It makes sense that Burwood would be a perfect match for Gen Y employees looking to start their careers in Chicago.