The 2015 Best Small Firms to Work For: BlueLine Associates


8. BlueLine Associates

Headquarters: Cary, N.C.
Billable Consultants: 23
Client Industries Served: Insurance, Healthcare, Consumer, Pharmaceutical, and Financial
Consulting Service Lines: IT

After more than doubling its revenue in 2014, BlueLine Associates was named one of Consulting’s Seven to Watch as part of the Seven Small Jewels earlier this year. Now, the Cary, N.C.-based IT firm, which provides business process management services, is making its debut as one of the Best Small Firms to Work For, a designation Rocky Silvestri, President and CEO of BlueLine Associates, calls “huge” for BlueLine.

“It validates our corporate—or non-corporate—culture, our mission, work hard and deliver each and every time for our customers, and our leadership’s core belief, that our employees are, in fact, our most valuable asset,” Silvestri says. “We strive to create a work environment that fosters creativity and openness and one that incentivizes for success.”

Silvestri says the firm supports the team to enable that success, while recognizing that consultants do have lives outside of the office. “These two key components certainly help to continuously boost team morale,” he says.

On the Best Small Firms to Work For survey, the firm excelled in the areas of Compensation & Benefits and Work/Life Balance. “We have a pretty simple philosophy: give people a mission worth fighting for, enable them with the tools to be successful, and compensate them for their efforts,” he says. “We also firmly support our consultants in life outside of the office.”

Silvestri says BlueLine has many programs or benefits—such as the compensation plan, the 401(k) plan and the employer paid health plan—that have likely supported this recognition. “However, I firmly believe that our culture is the true driving force that makes BlueLine one of the “Best Small Firms to Work For.”

Silvestri says that BlueLine Associates is seeing an increased interest in all markets from Fortune 100 firms to nonprofit organizations. “Our focus on transforming and optimizing people, process, data and technology can add value to any company, no matter the size or domain,” he says.

“The idea that you have to be massive in size and price tag to be really good at delivering results is waning and organizations are looking for good strategic partners to help them to deliver results to the bottom line. It’s an exciting time to be an up-and-coming consulting firm.”

And up-and-coming consulting firm pretty much sums up BlueLine Associates, which continues to grow at an astronomical rate, but Silvestri says his number one priority is strategic growth.

“We want to grow in the right areas, for the right reasons, all the while maintaining our winning culture,” he says.

Q&A: What is unique about blueline associates? What sets it apart from other firms?

Rocky Silvestri, President and Chief Executive Officer of BlueLine Associates, says: “Our firm is unique in methodology, with a focus on not just recommendation but implementation, and in our transparency. Every single consultant has a direct line to our leadership team and we have a true open door policy. We are very selective in our staffing process to ensure that the people that we bring into our ‘family’ are the right fit, culturally, in skillset and in attitude.”

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