After a one-year hiatus, Censeo Consulting Group returns as one of the Best Small Firms to Work For this year at No. 14, the same ranking position the firm held in 2014. For Censeo, being a Best Small Firm to Work For is proof that staying true to your values as a company—building a tight-knit and collaborative firm that treats its employees like family and puts people first—is not a barrier to success, but a necessity, says Raj Sharma, CEO of Censeo Consulting Group.
Meanwhile, for clients, “this award demonstrates that when they turn to Censeo for operations management support, they are bringing on board not only top-notch consultants, but also top-notch people who they can trust and rely on, and with whom they enjoy working,” he says.
Ask Sharma what is his top priority over the next 12 months and he’ll say, in a word, “Innovation.”
“We’ve spent the past 13 years building a strong business that has made steady inroads into the federal, higher education, and nonprofit consulting sectors, building a trusted and reputable brand based on our analytical skills and expertise,” he says. “Our top priority for the next 12 months is innovation—breaking the consulting mold to bring new and challenging ideas to the public sector.”
And the year ahead presents plenty of opportunity, he says, including new open office space and a re-launched company strategy. “We’re excited to harness that positive energy to bring innovative new services to the public sector,” he says. “We see an opportunity to bridge consulting and government to promote the exchange of ideas and advance the social good.”
Those are just a few of the reasons that morale is sky-high at Censeo right about now, but Sharma says morale has always been a constant at the firm. “Our employees have always had great morale, and we believe that our commitment to flexibility, work-life balance, and an environment of collaboration supports a positive and upbeat workplace,” he says. “Our employees are encouraged to take initiative, which has translated to opportunities to explore interests outside of work.”
Such as the Social Committee, a ‘grassroots’ effort, that organizes trivia nights, happy hours, outings, and community service events that allow employees to explore their community and build friendships, Sharma says.
“Censeo was founded on values—we believe that values trump strategy, and we have held true to those values,” he says. “Our employees see this commitment to staying true to what is important, and we believe that this dedication to our employees and our community sets us apart.”
Q&A: On the survey, the firm excelled in the areas of: 1) Work/Life Balance and 2) Compensation. Why do you think that is?
Sharma: “As part of our core values of putting our employees first, we prioritize flexible hours and a schedule that allows our employees to excel in their careers and develop professionally, while recognizing that there is life outside of work. We firmly believe that people work best when they are fulfilled and happy, and this commitment to a work/life balance has strengthened our firm and helped us develop exceptional talent.”
Stats Headquarters: Washington, DC Billable Consultants: 40 Client Industries Served: Public Sector Consulting Service Lines: Operations Management, Strategy