why work at peoplefirm?

Do what you love, and love what you do.

We firmly believe you should, and we hope you do, too.

As a member of the PeopleFirm Tribe, you’ll design and implement people-centric solutions for some of the most interesting companies in the world. And you get to do it with a tight-knit group of smart, funny, and genuinely nice people.

We take our work seriously, but never ourselves.

We mean it when we say we’re not like any other consulting firm you might know. Transparency and straight talk are required. Titles, hierarchy, and closed-door office space aren’t interesting to us. We leave the egos outside, and we all roll up our sleeves to get things done. And we know how to celebrate when we finish.

A career at PeopleFirm means living the values that shape our very unique culture. (Check them out a tab or two over).

Our people are our success.

We are committed to helping our clients develop a competitive edge through their people. So, naturally, we believe that our own success comes from a happy, healthy, supported team. At PeopleFirm you’re not a number or a rung on the corporate ladder. We refer to our team as “the tribe,” and we go to great lengths to take care of our own.

Your Work/Life Balance.

Unlimited paid time off. No joke. We trust our employees to take the time they need. Paid holidays, including an extended year-end shutdown through New Year’s Day. Leaves of absence, including a generous paid maternity leave.

Your Health.

Medical, dental, and vision coverage, with PeopleFirm paying 75% of premium costs for our standard plan (a buy-up premium plan is available). Flexible spending accounts. Short- and long-term disability insurance, with PeopleFirm paying 100% of premium costs.

Your Financial Future.

SIMPLE IRA with employer matching. Supplemental life insurance. Annual bonus program in which all employees are eligible to participate.

Your Professional Growth.

Our Lily Pad Career Development Model (you can take a look a few tabs over) allows you to truly shape your own career path. Training and certification opportunities. Projects that allow you to work on the type of stuff you really love. If you are focused on people-centric strategy and implementation efforts like we are, that’s what you’ll be doing.

Opportunities to Connect.

Monthly Tribe all-hands meetings. Regular team celebrations (lunch, dinner, happy hour…) Volunteer, community involvement, and pro bono opportunities. And an annual multi-day retreat for all Tribe members.

Rewards and Recognition.

Annual bonus program in which all employees are eligible to participate. PF Buck$ (we give you cash to reward your co-workers… and for them to reward you). Annual Tribe Awards presented at our retreat(s). And many more, big and small.

life at peoplefirm

You’re looking for something different. So are we.

You can feel the difference the moment you walk into any of our offices. You can hear it, too: stereo turned up, eruptions of laughter, passionate discussions. And you can see it: funky details, green walls, no cubicles, no fancy nameplates. We take our work very seriously, but never ourselves.

We’re not a traditional firm. You might even call us quirky (go ahead, we don’t mind.) And we are lucky to have built an incredible team of consultants who are a little different, too. We strive to create a work environment where you’re known for what you do and how you do it, with minimal hierarchy, and a quirky perspective on titles. One that aspires to recognize our strengths and our differences, and celebrates our successes and learns from our mistakes.

People with successful careers at PeopleFirmer are self-directed, and ready for a culture that supports open feedback and peer-based support.

Our Lily Pad Career Development Model (you can take a look a couple of tabs over) allows for you to take charge of your career path, “hopping” to your next landing pad when you’re ready. It’s unconventional, but it’s works well for the type of creative, outside-the-box people PeopleFirm attracts.

Seattle Culture

Located in the cross section of downtown and the hip, urban Belltown neighborhood, the PeopleFirm headquarters is just steps away from the best of the Emerald City. When we’re not at client sites, we’re happy to come home to our 6th Avenue oasis where we pop around the corner for a Top Pot Doughnut, grab a coffee at Uptown Espresso, or have lunch at Dahlia Lounge. The office is near the crossroads of most of the city’s bus lines, the light rail to the Sea-Tac Airport, and the Monorail.

Tech savvy, highly caffeinated, and just a little geeky, Seattle is home to some of the world’s leading software, retail, consumer product, and aerospace companies. For more about Seattle, visit Seattle.gov’s Living in Seattle guide or visitseattle.org.

Portland Culture

Did you know there’s more to Portland than biking, drinking coffee, and dodging raindrops? Well, sure, some of our employees bike to work in the rain while sipping dark roast, but at our new Portland office, just steps from the Southwest waterfront, where we all come together on Fridays, you can even catch a glimpse of Mt Hood on a sunny day! Located conveniently at the confluence of bike and pedestrian paths, the Portland Streetcar, the Max train, and the freeway, you never feel more than a hop, skip, or a pedal from any destination.

Portland’s embrace of foodie inspired restaurants (food carts included) and proximity to world class outdoor experiences make it a hub for creative, inspired adventurers. For more about Portland, visit travelportland.com.

our values

Take our work seriously, but never ourselves.

You may have seen them scattered throughout this website. That’s because our simple values are incredibly important to us – they are the very heart and soul of who we are.

  • Do what we love and love what we do.
  • Think straight, talk straight, act with integrity.
  • Leave each client interaction better than when we came to it.
  • Celebrate individuals, capitalize on our differences, achieve as a team.
  • Take our work seriously; never take ourselves too seriously.
  • Engage thoughtfully in our communities.
  • Do no harm.

Our culture code

  1. We live our values
  2. We care more about the whole than our share
  3. It’s all a work in progress
  4. Keep the PBC (policies, bureaucracy, and clutter) to a minimum
  5. Great, but not easy
  6. Keep calm and get ‘r done
  7. Value transparency
  8. What matters is how you show up
  9. Practice what you preach
  10. We invest in potential
  11. We each own our own journey
  12. We trust the Tribe (assume best intentions)
  13. Leave our mark
the peoplefirm lily pad model

The PeopleFirm Lily Pad Career Development Model

There are many different ‘hops’ an individual can take in their PF career; our model is a lattice, not a ladder. The point is that you choose your next spot, or elect to stay where you are.

What does it mean to ‘bleed green’?  Think of it as team spirit, and green as our team color.  To bleed green means you are committed 100% (or more!) to the PeopleFirm mission and values.  It is the lily pad we’re all always leaping from.

jobs at peoplefirm

Current job openings

Portland Market Lead

We are looking for a new leader for our Portland office.  This key member of our senior leadership team will focus on Portland market growth, developing new business relationships, and continuing to position PeopleFirm as a positive and recognized brand within the market.

We’re a close-knit team, with a strong culture code, a focus on living and working our values, and the drive to always strive to be better and have fun along the way.  As the leader of this team, you need to have a passion for developing people and cultivating our culture along with rocking business development and delivering work.

Here’s what we expect this person to do:

  • Take accountability for the growth of the Portland market by leading the development of a market-centric strategy for sales and team growth.  Actively drive business development with the express purpose of selling new projects and identifying new opportunities.  Develop proposals, presentations, and statements of work.
  • Develop, broaden and deepen relationships with key business leaders within the Portland market, leverage professional contacts, maintain community involvement, and grow market presence and brand recognition for the benefit of PeopleFirm.
  • Nurture the PeopleFirm team members in Portland to create a positive community aligned with PeopleFirm values and our culture code; drive recruiting strategy and execution, staffing planning, talent review and feedback, support career development, mentoring, promoting and engaging in events with the local team.
  • Partner with PeopleFirm senior leadership team based locally and elsewhere to develop and execute long and short-term strategy.  Contribute to key strategic initiatives for the organization.  Play a critical role in representing Portland market needs as well as contributing to the overall leadership of the firm.
  • Partner with Service Leads to ensure a strong mix of services is delivered and sold in the market, build market-specific sales strategies, and ensure local team members are skilled up to help deliver those services.
  • Strong familiarity with our consulting services especially culture, leadership, org design, people strategy, talent management, and change management.  Lead projects in your areas of expertise and ensure quality delivery across all our projects in the market.  Coach and mentor consultants delivering work across all services.
  • Manage administrative aspects of consultative engagements such as project planning and budgeting, forecasting, risk mitigation, defining deliverables, and ensuring buy-in of proposed solutions from top management levels at the client.


  • 10+ years of experience in management consulting client delivery with a minimum of 5+ years business development and sales of management consulting services.
  • Demonstrated success growing and extending a client base over time.
  • Successful record of growing and developing people.
  • Strong understanding of human capital consulting and ability to oversee and/or deliver consulting in many of our services areas (leadership, culture, organization design, talent management, and change management).
  • Strong communication and client-facing skills, including experience engaging with C-Suite or Executive level clients.
  • Alignment to our values and commitment to diversity & inclusion.

A bit about us:

PeopleFirm is a strategy and implementation management consulting firm dedicated to achieving the ultimate win-win for our clients: inspired people driving inspiring performance.  We are unlike any other consulting firm you may know.  Check out our website (www.peoplefirm.com) for more information about who we are and what we do for our clients, the recognition we’ve earned in the marketplace, and what it’s like to work with us.  With offices in Seattle and Portland OR, and with clients all across the country, we believe even more goodness lies ahead.

Not only do we impress our clients, but we rock it for our own team!  For our employees, we offer a highly competitive compensation package, a discretionary bonus program, medical/dental/vision, life insurance, and short- and long-term disability coverage.  To provide our team members with time to recharge, we offer paid holidays and an unlimited PTO policy.  Finally, to enable our employees to grow and thrive over the course of their career with us, we provide progressive career management processes, no titles, limited hierarchy, and a collaborative team environment.

Recent recognition includes being named as one of the best workplaces by Oregon Business Magazine and a top employer by Oregon Business Monthly Magazine, Seattle Business Monthly Magazine, Seattle Metropolitan Magazine, and Consulting Magazine.  Our firm’s expansion has earned us rankings among top-growth surveys by the Puget Sound Business Journal and Inc’s 500/5000 List.  We have been consistently recognized as one of the top Women-owned Businesses in Washington State.  We are proud of our accomplishments and truly value creating and fostering PeopleFirm as a great workplace for our employees.

We’re growing – and we’re looking for the next talented, generally awesome, person to join our successful practice and blaze new paths. We want a diverse mix of talent, so we seek out people with different types of experiences and backgrounds.

If you would like to apply, please click HERE to fill out an application.

Human Capital Consultant (Seattle or Portland)

PeopleFirm is looking for Seattle and Portland-based consultants with deep expertise in helping employers achieve the ultimate win-win: inspired people driving inspiring performance.

Qualifications include:

  • Significant experience in Change Management, Talent Management, or Organizational Design at Fortune 500 companies
  • Strong consulting chops, including ability to facilitate, develop strong client relations, navigate successfully through ambiguity with grit and tenacity, pay attention to detail while keeping focus on the bigger picture
  • Impressive PowerPoint and Excel skills
  • Collaborative, roll-up-your-sleeves work style
  • Flexibility to travel for project work

Prior consulting experience is a huge plus. Must be based in Seattle or Portland. Relocation is not available at this time.

We want a diverse mix of talent, so we seek out people with different types of experiences and backgrounds.

If you’d like to apply, please click one of the links below:

Portland Human Capital Consultant

Seattle Human Capital Consultant

Portland Based Account Lead:

We’re a people-oriented management consulting firm, and we’re looking to hire an Account Lead position for a Beaverton-based athletic apparel and footwear company.   This role is a key member of the PeopleFirm Portland leadership team, responsible for growing business in this key account, ensuring the delivery of top-quality consulting services, building and maintaining strong client relationships, and mentoring our team of consultants who deliver work for this client.


We’re a close-knit culture (we call ourselves “a Tribe”), with a strong culture code, a focus on living and working our values without a lot of hierarchy, and having fun along the way.  If a team like ours sounds interesting to you, read on for more deets.


Success in this role means driving account growth and revenue by bringing PeopleFirm services to solve client business needs and ensuring profitable delivery.  The Account Lead will achieve this growth by maintaining and enhancing our existing client relationships, as well as expanding our delivery footprint into new teams and departments.  We would like for you to have existing knowledge of  and have established executive-level client relationships at the sportswear company. Leveraging your knowledge and relationships should result in developing a strong account plan that will result in expanding our reach and growth in each account.  Success also means supporting our committed and engaged local team of consultants in achieving their career aspirations, and ensuring we sustain our healthy tribe culture.  Lastly, success means leading our efforts to enhance and promote our unique PeopleFirm brand within the Portland market.


Here’s what we expect this person to do:

  • Define, build, and implement account sales strategy
  • Manage project portfolio, account resources, and identify and develops new opportunities within account.
  • Able to deepen our knowledge of the client’s business needs and map them to our current service offerings.
  • Deliver high quality work as a lead consultant in several of these areas:  organizational effectiveness, change management, leadership development, organizational design and/or HR process improvement.
  • Build trusted client advisor partnerships across the account.
  • Build and manage account team, help develop team knowledge, provide coaching, and remove obstacles that may inhibit individual project success.  Create a positive account environment and ensure account team members have opportunities to meet development goals.
  • Responsible for account quality assurance and minimize any risk associated with project delivery provided to the client.


  • Proven track record of delivering work at the sportswear company and solid existing relationships across the organization.
  • 10+ years of experience in management consulting client delivery with a minimum of 5+ years of experience in account management.
  • Demonstrated success growing and extending a client base over time.
  • Successful record of growing and developing people.
  • Strong communication and client-facing skills, including experience engaging with C-Suite or Executive level clients.
  • Demonstrated organizational and project management capabilities, with the ability to multiple tasks with shifting priorities and varying deadlines
  • Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college/university; advanced degree is a plus

Interested in applying? Click HERE to fill out an application.

Interested in joining our growing team?

We’re looking for innovative experts in change management, talent management, and organizational design. Does this sound like you? You have 8-10 years prior experience, including experience consulting in large firms or firms specializing in organizational performance, change management, talent management, or human capital consulting. You might have an advanced degree in a relevant discipline. You cringe at cookie-cutter solutions, and you’re known for your creativity and innovation. You don’t take yourself too seriously. You can think big and also dive in to do the work. You think straight, talk straight, and communicate well. You have experience with people/team management, as well as large and complex project management. You’re interested in traveling up to 100% to meet a project’s needs. You’ve read our values, and you’re on board with the way we work. If it sounds like a fit, we’d love to hear from you. Apply to one of our Human Capital consultant positions and we’ll review your resume.

Then what?

Like most things about our company, the recruitment process at PeopleFirm is a little different. Because we don’t put too much stock in the hierarchy, there’s no formal ascending path of important people you’ll follow. If your skills and experience seem like a match, over the course of a number of weeks you’ll talk with a range of people from the firm. It might take a little longer than you’re used to, but hang with us — it’s worth it. Because our culture is so important, we want to make sure we’re truly the perfect fit for you, and vice versa, before you become a member of the Tribe. Besides, taking the time to be transparent and making sure all of your questions to be answered sure seems like a good use of our time. And yours.



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