Top Ranked

Most Prestigious Consulting Firms

Consultants across North America rank the companies they consider to be the most prestigious in their industry.

  • Survey Methodology

    Survey respondents were asked to rate each consulting firm in the survey on a scale from 1 to 10 based on prestige, with 10 being the most prestigious. Consultants were unable to rate their own firm, and they were asked to rate only those firms with which they were familiar.

    Vault collected the survey results and averaged the score for each firm. The firms were then ranked, with the highest score being No. 1, down to No. 50.

    Remember that Vault's top-50 prestigious consulting firms are chosen by practicing consultants at top consulting firms. Vault does not choose or influence these rankings. The rankings measure perceived prestige (as determined by consulting professionals) and not revenue, size or lifestyle.

  • Ranking History

2014 Most Prestigious Consulting Firms

1
SCORE
8.891

McKinsey & Company

McKinsey & Company is a privately owned management consulting firm. Roundly considered to be the most prestigious company of its kind, it has...

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2013 Rank
1
2
SCORE
8.617

The Boston Consulting Group, Inc.

The name may sound local, but The Boston Consulting Group's reach-and expertise-is anything but. With over 10,000 employees in 82 offices in 46...

TRENDING

2013 Rank
2
3
SCORE
8.427

Bain & Company

Founded in 1973, Bain is one of the world's most prestigious consulting firms. Today Bain & Company is one of the world's most respected companies....

TRENDING

2013 Rank
3
4
SCORE
7.006

Strategy&, part of the PwC network

Strategy& is the global strategy consulting business of Big 4 professional services firm PwC. Formerly Booz & Company, the firm was acquired by...

TRENDING

2013 Rank
4
5
SCORE
6.775

Deloitte Consulting LLP

With more than 68,000 professionals, Deloitte LLP and its subsidiaries work in four key business areas-audit, risk and financial advisory, tax, and...

TRENDING

2013 Rank
5
6
SCORE
6.733

Booz Allen Hamilton

With roots that can be traced back almost a century, Booz Allen Hamilton has carved its own place in the consulting industry as an indispensible advisor...

TRENDING

2013 Rank
NR
7
SCORE
6.370

PricewaterhouseCoopers Advisory Services LLC (PwC Advisory Services)

PwC's (PricewaterhouseCoopers) Advisory practice, PricewaterhouseCoopers Advisory Services LLC ("PwC Advisory Services"), provides the right mix of...

TRENDING

2013 Rank
6
8
SCORE
6.338

EY (Ernst & Young) LLP Consulting Practice

For two decades, EY has helped clients stay on the straight and narrow.  The world's second-largest accounting firm, Ernst & Young's 144,000...

TRENDING

2013 Rank
7
9
SCORE
6.072

IBM Global Services

IBM Global Services works hard to make clients' businesses work better.  The group includes IBM's consulting, systems integration and applications...

TRENDING

2013 Rank
12
10
SCORE
6.070

Accenture

Accenture is a success story by any measure. The company's history has been more than 60 years in the making-from the earliest days as a pioneer in the...

TRENDING

2013 Rank
8
11
SCORE
5.850

KPMG LLP (Consulting Practice)

Professional services giant KPMG International operates as an international network of independent member firms, which includes KPMG LLP, the U.S. member...

TRENDING

2013 Rank
11
12
SCORE
5.800

Oliver Wyman

New York-based Oliver Wyman is part of the Marsh & McLennan Companies (MMC), a global professional services network with brands and affiliates in...

TRENDING

2013 Rank
10
13
SCORE
5.691

A.T. Kearney

As a consultancy, A.T. Kearney has a rich heritage that dates back to the 1920s, with the founding of McKinsey & Company and the arrival of...

TRENDING

2013 Rank
14
14
SCORE
5.403

Mercer LLC

Mercer is a global consulting leader in talent, health, retirement and investments, making a difference in the lives of more than 110 million people...

TRENDING

2013 Rank
13
15
SCORE
5.210

Gartner, Inc.

One of the more recognizable names in the consulting world, Gartner is a firm whose reputation is built on its capabilities in technology research and...

TRENDING

2013 Rank
NR
16
SCORE
5.203

Cisco Systems, Inc. (IT Consulting)

Cisco Systems designs, makes and sells internet protocol-based networking products, as well as other products used in the communications and IT...

TRENDING

2013 Rank
NR
17
SCORE
5.152

L.E.K. Consulting

Founded in 1983, L.E.K. Consulting is a strategy consulting firm that offers four major capabilities to its clients: strategy, mergers and acquisitions,...

TRENDING

2013 Rank
15
18
SCORE
5.020

Capgemini

With more than 125,000 employees spread across 44 countries, Capgemini is a leading global provider of technology, consulting and outsourcing services....

TRENDING

2013 Rank
16
19
SCORE
4.836

Lockheed Martin Corporation (IT Consulting)

Lockheed Martin is a global security company focused on domestic and foreign defense and civil markets, with the U.S. Department of Defense and other...

TRENDING

2013 Rank
NR
20
SCORE
4.664

Oracle Consulting

Along with Microsoft and IBM, Oracle is one of the three largest software companies in the world. It specializes in database and middleware software, as...

TRENDING

2013 Rank
NR
21
SCORE
4.470

Parthenon-EY

Parthenon-EY is a strategy consulting outfit with 600 members in 22 office locations worldwide. The firm advises c-suite, business, and organizational...

TRENDING

2013 Rank
18
22
SCORE
4.463

ZS Associates

ZS Associates is a global management consulting firm specializing in sales and marketing consulting. Founded in 1983 by Kellogg School of Management...

TRENDING

2013 Rank
17
23
SCORE
4.429

Navigant Consulting, Inc.

Navigant is an independent specialized, global professional services firm that combines deep industry knowledge with technical expertise to enable...

TRENDING

2013 Rank
19
24
SCORE
4.416

The Bridgespan Group

The Bridgespan Group is a consulting firm that serves the nonprofit sector by partnering with leaders in the social sector to "help scale impact, build...

TRENDING

2013 Rank
NR
25
SCORE
4.374

Huron Consulting Group

Huron Consulting Group offers consulting services from industry professionals in the healthcare, education, legal and business sectors. With a global...

TRENDING

2013 Rank
24
26
SCORE
4.349

Charles River Associates

Founded in 1965 and celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2015, Boston-based Charles River Associates (CRA) is a global consulting firm specializing in...

TRENDING

2013 Rank
37
27
SCORE
4.336

Grant Thornton LLP (Consulting Practice)

  Grant Thornton is one of just six worldwide tax, audit and advisory organizations.  Although not a member of the so-called Big Four, the...

TRENDING

2013 Rank
28
28
SCORE
4.329

SAP Services (IT Consulting)

SAP is the world's third-largest independent software manufacturer, based on market capitalization-a stat that makes the firm one of the world leaders in...

TRENDING

2013 Rank
NR
29
SCORE
4.300

NERA Economic Consulting

NERA Economic Consulting makes its buck off understanding what many people can't: the economy. The New York-based firm provides economic advice,...

TRENDING

2013 Rank
20
30
SCORE
4.211

Roland Berger Strategy Consultants

From its humble beginning as a small, one-man consulting firm, Roland Berger Strategy Consultants has grown into an international giant. Ranked among the...

TRENDING

2013 Rank
22
31
SCORE
4.187

Towers Watson

Founded in 2010, Towers Watson is one of the world's largest HR and actuarial consulting firms-the result of a merger between Towers Perrin and Watson...

TRENDING

2013 Rank
25
32
SCORE
4.169

Alvarez & Marsal

Founded in 1983, Alvarez & Marsal is a global professional services firm with one overriding specialty:  helping companies and investors take...

TRENDING

2013 Rank
32
33
SCORE
4.160

Gallup Consulting

Gallup helps its clients grow from the inside out. Unlike other consulting firms, it says, which provide services in traditional disciplines like cost...

TRENDING

2013 Rank
26
34
SCORE
4.116

Northrop Grumman Corporation (IT Consulting)

Northrop Grumman is an aerospace and defense technology company, and also the world's largest shipbuilder.  It is involved in the design,...

TRENDING

2013 Rank
NR
35
SCORE
4.086

FTI Consulting, Inc.

Thriving as a global consultancy FTI Consulting has grown from a small forensic consulting firm founded in Annapolis, Maryland in 1982, into a global...

TRENDING

2013 Rank
29
36
SCORE
4.034

Aon Hewitt

Before there was Aon Hewitt, there were two companies: Aon and Hewitt. The former was a leading provider of risk management and insurance services, while...

TRENDING

2013 Rank
36
37
SCORE
4.013

Arthur D. Little

Arthur D. Little has been at the forefront of innovation since 1886. It is an acknowledged thought leader in linking strategy, innovation and...

TRENDING

2013 Rank
21
38
SCORE
3.948

The Cambridge Group

Supplying the demand If the consultants at The Cambridge Group were your Economics 101 professor, you would not have learned supply and demand,...

TRENDING

2013 Rank
23
39
SCORE
3.947

Cornerstone Research

In traditional architecture, a cornerstone is a stone representing the nominal starting place in the construction of a monumental building. Cornerstone...

TRENDING

2013 Rank
30
40
SCORE
3.939

AlixPartners, LLP

AlixPartners is an international business advisory firm that built its reputation through its work in corporate turnaround and restructuring. Now, with...

TRENDING

2013 Rank
27
41
SCORE
3.910

Kurt Salmon

Kurt Salmon is a management consulting firm that offers services in four broad industries: CIO advisory, global financial services, health care, and...

TRENDING

2013 Rank
33
42
SCORE
3.734

The Advisory Board Company

D.C.-based Advisory Board Company is a membership-based professional services firm that provides best practices research, analysis, executive education...

TRENDING

2013 Rank
35
43
SCORE
3.725

HP Services

**NOTE: In March 2015, HP announced that it would be splitting into 2 separate companies, effective November 2015: HP Inc., which will house the printer...

TRENDING

2013 Rank
NR
44
SCORE
3.711

Analysis Group, Inc.

Boston-based Analysis Group provides expertise in economics, finance, health care analytics, and strategy to top law firms, Fortune 500 companies, global...

TRENDING

2013 Rank
34
45
SCORE
3.674

Infosys Consulting Inc.

Parent and child Created in 2004, Infosys Consulting is an off-shoot of Indian tech outsourcing and business consulting giant...

TRENDING

2013 Rank
NR
46
SCORE
3.600

BDO Consulting

BDO and friends New York City-based BDO Consulting provides litigation, investigation, restructuring and risk advisory services to corporations, law...

TRENDING

2013 Rank
46
47
SCORE
3.557

Xerox Services

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TRENDING

2013 Rank
NR
48
SCORE
3.553

RSM Consulting Services

Midwestern giant McGladrey LLP is the largest U.S. assurance, tax and consulting firm focused on the middle market, with  more than...

TRENDING

2013 Rank
NR
49
SCORE
3.514

Hitachi Consulting

Yes: That Hitachi Even those who know nothing about Hitachi Consulting should be capable of guessing a few key facts about the company: yes, it's...

TRENDING

2013 Rank
NR
50
SCORE
3.509

The Brattle Group

The Brattle Group answers complex economic, regulatory, and financial questions for corporations, law firms, and governments around the world....

TRENDING

2013 Rank
39