Top Ranked

Best Consulting Firms to Work For

Which firms fare best on these individual rankings of key employment factors?

  • Survey Methodology

    When it comes to choosing an employer, there is no question that prestige is important. However, our survey data indicates time and again that many other factors come into play when weighing a choice-and even more that affect employee satisfaction in the months and years after the decision has been made.

    Did you know that for 43% of consulting firm candidates, firm culture was the most important factor in selecting an employer? Other top factors include practice strength and work-life balance, in addition to prestige and compensation.

    But choosing an employer is only part of the equation-staying there over a period of time is something else entirely. And while elements like firm culture, compensation and work-life balance remain important as part of that picture, other factors such as satisfaction and the ability to make career progress also emerge as critical differentiators of top employers.

    In order to properly reflect a company's status as an employer within the consulting industry, the Vault Consulting 50 is based on the following weighted formula:

    • 30 percent prestige
    • 15 percent satisfaction
    • 15 percent firm culture
    • 15 percent compensation
    • 10 percent work-life balance
    • 10 percent overall business outlook
    • 5 percent promotion policies

    As ever, our survey is only open to consultants who are currently employed at reputable firms in the industry. When rating quality of life issues, consultants are only permitted to rate their own firm. For prestige and practice area rankings, however, consultants are only allowed to rate competitors, and NOT their own firms.

  • Ranking History

2013 Best Consulting Firms for Compensation

1
SCORE
9.367

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

2012 Rank
1
2
SCORE
9.233

The Boston Consulting Group, Inc.

The name may sound local, but The Boston Consulting Group's reach-and expertise-is anything but. With over 12,000 employees in 85 offices in 48...

TRENDING

2012 Rank
2
3
SCORE
8.893

McKinsey & Company

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

TRENDING

2012 Rank
6
4
SCORE
8.585

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

2012 Rank
7
5
SCORE
8.568

ClearView Healthcare Partners

ClearView is a boutique consulting firm in the life science strategy field. The company has enjoyed exponential growth since its founding in 2007,...

TRENDING

2012 Rank
NR
6
SCORE
8.468

Pearl Meyer

Pearl Meyer is the leading advisor to Boards and senior management on the alignment of executive compensation with business and leadership strategy,...

TRENDING

2012 Rank
16
7
SCORE
8.370

OC&C Strategy Consultants

The name says it all If you want to know what OC&C Strategy Consultants does, you don't need to look too far for answers-it's right there in...

TRENDING

2012 Rank
17
8
SCORE
8.293

Cornerstone Research

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

TRENDING

2012 Rank
8
9
SCORE
8.268

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

2012 Rank
NR
10
SCORE
8.267

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

2012 Rank
NR
11
SCORE
8.224

Bates White Economic Consulting

Bates White is a mid-sized consultancy specializing in advanced economic, financial and econometric analysis. The company's professional staff-among them...

TRENDING

2012 Rank
NR
12
SCORE
8.219

Censeo Consulting Group

Censeo Consulting Group specializes in strategy and operations, with a specific focus on mission driven organizations. The firm tries to break away from...

TRENDING

2012 Rank
15
13
SCORE
8.214

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

2012 Rank
9
14
SCORE
8.207

Milliman, Inc

An independent streak Seattle-based Milliman, Inc., is proud of its independence, never answering to outside ownership or influence. That kind...

TRENDING

2012 Rank
3
15
SCORE
8.184

The Brattle Group

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

TRENDING

2012 Rank
NR
16
SCORE
8.015

Point B

The consulting industry has a reputation for long hours, extensive travel and high employee burnout. Point B is doing its best to change that...

TRENDING

2012 Rank
18
17
SCORE
8.000

Marakon

Founded in 1978 and acquired by Charles River Associates (CRA) in 2009, Marakon has maintained its mission throughout the years: partnering with senior...

TRENDING

2012 Rank
NR
18
SCORE
7.959

West Monroe Partners

Chicago's own West Monroe Partners is a North American business and technology consulting firm focused on partnering with organizations to...

TRENDING

2012 Rank
10
19
SCORE
7.896

Trinity Partners, LLC

Trinity Partners is one of the fastest growing consulting firms in the health care industry, but with just three offices and over 100 employees, it has...

TRENDING

2012 Rank
14
20
SCORE
7.882

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

2012 Rank
5