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Vault Consulting 50

The Vault Consulting 50 is our signature list of the best consulting firms to work for.

  • 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 affect employee satisfaction in the months and years after the decision has been made.

    Did you know that for more than 40% 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 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--and these factors change over time as generations shift.

    We continually monitor responses from the consultants we survey to ensure that our ranking methodology accurately reflects the concerns of the people currently employed in the industry.

    In order to properly reflect a company's status as an employer within the consulting industry, the Vault Consulting 50 for 2019 is based on the following weighted formula:

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

    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

2019 Vault Consulting 50

1
SCORE
9.370

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

2018 Rank
1
2
SCORE
9.247

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

2018 Rank
3
3
SCORE
9.222

The Boston Consulting Group, Inc.

The name may sound local, but The Boston Consulting Group's reach-and expertise-is anything but. With over 16,000 employees in over 90 offices in 50...

TRENDING

2018 Rank
2
4
SCORE
8.280

Deloitte Consulting LLP

Deloitte provides industry-leading audit, consulting, tax, and advisory services to many of the world's most admired brands, including more than 85...

TRENDING

2018 Rank
4
5
SCORE
7.727

Oliver Wyman

Oliver Wyman is part of the Marsh & McLennan Companies (MMC), a global professional services network with brands and affiliates in more than 100...

TRENDING

2018 Rank
5
6
SCORE
7.711

Putnam Associates

Over the last 30 years Putnam Associates has grown into a premier strategy consulting firm serving biopharmaceutical, biotechnology (cell, gene and...

TRENDING

2018 Rank
7
7
SCORE
7.684

EY-Parthenon

EY-Parthenon is a strategy consulting outfit with 1,500+ members in 40+ office locations worldwide. The firm advises c-suite, business, and...

TRENDING

2018 Rank
8
8
SCORE
7.662

PricewaterhouseCoopers Advisory Services LLC (PwC Advisory Services)

PwC's (PricewaterhouseCoopers) Advisory practice, PricewaterhouseCoopers Advisory Services LLC ("PwC Advisory Services"), provides a mix of industry and...

TRENDING

2018 Rank
11
9
SCORE
7.651

The Bridgespan Group

The Bridgespan Group is a global consulting firm that serves nonprofit organizations, NGOs and philanthropy by collaborating with mission driven leaders...

TRENDING

2018 Rank
6
10
SCORE
7.630

Accenture

A pioneer of information technology in the 1950s, to defining what success looks like in the 21st century and beyond, Accenture has been a disruptive...

TRENDING

2018 Rank
14
11
SCORE
7.568

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

2018 Rank
12
12
SCORE
7.548

KPMG LLP (Advisory)

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

TRENDING

2018 Rank
16
13
SCORE
7.540

Strategy&, part of the PwC network

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

TRENDING

2018 Rank
18
14
SCORE
7.481

L.E.K. Consulting

L.E.K. Consulting is a global management consulting firm that uses deep industry expertise and rigorous analysis to help business leaders achieve...

TRENDING

2018 Rank
9
15
SCORE
7.460

GE Healthcare Partners

GE Healthcare Partners is the management consulting arm of GE Healthcare. The firm serves as an activation partner for clients, collaborating to design...

TRENDING

2018 Rank
NR
16
SCORE
7.283

The Brattle Group

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

TRENDING

2018 Rank
10
17
SCORE
7.280

Roland Berger

From its humble beginning as a small, one-man consulting firm, Roland Berger has grown into an international giant. Ranked among the top-10 in global...

TRENDING

2018 Rank
17
18
SCORE
7.253

Insight Sourcing Group

Founded in 2002, Insight Sourcing Group is a consulting firm that focuses exclusively on strategic sourcing and procurement. Led by alumni of some of the...

TRENDING

2018 Rank
13
19
SCORE
7.206

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

2018 Rank
NR
20
SCORE
7.175

Alvarez & Marsal

Innovative by nature, Alvarez & Marsal has the expertise to work with established players, start-ups and everything in between.  A&M is a...

TRENDING

2018 Rank
19
21
SCORE
7.164

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

2018 Rank
NR
22
SCORE
7.130

The Keystone Group

Founded in 1991, The Keystone Group is a management consulting firm that works with mid-market manufacturing and distribution clients to develop and...

TRENDING

2018 Rank
NR
23
SCORE
7.069

ghSMART

ghSMART was founded in 1995 by Geoff Smart. 

TRENDING

2018 Rank
NR
24
SCORE
7.065

ClearView Healthcare Partners

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

TRENDING

2018 Rank
15
25
SCORE
7.045

ZS

ZS is the world's largest consulting firm focused exclusively on helping companies improve overall performance and grow revenue and market share through...

TRENDING

2018 Rank
30
26
SCORE
7.016

Health Advances, LLC

The professionals at Health Advances consult about one thing and one thing only: health care. Established in 1992, the firm's core belief is that...

TRENDING

2018 Rank
21
27
SCORE
6.966

LeapPoint

We drive enterprise change through the delivery of innovative solutions. Whether your organization needs strategic insight or tactical support, we...

TRENDING

2018 Rank
47
28
SCORE
6.961

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

2018 Rank
NR
29
SCORE
6.927

Eagle Hill Consulting

Billing itself as a "family-run, woman-owned company," Eagle Hill Consulting serves clients in four distinct sectors: financial services; public service;...

TRENDING

2018 Rank
25
30
SCORE
6.909

Simon-Kucher & Partners

Simon-Kucher & Partners is a global consulting firm specializing in strategy, marketing, pricing and sales. Founded in 1985, the firm focuses on...

TRENDING

2018 Rank
22
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