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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 2018 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

2018 Vault Consulting 50

1
SCORE
9.296

McKinsey & Company

The McKinsey mystique McKinsey & Company is a privately owned management consulting firm. Roundly considered to be the most prestigious company of...

TRENDING

2017 Rank
3
2
SCORE
9.218

The Boston Consulting Group, Inc.

Boston's best The name may sound local, but The Boston Consulting Group's reach-and expertise-is anything but. With 4,800 consultants in 77 offices in...

TRENDING

2017 Rank
2
3
SCORE
9.192

Bain & Company

Global firm Founded in 1973, Bain is one of the world's leading consulting firms. The firm's 5,400 consultants help business leaders make the big...

TRENDING

2017 Rank
1
4
SCORE
8.258

Deloitte Consulting LLP

Do it with Deloitte Deloitte Consulting LLP ("Deloitte Consulting"), based in New York, operates in three primary areas-human capital, strategy...

TRENDING

2017 Rank
4
5
SCORE
7.730

Oliver Wyman

Tracing the family tree New York-based Oliver Wyman is part of the Marsh & McLennan Companies, a global professional services network with brands...

TRENDING

2017 Rank
5
6
SCORE
7.689

The Bridgespan Group

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TRENDING

2017 Rank
9
7
SCORE
7.649

Putnam Associates

Pharma fans Since 1988, Putnam Associates has developed its niche as a specialized strategy consulting firm for clients in the pharmaceutical,...

TRENDING

2017 Rank
11
8
SCORE
7.589

EY-Parthenon

Temple of consulting expertise The Parthenon Group is a business strategy consulting outfit with expertise in corporate strategy, private equity,...

TRENDING

2017 Rank
21
9
SCORE
7.520

L.E.K. Consulting

Getting to like L.E.K. Founded in 1983, L.E.K. Consulting is a strategy consulting firm that offers five major capabilities to its clients:...

TRENDING

2017 Rank
8
10
SCORE
7.487

The Brattle Group

From Harvard Square to Trafalgar Square The Brattle Group provides consulting and expert testimony services on economic, financial, regulatory and...

TRENDING

2017 Rank
10
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