Phil Stott

Phil Stott is a Vault Editor. Since joining Vault in 2007, he has covered a variety of industries including consulting, consumer products and technology. He is also well-versed in general career issues, having worked in a variety of fields including freelance journalism, consumer banking, English language teaching, soccer coaching and more. Originally from Scotland, he holds an undergraduate degree in English Literature and Modern History and a Masters in Research in Civil Engineering. 


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Workplace Harassment: Lessons from Harvey Weinstein

by Phil Stott  |  October 11, 2017

In the swirl of allegations surrounding Harvey Weinstein, one of the most disturbing threads to have emerged is how little support is available to victims of sexual harassment in the workplace. Yes: victims are theoretically protected by the law. But in Weinstein's case-and in so many others-the reality of life is that speaking out against powerful people can come with serious personal and professional consequences, including victims sabotaging their own careers. This, in a nutshell, is... Read More >

How to Deal with Conflict at Work

by Phil Stott  |  October 09, 2017

Some people thrive on conflict, while others seek to avoid it at any cost. When it comes to your career, knowing which end of that spectrum you fall on-and in which situations you should try to change your natural behavior-can make all the difference to your ability to have productive relationships with your colleagues. In this video, Harvard Business Review contributing editor Amy Gallo breaks down everything you need to be more effective at dealing with conflict in the workplace. She... Read More >

How to Fix the Gender Problem in Tech

by Phil Stott  |  October 03, 2017

It's no secret that the tech industry has something of a problem when it comes to diversity. Dominated by men, it's an industry that has an extensive rap sheet when it comes to issues faced by women in its ranks, including unequal pay, lack of promotion opportunities, and workplace environments that are downright hostile. While events at companies such as Uber and Google have shone a light on some of these attitudes and practices in recent months, it's safe to say that the culture of the... Read More >

The Best Consulting Firms in Europe, 2018

by Phil Stott  |  September 27, 2017

I am delighted to announce the release of Vault's rankings of the Best Consulting Firms to Work for in Europe in 2018. These rankings represent the last of the three regions we cover-the other two being the US and APAC. As with those rankings, the Best Consulting Firms in Europe are based on our annual survey of leading employers within the consulting industry, and take into account everything from a firm's external reputation (its prestige score) to individual quality of life factors-all... Read More >

The Best Consulting Firms in Asia-Pacific, 2018

by Phil Stott  |  September 12, 2017

I am delighted to announce the release of Vault's rankings of the Best Consulting Firms to Work for in Asia-Pacific in 2018. As in our other regions, these rankings are based on our annual survey of leading employers within the consulting industry, and take into account everything from a firm's external reputation (its prestige score) to individual quality of life factors-all of which also have separate ranking categories, which you can find links to towards the end of this post. Without... Read More >

The Most Prestigious Consulting Firms, 2018

by Phil Stott  |  September 05, 2017

Prestige is an important component in selecting a consulting firm for both consultants and their clients. It's something of a virtuous cycle: when a firm is well-regarded, it offers peace of mind to those who pay the bills for its services; that helps to attract top-tier clients; which in turn attracts top candidates to the firm who can provide work that clients are satisfied with. But while it's an important-if intangible-metric for clients, there's an extra layer to the prestige question... Read More >

Leadership Lessons: Find Someone to Follow

by Phil Stott  |  August 30, 2017

Much of what you'll read about leadership and entrepreneurialism focuses on visionaries-people who stick their neck out and make it big by following their dreams. But what that commentary often misses is the importance of the people around them-something that is perfectly captured in the video below. (Disclosure: I know it's been around for a while, but it's definitely worth rediscovering).   In the video, entrepreneur Derek Sivers provides a voiceover to a clip that went viral back... Read More >

The Best Boutique Consulting Firms to Work For 2018

by Phil Stott  |  August 28, 2017

As you may be aware, we announced our annual list of the Best Consulting Firms to Work For last week.  What you might not have noticed, given the fanfare that surrounds the main list, is how granular our rankings get--we rank firms across a variety of practice areas (like strategy consulting) and individual quality of life factors (like compensation, firm culture, work-life balance and diversity). In the coming days, I'll be highlighting some of those rankings here on the blog and... Read More >

Vault's Top 50 Consulting Firms for 2018

by Phil Stott  |  August 22, 2017

I am delighted to announce the release of the 2018 Vault Consulting rankings. Without further ado, here are the top 10 consulting firms to work for in North America in 2018: McKinsey & Company The Boston Consulting Group, Inc. Read More >

Spotting Fake News: A New Career Skill?

by Phil Stott  |  July 31, 2017

Ask anyone involved in journalism, and they'll tell you that the role of media organizations in general-and journalists in particular-has become significantly more technical in recent years. Gone are the days when a journalist could make some calls, churn out some copy, and call it a day. Many newsrooms now screen candidates for their proficiency with different content management systems, their ability to wrangle large data sets, and their understanding of social media trends and... Read More >