Vault Consulting Editors

Vault's Consult THIS covers breaking news of interest to consultants, tips on getting hired, and discussion of key issues in the life of a consultant.

Contributors have included:

  • Phil Stott: Phil Stott is currently Vault's consulting editor.  Originally from Scotland, he has lived in Eastern Europe, Asia, and the U.S., and has worked in fields such as consumer banking, education, and journalism.
  • Sam Reynolds: Sam graduated from the College of Charleston with a BA in English. He has worked as a newspaper writer and reporter.
  • Naomi Newman: Naomi Newman graduated with a BA in American Studies from Barnard College, with a concentration in economics. Naomi has edited numerous Vault guides, including the Vault Guide to the Top 25 Technology Consulting Firms.

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A Decade of Dominance for McKinsey & Company in Vault Consul

by Vault Consulting Editors  |  August 25, 2011

Vault.com is continuing its Consulting Week celebration today with the release of its annual Consulting Prestige Rankings for 2012 and while yesterday's rankings went beyond prestige, today's rankings are all about name value. Yes, quality of life matters to a lot of jobseekers, but many still want to work for the most prestigious firm.  And when it comes to prestige, they don't come any better than McKinsey & Company.  Like Wachtell in Law and Goldman... Read More >

Important Checklist for Work Travel

by Vault Consulting Editors  |  August 23, 2011

by Kristine Schoonmaker, MyConsultingLife.ComLearning how to pack for a week away may be the one of the biggest adjustments for those new to the travel scene.  One thing you'll learn very quickly is that checking bags is never high on the list.  You lose way too much time dropping off and picking up.  Besides, who can afford the risk of lost luggage and having nothing to wear to your client?  This means you must carry on and learn how to get four days' worth of... Read More >

Consulting Week Kicks Off With Unveiling of the 2012 Vault C

by Vault Consulting Editors  |  August 23, 2011

Consultants are having their voices heard and as Vault celebrates Consulting Week, those voices are letting us know that prestige is only a small percentage of what they look for when searching for a job. For the second straight year, survey responders have made it clear that quality of life concerns far out rank the name and the size of a firm.  The beneficiary of this declaration is once again Bain & Company. Bain & Company has repeated its claim to the title... Read More >

10 Things NOT To Do in a Project Interview

by Vault Consulting Editors  |  August 17, 2011

by Kristine Schoonmaker, MyConsultingLife.ComInterviews can be nerve-wracking, especially when what's at stake is a role for you and a new project for your firm.  During the proposal process clients often want to meet the prospective team, or at least the key members, before they make their final decision.  And it's understandable.  If you were going to pay someone even $50,000 for a project, never mind millions, wouldn't you?  While you may have found... Read More >

Bully Clients and How to Deal with Them as a Consultant

by Vault Consulting Editors  |  August 12, 2011

by Kristine Schoonmaker, MyConsultingLife.ComThe subject of bullies has garnered a lot of attention in recent years. But bullies don't just exist on the playground, on Facebook or in the halls of local high schools. "Mean girls" (or guys) can be found at the office too. Can you imagine being yelled at, cursed at and even kicked out of the room by a client? What about being intimidated and raked over the coals every week in your status meetings? Seem crazy?Luckily, many... Read More >

6 Ways to Make the Most of Your Consulting Internship

by Vault Consulting Editors  |  July 15, 2011

By Kristine Schoonmaker, MyConsultingLife.ComSummer internships are a rite of passage for aspiring consultants. It's a chance to get some real experience, increase your exposure with a firm, and see if you even like consulting. Whether your ultimate goal is a job offer or just to try before you buy, here are six ways to make the most of your internship. Establish a strong track record. Internships are a tryout for the real deal. If you expect to get an offer at the end of your... Read More >

Will Romney's Bain Record Become a Political Whipping Post?

by Vault Consulting Editors  |  July 14, 2011

Uh-oh. Candidates are still dithering over whether or not to enter the Republican primary for the 2012 Presidential election, and we're already getting a sense of what the Democrats' narrative is going to look like should some of them win-specifically Mitt Romney. Given the blog you're reading, you've probably guessed already that it's going to have something to do with his time at Bain & Co.You'd be correct.Politico is featuring a piece today with the cringe-inducing... Read More >

McKinsey's Obamacare Report Sparks Political Firestorm

by Vault Consulting Editors  |  June 17, 2011

Whether you love it or simply love to hate it, these days there's just no getting away from McKinsey, the world's most famous consulting firm. While McKinsey has built its hard-earned reputation on intelligence, savvy and a distinct sense of elitism (I mean this in the most complimentary way possible, of course), The Firm has been at the center of more controversy than compliment in 2011. Now, in the immediate wake of the damaging Rajat Gutpa insider trading scandal, McKinsey is facing... Read More >

Harrisburg Consultants Deliver Long Awaited Recovery Plan

by Vault Consulting Editors  |  June 14, 2011

Readers of Consult THIS will be aware that Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, the once-proud state capital now home to less than 50,000 people, is in serious economic trouble. Strapped with hundreds of millions in debt, state officials have conceded that the city no longer controls its own destiny (for specifics on the damage, see here). We could be witnessing the death throes of a classic American city: it's all very strange and morbidly interesting stuff. But this is a consulting blog, you... Read More >

Amid Unrest, Accenture Slides Into Middle East

by Vault Consulting Editors  |  June 10, 2011

Reports this week suggest that American drone attacks on Yemeni militants had reached unprecedented frequency as the country's attention remains fixed on the current political and social upheaval. Of course, such unrest has gripped the entire region in the last few months, crippling governments and economies across the Middle East. Despite the obvious dangers and uncertainties, however, Western companies have continued to seek investment opportunities in anticipation of what will be a new... Read More >

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