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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News Round-up: McKinsey, Deloitte, Booz Allen and More

by Vault Consulting Editors  |  June 09, 2011

Hello folks. I know: for the last few weeks you have struggled mightily to cope without your go-to source for the most relevant and interesting consulting news the industry has to offer. But fear not: your cruel drought has ended. The news round-up is back on Consult THIS and better than ever.Let's pick up right where we left off. While there haven't been any Gupta-worthy blockbusters in the past few weeks, the biggest names in the industry have been as busy as ever. And yes,... Read More >

"We Made Some Mistakes": The Monitor Group in Libya

by Vault Consulting Editors  |  May 26, 2011

Ever since it came to light that Cambridge, MA-based consultancy the Monitor Group had once represented Colonel Muammar Qaddafi's Libya, the questions have been swirling. What did the firm do there? How much were they paid? Should they have been there at all? What does this mean for the firm's reputation—and for the individuals involved? Was CEO Mark Fuller's decision to step down earlier this month just a coincidence?Read More >

Booz Allen ships transportation consulting unit

by Vault Consulting Editors  |  May 12, 2011

Booz Allen Hamilton announced yesterday that it would sell its state and local government transportation consulting business to CH2M HILL, a Denver-based consulting and engineering outfit. Booz Allen, itself based in McLean, Virginia, explained that "this transaction enables the firm to better focus on its core federal government work."CH2M HILL is forking over $28.5 million for the practice group, which Booz Allen says amounts to less than 1 percent of its overall consulting business (at... Read More >

Controversial Charles River Associates study sparks NYC deba

by Vault Consulting Editors  |  May 11, 2011

Boston-based consultancy Charles River Associates found itself the subject of a tense political debate this week in the nation's largest city. On Monday, the firm published an executive summary of a study entitled "The Economic Impacts on New York City of Proposed Living Wage Mandate", warning of the economic consequences such a mandate might have on jobs and private investment in Manhattan and the other boroughs. The release of the long-await study prompted a barrage of political crowing... Read More >

Free Stuff: The 3 Questions New Consultants Need Answered

by Vault Consulting Editors  |  May 10, 2011

By Kristine Schoonmaker, MyConsultingLife.ComWhen you're trying to break into consulting, there's a lot of prep that goes into getting past the interview alone. But it's once you land the job that the real fun begins!Have you ever considered the things you need to do-right now-to start building valuable experience, perform well on your projects, and maintain sanity in your schedule and personal life? Better yet, how can you set yourself up to get known in your practice and... Read More >

Two threats facing the consulting industry

by Vault Consulting Editors  |  May 09, 2011

As the consulting industry gradually emerges from the dark days of the Great Recession, the numbers are creeping back up to pre-recessionary levels: utilization and billing rates are up, pipelines are bulging and recruiters are busy. But even now, with all signs pointing skyward, new trends are emerging that might threaten the industry's return to lucrative prominence.In a concise, well-argued piece, Fiona Czerniawska, founder of, discusses two emergent trends that... Read More >

11 Ways to Maximize Your Time 'On the Beach'

by Vault Consulting Editors  |  May 09, 2011

By Kristine Schoonmaker, MyConsultingLife.ComNew consultants: What can you do to make your transition to consulting easy? On Wednesday, May 11, Kristine Schoonmaker will host a free tele-seminar, in which the former Accenture exec dishes on how new consultants can differentiate themselves from the pack. It's called "3 Questions You Need Answered to Guarantee Your Success the First Year in Consulting", and it's a must-see for anyone who's accepted an offer, worked briefly in the industry,... Read More >

4 Observations of Consultants Who Excel at Work/Life Balance

by Vault Consulting Editors  |  May 06, 2011

By Kristine Schoonmaker, MyConsultingLife.ComWork/life balance for consultants is a subject that absolutely fascinates me. It's a big topic of concern for many and often one of the major contributors to waning job satisfaction. Yet, it's also something that many simply accept as an elusive and impractical goal for this profession. While many opt to just suck it up and consider it unreasonable to expect any type of balance, I fiercely disagree. There is far too much at stake not to stand... Read More >

Capgemini is growing fast, hiring faster

by Vault Consulting Editors  |  May 05, 2011

French IT consultancy Capgemini hired nearly 9,000 new consultants in the first quarter of 2011, the firm noted today in its Q1 financial report. Yes, folks, that's roughly 100 a day. That impressive stretch caps a year in which the company grew its employee ranks by 20 percent. Indeed, much of that hiring has occurred offshore in India, where the firm now has nearly 34,000 employees, but these Paris-based tech strategists have also been highly active in North America and Europe.That... Read More >

Sony taps Protiviti to hunt for Playstation hackers

by Vault Consulting Editors  |  May 05, 2011

The 77 million gamers who subscribe to the Playstation Network are pissed. Not only has their online gaming network been down for weeks-depriving countless nerds and shut-ins of their Call of Duty fix (myself included)-their credit card information is also currently making the rounds on the Malaysian black market. While Sony has apologized profusely for the security breach that compromised millions of users' information and necessitated the PSN blackout, Playstation clients... Read More >

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