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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LECG: A requiem

by Vault Consulting Editors  |  March 31, 2011

Dona eis requiem.Dona eis requiem sempiternam.Grant them rest; grant them everlasting rest.So the great choirs of the world mourn their dead. And so too do we mourn the loss of LECG, a once-proud strategy consultancy that has fallen victim to a pack of unruly creditors. In celebration of LECG's contributions to the consulting industry (it shall never be the same), we've compiled an abridged catalog of the highest praise heaped upon the firm by its loving employees over the years.Since LECG... Read More >

'Toolish' Penn students swarm McKinsey recruiters

by Vault Consulting Editors  |  March 31, 2011

"You can almost smell it," the Philadelphia Inquirer writes of the anticipation on Penn's campus this spring. It's recruiting time for Ivy League undergraduates, and the tension is palpable. "Students walk around in pressed suits, gripping monogrammed leather-bound portfolios," the Inquirer says. "Boys swap sneakers for dress shoes, and girls click their heels on the bricks of Locust Walk.""Toolishness is the name of the game," said one Penn student.The major attraction of the season at... Read More >

10 ways to win a rave performance review

by Vault Consulting Editors  |  March 30, 2011

By Kristine Schoonmaker, MyConsultingLife.ComLast week I talked about why I changed my tune on writing my own review. Whether you agree with that approach or not, here are 10 things you can easily do all year long to help support your case for a great rating.1. Tell them where you want to go and enlist their help to get there. 2. Regularly share your progress, challenges and accomplishments. 3. Ask for feedback, accept and actually do something with it. 4. Be proactive-take ownership... Read More >

Notorious Qaddafi henchman was Monitor's point man in Libya

by Vault Consulting Editors  |  March 30, 2011

By now, you're probably familiar with the background surrounding Monitor Group's involvement with the Qaddafi regime in Libya: cash-and lots of it-for PR work on behalf of The Mad Dog himself. Unfortunately for the Cambridge-based strategy outfit, this particular PR project has turned into a bona fide PR nightmare.Now, the media is compounding Monitor's troubles yet again. Enter: Abdullah Al Sanusi.Muammar Qaddafi's brother-in-law and purported right hand man, Sanusi gained... Read More >

News round-up: Accenture, Towers Watson, Bain

by Vault Consulting Editors  |  March 29, 2011

Welcome to this Tuesday edition of the news round-up. This early week edition contains one of the great names of this new year: Babloo. My guess is that it's a reasonably popular name/nickname in India, but I'm fine with the world having a hearty laugh at the expense of my own idiocy. I'll let you discover the delightful context in which it appears as well as the rest of today's rundown, a veritable potpourri of all things consulting.No Babloo here, just lots of money. Accenture made... Read More >

Fat, greasy PwC goes green

by Vault Consulting Editors  |  March 29, 2011

The employees at PricewaterhouseCoopers' new London headquarters will consume 45,000 liters of cooking oil per month, a firm announcement suggests, enough to fill 9,000 deep fryers and clog 9,000,000 arteries. That last figure is probably inaccurate, but no matter; instead of drinking the recycled bacon grease and vegetable blubber, the PwC troops will be using it to power their brand-new office, opening later this year on the south bank of the Thames.Every week, the firm says, two tankers... Read More >

Accenture interview: What not to say

by Vault Consulting Editors  |  March 28, 2011

Consultancies are famous for giving tough interview questions to their candidates, ranging from tough, on-the-spot math exercises to "mind-teasers" and case studies. Harder still, Business Insider says, are questions from the dreaded situational interview. Here, recruiters ask candidates to describe tricky situations in which they've had to make instinctive decisions; whatever answer a candidate might give will afford the firm valuable insight into how each candidate might react in... Read More >

How to rebuild a country in five easy steps

by Vault Consulting Editors  |  March 28, 2011

In the latest edition of McKinsey Quarterly, a pair of McKinsey consultants discuss the ongoing recovery effort in post-earthquake Haiti. Having spent the last year in the island nation doing pro bono work on behalf of the firm, the consultants have gathered enough to identify the imminent "management challenge" facing the Haitian government. In true McKinsey fashion, they've come up with a list of five ways to defeat it.As a disclaimer, I must say that I'm not a big fan of the whole... Read More >

After big year, BCG opens new offices (despite Aussie wrath)

by Vault Consulting Editors  |  March 25, 2011

The Boston Consulting Group raked in $3.05 billion in revenue last year-a 12 percent increase from 2009-facilitating the establishment of three new offices in 2011. Having broken ground earlier this year in both Tel Aviv and Perth, the firm plans to open an office in Rio de Janeiro in a matter of months. Also in 2010, BCG increased its headcount by a solid 8 percent, bringing its consultant total to 4,800.BCG now has 71 offices in 41 countries, not counting the soon-to-be Rio... Read More >

Condé Nast braces for third McKinsey review

by Vault Consulting Editors  |  March 25, 2011

Employees at Condé Nast, the company known as much for the extravagant parties it throws as for the colorful magazines it publishes, witnessed the return of McKinsey consultants to their Times Square headquarters this week. Adweek reports that this is McKinsey's third stint at the publisher, the first two resulting in "magazine closings, layoffs and deep budget cuts"-difficult cost-cutting measures that introduced a "culture of paranoia" into the ranks at Condé... Read More >

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