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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Deloitte Spring Break 2011: Maximum Impact, minimum fun

by Vault Consulting Editors  |  March 17, 2011

For many college students, spring break embodies all that is good in life: white sand beaches, binge drinking, and coed fraternization. But for a lucky few, this year's week of glory could be spent convincing Deloitte recruiters, not beautiful locals, that they're worth shacking up with.Yes, that's right, it's Maximum Impact: Deloitte's Alternative Spring Break. The firm calls the program "a combination of undergraduate recruiting and volunteerism," and that basically fits the bill. ... Read More >

Tata Consultancy Services on hiring binge

by Vault Consulting Editors  |  March 17, 2011

Reports this week out of India reveal that Tata Consultancy Services, the country's largest outsourcer and a major provider of tech consulting services worldwide, hired more than 60,000 new employees this fiscal year and plans to add at least 50,000 to that total by 2012.The Financial Times says that the huge expansion is part of an effort to bring the TCS brand to emerging markets. Last year, the company announced that it planned to hire between 40,000 and 200,000 new employees to service... Read More >

Insider trading trial strikes 'combative' tone

by Vault Consulting Editors  |  March 17, 2011

The legal defense team of Raj Rajaratnam went on the offensive this week, attacking star witness and ex-McKinsey partner Anil Kumar's credibility in what the Wall Street Journal called "combative cross-examination". Likewise, the New York Times described the cross-examination as "repeated sparring" between Kumar and John Dowd, the lead defense attorney. Dowd had previously told jurors that he planned to reveal Kumar as a "monstrous liar" who was cooperating with federal prosecutors in... Read More >

LECG: A requiem

by Vault Consulting Editors  |  March 16, 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... Read More >

Feds terminate Deloitte's Afghanistan contract

by Vault Consulting Editors  |  March 16, 2011

A report to be released today by the US federal government will depict a culture of corruption at Afghanistan's central bank, the Wall Street Journal reports. Ahead of the release, a government spokesman confirmed that Deloitte's contract to "help clean up Afghanistan's poorly regulated financial sector" had been terminated as a result of the firm's "failure to flag corruption" at the bank.Kabul Bank, Afghanistan's largest private lender, is in the midst of a cor Read More >

News round-up: LECG, Capco

by Vault Consulting Editors  |  March 15, 2011

Welcome to today's news round-up here on Consult THIS. In this edition, we span the distance of the human heart: while one consultancy approaches rock bottom, another ascends to the very highest of ancient peaks. Just another day in the life of a consulting news monkey.First, we descend into the black heart of despair with LECG, which today announced that it inched ever-closer to complete dissolution by selling the majority of its European business to FTI Consulting. Readers of (devotees... Read More >

Giggles, Girls and Gupta: The Raj Raj Tapes

by Vault Consulting Editors  |  March 15, 2011

Compelling developments continue to surface this week from the federal courthouse in Manhattan, the setting for the most publicized insider trading trial in history. As the trial of brash hedge fund manager Raj Rajaratnam enters its second week, federal prosecutors have unleashed a barrage of evidence that the government hopes will prove conclusively that the defendant engaged in illegal information sharing for years.Amongst the damning evidence presented to the jury were roughly a dozen... Read More >

News round-up: Deloitte, Geraldo, IBM

by Vault Consulting Editors  |  March 14, 2011

Welcome to the first news round-up for this, the only week of mid-March 2011 that will ever be. Never again will any mid-March week be populated by such splendid consulting news. Sure, the Raj Raj trial/McKinsey debacle threatens to extend through March 2012, but that isn't splendid-it's just sad.Here's a bit of Monday absurdity for you: Deloitte made headlines in Canada today when it was announced that the firm would investigate alleged abuses at a mental hospital in Nova Scotia. ... Read More >

Consulting firms hiring MBAs at record levels

by Vault Consulting Editors  |  March 14, 2011

According to a recent study by the QS TopMBA Employer Survey, MBAs are enjoying record levels of recruitment attention from consultancies in 2011.The survey, which fancies itself "the world's largest survey of MBA employers", polled leading companies regarding their willingness to hire candidates with graduate-level business degrees.MBA hiring by consulting firms hit record levels in 2011, the survey says, on the back of a 19 percent increase in demand for MBA graduates in 2010; if TopMBA... Read More >

Defense: McKinsey exec is 'monstrous' liar

by Vault Consulting Editors  |  March 14, 2011

The tarnished reputation of McKinsey & Company will endure yet more scrutiny this week when the defense in the insider trading case of Raj Rajaratnam gets its shot at the prosecution's star witness. That man, Anil Kumar, is a former McKinsey senior partner who last week gave detailed testimony regarding his illegal cooperation with the defendant. Now, Rajaratnam's legal team seeks to discredit Kumar's testimony by portraying the ex-McKinsey partner as a convicted felon whose... Read More >