Top Ranked

Most Prestigious Consulting Firms

Consultants across North America rank the companies they consider to be the most prestigious in their industry.

  • Survey Methodology

    Survey respondents were asked to rate each consulting firm in the survey on a scale from 1 to 10 based on prestige, with 10 being the most prestigious. Consultants were unable to rate their own firm, and they were asked to rate only those firms with which they were familiar.

    Vault collected the survey results and averaged the score for each firm. The firms were then ranked, with the highest score being No. 1, down to No. 50.

    Remember that Vault's top-50 prestigious consulting firms are chosen by practicing consultants at top consulting firms. Vault does not choose or influence these rankings. The rankings measure perceived prestige (as determined by consulting professionals) and not revenue, size or lifestyle.

  • Ranking History

2017 Most Prestigious Consulting Firms

1
SCORE
9.031

McKinsey & Company

McKinsey & Company is a privately owned management consulting firm. Roundly considered to be the most prestigious company of its kind, it has...

TRENDING

2016 Rank
1
2
SCORE
8.673

The Boston Consulting Group, Inc.

The name may sound local, but The Boston Consulting Group's reach-and expertise-is anything but. With over 12,000 employees in 85 offices in 48...

TRENDING

2016 Rank
2
3
SCORE
8.554

Bain & Company

Founded in 1973, Bain is one of the world's most prestigious consulting firms. Today Bain & Company is one of the world's most respected companies....

TRENDING

2016 Rank
3
4
SCORE
6.987

Deloitte Consulting LLP

With more than 70,000 professionals, Deloitte LLP is the largest private professional services provider in the United States. Its subsidiaries work in...

TRENDING

2016 Rank
4
5
SCORE
6.564

Booz Allen Hamilton

With roots that can be traced back almost a century, Booz Allen Hamilton has carved its own place in the consulting industry as an indispensible advisor...

TRENDING

2016 Rank
5
6
SCORE
6.530

PricewaterhouseCoopers Advisory Services LLC (PwC Advisory Services)

PwC's (PricewaterhouseCoopers) Advisory practice, PricewaterhouseCoopers Advisory Services LLC ("PwC Advisory Services"), provides the right mix of...

TRENDING

2016 Rank
6
7
SCORE
6.195

EY (Ernst & Young) LLP Consulting Practice

For two decades, EY has helped clients stay on the straight and narrow.  The world's second-largest accounting firm, Ernst & Young's 144,000...

TRENDING

2016 Rank
7
8
SCORE
6.093

Accenture

Accenture is a success story by any measure. The company's history has been more than 60 years in the making-from the earliest days as a pioneer in the...

TRENDING

2016 Rank
8
9
SCORE
5.875

KPMG LLP (Advisory)

Professional services giant KPMG International operates as an international network of independent member firms, which includes KPMG LLP, the U.S. member...

TRENDING

2016 Rank
9
10
SCORE
5.746

Oliver Wyman

Oliver Wyman is part of the Marsh & McLennan Companies (MMC), a global professional services network with brands and affiliates in more than 100...

TRENDING

2016 Rank
11
11
SCORE
5.704

IBM Global Services

IBM Global Services works hard to make clients' businesses work better.  The group includes IBM's consulting, systems integration and applications...

TRENDING

2016 Rank
10
12
SCORE
5.507

A.T. Kearney

As a consultancy, A.T. Kearney has a rich heritage that dates back to the 1920s, with the founding of McKinsey & Company and the arrival of...

TRENDING

2016 Rank
12
13
SCORE
5.075

Strategy&, part of the PwC network

Strategy& is the global strategy consulting business of professional services firm PwC. Formerly Booz & Company, the firm was acquired by PwC in...

TRENDING

2016 Rank
19
14
SCORE
5.055

L.E.K. Consulting

Founded in 1983, L.E.K. Consulting is a strategy consulting firm that offers four major capabilities to its clients: strategy, mergers and acquisitions,...

TRENDING

2016 Rank
15
15
SCORE
4.846

Mercer LLC

Mercer is a global consulting leader in talent, health, retirement and investments, making a difference in the lives of more than 110 million people...

TRENDING

2016 Rank
13
16
SCORE
4.830

Gartner, Inc.

One of the more recognizable names in the consulting world, Gartner is a firm whose reputation is built on its capabilities in technology research and...

TRENDING

2016 Rank
14
17
SCORE
4.760

Capgemini

With more than 125,000 employees spread across 44 countries, Capgemini is a leading global provider of technology, consulting and outsourcing services....

TRENDING

2016 Rank
16
18
SCORE
4.688

Lockheed Martin Corporation (IT Consulting)

Lockheed Martin is a global security company focused on domestic and foreign defense and civil markets, with the U.S. Department of Defense and other...

TRENDING

2016 Rank
18
19
SCORE
4.641

Cisco Systems, Inc. (IT Consulting)

Cisco Systems designs, makes and sells internet protocol-based networking products, as well as other products used in the communications and IT...

TRENDING

2016 Rank
17
20
SCORE
4.486

Oracle Consulting

Along with Microsoft and IBM, Oracle is one of the three largest software companies in the world. It specializes in database and middleware software, as...

TRENDING

2016 Rank
20
21
SCORE
4.458

Parthenon-EY

Parthenon-EY is a strategy consulting outfit with 900 members in 29 office locations worldwide. The firm advises c-suite, business, and organizational...

TRENDING

2016 Rank
21
22
SCORE
4.337

Navigant Consulting, Inc.

Navigant is an independent specialized, global professional services firm that combines deep industry knowledge with technical expertise to enable...

TRENDING

2016 Rank
22
23
SCORE
4.321

Grant Thornton LLP (Consulting Practice)

  Grant Thornton is one of just six worldwide tax, audit and advisory organizations.  Although not a member of the so-called Big Four, the...

TRENDING

2016 Rank
25
24
SCORE
4.260

Huron Consulting Group

Huron is a global professional services firm committed to achieving sustainable results in partnership with its clients. The company brings expertise in...

TRENDING

2016 Rank
26
25
SCORE
4.237

The Bridgespan Group

The Bridgespan Group is a consulting firm that serves the nonprofit sector by partnering with leaders in the social sector to "help scale impact, build...

TRENDING

2016 Rank
27
26
SCORE
4.160

Charles River Associates

Founded in 1965 and celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2015, Boston-based Charles River Associates (CRA) is a global consulting firm specializing in...

TRENDING

2016 Rank
23
27
SCORE
4.138

Towers Watson

Founded in 2010, Towers Watson is one of the world's largest HR and actuarial consulting firms-the result of a merger between Towers Perrin and Watson...

TRENDING

2016 Rank
37
28
SCORE
4.137

SAP Services (IT Consulting)

SAP is the world's third-largest independent software manufacturer, based on market capitalization-a stat that makes the firm one of the world leaders in...

TRENDING

2016 Rank
24
29
SCORE
4.100

ZS Associates

ZS Associates is a global management consulting firm specializing in sales and marketing consulting. Founded in 1983 by Kellogg School of Management...

TRENDING

2016 Rank
28
30
SCORE
4.051

Aon Hewitt

Before there was Aon Hewitt, there were two companies: Aon and Hewitt. The former was a leading provider of risk management and insurance services, while...

TRENDING

2016 Rank
29
31
SCORE
4.049

Alvarez & Marsal

Innovative by nature, Alvarez & Marsal has the expertise to work with established players, start-ups and everything in between. A&M is a global...

TRENDING

2016 Rank
36
32
SCORE
4.010

Kurt Salmon

Kurt Salmon is a management consulting firm specializing in retail and consumer goods. Within the industry sector, employees have the opportunity to...

TRENDING

2016 Rank
33
33
SCORE
3.972

Northrop Grumman Corporation (IT Consulting)

Northrop Grumman is an aerospace and defense technology company, and also the world's largest shipbuilder.  It is involved in the design,...

TRENDING

2016 Rank
32
34
SCORE
3.949

FTI Consulting, Inc.

FTI Consulting has grown from a small forensic consulting firm founded in Annapolis, Maryland, in 1982, into a global business advisory firm dedicated to...

TRENDING

2016 Rank
31
35
SCORE
3.895

The Advisory Board Company

D.C.-based Advisory Board Company is a membership-based professional services firm that provides best practices research, analysis, executive education...

TRENDING

2016 Rank
34
36
SCORE
3.877

Gallup Consulting

Gallup helps its clients grow from the inside out. Unlike other consulting firms, it says, which provide services in traditional disciplines like cost...

TRENDING

2016 Rank
30
37
SCORE
3.847

Roland Berger

From its humble beginning as a small, one-man consulting firm, Roland Berger has grown into an international giant. Ranked among the top-10 in global...

TRENDING

2016 Rank
41
38
SCORE
3.824

NERA Economic Consulting

NERA Economic Consulting makes its buck off understanding what many people can't: economics. The global firm provides economic advice, analysis, expert...

TRENDING

2016 Rank
35
39
SCORE
3.804

AlixPartners, LLP

AlixPartners is an international business advisory firm that built its reputation through its work in corporate turnaround and restructuring. Now, with...

TRENDING

2016 Rank
39
40
SCORE
3.726

Cornerstone Research

In traditional architecture, a cornerstone is a stone representing the nominal starting place in the construction of a monumental building. Cornerstone...

TRENDING

2016 Rank
42
41
SCORE
3.652

Analysis Group, Inc.

Boston-based Analysis Group provides expertise in economics, finance, health care analytics, and strategy to top law firms, Fortune 500 companies, global...

TRENDING

2016 Rank
43
42
SCORE
3.645

Arthur D. Little

Arthur D. Little has been at the forefront of innovation since 1886. It is an acknowledged thought leader in linking strategy, innovation and...

TRENDING

2016 Rank
38
43
SCORE
3.603

The Cambridge Group

If the consultants at The Cambridge Group were your Economics 101 professor, you would not have learned supply and demand, but rather demand and supply....

TRENDING

2016 Rank
40
44
SCORE
3.598

Cognizant

Cognizant is a leading provider of information technology, consulting, and business process outsourcing services, dedicated to helping the world's...

TRENDING

2016 Rank
50
45
SCORE
3.572

The Brattle Group

The Brattle Group answers complex economic, regulatory, and financial questions for corporations, law firms, and governments around the world....

TRENDING

2016 Rank
49
46
SCORE
3.565

Slalom Consulting

Founded in Seattle in 2001, Slalom Consulting is a management and strategy IT implementation firm that places a strong emphasis on work-life balance;...

TRENDING

2016 Rank
44
47
SCORE
3.502

BDO Consulting

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TRENDING

2016 Rank
NR
48
SCORE
3.388

CEB

CEB is a best practice insight and technology company. In partnership with leading organizations around the globe, the firm develops innovative solutions...

TRENDING

2016 Rank
NR
49
SCORE
3.379

Infosys Consulting

Created in 2004, Infosys Consulting is an off-shoot of Indian tech outsourcing and business consulting giant Infosys Technologies. Based on the premise...

TRENDING

2016 Rank
47
50
SCORE
3.357

Bainbridge

Bainbridge brains What began as a small, boutique firm set up to help a university professor research and publish his work has since become a...

TRENDING

2016 Rank
45

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