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

2013 Most Prestigious Consulting Firms

1
SCORE
9.013

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

2012 Rank
1
2
SCORE
8.590

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

2012 Rank
2
3
SCORE
8.459

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

2012 Rank
3
4
SCORE
6.716

Strategy&, part of the PwC network

Strategy& is the global strategy consulting business of Big 4 professional services firm PwC. Formerly Booz & Company, the firm was acquired by...

TRENDING

2012 Rank
4
5
SCORE
6.314

Deloitte Consulting LLP

With more than 68,000 professionals, Deloitte LLP and its subsidiaries work in four key business areas-audit, risk and financial advisory, tax, and...

TRENDING

2012 Rank
5
6
SCORE
5.892

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

2012 Rank
6
7
SCORE
5.839

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

2012 Rank
8
8
SCORE
5.604

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

2012 Rank
10
9
SCORE
5.595

Monitor Group

TRENDING

2012 Rank
7
10
SCORE
5.580

Oliver Wyman

New York-based Oliver Wyman is part of the Marsh & McLennan Companies (MMC), a global professional services network with brands and affiliates in...

TRENDING

2012 Rank
12
11
SCORE
5.522

KPMG LLP (Consulting Practice)

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

TRENDING

2012 Rank
14
12
SCORE
5.470

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

2012 Rank
11
13
SCORE
5.316

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

2012 Rank
9
14
SCORE
5.253

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

2012 Rank
13
15
SCORE
4.869

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

2012 Rank
15
16
SCORE
4.477

Capgemini

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

TRENDING

2012 Rank
16
17
SCORE
4.250

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

2012 Rank
19
18
SCORE
4.239

Parthenon-EY

Parthenon-EY is a strategy consulting outfit with 600 members in 22 office locations worldwide. The firm advises c-suite, business, and organizational...

TRENDING

2012 Rank
17
19
SCORE
4.171

Navigant Consulting, Inc.

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

TRENDING

2012 Rank
18
20
SCORE
4.070

NERA Economic Consulting

NERA Economic Consulting makes its buck off understanding what many people can't: the economy. The New York-based firm provides economic advice,...

TRENDING

2012 Rank
22
21
SCORE
3.909

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

2012 Rank
20
22
SCORE
3.870

Roland Berger Strategy Consultants

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

TRENDING

2012 Rank
21
23
SCORE
3.850

The Cambridge Group

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

TRENDING

2012 Rank
24
24
SCORE
3.781

Huron Consulting Group

Huron Consulting Group offers consulting services from industry professionals in the healthcare, education, legal and business sectors. With a global...

TRENDING

2012 Rank
25
25
SCORE
3.738

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

2012 Rank
30
26
SCORE
3.705

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

2012 Rank
29
27
SCORE
3.692

AlixPartners, LLP

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

TRENDING

2012 Rank
23
28
SCORE
3.672

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

2012 Rank
26
29
SCORE
3.668

FTI Consulting, Inc.

Thriving as a global consultancy FTI Consulting has grown from a small forensic consulting firm founded in Annapolis, Maryland in 1982, into a global...

TRENDING

2012 Rank
28
30
SCORE
3.603

Cornerstone Research

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

TRENDING

2012 Rank
32
31
SCORE
3.517

Marakon

Founded in 1978 and acquired by Charles River Associates (CRA) in 2009, Marakon has maintained its mission throughout the years: partnering with senior...

TRENDING

2012 Rank
NR
32
SCORE
3.502

Alvarez & Marsal

Founded in 1983, Alvarez & Marsal is a global professional services firm with one overriding specialty:  helping companies and investors take...

TRENDING

2012 Rank
27
33
SCORE
3.472

Kurt Salmon

Kurt Salmon is a management consulting firm that offers services in four broad industries: CIO advisory, global financial services, health care, and...

TRENDING

2012 Rank
31
34
SCORE
3.469

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

2012 Rank
34
35
SCORE
3.451

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

2012 Rank
35
36
SCORE
3.446

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

2012 Rank
36
37
SCORE
3.307

Charles River Associates

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

TRENDING

2012 Rank
39
38
SCORE
3.288

CEB

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

TRENDING

2012 Rank
37
39
SCORE
3.274

The Brattle Group

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

TRENDING

2012 Rank
42
40
SCORE
3.240

Mars & Co

Red planet sees green Mars & Co. is an international strategy consulting firm that's all about exclusivity.  The firm's "raison d'être,"...

TRENDING

2012 Rank
38
41
SCORE
3.178

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

2012 Rank
40
42
SCORE
3.116

IMS Consulting Group (IMSCG)

Savvy specialists with global reach IMS Consulting Group (IMSCG) is a major player in the field of global biotech and pharmaceutical management...

TRENDING

2012 Rank
41
43
SCORE
3.100

Simon-Kucher & Partners

Simon-Kucher & Partners is a worldwide leader in pricing consulting, helping its clients maximize profits by giving them the tools and...

TRENDING

2012 Rank
48
44
SCORE
3.086

Putnam Associates

For over 25 years, Putnam Associates has developed its niche as a premier strategy consulting firm serving pharmaceutical, biotechnology, diagnostics,...

TRENDING

2012 Rank
43
45
SCORE
3.023

Milliman, Inc

An independent streak Seattle-based Milliman, Inc., is proud of its independence, never answering to outside ownership or influence. That kind...

TRENDING

2012 Rank
47
46
SCORE
3.020

BDO Consulting

BDO and friends New York City-based BDO Consulting provides litigation, investigation, restructuring and risk advisory services to corporations, law...

TRENDING

2012 Rank
45
47
SCORE
3.009

First Manhattan Consulting Group

A bite out of the Big Apple Founded in 1980, First Manhattan Consulting Group is a strategy and risk management consulting firm serving financial...

TRENDING

2012 Rank
44
48
SCORE
3.001

Hay Group

Find your way with Hay Group If a company needs help with its staffâ€"whether to develop, motivate or train themâ€"then Hay Group is the...

TRENDING

2012 Rank
46
49
SCORE
2.876

North Highland

Founded in 1992, Atlanta-based North Highland believes that the best consultants are happy consultants--so much so that the firm is owned and managed by...

TRENDING

2012 Rank
50
50
SCORE
2.864

The Hackett Group, Inc.

TRENDING

2012 Rank
49