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Vault Consulting 50

The Vault Consulting 50 is our signature list of the best consulting firms to work for.

  • Survey Methodology

    When it comes to choosing an employer, there is no question that prestige is important. However, our survey data indicates time and again that many other factors come into play when weighing a choice--and even more affect employee satisfaction in the months and years after the decision has been made.

    Did you know that for more than 40% of consulting firm candidates, firm culture was the most important factor in selecting an employer? Other top factors include practice strength and work-life balance, in addition to prestige and compensation.

    But choosing an employer is only part of the equation--staying there over a period of time is something else entirely. And while elements like compensation and work-life balance remain important as part of that picture, other factors such as satisfaction and the ability to make career progress also emerge as critical differentiators of top employers--and these factors change over time as generations shift.

    We continually monitor responses from the consultants we survey to ensure that our ranking methodology accurately reflects the concerns of the people currently employed in the industry.

    In order to properly reflect a company's status as an employer within the consulting industry, the Vault Consulting 50 for 2019 is based on the following weighted formula:

    30 percent prestige
    15 percent firm culture
    15 percent satisfaction
    10 percent compensation
    10 percent work-life balance
    10 percent ability to challenge
    5 percent overall business outlook
    5 percent promotion policies

    As ever, our survey is only open to consultants who are currently employed at reputable firms in the industry. When rating quality of life issues, consultants are only permitted to rate their own firm. For prestige and practice area rankings, however, consultants are only allowed to rate competitors, and NOT their own firms.

  • Ranking History

2019 Vault Consulting 50

1
SCORE
9.370

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

2018 Rank
1
2
SCORE
9.247

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

2018 Rank
3
3
SCORE
9.222

The Boston Consulting Group, Inc.

The name may sound local, but The Boston Consulting Group's reach-and expertise-is anything but. With over 16,000 employees in over 90 offices in 50...

TRENDING

2018 Rank
2
4
SCORE
8.280

Deloitte Consulting LLP

Deloitte provides industry-leading audit, consulting, tax, and advisory services to many of the world's most admired brands, including more than 85...

TRENDING

2018 Rank
4
5
SCORE
7.727

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

2018 Rank
5
6
SCORE
7.711

Putnam Associates

Over the last 30 years Putnam Associates has grown into a premier strategy consulting firm serving biopharmaceutical, biotechnology (cell, gene and...

TRENDING

2018 Rank
7
7
SCORE
7.684

EY-Parthenon

EY-Parthenon is a strategy consulting outfit with 1,500+ members in 40+ office locations worldwide. The firm advises c-suite, business, and...

TRENDING

2018 Rank
8
8
SCORE
7.662

PricewaterhouseCoopers Advisory Services LLC (PwC Advisory Services)

PwC's (PricewaterhouseCoopers) Advisory practice, PricewaterhouseCoopers Advisory Services LLC ("PwC Advisory Services"), provides a mix of industry and...

TRENDING

2018 Rank
11
9
SCORE
7.651

The Bridgespan Group

The Bridgespan Group is a global consulting firm that serves nonprofit organizations, NGOs and philanthropy by collaborating with mission driven leaders...

TRENDING

2018 Rank
6
10
SCORE
7.630

Accenture

A pioneer of information technology in the 1950s, to defining what success looks like in the 21st century and beyond, Accenture has been a disruptive...

TRENDING

2018 Rank
14
11
SCORE
7.568

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

2018 Rank
12
12
SCORE
7.548

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

2018 Rank
16
13
SCORE
7.540

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

2018 Rank
18
14
SCORE
7.481

L.E.K. Consulting

L.E.K. Consulting is a global management consulting firm that uses deep industry expertise and rigorous analysis to help business leaders achieve...

TRENDING

2018 Rank
9
15
SCORE
7.460

GE Healthcare Partners

GE Healthcare Partners is the management consulting arm of GE Healthcare. The firm serves as an activation partner for clients, collaborating to design...

TRENDING

2018 Rank
NR
16
SCORE
7.283

The Brattle Group

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

TRENDING

2018 Rank
10
17
SCORE
7.280

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

2018 Rank
17
18
SCORE
7.253

Insight Sourcing Group

Founded in 2002, Insight Sourcing Group is a consulting firm that focuses exclusively on strategic sourcing and procurement. Led by alumni of some of the...

TRENDING

2018 Rank
13
19
SCORE
7.206

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

2018 Rank
NR
20
SCORE
7.175

Alvarez & Marsal

Over the past thirty-five years, Alvarez & Marsal (A&M) has grown from three employees to over 3,000 in 55 offices across 24 countries in North...

TRENDING

2018 Rank
19
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