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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 that affect employee satisfaction in the months and years after the decision has been made.

    Did you know that for 43% 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 firm culture, 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.

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

    • 30 percent prestige
    • 15 percent satisfaction
    • 15 percent firm culture
    • 15 percent compensation
    • 10 percent work-life balance
    • 10 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

2013 Vault Consulting 50

1
SCORE
9.181

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....

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2012 Rank
1
2
SCORE
8.999

McKinsey & Company

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

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2012 Rank
2
3
SCORE
8.966

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...

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2012 Rank
3
4
SCORE
7.879

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

2012 Rank
10
5
SCORE
7.517

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...

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2012 Rank
4
6
SCORE
7.479

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...

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2012 Rank
7
7
SCORE
7.328

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
6
8
SCORE
7.264

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
12
9
SCORE
7.196

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...

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2012 Rank
9
10
SCORE
7.118

Censeo Consulting Group

Censeo Consulting Group specializes in strategy and operations, with a specific focus on mission driven organizations. The firm tries to break away from...

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2012 Rank
16
11
SCORE
7.111

Monitor Group

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2012 Rank
5
12
SCORE
7.097

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,...

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2012 Rank
26
13
SCORE
7.031

Point B

The consulting industry has a reputation for long hours, extensive travel and high employee burnout. Point B is doing its best to change that...

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2012 Rank
14
14
SCORE
7.008

ZS Associates

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

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2012 Rank
18
15
SCORE
6.958

Marakon

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

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2012 Rank
NR
16
SCORE
6.873

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....

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2012 Rank
8
17
SCORE
6.839

Cornerstone Research

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

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2012 Rank
15
18
SCORE
6.822

The Chartis Group

Founded in 2001 with the mission to materially improve the delivery of healthcare in the world, The Chartis Group is the largest national advisory...

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2012 Rank
28
19
SCORE
6.817

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...

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2012 Rank
11
20
SCORE
6.774

Milliman, Inc

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

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2012 Rank
17
21
SCORE
6.765

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...

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2012 Rank
33
22
SCORE
6.741

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...

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2012 Rank
20
23
SCORE
6.718

Putnam Associates

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

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2012 Rank
23
24
SCORE
6.702

West Monroe Partners

Chicago's own West Monroe Partners is a North American business and technology consulting firm focused on partnering with organizations to...

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2012 Rank
19
25
SCORE
6.652

ClearView Healthcare Partners

ClearView is a boutique consulting firm in the life sciences strategy field. The company has enjoyed exponential growth since its founding in 2007,...

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2012 Rank
NR
26
SCORE
6.647

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
35
27
SCORE
6.638

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
48
28
SCORE
6.609

Bates White Economic Consulting

Bates White is a mid-sized consultancy specializing in advanced economic, financial and econometric analysis. The company's professional staff-among them...

TRENDING

2012 Rank
40
29
SCORE
6.598

Pearl Meyer

For more than two decades, Pearl Meyer has provided compensation consulting services and compensation survey data to clients ranging from Fortune 500s to...

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2012 Rank
37
30
SCORE
6.589

Trinity Partners, LLC

Trinity Partners is one of the fastest growing consulting firms in the healthcare industry, but with just four offices and over 160 employees, it has...

TRENDING

2012 Rank
31
31
SCORE
6.564

Simon-Kucher & Partners

Simon-Kucher & Partners is a worldwide leader in pricing consulting in growing clients top line, helping to maximize profits by giving them the tools...

TRENDING

2012 Rank
34
32
SCORE
6.542

Triage Consulting Group

San Francisco-based Triage Consulting Group works with hospitals to uncover lost cash and enhance revenue through a variety of services. Founded in 1994...

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2012 Rank
30
33
SCORE
6.519

Jabian Consulting

As a local consultancy with offices in Atlanta, Dallas and Charlotte, Jabian employees enjoy local brand recognition, zero travel time, and the...

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2012 Rank
13
34
SCORE
6.512

Kaiser Associates

Founded in 1981, Kaiser Associates is a global boutique strategy consulting firm headquartered in Washington, D.C., with regional offices in London, São...

TRENDING

2012 Rank
41
35
SCORE
6.492

Strategic Decisions Group

Headquartered just down the road from Stanford University, Strategic Decisions Group specializes in providing high-level decision making, risk...

TRENDING

2012 Rank
27
36
SCORE
6.468

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...

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2012 Rank
NR
37
SCORE
6.447

OC&C Strategy Consultants

The name says it all If you want to know what OC&C Strategy Consultants does, you don't need to look too far for answers-it's right there in...

TRENDING

2012 Rank
22
38
SCORE
6.436

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
36
39
SCORE
6.433

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

2012 Rank
38
40
SCORE
6.377

Easton Associates, LLC

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2012 Rank
32
41
SCORE
6.291

Health Advances, LLC

The professionals at Health Advances consult about one thing and one thing only: health care. Established in 1992, the firm's core belief is that...

TRENDING

2012 Rank
24
42
SCORE
6.262

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

2012 Rank
45
43
SCORE
6.251

Novantas, Inc.

Across industries, the early adopters of technology and digitization win. From retail to banking to consulting, the firms that move first and fast are...

TRENDING

2012 Rank
25
44
SCORE
6.138

Strategos

Innovation is the name of the game  At Strategos, innovation is seen as the key to developing and maintaining a successful business. A boutique...

TRENDING

2012 Rank
29
45
SCORE
6.048

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...

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2012 Rank
43
46
SCORE
5.945

Vivaldi Partners

Helping Companies Grow in the Digitally Connected World Vivaldi Partners Group is a global firm that emerged from the brand strategy consulting firm,...

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2012 Rank
NR
47
SCORE
5.511

Campbell Alliance

Campbell Alliance Group, founded in 1997 by John Campbell, is home to management consultants who are experts in the biopharmaceutical and medical...

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2012 Rank
NR
48
SCORE
1.752

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
47
49
SCORE
1.657

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

2012 Rank
50
50
SCORE
1.641

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
49