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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 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 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

2014 Vault Consulting 50

1
SCORE
9.285

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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2013 Rank
2
2
SCORE
9.115

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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2013 Rank
1
3
SCORE
8.894

The Boston Consulting Group, Inc.

The name may sound local, but The Boston Consulting Group's reach-and expertise-is anything but. With over 10,000 employees in 82 offices in 46...

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2013 Rank
3
4
SCORE
7.931

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...

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2013 Rank
4
5
SCORE
7.620

PricewaterhouseCoopers Advisory Services LLC (PwC Advisory Services)

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

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2013 Rank
8
6
SCORE
7.595

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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2013 Rank
6
7
SCORE
7.483

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...

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2013 Rank
5
8
SCORE
7.429

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...

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2013 Rank
NR
9
SCORE
7.413

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...

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2013 Rank
7
10
SCORE
7.406

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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2013 Rank
19
11
SCORE
7.383

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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2013 Rank
9
12
SCORE
7.229

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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2013 Rank
12
13
SCORE
7.208

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...

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2013 Rank
39
14
SCORE
7.196

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...

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2013 Rank
NR
15
SCORE
7.155

ClearView Healthcare Partners

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

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2013 Rank
25
16
SCORE
7.119

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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2013 Rank
17
17
SCORE
7.092

Alvarez & Marsal

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

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2013 Rank
22
18
SCORE
7.001

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,...

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2013 Rank
16
19
SCORE
6.990

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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2013 Rank
10
20
SCORE
6.959

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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2013 Rank
18
21
SCORE
6.946

Strategic Decisions Group

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

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2013 Rank
35
22
SCORE
6.908

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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2013 Rank
13
23
SCORE
6.904

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...

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2013 Rank
49
24
SCORE
6.901

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...

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2013 Rank
27
25
SCORE
6.893

Kaiser Associates

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

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2013 Rank
34
26
SCORE
6.874

Clarkston Consulting

Clarkston Consulting is a business and IT consultancy serving the consumer products & retail and life sciences markets. Besides its headquarters in...

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2013 Rank
NR
27
SCORE
6.862

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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2013 Rank
20
28
SCORE
6.805

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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2013 Rank
15
29
SCORE
6.797

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...

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2013 Rank
28
30
SCORE
6.787

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,...

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2013 Rank
21
31
SCORE
6.782

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...

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2013 Rank
41
32
SCORE
6.735

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...

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2013 Rank
NR
33
SCORE
6.730

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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2013 Rank
33
34
SCORE
6.715

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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2013 Rank
23
35
SCORE
6.702

The Brattle Group

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

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2013 Rank
26
36
SCORE
6.700

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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2013 Rank
14
37
SCORE
6.662

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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2013 Rank
24
38
SCORE
6.616

Novantas, Inc.

As the world's financial markets continue to fluctuate, the financial industry has a friend in Novantas. Across the advisory and technology solutions...

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2013 Rank
43
39
SCORE
6.584

Avasant LLC

Avasant is a leading global management consulting firm with a strong focus on outsourcing and technology advisory. The L.A.-headquartered firm assists...

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2013 Rank
NR
40
SCORE
6.563

Ricardo Strategic Consulting

Ricardo Strategic Consulting (RSC) is a leading provider of consulting services in the automotive and transportations industries. The firm is a...

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2013 Rank
NR
41
SCORE
6.529

Simon-Kucher & Partners

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

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2013 Rank
31
42
SCORE
6.523

Trinity Partners, LLC

Trinity Partners is one of the fastest growing consulting firms in the health care industry, but with just three offices and over 100 employees, it has...

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2013 Rank
30
43
SCORE
6.484

AlixPartners, LLP

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

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2013 Rank
NR
43
SCORE
6.484

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

2013 Rank
42
44
SCORE
6.473

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...

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2013 Rank
37
45
SCORE
6.457

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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2013 Rank
32
46
SCORE
6.354

Capgemini

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

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2013 Rank
NR
47
SCORE
6.350

RSM Consulting Services

Midwestern giant McGladrey LLP is the largest U.S. assurance, tax and consulting firm focused on the middle market, with  more than...

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2013 Rank
NR
48
SCORE
6.318

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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2013 Rank
45
49
SCORE
6.296

Navigant Consulting, Inc.

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

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2013 Rank
38
50
SCORE
6.217

Smartronix, Inc.

Founded in a one room basement office in 1995, Smartronix is a provider of information technology and engineering solutions, specializing in secure,...

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2013 Rank
NR