2020 Vault Rankings
At a Glance
“Autonomy and freedom to direct own career path.”
“Culture of caring and collaboration.”
“The people and the attention to hiring good people.”
“Fewer opportunities for changing to different client work.”
“The lack of ability to compete on compensation with top tier firms.”
“There are a lot of opportunities to get involved. If you cannot draw the line, finding balance can be tough.”
About Jabian Consulting
As a local consultancy with offices in Atlanta, Dallas, Charlotte, and recently-opened Chicago, Jabian employees enjoy local brand recognition, zero travel time, and the satisfaction of investing in their community's businesses - all while working at a cutting-edge firm. The firm was founded in 2006 by Brian Betkowski, Nigel Zelcer, and Chris Reinking, three consultants at a "Big Five" consulting firm. All current managing partners in Jabian, the trio built the firm around three major principles: client service, local focus, and an innovative, entrepreneurial spirit.
Priding itself on the ability to tackle its clients' toughest issues, Jabian focuses on the big-picture business challenges, including business strategy, customer interaction, human capital management, operational excellence, and technology optimization and execution.
Though the firm considers itself "old school," Jabian often comes by its clients' solutions in a unique way: via off-hours Innovation Councils, where employees brainstorm for fun, not fees, and challenge themselves to think way outside the box-and often the bounds of their engagements. Results have ranged from innovative social media apps to brand new revenue models.
Jabian has earned national acclaim from Consulting magazine as one of the Seven Small Jewels to Watch, been named to the Inc. 5000 list multiple consecutive years, received the Best and Brightest award eight years in a row from the National Association of Business Resources, and has had seven consultants in the last five years named top consultants by Consulting Magazine. The company has also gained local recognition from Atlanta Journal Constitution as a Great Places to Work seven years running.
Work locally with entrepreneurial freedom
Fewer than five percent of Jabian's consultants have traveled for work, with the travel itself representing less than one percent of their working time. As for the work itself, the company prides itself on giving employees a true work-life balance, the ability to spend time on "career focused activities," and providing consultants with strategic projects that do not require travel. When on the job, Jabian reports that most of its employees' time is spent at client sites, and that a "career, not job" focus allows consultants to hone, expand, and diversify skills. Social events like corporate and mentor lunches help keep the group close between projects.
Home grown business
Community is very important to Jabian, and it's a mutually beneficial relationship. The company cites many bankable upsides to staying local, including a deeper cultural understanding of clients, strong reputation in the community, and closer relationships, both with clients and between team members. Jabian re-invests in the communities that enable its success through both professional and charitable involvement-which includes the firm's own non-profit, (501(c)(3) charitable foundation, Jabian Cares. Jabian has been recognized for three consecutive years by Consulting Magazine for its Social and Community Impact for pro-bono projects for Habitat for Humanity, Charlotte Family Housing, and Girl Scouts Hornet's Nest. But perhaps its strongest advantage is visibility: since all employees are local, their presence around town encourages clients old and new to feel a sense of solidarity, security, and support-and to keep coming back for more.
1117 Perimeter Center West
Atlanta, GA 30338
Employer Type: Private
Partners & Co-Founders: Brian Betkowski, Chris Reinking, Nigel Zelcer
2018 Employees (All Locations): 95
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