2021 Vault Rankings
At a Glance
“Local model, flexible hours.”
“Entrepreneurial culture; being able to design your own growth story.”
“Breadth of work.”
“No path to partnership yet.”
“Total cash compensation is lower than other firms…”
“Brand recognition is lower than I’d like.”
About Jabian Consulting
As a local consultancy with offices in Atlanta, Dallas, Charlotte, and Chicago, Jabian employees enjoy local brand recognition, zero travel time, and the satisfaction of investing in their communities’ 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 from 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 ten years in a row from the National Association of Business Resources, and has had seven consultants named top consultants by Consulting Magazine. The company has also gained local recognition from Atlanta Journal Constitution as a Great Places to Work eight 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.
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.
In the News
Dec 7, 2020 – Jabian Creates Strategic Plan for Girls Inc of Tarrant County
Girls Inc. of Tarrant County, like many organizations, found it challenging to deliver its mission in such a turbulent year. However, they decided to turn these challenges into opportunities for the long term and teamed up with Jabian Consulting, a local management consulting firm, to create a new strategic plan through 2025 that would focus on making a bigger impact for more girls currently served by the organization.
Nov 1, 2020 – Jabian Named Inclusion Innovator of the Year by Technology Association of Georgia
Jabian was honored by the Technology Association of Georgia as a company who has demonstrated exceptional efforts to advance diversity and inclusion within their organizations, and to embrace the excellence of all employees to achieve positive outcomes in both the workplace and the community.
Oct. 6, 2020 - Corporations and Anti-Racism
We are excited to have been featured in the September 18-24, 2020 edition of the Atlanta Business Chronicle in a special section for the Corporate Volunteer Council’s Annual Impact Awards. Jabian was recognized for our work this year in Diversity & Inclusion under their Corporations and Anti-Racism article.
“During this year’s COVID-19 pandemic, Jabian has taken steps to make sure that we stay connected to each other, to our clients, and to our community. The added focus on social justice, race and gender have provided us more opportunities to connect with each other on important topics. These special times have given us an opportunity to ground ourselves in Jabian’s community pillars of Volunteerism, Leadership, and Support.”
Jun 3, 2020 — Jabian Consulting Establishes Fund to Help Assist Recovery of Organizations Impacted by COVID-19 Pandemic
In line with its long tradition of local community-based impact, Jabian Consulting announced the creation of the Jabian Recovery Fund (jRF). Through the jRF, Jabian will be awarding three not-for-profit and three for-profit organizations a total of $300,000 in pro-bono professional services grants ($50k each) for innovative projects related to the recovery of our society from the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition to the pro-bono services, Jabian will continue to make financial and volunteerism contributions to not-for-profit organizations through its charitable foundation Jabian Cares.
March 31, 2020 – Jabian Named a National Best & Brightest Company to Work for in 2019
The National Association for Business Resources has named the Best and Brightest Companies To Work For in the Nation. The 2019 national winning companies were assessed by an independent research firm which reviewed a number of key measures relative to other nationally recognized winners. The Best and Brightest Program honored 540 national winning organizations from across the country out of 5,000 nominations.
1117 Perimeter Center West
Atlanta, GA 30338
Employer Type: Private
Partners & Co-Founders: Brian Betkowski, Chris Reinking, Nigel Zelcer
2020 Employees (All Locations): 114
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