2020 Vault Rankings
At a Glance
“Entrepreneurial culture, true partnership with clients.”
“Compensation, people, and summer/winter events.”
“Limited brand awareness and reputation in the U.S.”
“Diversity needs improvement.”
“Limited industry coverage.”
“Awesome firm, just really small in America.”
“Higher prestige internationally.”
“Strong in Europe; broad capabilities.”
About 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 strategy consulting, it is the largest consulting firm to have emerged from Europe, where it still does the bulk of its business; 24 of the firm's 52 offices worldwide are located in Europe, with offices in Africa, Asia, the Middle East, North and South America completing its global footprint. All told, the company employs around 2,700 people worldwide, and provides strategy consulting to many of the world's largest corporations in a variety of industries. Those include automotive, construction, chemicals, consumer goods, energy, environmental technology, financial services, machinery, medical devices, pharmaceuticals, public services, rail, telecommunications, and travel and tourism.
One man, one vision
Roland Berger founded the firm in Munich in 1967, growing it into a major player in its field and employing 100 staff within a decade of its founding. The consultancy has passed many landmarks in its journey to its present state; in 1980, for example, it became the first European firm to gain acceptance into the U.S. Association of Management Consulting Firms (formerly ACME). That acceptance was an early indicator of the firm's international reach, and especially impressive given that it didn't arrive in the U.S. in a permanent way until 1995.
While it has found success easy to come by in its home market, Roland Berger has found the American market to be a tougher nut to crack. While there are a variety of reasons for that, legislation is a major one; Deutsche Bank bought a majority stake in the firm in 1988, which added restrictions to the firm's intentions to establish itself Stateside. Specifically, the U.S. Bank Holding Company Act forbade the firm from establishing an independent office within U.S. borders. Because of that, it wasn't until 1995 that Roland Berger set up a representative office in New York, with the help of several American partners. Three years later, the firm regained majority control, enabling it to open an independent office in Detroit, Mich. The presence on the North American market was strengthened with the opening of the Chicago office in 2008, and in Boston and Montreal in 2012.
A literate bunch
Roland Berger has no shortage of publications available to the public and its clients. Outside of book publications, the firm's THINK ACT series of magazines, booklets, and newsletters discusses perspectives and opinions on top issues relevant to business decision makers and presents "cutting edge research and analysis" on a specific topic with each issue.
In addition, the firm has two "well-established" academic imprints, which together have put out more than 100 books since their inception: The Roland Berger Institute, which aims to make the firm's research available to clients and the general public; and The Management Series, which features the PhD dissertations of Roland Berger's professionals.
In March 2008, Roland Berger used some €50 million of his own private resources to set up the Roland Berger Foundation, an organization that promotes human rights and dignity throughout the world. The Foundation gives a yearly award of up to €1 million to an individual or institution that helps to promote dignity and education. Furthermore, it supports gifted children and young people from socially disadvantaged families. The program currently provides scholarships to over 800 primary and secondary school students. In addition to this, the Foundation set up a support program for unaccompanied refugee minors.
In 2014, Roland Berger founded the digital business platform Terra NumerataTM to help companies proactively shape their own digitalization agenda. It consists of a network of partnerships, aimed at helping businesses fully enter the digital era and connecting the highly fragmented digital business landscape.
In the meantime Terra Numerata™ has grown into a global network of 100 partners today, including startups, accelerators, incubators, investors, data scientists, design thinking agencies, prototypers, developers, etc.. The goal is to bring together firms of different sizes from different segments to help them form alliances and push digital innovation, e.g. by inventing new business models, and thus support the digitalization. In the US, Roland Berger collaborates with Wind River, a global leader in delivering software for the Internet of Things (IoT), to offer a robust portfolio of automotive consulting covering the full range of strategic, business, technology, and developmental requirements for automotive customers. Wind River provides software management and engineering support, Roland Berger delivers market insights, trend and business analyses to design innovative business models.
In the News
Roland Berger raised money for Chicago Coalition for the Homeless
In June, Roland Berger kicked off a refresh of their 2016 campaign to sell socks across the global organization and raise money for the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless (CCH). Over the course of the seven-week campaign, customized socks were sold with 100% of profits going directly to CCH.
The Chicago Coalition of the Homeless is the only non-profit in Illinois dedicated to advocating for public policies that curb and can ultimately end homelessness. They lead strategic campaigns, community outreach, and public policy initiatives that target the lack of affordable housing in metropolitan Chicago and across Illinois.
After 25 years in consulting and 18 years at Roland Berger, CEO Charles-Edouard Bouée has decided to put his invaluable experience and expertise into entrepreneurial practice, following his passion for technology and digitalization. That's why, at their biannual meeting in June, the 230 Partners of the firm decided to lay management responsibility in the hands of a team of five experienced and highly respected Partners who cover all the regions and dimensions of the firm's business: Tijo Collot d'Escury, Sascha Haghani, Satoshi Nagashima, Olivier de Panafieu and Stefan Schaible.
Roland Berger continues diversity initiative
In April, Roland Berger introduced a new network for supporters of their LGBTQ+ community: 'Just be friends' was officially launched during an annual General Assembly of members of the Just be community in Paris. Besides discussing the upsides and drawbacks of coming out, the Just be members also started planning the first Roland Berger Pride Week, which took place in the last week of June. Offices around the globe celebrated Pride and showed their support to their LGBTQ+ colleagues, giving the diversity initiative a new and powerful push.
Roland Berger launched new employer branding campaign
With the new campaign 'Be the Original You.' the firm wants to emphasize that "at Roland Berger, we value diverse personalities – in terms of background, talent and strengths. With us, you can stay who you are…" said Kathrin Kammer, Head of HR Marketing & Recruiting. Not only does the campaign feature real Roland Berger employees, but also speaks directly to the candidates: To foster a range of interests in addition to their careers, enjoy contributing their unique perspectives and live entrepreneurship by taking on responsibility from day one.
Roland Berger launches "Be Well program"
Roland Berger recently launched a new program in the US called "Be Well". The goal of the program is to encourage employees to focus on personal fitness and healthy lifestyle by offering an allowance that can be used for various items and activities such as gym memberships, workout classes, healthy food subscriptions, health retreats including massage therapy, yoga or meditation, and more. The "Be Well program" will encourage Roland Berger employees to take some time out of their busy schedules for 'me time' to help with work-life balance.
Think: Act "Artificial Intelligence" - Roland Berger's magazine wins gold
By 2026, Artificial Intelligence will be a fully-fledged industry, reaching into every corner of the economy. AI applications will permeate all areas of human activity, from mobility and information to food, leisure and healthcare. What exactly do people mean when they talk about AI in 2018? What will be the future of work? Roland Berger's corporate magazine about Artificial Intelligence won gold in the Best of Content Marketing Award.
37000 Woodward Ave, Suite 200
Detroit, MI 48304
Phone: (248) 729-5000
Employer Type: Private
Senior Partner, Managing Partner, Netherlands: Tijo Collot d'Escury
Senior Partner, CEO, Germany and Central Europe: Stefan Schaible
Senior Partner, Member of the Global Executive Committee, CEO Germany and Dach Region: Stefan Schaible
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