Most Prestigious Consulting Firms

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#1

McKinsey & Company

What can we say about McKinsey that hasn’t been said about the reigning titan of the industry? Widely considered the first and last word in consulting, this global juggernaut lives the mantra, “Different Worlds, One McKinsey,” through agile and impactful delivery of solutions across a mind-boggling diversity of practices and clients. All of which makes it a training ground for the highest of high-flying careers.

SCORE 9.100

2021 Ranking

#1

McKinsey & Company
#2

Boston Consulting Group

Boston Consulting Group is the second largest consulting firm by revenue and consistently ranks high in our top consulting firms. The firm’s diverse, global teams bring deep industry and functional expertise to organizations, helping them to grow, build sustainable competitive advantage, and drive positive societal impact. Purpose-driven, the firm strives to drive lasting impact for its employees, clients, and society. "You will be challenged... and rewarded," say insiders.

SCORE 8.828

2021 Ranking

#2

Boston Consulting Group
#3

Bain & Company

Arguably the most employee-focused of the Big 3 strategy players, Bain is a name that will open doors for the rest of your career. That’s if you’re interested in leaving, of course: the firm invests a lot of time and energy in training and development, with the goal of growing its future leaders from within. Couple that with a glittering client roster and top-of-the-market compensation, and it’s easy to make a case for staying at Bain for the long term.

SCORE 8.755

2021 Ranking

#3

Bain & Company
#4

Deloitte Consulting LLP

Deloitte is a global provider of audit, tax, financial services, and consulting. The firm is one of the Big Four accounting organizations. Services include corporate strategy, marketing and sales strategy, mergers and acquisitions, and innovation; manufacturing operations including supply chain; sector-specific service operations; infrastructure operations including outsourcing advisory and shared services; and financial management.

SCORE 7.210

2021 Ranking

#4

Deloitte Consulting LLP
#5

PwC Advisory/Strategy&

When your parent is PwC, you’ve got the infrastructure and the resources to build a one-of-a-kind, at-scale strategy business that broadens its capabilities beyond pure strategy work. By harnessing the power of the PwC network, Strategy& delivers visionary yet pragmatic solutions actionable enough to be effectively implemented by the 100,000+ organizations it serves (including 84% of the Fortune Global 500).

SCORE 6.786

2021 Ranking

#5

PwC Advisory/Strategy&
#6

EY-Parthenon

EY Parthenon — the strategy consulting arm of professional services giant EY — is one of the largest global strategy consultancies, with more than 700 offices worldwide. By harnessing the infrastructure of its parent organization and its international network of talented professionals, EY Parthenon offers a near-unparalleled learning experience for jobseekers looking to deepen their expertise while expanding their skillsets.

SCORE 6.706

2021 Ranking

#10

EY-Parthenon
#7

Accenture

Accenture works at the intersection of business and technology to help clients improve performance and create sustainable value for stakeholders. The company fosters a “culture of cultures,” where its people experience a sense of belonging and can be their best professionally and personally. Creating this inclusive workplace means ensuring people feel comfortable engaging in honest, open dialogue about difficult topics—such as bias and inclusion—without judgment or career limitation.

SCORE 6.646

2021 Ranking

#7

Accenture
#8

Booz Allen Hamilton

One of the best-known firms in the government contracting realm, Booz Allen Hamilton has deep expertise on everything from digital transformation to bleeding-edge cybersecurity. With almost 30,000 employees, there is no shortage of opportunities at the company, but it can also be easy to get lost in the shuffle. Those with existing security clearances hold a significant advantage in the hiring process, while the firm is also a destination of choice for current and former members of the military.

SCORE 6.601

2021 Ranking

#8

Booz Allen Hamilton
#9

Ernst & Young (Consulting Practice) NA

Ernst & Young is one of the global Big Four accounting firms. They are best known for providing audit, tax, business risk, technology and security risk services, and human capital services. Through four service lines—assurance, consultancy, strategy, and transactions—they help transform businesses.

SCORE 6.565

2021 Ranking

#6

Ernst & Young (Consulting Practice) NA
#10

Oliver Wyman

Oliver Wyman is a firm in a hurry at present, rapidly adding headcount through hiring and acquisition to cope with a deluge of work. Consistently recognized throughout the industry as a “Best Place to Work”, the firm promises an “environment where exceptional people can thrive.” A large consultancy whose reach spans five continents, Oliver Wyman strives to provide its people with an entrepreneurial, non-hierarchical culture where talent people work alongside one another on complex, high-visibility client engagements. Go-getters who enjoy early responsibility and a fast-paced, driven environment will do well here.

SCORE 6.500

2021 Ranking

#9

Oliver Wyman
#11

Lockheed Martin Corporation (IT Consulting)

Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that designs and manufactures advanced technology systems and products, and also offers management, engineering, technical, scientific, logistics, and information services. They are mainly focused on domestic and foreign defense and civil markets — with the U.S. Department of Defense and other federal government agencies accounting for the majority of its business. The company's activities are organized around four principal areas: aeronautics, electronic systems, information systems and global services (IS&GS), and space systems.

SCORE 6.465

2021 Ranking

#13

Lockheed Martin Corporation (IT Consulting)
#12

KPMG LLP (Advisory)

One of the most recognized names in global business, KPMG is a multinational professional services network and one of the Big Four accounting firms. Organized as a network of firms that each bring services to clients, KPMG spans strategy and operations, analytics, business integration, business intelligence, business process management, change management, growth enablement, integrated business planning, organizational design, outsourcing, shared services, talent management, technology enablement, and transformation. On the risk management side, they offer advisory services in financial risk management, forensic, internal audit, risk and compliance, and IT. Mainly, however, they are known for and specialize in auditing, internal audit, accounting, forensic accounting, compliance, corporate recovery, assurance, tax, risk management, and financial advisory services.

SCORE 6.322

2021 Ranking

#11

KPMG LLP (Advisory)
#13

L.E.K. Consulting

L.E.K. Consulting is a global management consultancy with clients ranging from small startups to major private equity firms. Headquartered in Boston, the firm’s reach spans four continents, touching almost every major market around the globe. That—coupled with deep industry expertise across a breadth of clients and capabilities—creates a wealth of “big firm”-like opportunities at a relatively midsize firm that can offer its employees a more personalized experience than some of its larger competitors.

SCORE 6.158

2021 Ranking

#14

L.E.K. Consulting
#14

IBM Global Business Services

IBM consultants help clients integrate strategy, process, technology and information to increase effectiveness, reduce costs and improve profit and shareholder value. IBM's services and consulting runs the gamut, from AI and automation to big data to networking and cloud services, and more. They've invested heavily in AI. IBM's portfolio of business-ready tools, applications and solutions are designed to reduce the costs and hurdles of AI adoption while optimizing outcomes and responsible use of AI.

SCORE 6.150

2021 Ranking

#12

IBM Global Business Services
#15

Kearney

Kearney is a global management consulting firm that has long specialized in sourcing, procurement, and operations. The firm works with more than three-quarters of the Fortune Global 500, as well as governmental and nonprofit organizations. A solidly midsize firm with a strong international reputation, Kearney is poised to offer consultants the best of both worlds: the flexibility and opportunities for exposure of a boutique supported by the infrastructure of a much larger firm. The result is a great balance of collaboration of independence—the benefits of scale with the ability to individualize.

SCORE 6.093

2021 Ranking

#16

Kearney
#16

Gartner

Gartner is one of the most trusted and prestigious research and advisory firms in the world. Gartner’s research doesn’t just analyze trends in the industry—it sets those trends—and Gartner employees believe that the world’s most comprehensive collection of technology, data, and tools is what drives their learning and development as professionals. Thriving on the frontlines of innovation, Gartner is a place for the tech savvy and the business oriented.

SCORE 6.054

2021 Ranking

#15

Gartner
#17

Northrop Grumman Corporation (IT Consulting)

Northrop Grumman is an aerospace and defense technology company — and also the world’s largest shipbuilder. The company is involved in the design, manufacture, and maintenance of defense systems across all environments, including underwater, on the ground, in the air, in outer space, and online. Most of the firm’s business is with the U.S. federal government, especially the Department of Defense, but it also contracts with state and local governments, foreign governments, and domestic and international commercial clients.

SCORE 6.011

2021 Ranking

#17

Northrop Grumman Corporation (IT Consulting)
#18

The Bridgespan Group

Formed as a social sector-focused offshoot of Bain, The Bridgespan Group has emerged as the leading provider of services in its field. And with good reason: top talent from both the consulting and nonprofit worlds beat a path to Bridgespan’s door every year, hoping to join its ranks. While it can’t take them all, it does ensure that the firm continues to go from strength to strength.

SCORE 5.799

2021 Ranking

#39

The Bridgespan Group
#19

Mercer LLC

Mercer is the world's largest human resources consulting firm. A regular in the #1  spot in our rankings of top HR Consulting firms, Mercer is arguably the top global consulting leader in talent, health, retirement, and investments. The firm is a subsidiary of Marsh & McLennan, a global professional services firm in the areas of risk, strategy, and people.

SCORE 5.665

2021 Ranking

#20

Mercer LLC
#20

Alvarez & Marsal

A company that best known for turnaround and end-of-life services for failing companies, as well as a thriving A&M practice, A&M is perfectly positioned to prosper during uncertain times. Among consultants, its lucrative “eat what you kill” model makes it a top choice for mid-career switches, as this is a firm with a LOT of upside come bonus season.

SCORE 5.449

2021 Ranking

#24

Alvarez & Marsal
#21

Korn Ferry

Korn Ferry is a global organizational consulting firm. They work with clients to design optimal organization structures, roles, and responsibilities. The firm offers five core solutions (organizational strategy, assessment and succession, talent acquisition, leadership development, and rewards and benefits) that help clients synchronize strategy and talent to drive performance.

SCORE 5.442

2021 Ranking

#28

Korn Ferry
#22

Gallup Consulting

Known for its opinion polls, Gallup brings analytics to its management advisory services. Gallup uses its research into human nature to determine how human behavior and relationships drive organizations. This work informs company growth by helping them develope engaged customers and build engaged workforces of talented employees.

SCORE 5.429

2021 Ranking

#27

Gallup Consulting
#23

Grant Thornton LLP (Consulting Practice)

Grant Thornton is one of the world's largest professional services networks. Offering independent audit and insurance, tax, and advisory capabilities, the firm helps businesses grow, operate more effectively, manage risk and regulation, and realize stakeholder value. The consulting unit includes a forensics, investigations, and litigations branch that researches economic foul play and advises corporations involved with criminal abuse lawsuits on how to protect their reputation and avoid costly business interruptions.

SCORE 5.404

2021 Ranking

#18

Grant Thornton LLP (Consulting Practice)
#24

Charles River Associates

With a reputation as a blue-chip economic consulting firm, CRA offers top-tier client engagements and the opportunity to work on cases that regularly wind up in the headlines of the business press. The firm is the perfect choice for self-starters seeking a growth environment—personally and as a company—with exit opportunities galore.

SCORE 5.366

2021 Ranking

#29

Charles River Associates
#25

Raytheon Professional Services

Part of Raytheon Technologies, Raytheon Professional Services provides learning solutions for commercial, government, and military clients across 15 industries. For example, the U.S. Army requires a single environment that will allow soldiers­­ to train together from anywhere in the world. In their own words, Raytheon "blends new and emerging technologies—augmented reality, virtual reality, artificial intelligence, and big data—to connect soldiers and allow them to train like never before."

SCORE 5.364

2021 Ranking

#31

Raytheon Professional Services
#26

ZS

ZS is a professional services firm that works side by side with companies to help develop and deliver products that drive customer value and company results while helping to solve complex global challenges in the pharmaceutical and medical technology industries. The firm leverages its industry expertise, leading-edge analytics and technology and strategy to create solutions that work in the real world.

SCORE 5.358

2021 Ranking

#30

ZS
#27

AlixPartners, LLP

With offices in North America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia, AlixPartners is an international advisory firm that built its reputation through its work in corporate turnaround and restructuring. The firm is often associated with reversing the fortunes of companies in high-impact situations. The ideal hire is someone with around a decade of industry experience, who will be able to hit the ground running and immediately begin impacting a client's business.

SCORE 5.332

2021 Ranking

#23

AlixPartners, LLP
#28

NERA Economic Consulting

NERA provides economic advice, analysis, expert testimony, and regulatory insight for global clients in North America, Latin America, Europe, and the Asia-Pacific. The firm has been advising government authorities and the world’s leading law firms and corporations for over half a century. The firm brings academic analysis and rigor, objectivity, and real-world industry experience to bear on issues arising from competition, regulation, public policy, strategy, finance, and litigation.

SCORE 5.309

2021 Ranking

#35

NERA Economic Consulting
#29

Forrester

SCORE 5.291

2021 Ranking

#Not Ranked

Forrester
#30

General Dynamics Information Technology

General Dynamics is a publicly traded aerospace and defense corporation and one of the largest defense contractors to the U.S. government. They provide IT systems engineering, professional services, and simulation and training to customers in the defense, federal civilian government, health, homeland security, intelligence, state and local government and commercial sectors. Products and services span business aviation; combat vehicles, weapons systems and munitions; IT and C4ISR solutions; and shipbuilding and ship repair.

SCORE 5.236

2021 Ranking

#43

General Dynamics Information Technology
#31

Capgemini

Capgemini SE is a multinational consulting company that provides consulting, technology, professional, and outsourcing services. The firm helps companies transform and manage their business through technology—from strategy and design to operations, fueled by the fast evolving and innovative world of cloud, data, AI, connectivity, software, digital engineering and platforms.

SCORE 5.210

2021 Ranking

#19

Capgemini
#32

Roland Berger

As the first consultancy native to Europe to expand internationally, Roland Berger’s identity is deeply entwined with the concept of global community. The firm operates on the idea that businesses must focus on the long play: sustainable economic, environmental, and social change on a global scale instead. Jobseekers who lead with heart and future-forward priorities should seek out a firm working actively to bring meaning to the consulting industry.

SCORE 5.156

2021 Ranking

#34

Roland Berger
#33

Cornerstone Research

Cornerstone Research occupies a rare niche in the consulting world as a firm that specializes in economic and financial analysis for law firm clients. As a Cornerstone Research consultant, you provide support for expert testimony in commercial litigation and regulatory proceedings. While much of the financial work mirrors what you’d find at traditional economic consultancies, it’s the intersection of the legal and consulting worlds that makes Cornerstone Research an exciting and enriching opportunity.

SCORE 5.118

2021 Ranking

#45

Cornerstone Research
#34

Willis Towers Watson

Willis Towers Watson is a leading HR and actuarial consulting firm that helps clients around the world turn risk into a path for growth. The firm designs and delivers solutions that help organizations manage risk, optimize benefits, cultivate talent, and expand the power of capital to protect and strengthen institutions and individuals. Their unique perspective allows them to see the critical intersections between talent, assets, and ideas—the dynamic formula that drives business performance.

SCORE 5.117

2021 Ranking

#37

Willis Towers Watson
#35

Analysis Group

As economic and litigation consulting specialists, Analysis Group is a rare creature in the consulting world: a firm that is all but immune to the vagaries of the business cycle. As long as there is a need to estimate economic losses and damages (among other things), there will be a demand for Analysis Group’s services. As a result, it maintains a very stable employee base, and recruits at all levels of educational attainment, from those fresh out of undergrad to PhD holders—provided, of course, that you have the economic chops to cut it!

SCORE 5.095

2021 Ranking

#41

Analysis Group
#36

BAE Systems North America

BAE Systems Applied Intelligence (BAE AI) is an international business and technology consulting firm owned by BAE Systems. The firm delivers information intelligence solutions to government and commercial clients. BAE AI develops solutions to strengthen national security and resilience. The firm also help its clients collect, exploit and manage data to deliver critical business services more effectively and economically.

SCORE 5.066

2021 Ranking

#38

BAE Systems North America
#37

FTI Consulting, Inc.

FTI Consulting one of the largest global financial consulting companies. They primarily help organizations manage and mitigate financial, legal, operational, political & regulatory, reputational, and transactional risks. The firm has been an advisor in some of the most headline-grabbing moments in history, including the Bernie Madoff investigation, the Lehman Brothers bankruptcy, the Bush vs. Gore dispute, the Major League Baseball Steroid case, and many more.

SCORE 5.005

2021 Ranking

#25

FTI Consulting, Inc.
#38

ClearView Healthcare Partners

ClearView is a boutique consulting firm in the life sciences field. The firm recently opened two new offices in Europe, formalizing its global footprint and underlining its experience across a variety of therapeutic areas and technologies. ClearView supports strategic decision-making and growth at the product, franchise, or corporate level across across pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, medical devices, and diagnostics. ClearView's clients include a broad range of operating companies in the life sciences, from medical device and pharmaceutical companies to investors in the life sciences fields.

SCORE 4.899

2021 Ranking

#Not Ranked

ClearView Healthcare Partners
#39

Aon Hewitt

Aon is global provider of risk management services, insurance and reinsurance brokerage, and human resource consulting and outsourcing. With a worldwide distribution network, vast base of intellectual capital, and leading technology Aon draws on the best thinking from around the world, then delivers solutions with local expertise.

SCORE 4.885

2021 Ranking

#32

Aon Hewitt
#40

Slalom Consulting

Slalom Consulting is a global management consultancy focused on strategy, technology, and business transformation. The firm has specialists across industries, but also share ideas, methodologies and knowledge across all our industry teams. In their own words, by "drawing from our collective expertise in everything from retail to life sciences, we offer a wide-angle view on unconventional solutions—because the best approach is rarely the most familiar." Insiders say the company places a strong emphasis on work-life balance; it is regularly included in roundups and surveys of best places to work.

SCORE 4.870

2021 Ranking

#33

Slalom Consulting
#41

IQVIA (formerly IMS Consulting Group)

IQVIA is a management consulting firm in the field of global biotech and pharmaceutical. They bring data assets, advanced analytics, technologies, and domain expertise to clients in the life sciences and healthcare sectors. They are also a provider of biopharmaceutical development and commercial outsourcing services, focused primarily on Phase I-IV clinical trials

SCORE 4.865

2021 Ranking

#Not Ranked

IQVIA (formerly IMS Consulting Group)
#42

BearingPoint US

BearingPoint is an independent consulting firm with a deep history. The firm originated from the consulting services operations of KPMG. Today the company's business is focused on three synergetic business units: consulting, business services, and software solutions.

SCORE 4.862

2021 Ranking

#36

BearingPoint US
#43

Simon-Kucher & Partners

Simon-Kucher & Partners is a global pricing, sales & marketing consultancy that specializes in TopLine Power®: a method of achieving transformational growth in clients’ revenue and profits. Growth is at the center of everything Simon-Kucher & Partners does. As a consulting partner, the firm harnesses its people’s specialized, state-of-the-art monetization skills to sustainably grow clients’ profitability. As an employer, Simon-Kucher & Partners invests heavily in growing its people’s skills and providing myriad development opportunities.

SCORE 4.861

2021 Ranking

#48

Simon-Kucher & Partners
#44

Huron

Huron is a global professional services firm. They serve clients in the healthcare, higher education, life sciences, and commercial sectors, as these organizations face significant transformational change and regulatory or economic pressures in dynamic market environments. They help healthcare organizations leverage data and technology to optimize existing business operations, improve clinical outcomes, and create a more consumer-centric healthcare experience.

SCORE 4.837

2021 Ranking

#26

Huron
#45

The Cambridge Group

The Cambridge Group is a boutique strategy consulting firm that helps clients identify profitable new growth opportunities, optimize portfolios of products or services, unearth breakthrough innovation, reinvent categories, enhance brand equity, and optimize pricing. Services include mergers and acquisitions, corporate and business unit strategy, go-to-market activation, digital strategy, marketing strategy, innovation and design and pricing and promotion.

SCORE 4.770

2021 Ranking

#Not Ranked

The Cambridge Group
#46

The Advisory Board Company

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SCORE 4.684

2021 Ranking

#42

The Advisory Board Company
#47

Guidehouse

SCORE 4.683

2021 Ranking

#Not Ranked

#48

Putnam

A global boutique that became part of Ashfield Advisory—itself owned by UDH Healthcare—in 2019, Putnam Associates has maintained the brand and culture that made it a success, while gaining the ability to scale more rapidly across the healthcare and biopharmaceutical industries. Beyond the firm’s commitment and expertise to revolutionizing life sciences consulting is a determination to “bring out the best in each other.” Putnam’s commitment to development makes it a great choice for anybody looking to acquire practical knowledge of the industry by training alongside an enthusiastic team of likeminded professionals while delivering exceptional value to clients.

SCORE 4.665

2021 Ranking

#49

Putnam
#49

Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC)

Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) is an American company that provides government services and information technology support. For example, per a recent $85 million contract, the firm will provide software engineering, DevSecOps, cloud migration, and cyber support to the U.S. Navy. SAIC's services span the defense, space, civilian, and intelligence markets and include secure high-end solutions in engineering, IT modernization, and mission solutions. In their own words, SAIC delivers innovative, effective, and efficient solutions that are critical to achieving customers' missions.

SCORE 4.663

2021 Ranking

#Not Ranked

Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC)
#50

Heidrick and Struggles

SCORE 4.646

2021 Ranking

#Not Ranked