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2021 Best Consulting Firms for Human Resources Consulting
#1
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.
31.89% of
2020 Ranking #1
Deloitte Consulting LLP
#2
Mercer LLC
Mercer is the world's largest human resources consulting firm. A subsidiary of Marsh & McLennan, it is a global professional services firm in the areas of risk, strategy, and people. The firm has been ranked #1 HR Consulting by Vault for several years running and is arguably the top global consulting leader in talent, health, retirement, and investments.
24.56% of
2020 Ranking #2
Mercer LLC
#3
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 centered on the singular standards that earned the firm its international renown.
23.57% of
2020 Ranking #5
McKinsey & Company
#4
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.
22.32% of
2020 Ranking #4
Willis Towers Watson
#5
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.
18.68% of
2020 Ranking #6
Korn Ferry
#6
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.
17.74% of
2020 Ranking #7
Boston Consulting Group
#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.
16.18% of
2020 Ranking #9
Accenture
#8
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.
15.14% of
2020 Ranking #3
Aon Hewitt
#9
Bain & Company
The “heart” of the Big Three, Bain & Company is known as much for its ambition and future-defining innovations as it is for its culture. “A Bainie never lets another Bainie fail,” as the saying goes, because of the rich and deeply compassionate culture that puts its people first and empowers them to deliver consistently outstanding work on a global scale.
14.72% of
2020 Ranking #10
Bain & Company
#10
EY (Ernst & Young) LLP Consulting Practice
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.
13.74% of
2020 Ranking #12
EY (Ernst & Young) LLP Consulting Practice
#11
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).
12.12% of
2020 Ranking #8
PwC Advisory/Strategy&
#12
Oliver Wyman
Consistently recognized throughout the industry as a “Best Place to Work”, Oliver Wyman 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.
9.52% of
2020 Ranking #11
Oliver Wyman
#13
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.
7.44% of
2020 Ranking #14
Huron
#14
KPMG LLP (Advisory)
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.
6.71% of
2020 Ranking #13
KPMG LLP (Advisory)
#15
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.
4.37% of
2020 Ranking #17
Capgemini
#16
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. Their services include analytics, digital transformation and innovation, new market growth, procurement, IT, and sustainability.
4.11% of
2020 Ranking #16
Kearney
#17
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.
3.90% of
2020 Ranking #15
IBM Global Business Services
#18
Kaiser Associates
Kaiser Associates is a global boutique with deep expertise across a diversified portfolio of practices. The firm has grown substantially since its 1981 inception—to the point that it spun off its healthcare practice into subsidiary Kx Advisors. The firm’s global reach, combined with its boutique size, allows for lots of international mobility while forming and maintaining close-knit connections with colleagues from different offices and backgrounds.
3.54% of
2020 Ranking #17
Kaiser Associates
#19
2.45% of
2020 Ranking #19
#20
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.
1.93% of
2020 Ranking #20
ZS