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2021 Best Consulting Firms for Operations Consulting
#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 centered on the singular standards that earned the firm its international renown.

42.00% of
2020 Ranking #2
McKinsey & Company
#2
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.

38.42% of
2020 Ranking #1
Deloitte Consulting LLP
#3
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.

36.03% of
2020 Ranking #3
Boston Consulting Group
#4
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.

30.37% of
2020 Ranking #4
Accenture
#5
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.

29.89% of
2020 Ranking #5
Bain & Company
#6
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.

17.77% of
2020 Ranking #7
Ernst & Young (Consulting Practice) NA
#7
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).

16.42% of
2020 Ranking #6
PwC Advisory/Strategy&
#8
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.

12.84% of
2020 Ranking #9
IBM Global Business Services
#9
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.

9.02% of
2020 Ranking #10
KPMG LLP (Advisory)
#10
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.

7.46% of
2020 Ranking #8
Kearney
#11
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.

5.62% of
2020 Ranking #12
AlixPartners, LLP
#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.

5.07% of
2020 Ranking #11
Oliver Wyman
#13
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.

4.17% of
2020 Ranking #13
Capgemini
#14
Alvarez & Marsal

Don’t be fooled by Alvarez & Marsal’s deep and well-established reputation for operations and restructuring consulting. In the decades since the firm began, A&M has diversified its expertise across various industries and services. If anything, that heritage of operational work has influenced the firm’s tactical, action-oriented approach to consulting—perfect for jobseekers interested in rolling up their sleeves and digging into a range of complex business issues.

3.75% of
2020 Ranking #14
Alvarez & Marsal
#15
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.

2.88% of
2020 Ranking #20
FTI Consulting, Inc.
#16
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.

2.60% of
2020 Ranking #17
Roland Berger
#17
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.

2.46% of
2020 Ranking #15
Huron
#18
L.E.K. Consulting

L.E.K. Consulting is a global managing consultancy with clients ranging from small startups to major private equity firms. Although the firm’s roots are firmly planted in British soil, L.E.K. Consulting’s reach spans 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” opportunities at a relatively midsize firm.

2.26% of
2020 Ranking #15
L.E.K. Consulting
#19
Arthur D. Little

“Little” is the last word we’d use to describe international powerhouse Arthur D. Little. A midsize consultancy, Arthur D. Little traces its roots to 1886 Boston as the first and longest operating firm of its kind. Renowned for thought leadership in the automotive, chemical, and energy sectors (among others), Arthur D. Little proves that a legacy firm can innovate with the best of them.

1.56% of
2020 Ranking #Not Ranked
Arthur D. Little
#20
The Hackett Group, Inc.

The Hackett Group is an intellectual-property–based strategic consultancy and leading enterprise benchmarking firm to global companies. The firm specializes in digital transformation, including implementation of leading enterprise cloud applications, workflow automation, and analytics to enable world-class performance. Drawing from nearly 20,000 benchmark studies with the world’s leading businesses, the firm is able to accelerate best practices implementations for its clients.

1.53% of
2020 Ranking #Not Ranked
The Hackett Group, Inc.