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2022 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 of which makes it a training ground for the highest of high-flying careers.

40.10% of Votes

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.

36.94% of Votes

2021 Ranking

#3

Boston Consulting Group
#3

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.

32.26% of Votes

2021 Ranking

#2

Deloitte Consulting LLP
#4

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.

30.29% of Votes

2021 Ranking

#5

Bain & Company
#5

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.

30.11% of Votes

2021 Ranking

#4

Accenture
#6

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).

16.64% of Votes

2021 Ranking

#7

PwC Advisory/Strategy&
#7

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.

14.34% of Votes

2021 Ranking

#8

IBM Global Business Services
#8

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.

14.16% of Votes

2021 Ranking

#6

Ernst & Young (Consulting Practice) NA
#9

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.

11.18% of Votes

2021 Ranking

#9

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. 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.

8.25% of Votes

2021 Ranking

#10

Kearney
#11

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.

5.77% of Votes

2021 Ranking

#12

Oliver Wyman
#12

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.

5.22% of Votes

2021 Ranking

#11

AlixPartners, LLP
#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.

4.58% of Votes

2021 Ranking

#13

Capgemini
#14

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.

4.31% of Votes

2021 Ranking

#14

Alvarez & Marsal
#15

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.

2.66% of Votes

2021 Ranking

#17

Huron
#16

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.

2.57% of Votes

2021 Ranking

#18

L.E.K. Consulting
#17

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.

2.25% of Votes

2021 Ranking

#15

FTI Consulting, Inc.
#18

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.

2.06% of Votes

2021 Ranking

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ZS
#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.

1.70% of Votes

2021 Ranking

#Not Ranked

Mercer LLC
#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.

1.37% of Votes

2021 Ranking

#20

The Hackett Group, Inc.