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2022 Best Consulting Firms for Retail 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.

49.55% 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.

48.26% of Votes

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.

42.59% of Votes

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.

17.33% of Votes

2021 Ranking

#4

Deloitte Consulting LLP
#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.

13.77% of Votes

2021 Ranking

#6

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).

11.58% of Votes

2021 Ranking

#7

PwC Advisory/Strategy&
#7

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.

8.83% of Votes

2021 Ranking

#8

Oliver Wyman
#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.

8.74% of Votes

2021 Ranking

#5

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.

7.69% of Votes

2021 Ranking

#9

KPMG LLP (Advisory)
#10

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.

7.13% of Votes

2021 Ranking

#11

L.E.K. Consulting
#11

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.

6.40% of Votes

2021 Ranking

#10

Kearney
#12

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.

6.15% of Votes

2021 Ranking

#12

Simon-Kucher & Partners
#13

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.

5.10% of Votes

2021 Ranking

#13

The Cambridge Group
#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.

4.45% of Votes

2021 Ranking

#16

Alvarez & Marsal
#15

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.

4.13% of Votes

2021 Ranking

#14

EY-Parthenon
#16

OC&C Strategy Consultants

OC&C Strategy Consultants is an international consulting firm that advises management of major multinational corporations and leading national companies, as well as governmental and other public institutions. OC&C also supports world-renown private equity firms in areas including potential investment scoping, vendor and buyer due diligence, and post-acquisition strategy. The firm brings a deep knowledge of sectors and the churn of demand to their work with clients.

3.97% of Votes

2021 Ranking

#18

OC&C Strategy Consultants
#17

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, in 2019, 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.

3.40% of Votes

2021 Ranking

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Kaiser Associates
#18

Marakon

Marakon Associates is a corporate strategy consulting firm that helps CEOs and their leadership teams achieve winning performance and build stronger organizations. A small firm, it offers its consultants more exposure to clients and the ability to take on additional challenges through stretch assignments. The company is an excellent place to begin one’s consulting career or work up to partner. For those with strong analytical and interpersonal skills, Marakon Associates might be the perfect place.

3.16% of Votes

2021 Ranking

#16

Marakon
#19

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.

3.08% of Votes

2021 Ranking

#15

Roland Berger
#20

Dean & Company

2.91% of Votes

2021 Ranking

#Not Ranked

Dean & Company