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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Recently acquired by a Philadelphia-based private equity firm Renovus, LeapPoint is a strategic consulting shop to watch in the years ahead. Providong clients with transformational support to streamline, upgrade, and organize processes, LeapPoint's enterprise-level innovation and cross-functional expertise covers a range of industries, including financial services, healthcare, retail, higher education, government, and more.This is a firm for those who are passionate about what they do—who are as excited about the here-and-now, the day-to-day challenges of solving clients’ most complex IT problems as they are about mapping out the trajectory of their growth and development.
As a growing boutique, Clarkston has been doing a significant amount of hiring over the past year or so, making it a good time to check out opportunities with the firm. As with many growing firms, retaining the existing culture as the firm evolves is something that appears to have been on the minds of leadership of late, particularly in light of pandemic-enforced shifts to internal communications.
An agile life sciences consultancy that is far into its growth stage, DeciBio offers employees the excitement and challenge of a startup environment merged with the deep content knowledge and ample, hands-on learning opportunities of a much older and larger consulting firm. The scrappy, entrepreneurial spirit of the firm bodes well for candidates who are self-directed, self-motivated, and intellectually curious. DeciBio is truly a “chart-your-own-path” boutique.
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.
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.
Kenway Consulting specializes in technology solution delivery, enterprise program leadership, and information insight. In keeping with their vision "to transform business by doing what is right," their stated focus is helping businesses achieve their objectives through the enablement/ enhancement of process and technology... by providing clients the right skills at the right time in the right volume for the right duration, resulting in the best possible solution for the lowest cost. The "doing what is right" vision permeates the company culture; the firm is often included at the top of the ranks of best companies for work-life balance.
Eagle Hill is a family-run, woman-owned firm. The firm prides itself on “unconventional consulting”: an outside-the-box, “living lab” approach to client engagement. Innovative ideas and creative solutions are tested out within the firm before being brought to market, which puts people at the heart of the process and measures the real impact of business strategies before they are proposed to clients. The result is a sandbox working environment that encourages boldness and experimentation.
The Poirier Group (TPG) is a boutique management consulting firm based in Toronto that specializes in delivering sustainable process and performance improvements to medium-to-large businesses across North America and internationally. TPG hires consultants with backgrounds in industrial and mechanical engineering as well as commerce and general business. Insiders say they value the flexibility and supportive environment.
ScottMadden is a generalist boutique with deep expertise in the Energy and Corporate & Shared Services sector. The result is a combination of strategic focus and a diversified approach to consulting across a range of capabilities and services—perfect for jobseekers searching for the unique benefits of working at a smaller firm while still leveraging a wide array of skillsets and experiences. If the prospect of working ‘on the ground’ with your clients excites you, then ScottMadden might be a fit for you.
Tech-savvy jobseekers who live on the cutting edge of digital transformation will spark to Ignyte Group: a fast-paced, DC-based boutique that specializes in the automation and modernization of business processes. At fewer than 100 employees, Ignyte maintains a close-knit and entrepreneurial culture akin to what you’d find in Silicon Valley. The firm lives and breathes its core values of innovation, cross-functional collaboration, ownership, and creativity, all in service of its niche focus on merging traditional management consulting with professional branding.
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.
A growing life sciences firm, Blue Matter has literally gone from a single office to a global boutique in under a decade. This impressive growth has brought a number of consultants along for the ride, creating leadership opportunities for those with an entrepreneurial mindset. Post-pandemic, quality of life issues—particularly those related to travel—will be something to watch; this firm is clearly going places, which means consultants may be expected to as well!
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.
The Chartis Group provides advisory and analytics services to the healthcare industry. Chartis combines human experience and judgment with cutting-edge data, analytics and technology to bring a depth of expertise in strategic planning, performance excellence, informatics, and technology and health analytics to achieve transformative results. Clients include leading academic medical centers, integrated delivery networks, children's hospitals, and healthcare service organizations.
Having recently attained B-Corp status, Armanino is on a mission to grow while doing good in the world. To aid that, the firm has made a number of acquisitions to build out practice expertise in recent years, and seems to excel at integrating these into its main business. With a foot in both accounting and consulting, this is an intriguing challenger brand that appears to have a very bright future, provided it can manage the culture shift that typically comes with rapid growth.
You don’t have to be a medical professional to advance the healthcare industry. Those passionate about technology and business strategy will find Health Advances an enriching way to make a difference in people’s lives. By specializing exclusively in healthcare, Health Advances has developed a…well…advanced level of expertise and renown, giving values-oriented jobseekers a chance to dive deep and flex their analytic muscles to solve real-world problems for future generations.
More than a cool name, Trinity is a life sciences consultancy that approaches consulting from a “foundation of three:” advisory, insights & analytics, and technology. The result is comprehensive, end-to-end support for clients ranging from emerging biotech firms to massive pharmaceutical companies. A firm that places passion and character at the center of its talent search, Trinity is looking for those who bring a deeply felt desire to change lives and the life sciences industry to everything they do.
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.
CEOs seek ghSMART’s advice for their most high-stake leadership challenges. And often, ghSMART’s clients see them as the most influential professional relationships they have. Those who aspire to be a trusted advisor to CEOs, Boards and Investors of the world and are equipped with experience at one of the big three strategy firms or a PhD in Psychology should take a closer look at ghSMART.
Publicis Sapient is a digital consulting firm that specializes digital transformation for clients across a wide range of industries. Insiders love its reach, rapid career progress, and the ability to work on challenging projects for interesting clients.