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2021 Best Consulting Firms for Exit Opportunities
#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.

SCORE 9.881

2020 Ranking

#1

McKinsey & Company
#2

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.

SCORE 9.822

2020 Ranking

#4

Bain & Company
#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.

SCORE 9.807

2020 Ranking

#2

Boston Consulting Group
#4

ClearView Healthcare Partners

ClearView is a boutique consulting firm in the life sciences field. The firm recently opened two new offices in Europe, formalizing its global footprint and underlining its experience across a variety of therapeutic areas and technologies. ClearView supports strategic decision-making and growth at the product, franchise, or corporate level across across pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, medical devices, and diagnostics. ClearView's clients include a broad range of operating companies in the life sciences, from medical device and pharmaceutical companies to investors in the life sciences fields.

SCORE 9.732

2020 Ranking

#3

ClearView Healthcare Partners
#5

ghSMART

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.

SCORE 9.486

2020 Ranking

#6

ghSMART
#6

Putnam

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.

SCORE 9.376

2020 Ranking

#5

Putnam
#7

The Bridgespan Group

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.

SCORE 9.209

2020 Ranking

#7

The Bridgespan Group
#8

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.

SCORE 8.957

2020 Ranking

#Not Ranked

OC&C Strategy Consultants
#9

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.

SCORE 8.855

2020 Ranking

#8

EY-Parthenon
#10

Pace Harmon

Pace Harmon, now part of West Monroe, is an advisory and management consulting firm focused on providing business support through the entire sourcing lifecycle. Through cloud and digital transformation that embeds technology strategies and decisions into all functions and lines of business they help radically transform IT and back-office functions for major corporations. Capabilities in IT strategy and business process outsourcing, procurement, and vendor management, support large-scale technology, outsourcing, network, and other complex transactions.

SCORE 8.781

2020 Ranking

#20

Pace Harmon
#11

The Keystone Group

The Keystone Group provides services related to growth strategy, operational improvement, turnaround, and M&A, across a wide range of industries. Beyond its consulting work, the firm is also committed to giving back in its communities, while also hosting a firm-wide bi-annual service trip to build homes for families in need.

SCORE 8.765

2020 Ranking

#22

The Keystone Group
#12

Keystone Strategy

Keystone provides strategy and economics consulting to global brands and law firms. A firm where an entrepreneurial spirit and willingness to collaborate with peers goes a long way, Keystone’s expertise is in strategy, economics, data analysis, product development, intellectual property, and antitrust. The firm works with an array of Fortune 50 technology companies as well as global consumer brands, including Amazon, Facebook, GE, Intel, Roche, Microsoft, Oracle, and Yeti, among others, and has development options aplenty for consultants.

SCORE 8.738

2020 Ranking

#Not Ranked

Keystone Strategy
#13

Trinity Life Sciences

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.

SCORE 8.720

2020 Ranking

#17

Trinity Life Sciences
#14

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.

SCORE 8.702

2020 Ranking

#19

Kaiser Associates
#15

Triangle Insights Group, LLC

Triangle Insights Group is a strategy consulting firm that provides strategic guidance on the most critical business issues to leaders in life sciences organizations. The company supports clients in the therapeutics, diagnostics and medical device industries and has partnered with clients to address needs across the pharmaceutical development and commercial lifecycle. Insiders say the “culture is fantastic, and leadership values both firm and personal needs.”

SCORE 8.655

2020 Ranking

#Not Ranked

Triangle Insights Group, LLC
#16

Booz Allen Hamilton

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.

SCORE 8.638

2020 Ranking

#Not Ranked

Booz Allen Hamilton
#17

Clarkston Consulting

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.

SCORE 8.537

2020 Ranking

#12

Clarkston Consulting
#18

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.

SCORE 8.502

2020 Ranking

#10

Deloitte Consulting LLP
#19

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.

SCORE 8.500

2020 Ranking

#Not Ranked

Alvarez & Marsal
#20

Health Advances

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.

SCORE 8.493

2020 Ranking

#24

Health Advances
#21

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.

SCORE 8.488

2020 Ranking

#9

Oliver Wyman
#22

LeapPoint

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.

SCORE 8.471

2020 Ranking

#Not Ranked

LeapPoint
#23

The Brattle Group

The Brattle Group answers complex economic, regulatory, and financial questions for corporations, law firms, and governments around the world. The firm serves numerous focus areas and industries, including energy, financial institutions, IT, pharmaceuticals, healthcare, sports, telecom, and media. In addition, they offer expert testimony and are known for the credibility of their experts, which include leading international academics and industry specialists.

SCORE 8.464

2020 Ranking

#Not Ranked

The Brattle Group
#24

ScottMadden Management Consultants

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.

SCORE 8.444

2020 Ranking

#Not Ranked

ScottMadden Management Consultants
#25

Eagle Hill Consulting

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.

SCORE 8.412

2020 Ranking

#Not Ranked

Eagle Hill Consulting