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Best Consulting Firms to Work For
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2021 Best Consulting Firms for Interaction with Clients
#1
ghSMART
Those looking to break into the consulting industry are smart to give ghSMART a closer look. As a lean yet impactful boutique, ghSMART exposes you to endless opportunities to network and develop deep relationships with powerful C-Suite clients—giving you an “on-the-ground” view of the action at an exciting leadership advisory firm. And did we mention that ghSMART is 100% employee-owned? How’s that for owning your career?
SCORE 9.914
2020 Ranking #1
ghSMART
#2
ClearView Healthcare Partners
ClearView is a boutique consulting firm in the life sciences field. With global experience across 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 9.854
2020 Ranking #2
ClearView Healthcare Partners
#3
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.
SCORE 9.756
2020 Ranking #6
Bain & Company
#4
The Keystone Group
The Keystone Group is a management consulting firm that works with mid-market manufacturing and distribution clients. The firm has four main areas of consulting expertise they provide to clients: profitable growth strategy, operational improvement, restructuring and turnaround and mergers and acquisitions. Keystone consultants come from diverse backgrounds, including banking, C-level executive positions, Fortune 100 operations management and private equity, to name a few. As a result, the Keystone team is able to support clients through all aspects of their business cycle.
SCORE 9.706
2020 Ranking #4
The Keystone Group
#5
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.
SCORE 9.692
2020 Ranking #3
McKinsey & Company
#6
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 9.606
2020 Ranking #5
Boston Consulting Group
#7
DeciBio Consulting
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.
SCORE 9.484
2020 Ranking #Not Ranked
DeciBio Consulting
#8
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 9.406
2020 Ranking #16
Pace Harmon
#9
The Bridgespan Group
The Bridgespan Group is a global consulting firm that serves nonprofit organizations, NGOs, impact investing and philanthropic groups. The firm's services include consulting to nonprofits and philanthropists, leadership development support, and developing and sharing insights. Insiders at the Bridgespan Group say they enjoy the “rewarding work and high relative compensation for the non-profit sector.”
SCORE 9.330
2020 Ranking #25
The Bridgespan Group
#10
Jabian Consulting
Jabian Consulting is a strategic management and technology consulting firm. They help companies become more competitive and profitable by creating and implementing strategies, enhancing business processes, developing human capital, and better aligning technology. Even before the pandemic, Jabian was a self-proclaimed no-travel firm and fewer than five percent of their consultants surveyed had traveled for work. This puts them in our top companies rankings often for this and related work-life balance benefits.
SCORE 9.286
2020 Ranking #23
Jabian Consulting
#11
Blue Matter Consulting
Few consulting firms leverage the concept of “left-brain” and “right-brain” thinking when describing both their approach to client engagements and the type of people they want to join their team. Blue Matter Consulting—a growth-stage life sciences boutique—wears their approach on their sleeve, signaling to professionals from diverse backgrounds that they’re seeking analytic rigor as much as creativity and passion.
SCORE 9.271
2020 Ranking #15
Blue Matter Consulting
#12
Insight Sourcing Group
Insight Sourcing Group is a management consulting firm focused exclusively on cost optimization and procurement-related services. The firm advises companies across a multitude of industries, including manufacturing, retail, financial services, health care, commercial services, and telecommunications (clients include lululemon, Aaron’s Inc., Under Armor, among others). But they are considered a market leader in the private equity space, helping PE firms gain cross-portfolio leverage and visibility and driving major cost optimization projects within portfolio companies.
SCORE 9.266
2020 Ranking #7
Insight Sourcing Group
#13
Putnam Associates
Putnam Associates is a global boutique that attracts individuals looking to make a difference in 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 9.265
2020 Ranking #9
Putnam Associates
#14
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. Whatever your professional background, there’s a place for you at ScottMadden.
SCORE 9.260
2020 Ranking #24
ScottMadden Management Consultants
#15
LeapPoint
LeapPoint is a strategic consulting firm that works to drive enterprise change for their clients. They provide 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.
SCORE 9.235
2020 Ranking #Not Ranked
LeapPoint
#16
Clarkston Consulting
Though boutique in size, Clarkston Consulting’s reach is far. The firm specializes in three distinct industries—life sciences, consumer products, and retail—making it an intriguing choice for jobseekers with diverse interests and skillsets. Clients run the gamut from cosmetics brands to some of the biggest food and beverage conglomerates, all-but guaranteeing high visibility to a number of high profile engagements.
SCORE 9.192
2020 Ranking #11
Clarkston Consulting
#17
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 9.186
2020 Ranking #12
Eagle Hill Consulting
#18
Insigniam
Insigniam is a management consulting firm that specializes in enterprise-wide transformation, transformational leadership, and managing change. A core value proposition of Insigniam’s organization transformation services is empowering clients to “build a bond and collaboration” among their people. Knowing that culture fuels strategy, Insigniam invests heavily in training and fostering entrepreneurship in the firm's own employees, so they can bring the most impactful solutions to clients.
SCORE 9.167
2020 Ranking #14
Insigniam
#19
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.
SCORE 9.160
2020 Ranking #Not Ranked
Alvarez & Marsal
#20
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 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 9.152
2020 Ranking #22
Kaiser Associates
#21
Applied Value
Applied Value is a management consulting and investment firm that is focused on enhancing clients’ financial value and delivering lean, expedient growth solutions. Management consulting has been the firm’s core business since inception, but they also invest in other companies and maintain a strong commitment to social impact work. The firm provides the tools and knowledge to empower communities to achieve sustainable prosperity.
SCORE 9.099
2020 Ranking #19
Applied Value
#22
The Poirier Group
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.
SCORE 9.091
2020 Ranking #Not Ranked
The Poirier Group
#23
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.
SCORE 9.054
2020 Ranking #17
Simon-Kucher & Partners
#24
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.
SCORE 9.013
2020 Ranking #Not Ranked
Kearney
#25
EY-Parthenon
EY Parthenon—the strategy consulting arm of the prestigious EY (Ernst & Young, to drop a name that industry outsiders will immediately spark to)—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 9.012
2020 Ranking #Not Ranked
EY-Parthenon