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Best Consulting Firms to Work For
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2021 Most Selective Consulting Firms
#1
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 9.904
2020 Ranking #4
Bain & 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.
SCORE 9.883
2020 Ranking #2
Boston Consulting Group
#3
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 9.844
2020 Ranking #2
ghSMART
#4
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 9.825
2020 Ranking #1
McKinsey & Company
#5
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 9.675
2020 Ranking #6
ClearView Healthcare Partners
#6
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 9.640
2020 Ranking #5
The Bridgespan Group
#7
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 9.482
2020 Ranking #7
Putnam Associates
#8
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 9.406
2020 Ranking #Not Ranked
DeciBio Consulting
#9
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 9.324
2020 Ranking #8
The Keystone Group
#10
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 9.000
2020 Ranking #9
Insight Sourcing Group
#11
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 8.910
2020 Ranking #11
EY-Parthenon
#12
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 8.909
2020 Ranking #24
OC&C Strategy Consultants
#13
Cornerstone Research
Cornerstone Research occupies a rare niche in the consulting world as a firm that specializes in economic and financial analysis for law firm clients. As a Cornerstone consultant, you may be called to provide expert testimony to commercial litigation and regulatory proceedings. While much of the financial work mirrors what you’d find at traditional economic consultancies, it’s the intersection of the legal and consulting worlds that makes Cornerstone Research an exciting and enriching opportunity.
SCORE 8.889
2020 Ranking #14
Cornerstone Research
#14
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 8.833
2020 Ranking #21
Pace Harmon
#15
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 8.739
2020 Ranking #22
Kearney
#16
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 8.714
2020 Ranking #15
Jabian Consulting
#17
Oliver Wyman
Consistently recognized throughout the industry as a “Best Place to Work”, Oliver Wyman 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 8.702
2020 Ranking #16
Oliver Wyman
#18
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 8.697
2020 Ranking #18
The Brattle Group
#19
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 8.676
2020 Ranking #12
Health Advances
#20
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 8.580
2020 Ranking #Not Ranked
Trinity Life Sciences
#21
DayBlink Consulting
DayBlink provides strategic execution and operations consulting to Fortune 500 companies, fast-start advisory services to early-stage startups, and pro bono consulting to nonprofits. Consulting is the backbone of DayBlink. The firm's diverse team of consultants provide insights and resources to help business leaders overcome challenges, attain quick wins, and produce sustainable growth.
SCORE 8.550
2020 Ranking #24
DayBlink Consulting
#22
The Chartis Group
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.
SCORE 8.538
2020 Ranking #19
The Chartis Group
#23
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 8.516
2020 Ranking #13
Eagle Hill Consulting
#24
Bates White Economic Consulting
Economic consulting firms are generally known for the data-intensive and rigorously analytic nature of their work. While Bates White Economic Consulting is no different, the firm seeks to differentiate itself through its bright and passionate people. It’s a firm that invests heavily in professional development and building a close-knit, collaborative culture. Bates White is a good fit for jobseekers with an interest in finance and an aptitude for analysis.
SCORE 8.500
2020 Ranking #Not Ranked
Bates White Economic Consulting
#25
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 8.477
2020 Ranking #Not Ranked
Kaiser Associates