Founded in 1926, the consulting monolith that is McKinsey didn’t take long to expand into Europe, experiencing rapid growth in the region as early as the 50’s. McKinsey has since become a dominant player in virtually every major market throughout Europe and the Middle East. Wherever you seek an “in” at the most prominent consultancy, you’ll find the world suddenly becomes a more connected and accessible place than you could’ve imagined.
BCG operates in 50+ countries worldwide, with half of the locations based in Europe and the Middle East. The firm’s diverse, local, regional and global teams bring deep industry and functional expertise to organizations, helping them to grow, build sustainable competitive advantage, and drive positive societal impact. BCG partnered with almost 1,000 organizations in 2020 on 900+ social impact & sustainability projects and 400+ climate & environment projects.
Bain & Company may operate presence in dozens of countries—with more than 20 offices in Europe, the Middle East & Africa—but that doesn’t keep the “heart” of the Big Three from functioning as one firm. Whichever path you pursue (and there are many), you’re sure to receive the same quintessential Bain experience that Bainies around the world say make this one of the most rewarding and enriching firms to join.
Oliver Wyman’s European presence spans almost two dozen countries in Europe and the Middle East. Overall, firm’s international offices account for more than half of its global footprint. A talent-focused firm that prides itself on connectedness and collaborative culture, Oliver Wyman strives to staff consultants on the projects that best suit their talents regardless of their home office. This makes international travel and opportunity the norm—not the exception.
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.
Headquartered in Munich, Germany, Roland Berger is the first natively European consulting firm to expand internationally. While global in scale and scope, the firm maintains a distinctly European culture that makes it a fascinating and enriching place to make your professional “home.” For those looking for an international experience unlike any other, where better to start than the original European firm to go global?
Strategy& is the consulting business of professional services firm PricewaterhouseCoopers, aka PwC, one of largest professional services networks in the world and one of the Big Four accounting firms. Combining strategy consulting expertise with the capabilities of the PwC network, Strategy& helps clients solve issues—from devising a corporate strategy to building capabilities by transforming functions and business units—from strategy through execution.
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.
L.E.K. Consulting is a global managing consultancy with clients ranging from small startups to major private equity firms. Although the firm’s roots are firmly planted in British soil (it began with the establishment of its London office in 1983), L.E.K. Consulting’s reach spans 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” opportunities at a relatively midsize firm.
Casual jobseekers are forgiven for wondering, “Is PricewaterhouseCoopers an accounting firm, a consulting firm, or something else entirely?” The answer is “yes”, and therein lie the possibilities. The second-largest professional services firm in the world, PwC offers a wild amount of opportunities for employees and clients to join a global network of problem solvers dedicated to transforming the industries it serves.
Pricing, sales & marketing experts Simon-Kucher & Partners maintain offices in roughly two dozen cities in Europe, the Middle East & Africa. It’s no wonder the firm crossed the 100-million-euro mark in the region more than a decade ago. A midsize yet truly international consultancy, the firm is recognized as a global pricing leader, and offers myriad opportunities for travel, growth and development, and client exposure for jobseekers looking to break into consulting.
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.
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.
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.
With offices in North America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia, AlixPartners is an international advisory firm that built its reputation through its work in corporate turnaround and restructuring. The firm is often associated with reversing the fortunes of companies in high-impact situations. The ideal hire is someone with around a decade of industry experience, who will be able to hit the ground running and immediately begin impacting a client's business.
Mercer is a business of Marsh & McLennan, a global professional services firm in the areas of risk, strategy, and people. A consistently high-ranking firm for HR consulting, Mercer works on human capital challenges facing some of the world’s best companies. Insiders say that in addition to the collegial and collaborative culture, what Mercer employees value most about working there is their colleagues' "intellectual horsepower, the depth and breadth of their collective knowledge base, and their stellar interpersonal and client-relations skills."
While the consulting industry as we know it today began in Boston more than a century ago with Arthur D. Little, more than 50% of the firm’s employees now work across its numerous European offices. This, combined with several Middle Eastern offices serving the entire region, make Arthur D. Little a truly global experience for any jobseeker looking to see the world while they’re changing it.
NERA Economic Consulting understands what many people can’t: economics. The firm provides economic advice, analysis, expert testimony, and regulatory insight for global clients throughout North America, Latin America, Europe, and the Asia-Pacific region. NERA specializes in bringing academic analysis and rigor, objectivity, and real-world industry experience to bear on issues arising from competition, regulation, public policy, strategy, finance, and litigation.
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.
Porsche Consulting is a leading German strategy and operations consultancy, though they work with clients globally. One-third of the firm's projects take place outside of Germany. Following their stated principle of “strategic vision, smart implementation,” Porsche's experts advise large corporations and medium-size companies worldwide in the automotive, aviation and aerospace, and mechanical and plant engineering industries. They also serve clients in the financial services, consumer goods, retail, and construction sectors.
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.
Gartner is one of the most trusted and prestigious research and advisory firms in the world. Gartner’s research doesn’t just analyze trends in the industry—it sets those trends—and Gartner employees believe that the world’s most comprehensive collection of technology, data, and tools is what drives their learning and development as professionals. Thriving on the frontlines of innovation, Gartner is a place for the tech savvy and the business oriented.
IBM consultants help clients integrate strategy, process, technology and information to increase effectiveness, reduce costs and improve profit and shareholder value. IBM's services and consulting runs the gamut, from AI and automation to big data to networking and cloud services, and more. They've invested heavily in AI. IBM's portfolio of business-ready tools, applications and solutions are designed to reduce the costs and hurdles of AI adoption while optimizing outcomes and responsible use of AI.
Capgemini is a multinational consulting firm that provides consulting, technology, professional, and outsourcing services. The firm helps companies transform and manage their business through technology—from strategy and design to operations—fueled by cloud, data, AI, connectivity, software, digital engineering, and platforms. Capgemini has the resources and expertise to react quickly to client needs.