“Little” is the last word we’d use to describe international powerhouse Arthur D. Little. A midsize consultancy, Arthur D. Little traces its roots to 1886 Boston as the first and longest operating firm of its kind. Renowned for thought leadership in the automotive, chemical, and energy sectors (among others), Arthur D. Little proves that a legacy firm can innovate with the best of them.

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By all appearances, Arthur D. Little is a firm on its way back in the U.S. Having re-established operations here in the U.S. a few years ago following a successful European resurrection, ADL has been steadily adding headcount and gaining a reputation as a smart, professional outfit with a good blend of strategic and operational output.

As an employer, ADL was already one of the more work-life focused firms prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, and so has had few issues with shifting to a remote model in its wake. As with most firms in the industry, 2020 was undoubtedly a period marked by turmoil for ADL, but its smaller size, nimble structure and history of navigating tumultuous times could well see it performing better than most as we emerge into the new normal of 202...

About the Company

Arthur D. Little has been at the forefront of innovation since 1886. It is an acknowledged thought leader in linking strategy, innovation and transformation in technology-intensive and converging industries. The firm helps clients navigate changing business ecosystems to uncover new growth opportunities; in so doing, it supports clients in building innovation capabilities and transforming their organization.

Founded in Boston in 1886, Arthur D. Little lays claim to the dual titles of first and oldest management consulting firm in the world. The pioneering spirit of the founder who lent the firm its name is the stuff of legend--and the firm he founded is still going strong, even after completing a journey that has seen it go from private entity to public corporation, and back to private following a 2011 management buyout by the...

Employee Reviews

  • “My experience has been extremely positive - great culture, training, high client impact cases, opportunities to grow as a leader.”
  • “Collaboratively accountable for your own career, very diverse set of work challenges and opportunities.”
  • “Highly client facing from the very start of your career.”
  • “Entrepreneurship mindset.”
  • “Combination of interesting work and work/life balance.”
  • “I would advise candidates to not hesitate to contact ADLers and ask questions. That's the best way to see if there is a fit.”
  • “Great global firm, plenty of opportunities for domestic and international work + networking.”
  • “Hours could be longer irrespective of travel. Limited admin support due to firm size.”
  • “Regarding hours, the policy makes if flexible enough to enable consultants to have good control of the work-life balance, and the institution will always favor wellbeing of the employees."
  • "Best - flexible and relaxed working environment, good vacation time allowance, travel only when necessary. Worst - unpredictable, often long hours.”
  • "Travel has reduced significantly during COVID - and the company does currently not require anyone to travel if they don't feel comfortable. In general - people are allowed to draw their own lines.”
  • “Support from colleagues during PTO. Encouraged to take breaks and days off in between projects. Additional vacation days possible during year-end (extra days taken but not counted against vacation balances).”
  • “Good vacation policies for US—considering unlimited vacation models.”
  • “23 days PTO... and current reflection to be even more flexible.”
  • “Vacation time is easily approved and management encourages us to use the time. However, in my experience, work has often bled into vacation time. In recent months I have also found it difficult to take vacation on short notice because of high utilization and resourcing constraints, yet planning ahead is much harder given the pandemic.”
  • “Firm is not large enough yet to deploy large efforts - but generally health and wellness are supported and the need for it is recognized.”
  • “Bonuses come out of a Profit-sharing mechanism.”
  • “Transparent calculation / award of bonuses.”
  • “Clear and transparent salary levels. Benchmarked data shared.”
  • “No signing bonuses for experienced staff.”
  • “Excellent base salary, limited bonuses.”
  • “Best - salary bands recently adjusted up and plans exist to continue adjusting to compete against peer group (show's management awareness / dedication to addressing compensation); good bonus potential; good 401(k) program. Worst - realized bonus to date has been limited largely due to firm performance as we grow, though that appears to be changing; limited other benefits/perks.”
  • “Base salary at some levels is low. Equity ownership is attractive.”
  • “Very transparent, very structured.”
  • “ADL’s Staff First policy is highly appreciated. Diversity and Inclusion are topics that are taken very seriously.”
  • “Good opportunities for growth and challenging assignment from early on.”
  • “Great learning ground for healthcare and life sciences consulting.”
  • “Effective I&D policies in the US, good racial and gender diversity at junior levels. Senior levels need more work but there are policies and projects in place. Time will tell.”
  • “Recently launched several initiatives around diversity & inclusion and corporate social responsibility. The firm and management are certainly very aware and receptive but effectiveness remains to be seen as we work to implement changes.”
  • “Pay scales are level based and not individual. The company recognizes that it is not as diverse as it could be / should be and actively looking to improve itself in that regard.”
  • “Heavy Pharma R&D operational focus has made 2020 a breakout year for us.”
  • “Strong client relationships and trust built over many years of good work allow for significant repeat business opportunities.”
  • “Best - Strong performance in spite of the pandemic; acquisition of new clients/accounts; strong growth ambitions and initiatives. Worst - Challenges related to growing the team to meet growth ambitions.”
  • “The firm is global and diversified and agile enough to adapt to new economic circumstances.”

Why Work Here

ADL is an entrepreneurial company - we are the oldest management consulting firm but we are not trapped by process or tradition. For our business model, this means flexibility of approach – rather than just charge our clients by the hour, we may enter into partnerships with them. We eagerly transfer our knowledge to clients while learning from their insight and experience. This is also reflected in the way we work as a team – we value initiative and are always open to new ideas. Every path is possible, and we encourage our people to explore different industries beyond their specializations and work across disciplines.

Getting Hired Here

  • “At a senior level, where I am involved - Entrepreneurial, Leader, Follower, Thought Leader, Team Builder, Well networked.”
  • "Collaborative, passionate, eager to learn, independent, detail oriented, creative, great communicators, logical thinkers, positive attitude.”
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  • “Market entry, acquisition cases.”

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