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Ivy Exec Reviews the Best Consulting Firms to Work For in 2019

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In our annual installment of consulting firm rankings, we surveyed approximately 5,000 current and recent employees around the world to identify the best companies to work for. By evaluating each firm’s ability to provide engaging work, a competitive salary, company culture, leadership, and prestige, we’ve identified the top factors that contribute to employee satisfaction. The survey included 50 multiple-choice questions and short-response prompts.

After reviewing the survey results, we discovered a consistent divide between large consulting firms and boutique agencies. While the large firms offer prestige and name recognition, smaller firms have developed other incentives. In 2019, the job market has extensive opportunities for generous benefits packages, diverse and inclusive work environments, and upward mobility.

To showcase these differences, we divided our study into separate portions. Here are highlights from those results:

The Top 5 Boutique Consulting Firms in the U.S.

  1. ClearView Healthcare Partners
  2. Illume Advising
  3. Acquis Consulting Group
  4. CBPartners
  5. Applied Value Group

To see the full report, click here: Top Ranked Boutique Consulting Firms

The Top 5 Large Consulting Firms Worldwide

  1. Bain & Company
  2. A.T. Kearney
  3. McKinsey & Company
  4. Boston Consulting Group
  5. Navigant Consulting

To see the full report, click here: Top Ranked Large Consulting Firms

Consulting Firm Employer Profiles

Beyond the collective rankings, Ivy Exec also profiled each firm to reveal comprehensive information about a company’s compensation packages. Survey respondents reveal information about their benefits, including flexible work time, child care, parental leave, telecommuting, and comped gym memberships. They also reported their paid vacation time, salary, and bonus percentage. We created averages for reviews to give job applicants an idea of what they should expect when negotiating an offer.

Beyond compensation, we also evaluated the work culture and professional expectations. Employees revealed how many hours they worked per week, their engagement with professional subject matters, and how much training they’ve received on the job. Ivy Exec also collected more details about the firms’ leadership and employment policies, and we published anonymous employee reviews from individuals at various levels.

If you’re looking for a new job in the consulting industry, check out the 2019 rankings and profiles to get an inside view of a prospective employer. You can also learn more about today’s career opportunities by visiting our curated in-house job board.


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About the Author

Rachel Lake is a writer, editor, and content manager with Ivy Exec. She regularly hosts free webinars on leadership, job searching, career advancement, and more. Based in New York City, Rachel holds an MFA from Sarah Lawrence College. To get in touch with Rachel, contact her on LinkedIn.