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The Top 50 Consulting Firms In 2018

Ranked By Revenue, Prestige, Growth & Employee Satisfaction

There are thousands of consulting firms worldwide, serving numerous industries and specializing in every conceivable niche and expertise.

But only a select handful can claim to be the best in the business. Which consulting firms make the top of the list in 2018?

In this guide, we’ll break down the world’s top consulting firms by revenue, prestige, growth, and employee satisfaction.

Here are the Top 50 Consulting Firms In 2018.

Top 50 Consulting Firms By Revenue In 2018

When it comes to measuring the top businesses in an industry, revenue is king.

Interestingly enough, we couldn’t find any other organizations tracking consulting revenue across industries and countries. There is no existing “Fortune 500” type list that tracks top consulting firms by revenue.

There have been several attempts to track the top management consulting firms, but this is only a narrow slice of the consulting industry and completely leaves out IT consulting, which is becoming the largest slice in the modern consulting pie.

So we compiled our own list.

Our goal here was to measure actual consulting revenues, not the overall revenue of any company that hosts a consulting division.

This was fairly difficult to do and impossible to do with 100% accuracy. We had to dig through annual reports, private estimates, and numerous sources to try and estimate a company’s consulting revenue while leaving out stuff like accounting services, technology infrastructure, cloud services, etc.

We’ve given it our best shot, however, because we believe a list of the top 50 consulting firms by revenue in 2018 is something worth having.

Here are our findings below.

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Rank Firm Consulting Revenue
1 Accenture Consulting $17,310,000,000
2 Capgemini Consulting $15,460,000,000
3 Tata Consultancy Services $14,930,000,000
4 Cognizant Technology Solutions $14,810,000,000
5 Deloitte Consulting $13,350,000,000
6 PricewaterhouseCoopers Advisory $12,253,000,000
7 Cisco Systems Consulting $12,000,000,000
8 Ernst & Young Advisory $11,600,000,000
9 Infosys Consulting $10,210,000,000
10 KPMG Advisory $10,180,000,000
11 McKinsey & Company $8,800,000,000
12 CGI Group $8,500,000,000
13 HP Enterprise Technology Services $7,882,000,000
14 The Boston Consulting Group, Inc. $6,300,000,000
15 Booz Allen Hamilton $6,100,000,000
16 Mercer LLC $4,300,000,000
17 IBM Global Services $4,200,000,000
18 Bain & Company $3,870,000,000
19 SAP Services Consulting $3,566,000,000
20 Oracle Consulting $3,358,000,000
21 Gartner, Inc. $3,300,000,000
22 Altran $2,813,000,000
23 Oliver Wyman $2,000,000,000
24 Aon Hewitt $1,800,000,000
25 FTI Consulting, Inc. $1,800,000,000
26 Grant Thornton $1,700,000,000
27 BDO Consulting $1,410,000,000
28 A.T. Kearney $1,400,000,000
29 Sapient Corporation $1,305,000,000
30 Strategy&, part of the PwC network $1,300,000,000
31 Hitachi Consulting $1,300,000,000
32 ICF International $1,190,000,000
33 Navigant Consulting, Inc. $1,000,000,000
34 AlixPartners, LLP $1,000,000,000
35 Slalom Consulting $1,000,000,000
36 Protiviti $816,000,000
37 Huron $797,700,000
38 The Advisory Board Company $781,800,000
39 Bearingpoint $767,000,000
40 Alvarez & Marsal $600,000,000
41 Berkeley Research Group, LLC $600,000,000
42 PA Consulting Group $556,000,000
43 ZS $525,000,000
44 L.E.K. Consulting $500,000,000
45 Perficient $487,000,000
46 Simon-Kucher & Partners $311,000,000
47 Arthur D. Little $239,200,000
48 Analysis Group, Inc. $200,000,000
49 Horváth & Partners $162,000,000
50 West Monroe Partners $160,000,000

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Top 50 Consulting Firms By Prestige In 2018

Prestige is defined as “widespread respect and admiration felt for someone or something on the basis of a perception of their achievements or quality.”

As a metric, it is relatively vague, yet it remains a prominent consideration when businesses are deliberating on which consulting firm to hire.

Business want to hire firms that have been around the block, who have worked with prominent business in their industry, and who have a reputation for excellent work, all of which factors into the concept of prestige.

So which consulting firms are the most prestigious in 2018?

To answer that question, we turned to Vault.com who surveyed more than 17,000 practicing consultants to determine which firms were considered the most prestigious by those in the industry.

“Survey respondents where asked to rate each consulting firm in the survey on a scale from 1 to 10 based on prestige, with 10 being the most prestigious. Consultants were unable to rate their own firm, and they were asked to rate only those firms with which they were familiar.”

Here is the resulting list of the 50 most prestigious consulting firms in 2018.

Rank Firm
1 McKinsey & Company
2 The Boston Consulting Group, Inc.
3 Bain & Company
4 Deloitte Consulting LLP
5 PricewaterhouseCoopers
6 Booz Allen Hamilton
7 EY (Ernst & Young) LLP
8 Accenture
9 KPMG LLP
10 A.T. Kearney
11 Oliver Wyman
12 IBM Global Services
13 L.E.K. Consulting
14 EY-Parthenon
15 Strategy&, part of the PwC network
16 Gartner, Inc.
17 Mercer LLC
18 Lockheed Martin Corp (IT Consulting)
19 GE Healthcare Partners
20 Capgemini
21 Oracle Consulting
22 Cisco Systems, Inc. (IT Consulting)
23 SAP Services (IT Consulting)
24 Grant Thornton
25 Huron
26 Navigant Consulting, Inc.
27 Gallup Consulting
28 The Bridgespan Group
29 Northrop Grumman Corporation
30 Aon Hewitt
31 Willis Towers Watson
32 ZS
33 Charles River Associates
34 FTI Consulting, Inc.
35 Alvarez & Marsal
36 Roland Berger
37 NERA Economic Consulting
38 The Advisory Board Company
39 Kurt Salmon
40 AlixPartners, LLP
41 Slalom Consulting
42 Analysis Group, Inc.
43 Cornerstone Research
44 Cognizant
45 The Brattle Group
46 Arthur D. Little
47 The Cambridge Group
48 HP Enterprise
49 Infosys Consulting
50 BDO Consulting

Top 50 Consulting Firms By Growth In 2018

While revenue is king, there is another big metric that all businesses care about.

Growth.

In business, you are either growing or you are failing, and recurring growth is one of the most critical performance metrics for both privately owned and publicly owned businesses.

Accordingly, we wanted to look at the top consulting firms by growth over the last year. Which firms are growing the fastest?

For this information, we looked to data compiled by Consulting Magazine. The following firms are ranked based on growth from 2013 to 2016. Since the three-year mark is considered the initial milestone for building a successful business, only firms that had started generating revenue by 2013 were included.

Here are the top 50 consulting companies by growth in 2018.

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Rank Firm Location Growth
1 Blueprint Consulting Services, LLC Washington 2538%
2 OnPrem Solution Partners California 1412%
3 CoreCompete North Carolina 1190%
4 CirrusOne California 740%
5 Propeller Oregon 689%
6 RedCloud Consulting Washington 605%
7 Summus Group North Carolina 554%
8 CSI Specialty Group Florida 543%
9 Press Ganey Strategic Consulting Indiana 531%
10 The Spur Group Washington 502%
11 COPE Health Solutions California 471%
12 L4 Digital Washington 443%
13 DeciBio Consulting, LLC California 420%
14 Finix Michigan 399%
15 BlueLine Associates North Carolina 377%
16 Stoneridge Software Minnesota 365%
17 Exactus Advisors Illinois 358%
18 Triangle Insights Group, LLC North Carolina 352%
19 Pivot Point Consulting Tennessee 328%
20 Motiv, Inc. Washington 277%
21 1Rivet Virginia 265%
22 HRpepper Management Consultants Berlin 236%
23 InRhythm New York 226%
24 The HCI Group Florida 225%
25 Global Conductor California 212%
26 GearsCRM, Inc. Massachusetts 197%
27 Chief Outsiders Texas 191%
28 Attain Virginia 187%
29 Germane Solutions Ohio 174%
30 Focal Point Data Risk, LLC Florida 174%
31 Antenna Minnesota 174%
32 Clearwater Compliance Tennessee 170%
33 Egremont Group London 167%
34 Persistent Systems California 164%
35 AG Consulting Partners, Inc. Washington 157%
36 Efficio Consulting New York 151%
37 Aarete, LLC. Illinois 149%
38 Lorven Technologies, Inc New Jersey 142%
39 Acquis Consulting Group New York 137%
40 FluidEdge Consulting Pennsylvania 132%
41 Lyons Consulting Group Illinois 132%
42 Bridge Partners Washington 129%
43 Intellinet Georgia 121%
44 TITAN TECHNOLOGIES, INC. Pennsylvania 117%
45 Maven Wave Illinois 114%
46 M2 Strategy, Inc. Virginia 113%
47 TCG Consulting North Carolina 113%
48 Strativity Group, Inc. New Jersey 104%
49 Cumberland Consulting Group Tennessee 100%
50 Pace Harmon Virginia 98%

Top 50 Consulting Firms By Employee Satisfaction

While our focus here at Consulting.com is helping consultants launch their own consulting businesses, we take great interest in tracking employee satisfaction across the consulting industry.

Entrepreneurship isn’t for everyone, and being able to recommend great firms to those wishing to pursue in-house positions is something we value. It’s also why we monitor consulting salaries.

There are a number of great organizations gathering this type of data and regularly interviewing consultants in the industry, but our go-to source remains Vault.com. Their annual survey of 17,000+ working consultants provides unparalleled qualitative data on a wide range of firm attributes.

Here are the 50 best consulting firms to work for in 2018.

Rank Firm Name 2018 Score
1 McKinsey & Company 9.296
2 The Boston Consulting Group, Inc. 9.218
3 Bain & Company 9.192
4 Deloitte Consulting LLP 8.258
5 Oliver Wyman 7.73
6 The Bridgespan Group 7.689
7 Putnam Associates 7.649
8 The Parthenon Group 7.589
9 L.E.K. Consulting 7.52
10 The Brattle Group 7.487
11 PricewaterhouseCoopers Advisory Services LLC (PwC Advisory Services) 7.455
12 A.T. Kearney 7.414
13 Insight Sourcing Group 7.379
14 Accenture 7.339
15 Clearview Healthcare Partners 7.316
16 KPMG LLP (Consulting Practice) 7.275
17 Roland Berger Strategy Consultants 7.189
18 Strategy&, part of the PwC network 7.143
19 Alvarez & Marsal 7.106
20 Ignyte Group 7.102
21 Health Advances, LLC 6.993
22 Simon-Kucher & Partners 6.991
23 Cornerstone Research 6.973
24 The Cambridge Group 6.924
25 Eagle Hill Consulting LLC 6.894
26 Jabian Consulting 6.865
27 Marakon 6.836
28 The Chartis Group 6.832
29 Clarkston Consulting 6.801
30 ZS Associates 6.788
31 DayBlink Consulting 6.785
32 Charles River Associates 6.774
33 Bates White Economic Consulting 6.77
34 Edgeworth Economics 6.751
35 Protiviti Inc. 6.736
36 Trinity Partners, LLC 6.728
37 NERA Economic Consulting 6.697
38 CapTech 6.682
39 Pace Harmon 6.68
40 Huron Consulting Group 6.674
41 Innosight 6.635
42 Novantas LLC 6.629
43 Arthur D. Little 6.598
44 Excella Consulting 6.591
45 Keystone Strategy, LLC 6.577
46 FTI Consulting, Inc. 6.528
47 LeapPoint 6.526
48 Everest Group 6.52
49 Crowe Horwath LLP (Consulting Practice) 6.506
50 ScottMadden, Inc. 6.471

Now, of course, there are a lot of factors that go into employee satisfaction, and what makes one person satisfied at their current job might not do anything to satisfy another employee with a different set of goals or values.

Accordingly, we’re going to utilize Vault’s data to further break down the top firms in a number of key categories.

Top 10 Consulting Firms By Compensation

Compensation remains the number #1 factor influencing employee satisfaction. Employees who feel like they are being adequately or generously compensated are much more motivated and satisfied in their work.

Here are the top 10 consulting firms by employee compensation.

Rank Firm Name 2018 Score
1 Putnam Associates 9.654
2 Ignyte Group 9.556
3 Bain & Company 9.494
4 The Boston Consulting Group, Inc. 9.391
5 Insight Sourcing Group 9.39
6 McKinsey & Company 9.326
7 Clearview Healthcare Partners 9.242
8 The Brattle Group 9.089
9 The Parthenon Group 9.083
10 Cornerstone Research 8.95

Top 10 Consulting Firms By Benefits

Benefits are essentially supplemental compensation, and accordingly, they also remain a significant factor in employee compensation. The average benefits package is worth around one-third of the associated annual salary, and substantial benefits packages have been shown to attract talent and increase employee loyalty.

Here are the top 10 consulting firms by benefits offered.

Rank Firm Name 2018 Score
1 The Boston Consulting Group, Inc. 9.859
2 McKinsey & Company 9.837
3 Bain & Company 9.619
4 Ignyte Group 9.611
5 DayBlink Consulting 9.558
6 Putnam Associates 9.532
7 The Brattle Group 9.475
8 Innosight 9.234
9 Clearview Healthcare Partners 9.21
10 Insight Sourcing Group 9.017

Top 10 Consulting Firms By Culture

Company culture is a daily reality for employees. What is the atmosphere in the office? Is it friendly and competitive or cutthroat and toxic? Are your coworkers and supervisors driven, stressed, lazy, intriguing, boring, or collaborative?

Every firm develops its own unique company culture, and according to consultants in the industry, the following 10 consulting firms have the best in-house culture.

Rank Firm Name 2018 Score
1 Bain & Company 9.826
2 Putnam Associates 9.718
3 Insight Sourcing Group 9.712
4 The Boston Consulting Group, Inc. 9.708
5 DayBlink Consulting 9.577
6 Clearview Healthcare Partners 9.547
7 McKinsey & Company 9.54
8 The Brattle Group 9.461
9 The Bridgespan Group 9.434
10 Edgeworth Economics 9.406

Top 10 Consulting Firms By Relationships With Supervisors

There are a number of primary reasons that good employees quit their jobs, and most of them revolve around the employee’s relationship with their immediate supervisor or “boss.” The way that a firm’s supervisors interact with their team members will ultimately make or break the culture and employee experience at that firm.

On that note, here are the 10 consulting firms rated by consultants as having the best employee-supervisor dynamics.

Rank Firm Name 2018 Score
1 Insight Sourcing Group 9.695
2 The Boston Consulting Group, Inc. 9.656
3 McKinsey & Company 9.608
4 Clearview Healthcare Partners 9.594
5 Bain & Company 9.582
6 Putnam Associates 9.532
7 Health Advances, LLC 9.303
8 Eagle Hill Consulting LLC 9.299
9 Jabian Consulting 9.258
10 The Brattle Group 9.235

Top 10 Consulting Firms By Work-Life Balance

The final employee satisfaction metric we’ll look at today is work-life balance. Consulting is a fairly demanding industry, and consultants typically enter the industry with the expectation that they will be working long and hard, but what a firm does with that expectation will determine whether employees end up feeling rewarded or overworked.

According to 17,000+ consultants, the following 10 firms do the best at allowing their employees to balance both work and life.

Rank Firm Name 2018 Score
1 Ignyte Group 9.688
2 Insight Sourcing Group 9.638
3 Eagle Hill Consulting LLC 9.627
4 Putnam Associates 9.333
5 Jabian Consulting 9.276
6 The Boston Consulting Group, Inc. 9.154
7 Health Advances, LLC 9.114
8 Bain & Company 9.019
9 CapTech 9.011
10 McKinsey & Company 8.981

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