Consultants are rarely short of advice for others, but do they practice what they preach when it comes to creating healthy work cultures at their own organizations? Consulting Magazine's annual Best Firms to Work For survey of thousands of consultants found several firms that were earning high praise from their toughest critics:
their own employees.
"The next big battle in the war for talent, has begun and these firms are now on the frontlines," says Consulting Magazine Editor in Chief Jack Sweeney.
"The professional lives of consultants can only improve, as these top firmsdemonstrate that people remain the ultimate competitive advantage."
CONSULTING MAGAZINE'S 10 BEST CONSULTING FIRMS TO WORK FOR
Bain & Company
McKinsey & Company
Boston Consulting Group
Booz Allen Hamilton
Kurt Salmon Associates
Pittiglio Rabin Todd and McGrath
Mercer Management Consulting
Besides highlighting the cultural strengths of different leading firms, Consulting Magazine's Best Consulting Firms to Work For survey makes visible the difficult demands of a consulting career.
"Consulting firms traditionally demanded that employees completely sacrifice their personal lives for their work," says Sweeney. "Consultants tell us there is still much room for improvement, and we like to believe the magazine's Best Firms survey is helping curtail such sacrifices."
For the rankings, Consulting Magazine surveyed more than 4,000 U.S.-based consultants at 32 firms. Firms were scored by their employees' responses to questions in six equally-weighted categories: Leadership, Compensation & Benefits, Culture, On the Job, Work/Life, and Career Development.