Four consulting firms named among best companies to work for in UK

19 December 2017

Employees have named the best companies to work for in the UK. The Glassdoor rankings, which were compiled from verified anonymous reviews of British employers, saw four consulting firms among the top 50 UK bosses: Peninsula, Capgemini, Capco and PwC.

Glassdoor is a platform where employees can review their own firm. Originating from the US, the platform has expanded across Europe over the past two years, launching in the UK, France, the Netherlands, Germany, and many more of the continent’s key economies. This year, based on all ratings given by verified employees of their employers dating up until November 2017, Glassdoor has named a list of the 25 best employers for six countries: the US, Canada, the UK, France, Germany and The Netherlands.

The top rankings include large multinationals, such as technology giants Google (who ranked first in the UK), Salesforce and SAP, retail titans Harrods, automotive firms including Rolls Royce, and several smaller businesses that stand out from crowd. Among the aspects that staff were asked to rate their companies for, were career opportunities, culture and values, the quality of its management, work/life balance, satisfaction over salary and working conditions, and how the recruitment process was managed. Scores were then compiled into an average out of five stars. Participants on the site did so by using their name, a pseudonym, or anonymously if needed, and the platform has a moderating system in place to control if the reports are legitimate or spam.

Four consulting firms named among best companies to work for in UK

Four consultancies

This year saw four names from the UK consulting industry grace the list. The highest ranked of these, registering a 4.2 star average, was Peninsula. The Manchester-headquartered business management consultancy ranked 30th on the list. One five-star reviewer sang praises for the firm, stating that, along with overtime and progression opportunities, the company are keen to invest in their talent. The graduate employee said, “there is a very high expectation for the graduates, but provided with the support to achieve this. Training sessions on areas of employment law are interesting and leave [participants] with a huge amount of info to digest.”

Following closely behind, Capgemini, who celebrated their 50th year in business this year, ranked 31st. This saw the IT and technology firm rise by 12 places from last year’s performance, and also record a 4.2 star average. One top reviewer was, once more, happy to praise opportunities for advancement and personal development, as well as the diversity of work available. The employee, who classes themself as an architect at the firm, said there were, “opportunities to work in multiple sectors, leading the way and helping to make a real difference to the client... Great people who are happy to share; a truly collaborative environment.”

Next from the consulting industry were newcomers Capco, who appeared on Glassdoor’s UK list for the first time in this outing, at number 44. The firm recently obtained its independence, following a private equity backed buy out earlier in the year, as it seeks an ambitious growth strategy in 2018. As well as the traditional benefits of consulting work, one employee who gave a five-star review, was keen to celebrate the culture of fun in the firm’s Edinburgh office, particularly, which has seen “fun events like rock climbing, half marathons for charity, Edinburgh Festival fireworks from the office, summer party, team bowling, etc.”

Peninsula, Capgemini, Capco, PwC

Finally, PwC, who round off the entire list in 50th place, have been a consistent presence in every incarnation of the UK list by Glassdoor. This makes them one of a shrinking club of just seven companies who have ranked among the UK Best Places to Work for all its years: the others being Google, Expedia, JP Morgan, Hays, Unilever and Waitrose. Like Capco, PwC recorded a solid 4.1 average, in the year when Gartner analysis revealed PwC had fended off their Big Four rivals to remain the world’s largest consulting firm. One top review for the firm celebrated the freedom for individuals to create solutions in their own way, with the employee stating they are “allowed to use initiative to solve problems,” while in spite of this non-uniform structure, there remains a “clear line of promotion, personal benefits and lots of incentives available.”

Other lists bij Glassdoor saw Bain & Company, who did not make the UK rankings, dominate in Germany – ranking 1st among all employers – followed by Deloitte and AccentureKPMG and EY meanwhile fell from the rankings in Germany altogether. In France, Wavestone ranked third nationally. Last year, Big Four firm EY were the only professional services industry member of the French list.


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Six attractive professional services firms to work for in UK

23 April 2019

Consulting firms dominate the 25 companies named by LinkedIn as the most attractive organisations to work for in Britain. JLL, Engie, CBRE, Atkins, Schroders and GE each made the grade, with the professional services sector putting in the strongest showing of any industry in the UK.

Each year, the editors and data scientists of social business platform LinkedIn examine which firms are the most attractive to job seekers, as well as which are the best at retaining their talent. Utilising information gathered from billions of actions taken by more than 433 million members, LinkedIn leverages a data-driven approach to consider what members are doing – not just saying – in their search for fulfilling careers. The result is the Top Companies list, an annual ranking of the most sought-after companies – now in its fifth year.

Each of the previous incarnations of the list has seen a strong showing from the UK consulting industry, with its contingent including McKinsey & Company, EYBoston Consultancy Group and Accenture in 2018. This year has seen the sector continue to see its stock rise, with the diversity of the sector’s workload buoying six professional services firms which were not on the previous ranking to prominence.

Analysing the anonymised actions of British-based LinkedIn members, the company determined which firms were the most attractive through four main pillars: interest in the company, engagement with the company’s employees, job demand and employee retention. As a result of this, real estate professional services firm JLL was found to be the most attractive consulting firm to LinkedIn members in the UK.

Six most attractive professional services firms to work for in UK

Ranked sixth in the overall list of companies, 2018 saw the commercial real estate services consultancy expand its London-based Ratings practice in anticipation of growing demand for real estate valuations in the UK. JLL, which boasts a global headcount of 82,000, holds UK locations in London, Norwich and Manchester, and the firm was recently named one of the world’s most ethical companies for the 12th year in a row by The Ethisphere Institute. 

Sitting 10th in LinkedIn’s ranking, Engie is a French multinational professional services firm, headquartered in La Défense, Courbevoie. While the firm primarily operates in utilities – specifically in the fields of electricity generation and distribution, natural gas, nuclear, renewable energy and petroleum – its investment in cleaner tech has also seen it come to offer a host of engineering consulting services, including feasibility studies, engineering, project management and client support. The firm’s 19,000 UK staff work from offices in London, Leeds and Newcastle-upon-Tyne.

With a global headcount of 90,000, CBRE, which was ranked 13th by LinkedIn, is a real estate advisory firm, with UK offices in London, Birmingham and Glasgow. The firm oversaw the sale of a number of major locations over the course of 2018, including a key residential site in North Leigh, and an office belonging to the British Steel Pension Fund.

Atkins, which was listed 23rd, is a British professional services firm which was purchased by the SNC-Lavalin Group for £2.1 billion in 2017. With 7,300 employees in the UK, Atkins operates from locations in London, Bristol, Kingston-upon-Thames, and offers services in engineering, operations, programme and project management. Late in 2018, the firm was named one of the top employers in the UK for working mothers, receiving plaudits for its innovation in flexible working from

Schroders, a global asset management firm with UK offices in London, Bromley, Chelmsford, ranked 24th. Asset management is a fast-expanding segment of consulting, and according to LinkedIn, 43% of the professional services firm’s staff have been at the company for at least six years, while nearly a third of UK roles were filled with internal candidates in 2017. Schroders boasts a global headcount of 4,600.

Finally, multifaceted professional services firm GE was ranked 25th. The engineering, operations, information technology and advisory firm has its hand in everything from energy to health care – where it was recently nominated for a prize at the 2019 Management Consultancies Association Awards. The long-standing conglomerate said 2019 is set to be a “reset year”, while it seeks to revamp its power-related businesses at the same time that it builds on strong growth within the aviation scene.

Other sectors

Elsewhere, the financial services industry saw a high level of representation in LinkedIn’s ranking. JP Morgan was listed in second place, while Barclays, Goldman Sachs and Aviva also made the grade. This represents a decline of one listing since 2018’s figures, perhaps reflecting the uncertainty surrounding the UK’s financial sector, amid the continued twists and turns of the Brexit saga.

Retail saw a slight rebound on its decimation in last year’s ranking. Having seemingly fallen out of favour in 2018, Sainsbury’s returned this year, sitting in third place. It was joined in the top 25 by fellow ‘Big Four’ supermarket Asda – though the news that some 60,000 Asda staff could be in line to lose their paid lunch breaks under new contracts could well see the company drop off the list in 2020. Marks & Spencer also made the list. The historically up-market supermarket now runs a work-placement programme called Marks & Start, which helps single parents, people with disabilities and the homeless to build careers within the company.

Healthcare and pharmaceuticals saw three entrants in the list too. Britain’s 50 fastest-growing privately-owned pharmaceutical companies have all increased sales by at least 10% in each of their last two financial years, facing down headwinds such as Brexit and NHS spending pressures to deliver rapid growth. GSK represented the pharmaceutical sector in fourth place, while Bupa and Johnson & Johnson stood for the healthcare and hospital industry in fifth and 16th respectively.

While the technology sector ultimately hosted the ranking’s top performer, Amazon, the only other sector incumbent was Google parent company Alphabet, in 19th. Salesforce and Dell Technologies, meanwhile, dropped off the ranking, having both been present in 2018.

The oil and energy sector’s representation is supplemented by hybrid firm Engie; however, the sector only fielded two pure-play members. BP, in eighth, and Shell, in 11th, have both spent time attempting to diversify in recent years, prompted by public image crises relating to the negative impact of fossil fuels on the planet, as well declining oil prices and the rising demand for renewable energy. These dynamics have, in turn, led to new skills coming into demand within the companies. 

Finally, the list was rounded off by singular representatives of five separate industries. Representing leisure in 12th was TUI, followed by food producer Associated British Foods (17th), building materials firm Travis Perkins (20th), telecommunications giant BT (21st) and utilities firm Centrica (22nd).