Strategy consulting firm Bain & Company best employer

03 February 2014

According to the U.S. base job platform Glassdoor, Bain & Company is the best employer to work for in 2014. In the 'Best Places to Work 2014' ranking, the global strategy and management consulting firm ends higher than established names such as Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook and Apple.

Annually Glassdoor organizes the ‘Best places to work’ competition. According to the instigators, the best way to find out how attractive an employer is perceived lies in asking the people who know the organizations best – its employees. And so Glassdoor asks companies’ employees to rate their employer on more than 20 items measuring employee satisfaction, segregated in five categories. Only companies having over 50 reviews are included in the ranking.

Bain & Company Best firm to work for

So why does Bain & Company according to its employees has proven to be such an outstanding employer? Of the 443 reviews it received, it scores very high on four of the five dimensions: culture & values, conditions of employment, Management and Career Opportunities. The consultancy firm is famous for the learning experience it delivers its employees, the quality of leadership and the international career opportunities, such as externships (working for a certain period of time with a client outside the consulting industry) and office transfers.

Only on the 'Work-Life Balance' it scores slightly lower, although that can be attributed to the branch it operates in: strategy consultancy.

Working overtime is a very common thing in the advisory branch, yet in strategy consulting the work pressure is known to be higher. and Berenschot conducted a research among 700 consultants, last year. They found that advisors work on average approximately 9 extra hours a week – by contrast, strategy consultants exceed that  with 8 – 10 hours.

Top 50

In the complete top of ‘best places to work 214’ ranking, eye-catchingly only one other advisory firm is mentioned: the American Slalom Consulting. In the year 2013, 4 consultancy firms were listed in the top 50, apart from once more Bain and Slalom, McKinsey (#2) and Boston Consulting Group (#10) were also listed. In the year 2012, Bain and Mckinsey even took the top two places, see ‘Glassdoor: Bain and McKinsey’s best employers’ for more information.

Best CEO’s

Last year Glassdoor performed a similar research under CEO's of companies. The platform asked employees to rate their CEO. In the top 50 best CEO's six companies being active in the advisory branch are listed, including Dominic Barton of McKinsey & Company (#3), Jim Turley of EY (#4) and Pierre Nanterme at Accenture (#10). Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg is the winner, listed  #1.


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10 leading consulting companies to work for in the UK

10 April 2019

The UK is home to 100+ leading consulting firms. New analysis reveals the 10 consulting companies that rank as the best industry employers to work for. 

The list of top consultancy employers is based on the views and opinions of employees who were surveyed by The Sunday Times about their experience of their firm’s leadership, workplace environment, development opportunities, wellbeing, pay, benefits and commitment to social responsibility. In the large consulting firms category, two of the Big Four – EY and Deloitte – and Accenture stand out from the rest. Seven other consultancies made the prestigious cut, all of which are small to mid-sized players in the consulting industry. 


Established: 1989
Category: Large consulting firm
Main office: London
Employees: 15,076 

With roots stretching back to 1989, EY now spans over 27 UK offices. The firm supports clients, ranging from small, privately owned companies and global household names, with assurance, tax, transaction and advisory services. As part of the firm’s core values, EY looks for people who demonstrate integrity and respect; people with energy, enthusiasm and the courage to lead; and people who build relationships based on doing the right thing. 


Established: 1849
Category: Large consulting firm
Main office: London
Employees: 16,138 

Deloitte employs staff across 150 countries and territories, and its UK operations now span 24 offices. The professional services giant offers services including audit, tax, consulting and financial advisory. Among the firm’s core values are: integrity, outstanding value to markets and clients, commitment to each other, and strength from cultural diversity.


Established: 1989
Category: Large consulting firm
Main office: London
Employees: 10,747 

With employees across 120 countries, Accenture provides a range of services in strategy, consulting, digital, technology and operations to clients in more than 40 industries. The Dublin-headquartered company believes in attracting, developing and retaining the best talent for the business, valuing diversity, fostering an open working environment and demonstrating integrity at all times.Ten leading consulting companies to work for in the UK

Karmarama (part of Accenture)

Established: 2000
Category: Mid-sized consulting firm
Main office: London
Employees: 245 

Karmarama is a creative agency, since December 2016 part of Accenture Interactive. The firm’s services include advertising, direct and digital marketing, digital design and build, data and analytics, PR, social and innovation. Karmarama is in the market known for its ability to blend creativity, digital and data, to help brands better engage with consumers. 


Established: 2010
Category: Small consulting firm
Main office: London
Employees: 90

Clarasys is a London-based management consulting firm that advises and supports clients with business change, process implementation, project management and other related consultancy services. The firm serves a variety of clients, from small, not-for-profit organisations to multinational corporations. Clarasys differentiates itself through its truly democratic approach, with an elected member from each team providing feedback for their department. 

The Berkeley Partnership

Established: 1990
Category: Small consulting firm
Main office: London
Employees: 90

The Berkeley Partnership is an independent management consultancy providing specialist support for transformational change, working side-by-side with clients to achieve their goals. Clients include a number of FTSE 100 companies, multinationals and government departments, with over 85% of clients using the services of The Berkeley Partnership more than once. 

Abbott Risk Consulting

Established: 2002
Category: Small consulting firm
Main office: Edinburgh
Employees: 69

From 12 sites across the UK and Australia, Abbott Risk Consulting provides safety and risk environment consultancy services to some of the most high-hazard industries in the global economy. The company helps to work out the risk associated with hazardous events, such as oil platforms explosions, train crashes, or accidents affecting nuclear power stations.

Alpha Financial Markets Consulting

Established: 2003
Category: Small consulting firm
Main office: London
Employees: 180 

Alpha Financial Markets Consulting is a provider of specialist consultancy services to the asset and wealth management industry, working with 85% of the world’s top 20 asset managers. In order to attract and retain the very best people, Alpha, which has offices in London, New York, Boston, Paris, Geneva, The Hague, Luxembourg and Singapore, seeks to provide employees with a great experience.

Lane4 Management Group

Established: 1995
Category: Small consulting firm
Main office: Maidenhead
Employees: 193 

Lane4 Management Group is a leading HR consultancy specialised in human performance. The company’s team, based in Buckinghamshire, builds on a track record of achievement in business, psychology and elite sport. Lane4 was founded by British Olympic gold swimmer Adrian Moorhouse, Graham Jones and Adrian Hutchinson. 

NHS Transformation Unit

Established: 2000
Category: Internal consulting firm
Main office: Manchester
Employees: 52 

The Transformation Unit is an internal consultancy of the NHS, based in Manchester. The firm provides consultancy services to the public sector based around strategic transformation and planning; finance and analytics; project and programme management; and organisational strategy and engagement. Services span the complete transformation cycle, from developing a case for change right through to implementing new services or systems. 


The top employers list of The Sunday Times further includes several other professional services firms that also provide consultancy services, including firms with an accounting heritage (Anderson Anderson and Brown, BHP, PKF Cooper Parry, Price Bailey), firms with an engineering heritage (BWB Consulting, Caunton Engineering) and those with a tax heritage (ForrestBrown).