The 10 Best Consulting Firms to Work For, 2005

Now in its fifth year, the 10 Best Firms to Work For project polled consultants of all levels on their employers of choice through a Web-based survey, which ran between May and August.

“I wasn’t sure I wanted to be a consultant when I arrived, but now I don’t think I can ever leave,” says Nick Studer, 31, who joined Mercer Oliver Wyman eight years ago and is now a director. Studer isn’t the only one among the 5,048 consultants from 32 firms to wax poetic about the hold — sometimes described as a viselike grip — that their profession of choice has on them. Impacting people worldwide and having the opportunity for continual learning are just two of the benefits that outweigh the profession’s warts, which include long hours and time away from loved ones. But it is also clear that much of what keeps consultants in the business of advising has to do with their employers. We’ve heard consultants vow time and time again that if it weren’t for their individual firms, they’d leave the profession.

Now in its fifth year, the 10 Best Firms to Work For project polled consultants of all levels on their employers of choice through a Web-based survey, which ran between May and August. Companies were scored entirely by their employees’ responses in six equally weighted categories: Career Development, Compensation & Benefits, Culture, Leadership, On the Job, and Work/Life.

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