Consulting Best Firms to Work For and Best Small Firms to Work For FAQs

Q: What is the Best Firms to Work For?

A: Consulting magazine's annual ranking of the profession's Best Firms to Work For and the Best Small Firms to Work For.

Q: How does it work?

A: The rankings are based on responses to survey questions taken by a firm's own consultants. The questions cover six areas of employee satisfaction: Culture, Career Development, Work/Life balance, Client Engagement, Compensation & Benefits and Firm Leadership. Scores are measured against all qualifying firms.

Q: How do I submit a nomination?

A: This survey is the nomination form. It needs to be filled out by your billable consultants, other employee nominations do not qualify. Please see below for the specific numbers we require. A PDF of the survey questions can be found here

Q: My firm isn't showing on the survey - what should I do?

A: Please select 'Other' and type your company name. Try to ensure all the respondents from your company use the same name so we can attribute each entry to the same firm. Unfortunately, we cannot add new companies to the drop-down list once the survey is open, however we will add you to 2025's survey. 

Q: What's the difference between a Best Firm and a Best Small Firm?

A: Best Small Firms are firms between 20 and 250 billable consultants (not support staff/employees). Best Firms have 251 or more billable consultants.

Q: What if my firm has less than 20 consultants?

A: Firms with less than 20 billable consultants do not qualify.

Q: How does my firm qualify for the ranking?

A: Qualification is based on the number of completed surveys per firm. For most firms, we recommend at least 10 percent of billable consultants complete the survey. However, we do need a minimum of 20 completed surveys for a Small Firm to qualify and a minimum of 50 for a large firm to qualify. In some cases, that means more than 10 percent would need to complete the survey. (For instance, a 300-person firm would need 50, not 30, completed surveys to qualify.)

Q: Does qualifying mean I make the ranking list?

A: No. Qualifying means you have enough responses to be judged against all other qualifying firms. Many qualifying firms do not make the final ranking.

Q: What if our results aren't very good. Do you publish a list of participating firms?

A: No. If your scores are low and do not appear on any of the lists we publish, no one will know.

Q: How do I know if my firm has qualified?

A: Please email to see how many entries your firm has submitted.

Q: We have participated in the survey, what are the next steps?

A: We will announce the companies who have made the list mid-July, but the ranking order will be revealed at the gala dinner on September 12.

Q: How many firms participate in the survey?

A: Typically, we get between 12,000 and 15,000 completed surveys representing more than 300 consulting firms. About half of those firms qualify.

Q: What if we make the final list?

A: Congratulations! You will be recognized in a few ways: one, with an editorial feature showcasing achievements of each honoree. Two, honorees are recognized at a celebratory in-person awards on September 12, 2024 and various package options are available to help publicize their success. Three, highlighted on Consulting Magazine's LinkedIn page.

Q: How can I make the most of being listed as an honoree? 

A: Should you or your firm be listed for an award, there is an expectation that a representative will attend the awards ceremony to accept a trophy as part of the proceedings.  Note that these events are pay to attend and various promotional packages are available.  We also encourage you to share your achievement on social media, be sure to tag Consulting Magazine on LinkedIn @consulting magazine and on Twitter @Consulting_Mag.

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