Deloitte received more recommendations than any company measured. It was among the highest-rated firms in 21 of the 32 total categories. McKinsey came in second place, receiving top marks in 17 sectors. Accenture was a close third, with high ratings in 16 categories. Bain drew recommendations in every sector but wasn’t recommended as frequently as the top three.
In some categories, a single firm stood out particularly strongly among its competitors. Booz Allen Hamilton was the only company with a top rating in aerospace and defense. In metals and mining, McKinsey received the high distinction. And in sustainability, PwC showed the strongest reputation.
To compile this list of America’s Best Management Consulting Firms, Forbes worked with analytics company Statista. In addition to traditional management consultancies, Statista considered IT consulting firms, advisory branches of auditing companies (like KPMG Advisory) and consulting arms of tech companies (like IBM) for inclusion.