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Dumb question but what are the tier 1 consulting firms? Tier 2?

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OP, it depends on the area of expertise. We don’t all compete with each other across the board.

At the highest level, if you’re talking strategy, MBB is the top tier. If you’re talking implementation, it’s probably Accenture, Deloitte and IBM.

There are significant variations below that highest level due to variances in specific areas of expertise and industry specialization.

Generally here when people speak of T1 and 2, they refer to strategy houses.

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It's a bit of a loaded question, right? Traditionally people put MBB as tier 1 for their strategy and...Deloitte plus whatever firms they don't hate for tier 2. Because at that point you're not making a fair comparison. The firms that are successful are the ones that aren't trying to be MBB copies and are trying to play in different spaces. Since they have different strengths, you can't really make fair comparisons. Is Accenture tier 2 because they're huge? But if they traditionally had a big implementation focus, how do you say that competes against strategy (and yes, I know things have changed now). But what about the mid sized firms with narrow focus like slalom, Huron, ZS, they have smart people and lots of work coming in, and they may rarely ever compete with MBB on projects because they work in totally different areas of companies. Moreover, there are very competitive boutique firms with high specialization that are extremely profitable and smart as well. I find that tiering is harder than ever, and with the growth of consulting, consultants everywhere deserve respect.

Except McBee.

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Booz Allen is tier 1. Accenture and MBB tier 2. Deloitte is tier 5.

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Tiers or tears? I think Deloitte leads in tears, not so much in tiers

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BoozAllen1 - plz turn in your consulting badge

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McBee is tier one for memes though.

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McKinsey 1...

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KPMG is t1 by a long shot, the rest are tied at t2 tbh

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Tier 1 is big 3
Tier 2 is big 4
Tier 3 is Accenture, strategy&, Booz etc
Tier 4 is Oliver wyman, huron, ZS etc

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D1 I almost spit out my drink 😂 I make my own rules!!

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Getting into Deloitte is harder than getting into Harvard. People that work at MBB got into Harvard. Therefore Deloitte > MBB

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Grant Thornton up there in T1. I mean, I assume they must have consultants right?

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Its alphabetical..

Tier 1: Accenture
Tier 2: Arthur D. Little
Tier 3: AT Kearney
Etc.

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^ That's right son!!

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Boozed Allen 1

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Tier 1 MBB + Deloitte
Tier 2 Rest of Big 4

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I’ve kicked MBB ass so many times I’ve forgotten to even look at Tiers any more....

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LOL @ IBM being good at implementation

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^ agreed, consultant 1.

Sean Hannity is Tier 1 talk show host because he is paid top dollar compared to his peers in other networks.

Quality vs Optics

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Look at compensation and you’ll answer your own question

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