The 30 best management consulting firms to work for in France

25 September 2018 4 min. read

A new survey among more than 34,000 employees in France from 7,000+ companies has revealed the companies where employees are the happiest with their job, colleagues and company culture. The management consulting industry is the standout segment to work in, according to the researchers – one third of France’s top 100 employers are active in the consulting landscape.

The study, conducted by Les Echos, a leading French newspaper, in collaboration with ChooseMyCompany, a French look-alike of Glassdoor, asked the 34,700 participating employees to rate their own employer on six different themes: professional development, stimulating environment, management and motivation, salary and recognition, pride and pleasure/fun.

Across the French landscape, 65% of employees said they happy and motivated at work. This number is 7% higher than the previous year, and reflects according to Celica Thellier d'Auzers, co-founder of ChooseMyCompany, the improving outlook in France’s business scene. “The economy is improving, and in its slipstream a wind of optimism and pleasure at work is blowing through France.”

However, employees’ satisfaction scores vary significantly by industry. Employees in the manufacturing and construction sectors are the least happy of all employees, with 56% of professionals active in these sectors highlighting that they are not so fulfilled with their job and believe their employer could do a better job in nurturing a great company culture. Meanwhile, at the other end of the spectrum stand employers in human resources and marketing, but at the top, those in management consulting.

The 30 best management consulting firms to work for in France

Of the 90 companies that made the 2018 edition of the so-called ‘HappyIndex / AtWork’, a staggering 30 are active in the consulting industry. In the category of companies with over 5,000 employees, three of the Big Four – DeloittePwC and EY – made the prestigious list, showing their heels to rival KPMGAccenture is however the top large consultancy to work for in France, achieving the highest score of all companies surveyed, earning it a top spot ahead of cosmetic giant L'Oréal and FMCG player Danone. Also Spora Steria and CGI, two consultancies that specialise in digital transformation and IT services, managed to make the list. 

In the category for companies between 1,000 to 5,000 employees, three consulting firms are found: Néo-Soft, Softeam and Wavestone. Top performing consultancy employers with a headcount of over 200 employees but less than 1,000 employees are Alan Allman, Technology and Strategy, BearingPoint, Klanik, Soat and Nexeo Groupe. Mid-sized and small consultancies that were lauded for their workplace and employee culture total 16 firms, including the likes of Vertone, a strategy & operations specialist; Cylad Consulting, consultant for technology-intensive industries with offices in France, Germany and Australia; Quantmetry, a data science specialist, and; Paris-based Talisker Consulting.

Best management consulting firms to work for in France

A full list of France’s top management consulting firms to work for: 

>5.000 professionals
Accenture, Deloitte, Sopra Steria, PwC, CGI, EY. 

>1.000 professionals
Néo-Soft, Softeam, Wavestone.

500-999 professionals
Alan Allman, Technology and Strategy, BearingPoint.

200 to 499 professionals
Klanik, Soat, Nexeo Groupe.

100 to 199 professionals
Xebia, Wemanity, Vertone, ConvictionsRH.

50 to 99 professionals
HRConseil, Quantmetry, Thiga, Converteo, Formind, Cylad Consulting.

1 to 49 professionals
Talisker Consulting, Capital Ressources, AVB Solutions, WISE Partners, Alternego.

Related: The top 20 strategy consulting firms to work for in France.