Seven consulting firms among Sweden's 25 most attractive employers

01 March 2018 4 min. read

According to a latest ranking of top employers, international professional services firm EY is the most popular consulting firm to work for among graduates in Sweden. Six other consultancies made the top 25 list, including all the other members of the Big Four.

Days after Accenture and Cognizant were named among the top consultancy employers in Europe, the consulting industry has performed exceptionally well in another ranking, this time for the top employers in Sweden. Seven consulting firms made the list of the top 25 consulting firms to work for in Sweden, in a ranking released by Universum Global.

The ranking was based on responses from 22,000 students from 200 different areas of study, taken with the aim of determining the most desirable companies to work for after graduation. Of the respondents, nearly 5,000 students expressed a preference for working in the field of management consulting, with a share of around 35% the largest segment of the consultancy landscape.

Overall, Google topped the list, which remains largely consistent with their rankings across the world. This was followed by online music platform Spotify in second, clothing brand H&M in third, and Swedish furniture brand IKEA in fourth.

Top seven consulting firms 

The first consulting firm to feature on the list is Big Four firm EY in fifth. The firm has an extensive practice in Sweden, stretching across 50 offices, and employing 2,700 employees, who are led by CEO Jonas Svensson. Last year, EY did $480 million worth of business in Sweden.

EY, PwC, McKinsey, KPMG, BCG, Grant Thornton, Deloitte

EY was followed immediately by Big Four rival PwC in sixth, which has an even larger presence in the country. The firm operates out of 100 offices in Sweden, employing 3,600 employees in the country, and providing services to approximately 50,000 customers. The firm’s Swedish practice is led by CEO Peter Nylinge.

McKinsey & Company was the next consultancy to feature on the list in tenth. The consultancy operates out of two primary locations in the country, namely Gothenburg and Stockholm. The firm operates with five Partners and four Senior Partners, including former leader of McKinsey’s Global Operations practice, Johan Ahlberg.

Further down the list in eighteenth, KPMG is ranked the third highest Big Four firm on the list. The firm’s Swedish practice launched in 1923, and has since grown to 50 locations with 1,700 employees. The company performs nearly 60,000 customer assignments annually, generating approximate revenues of €300 million.

The fifth consultancy on the list is the Boston Consulting Group (BCG), two places down in 20th. The firm was founded in 1989 in Stockholm, and has since grown to employ a wide and diverse set of personnel, hailing from more than ten nationalities.

BCG is followed by Grant Thorntonone spot lower in 21st. The advisory operates with 1,000 employees in Sweden, spanning 23 locations, and generating revenues of around €130 million annually. The attractiveness for graduates is prompted by its International Business Centre, which allows for access to Grant Thornton’s global infrastructure, and some of the most experienced individuals in the field.

Rounding off the consulting presence, as well as the Big Four on the list, is Deloitte in 24th. The firm is led by CEO Jan Berntsson, and operates with 25 offices across the country. The firm employs more than 1,000 accountants and consultants in Sweden.