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Putnam Ranks #1 Best Boutique Consulting Firm and #6 Overall in the Top 50 Consulting Firms in North America by Vault

August 22, 2018
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The 2019 Vault Guide once again named Putnam Associates the #1 Best Boutique Consulting Firm in North America, and ranked the firm #6 Overall among Top 50 Consulting Firms.

Best Boutique Firms:

  1. Putnam Associates
  2. Insight Sourcing Group
  3. Bridgespan Group
  4. ghSMART & Co.
  5. Cornerstone Research
  6. LeapPoint
  7. The Keystone Group
  8. Ignyte Group
  9. Eagle Hill Consulting LLC
  10. Health Advances, LLC

Following on the firm’s top ranking in 2017, Putnam has now been named the #1 or #2 Best Boutique each of the last three years.

Top 50 Consulting Firms, Overall

  1. McKinsey & Company
  2. Bain & Company
  3. The Boston Consulting Group, Inc.
  4. Deloitte Consulting LLP
  5. Oliver Wyman
  6. Putnam Associates
  7. Parthenon-EY
  8. PwC (PricewaterhouseCoopers)
  9. Bridgespan Group
  10. Accenture

Vault’s Consulting 50 ranks the best consulting firms in North America based on prestige, business outlook, and overall quality of life.  Putnam proudly placed in the top 5 in each of the following subcategories of Vault’s rankings:

  • Business Outlook
  • Firm Leadership
  • Firm Culture
  • Diversity
  • Innovation
  • Formal/Informal Training
  • Employee Satisfaction
  • Promotion Policies
  • Benefits/Compensation

The consistently high ranking over the last few years reflects Putnam’s growth and commitment to continuous improvement. We strive to deliver exceptional work on every project, helping our clients succeed in addressing the most important and complex challenges facing the life sciences industry today. Working at Putnam provides a unique opportunity to acquire an extensive and practical understanding of the dynamic world of biotech from leading internal and external experts.

Read the complete profile.

Vault’s Verdict:  Consistently top-ranked, Boston-based Putnam Associates hires elite cohorts of eager, talented candidates. For those that make the cut, this firm provides a fast trajectory towards increased responsibility. This includes owning work streams as well as managing teams. Compensation also has a much steeper trajectory than at other firms after the first year at the company.

The firm’s top strength is its culture. Consultants boast of the supportive work climate and camaraderie where insiders share a deep interest in healthcare and feel free to speak with anyone at the firm. Another plus is the low-travel model that boosts quality of life. Most consultants work in the main office almost every day and only travel to a client site for necessary reasons. Consultants feel Putnam’s double-staffing model and finely tuned mentoring initiatives provide outstanding career development. Expectations are high and clients can be demanding, thus Putnam’s pace can test one’s stamina. However, frequent social events, such as happy hours and sports leagues, help alleviate the long hours.

Putnam may have grown rapidly, but it does retain a small company sensibility and atmosphere. If your analytical skills are top-notch and you have a passion for healthcare, specifically in cutting edge biotechnology, Putnam is a great match 

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