Based on our studies, we regularly publish rankings of the “best consultants” and the “best auditors” in Germany. For this purpose, we continuously talk to executives from major German companies – board members, heads of specialist departments, sponsors of consulting engagements, and project managers. Their experience and evaluations form the foundation for our rankings. They are a reflection of the competence that is attributed to the consultants in the various areas of the market.

In the following we have compiled some of the most recent rankings for the leading management consultants, the most important specialist consultants and the major accounting firms. In order to keep the data as easily comprehensible and comparable as possible, we have chosen a uniform presentation in all rankings: 100 percent corresponds to the maximum achievable value and thus an excellent attribution of competence. The intervals between the consultants are not always statistically significant and should therefore be understood as a tendency statement.

Since it is our aim to identify those consultants who are perceived as particularly effective in the market, but not to discredit particular consultants, we have only listed the five best consultants in each category in all rankings.

The leading management consultants

In this section, we focus on the most important management consultants in Germany (McKinsey, Boston Consulting Group, Bain & Company, Oliver Wyman, Roland Berger, Strategy& and A.T. Kearney), the management consulting divisions of the leading IT consultants (Accenture, IBM and Capgemini) and the consulting divisions of the four major accounting firms (PwC, EY, KPMG and Deloitte).

Selected rankings

Last update: August 2018

Strategic Planning
Boston Consulting Group 82%
McKinsey & Company 81%
Bain & Company 79%
Oliver Wyman 70%
Roland Berger 69%
Operations Management
McKinsey & Company 80%
Accenture 78%
Deloitte 73%
EY 71%
A.T. Kearney 70%
Mergers & Acquisitions
McKinsey & Company 80%
Boston Consulting Group 78%
Bain & Company 77%
EY 76%
KPMG / PwC 75%
Post Merger Integration
McKinsey & Company 81%
Boston Consulting Group 78%
Accenture 75%
Deloitte 72%
PwC 71%
Digital Transformation
Accenture 81%
McKinsey & Company 80%
Boston Consulting Group 76%
Bain & Company 75%
Deloitte 74%
Business Technology
Accenture 84%
Capgemini Consulting 79%
McKinsey & Company 77%
KPMG 74%
Deloitte 73%

Max = 100 % (excellent)

The most important specialist consultants

In this section, we look at medium-sized specialist consultancies that are less well known than the leading management consultants, but whose expertise in their field is certified by their clients as higher than that of the three “champions” McKinsey, BCG and Bain & Company. We refer to them as “hidden champions”.

Selected rankings

Last update: December 2019

Purchasing & Procurement
Kerkhoff Consulting 82%
h&z Unternehmensberatung 80%
A.T. Kearney 76%
Boston Consulting Group 75%
Targus Management Consulting 74%
Engineering & Production
ROI Management Consultants 80%
McKinsey & Company 78%
TMG Consultants 77%
Targus Management Consulting 76%
Staufen 75%
Marketing & Sales
Prof. Roll & Pastuch 82%
Batten & Company 81%
Simon - Kucher & Partners 80%
Boston Consulting Group 78%
McKinsey & Company 77%
Organization & Leadership
undconsorten 83%
McKinsey & Company 78%
Boston Consulting Group 77%
Strategy& 74%
Bain & Company 73%
Data & Analytics
d-fine 81%
McKinsey & Company 80%
Boston Consulting Group 79%
Accenture 74%
Deloitte 73%
Change Management
CPC 81%
Boston Consulting Group 78%
Strategy& 77%
Accenture 74%
undconsorten 74%

Max = 100 % (excellent)

The major accounting firms

In this section we look at the 25 audit firms with the highest turnover in Germany – including audit giants such as PwC, EY, KPMG and Deloitte as well as companies such as BDO, Rödl & Partner, Ebner Stolz and Baker Tilly.

Selected rankings

Last update: March 2019

KPMG 90%
PwC 89%
EY 85%
Deloitte 69%
BDO 61%
EY 87%
PwC 85%
KPMG 82%
Deloitte 71%
Rödl & Partner 64%
Management Consulting
Deloitte 85%
PwC 84%
EY 80%
KPMG 79%
Ebner Stolz 64%
IT Consulting
KPMG 85%
Deloitte 84%
EY 81%
PwC 80%
BDO 64%
EY 90%
KPMG 86%
PwC 82%
Deloitte 73%
BDO 61%
Andersch 90%
PwC 88%
KPMG 84%
EY 83%
Deloitte 73%

Max = 100 % (excellent)