Consulting Firms in Washington, DC Area

Just curious - aside from the big players in the Washington DC area like BAH, are there any other smaller boutique/niche consulting shops in the Washington DC area? I'm looking a few up right now through Google, but I figure someone in the area will probably have a better grasp on things. Thanks guys!

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Jan 23, 2010 - 4:42pm

Dean and Co. is in Fairfax. All of the major economic consulting firms (Analysis Group, NERA, etc.) have a presence in DC as well.

Jan 24, 2010 - 5:13pm

Applied Predictive Technologies is located in DC. It's not consulting in the traditional sense like MBB. All their recommendations to clients are driven by experiments grounded in data.

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Jul 12, 2010 - 9:05pm

Exit Ops: I think the people I know who worked there all went on to grad school (Law/Med), but I'm sure you can do other things.
Culture: Hours aren't that bad, pretty young/fun.
Pay: Not as good as m/b/b, but definitely better than working on the hill (40-50k?)
Skillset: Research/interview report-writing. Can get exposure to different parts of business (verticals or horizontals).

Dec 31, 2012 - 2:30pm

ringtailedlemur:
Exit Ops: I think the people I know who worked there all went on to grad school (Law/Med), but I'm sure you can do other things.
Culture: Hours aren't that bad, pretty young/fun.
Pay: Not as good as m/b/b, but definitely better than working on the hill (40-50k?)
Skillset: Research/interview report-writing. Can get exposure to different parts of business (verticals or horizontals).

building on the previous thread, I actually have seen someone breaking into H/S/W MBA
Dec 31, 2012 - 2:31pm

DC Public Sector Consulting Rankings (Originally Posted: 08/21/2015)

I am trying to do research to figure out the top consulting firms with contracts with the federal government in DC. Would it be correct to rank them in terms of the amount of federal contracts like this?

1) Booz Allen Hamilton
2) Deloitte Federal
3) Accenture Federal Solutions
4) McKinsey (do they separate public and private sector?)

With little to no representation from Bain or BCG? Just looking at government awards, I was surprised to find almost nothing under either of these two firms.

Just trying to find somewhere with some job security! I would love any and all feedback on these firms.

Dec 31, 2012 - 2:32pm

Well Booz Allen is the largest Federal contractor with Deloitte just behind them. Booz Allen on a whole has been declining. If you are trying to decide between Booz Allen and Deloitte, I would go Deloitte. Along the same lines, the other Big 4 firms all have Public Sector practices.

Accenture.... is more of an IT Consulting powerhouse, not strategy/management consulting. That said, the nature of Federal consulting is shifting more to the IT and staff augmentation/operational work, than pure strategy or management consulting.

"Just trying to find somewhere with some job security! I would love any and all feedback on these firms."

If you want job security, you wont necessarily find that in Federal consulting. It is NOT like working FOR the government. Your clients are government, but your firm can easily cut you for under-performing, lack of work, etc. For example, during the furloughs a couple years ago, a number of mid-size consulting firms laid off a ton of people. Unrelated to the furloughs, Booz Allen laid off over 3k staff a few years ago.

Dec 31, 2012 - 2:34pm

Consulting in DC - McK - BCG - Booz (Originally Posted: 04/07/2011)

Hello everyone,

Anyone have insights into the public sector consulting scene in DC. I know Booz (primarily Booz Allen Hamilton as opposed to Booz & Co) has the largest presence in terms of history and staff size. From among MBB, McK is the leader though I hear BCG has made a concerted effort in the past 1-2 years. No activity as far as I know from Bain. Other players worth noting? Any insights into what the firms do specifically (clients, market positioning, differentiation vs. one another).

Thanks,

SA2

Dec 31, 2012 - 2:36pm

McKinsey was the big dog in govt strategy work, but BCG has made a pretty big push; they just released a high-profile report on the SEC so they'll be gaining a lot of traction i bet. if you're there for 2 years and want to do govt work, i'd go McKinsey; if you're there to make a career (i.e. post mba) i'd pick based on culture.

Booz or bah or whichever is doing the non-defense consulting is largely implementation and on-the-ground support. Not a lot of high-level strategy work - not that that's necessarily a bad thing, that sort of work can be a lot more interesting as a entry-level analyst than watching your managers leave you behind in the team room when they go talk to the clients.

Bain's non-existent in government work.

Dec 31, 2012 - 2:37pm

Interesting, what gives you guys the sense BCG is a close second? Anything other than that SEC report?

My sense was that McK is pretty entrenched within a few govt. orgs, and everyone else was late to the party...

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Dec 31, 2012 - 2:38pm

Like petergibbons, I had the sense that, for real strategy at least, it was McKinsey, then everyone else. But BCG may very well be gaining, I wouldn't know for sure.

One of those lights, slightly brighter than the rest, will be my wingtip passing over.
Dec 31, 2012 - 2:39pm

petergibbons - the number of BCG people i know who are suddenly catching the 7 am flight to dc shot upwards a few months ago. generally a pretty good sign.

In addition, the general vibe in consulting is that the paradigm's shifted a bit - BCG made up a lot of ground on McKinsey in the last couple years, and rajat hasn't been helping the ol' McKinsey name so much. the sec report is a good signal to me that the tide is changing... of course, it could be changing for bain and bah, too...

who knows. perhaps someone who openly works at mckinsey or BCG or bain can comment further. i've added what i could without compromising my anonymity, which i value.

Dec 31, 2012 - 2:40pm

I openly work at one of the three., and this was news to me...

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Dec 31, 2012 - 2:41pm

Realize that BCG now has a significant presence at the US Postal Service doing a number of high level engagements. McKinsey was also there a year to two years ago or so doing some work as well but BCG has seemed to get a lot of the follow on.

They are definitely expanding. The DC office is growing but it seems getting a job there still isnt easy.

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