HEADQUARTERS: Brentwood, Tenn. / BILLABLE CONSULTANTS: 55
SURVEY SAYS: “Everyone within the firm is gifted and very bright. We are all very hard
workers and come from some of the top firms. We value teamwork ahead of internal
competition. We enjoy and take pride in the work we do.”
Which Firm’s Consultants
Travel the Fewest Days?
Cumberland Consulting Group is a na- tional technology implementation and project management firm launched by
four former Ernst & Young consultants in 2003.
Cumberland works with clients that provide
healthcare at all ends of the care spectrum—from
ambulatory, to acute, post-acute and hospice
care. The care mentality of the firm extends to its
consultants as well.
Managing partner James D. Lewis calls the
consultants at the firm “the only asset we have and
the only product we sell.” This worker-first attitude helped Cumberland score high in the Compensation and Benefits question on our survey. As
Lewis describes it, “the consultants’ priorities are
Cumberland’s priorities.” That’s probably why the
firm covers 100 percent of healthcare premiums
for all employees and their dependents. There is a
real sense of ownership among the firm’s employees. Updates on company business plans, bottom line, growth and strategies are shared with
employees on a monthly basis, showing the consultants how their work helps clients and how their
dedication helps the firm grow. The Job is another
area in which Cumberland was well rated, scoring a 4. 8 out of a possible 5.
As is the case with many small firms, Cumberland’s consultants have the opportunity to
work on varied projects. “We work hard to avoid
pigeonholing our people,” says Lewis. “We often
find that it will benefit our clients, our employees
and our firm if we deliver as promised, effectively transition to client personnel and move on
to our next engagement.” —C.N.
ACQUIS CONSULTING GROUP #11
Consulting . 6
Jabian Consulting . 6
Solutions . 6
Group . 6
Chevo Consulting . 7
Partner . 7
Solutions . 8
Group . 8
Ironworks . 8
Walker . 8
AVERAGE 1. 4
HEADQUARTERS: New York / BILLABLE CONSULTANTS: 40
SURVEY SAYS: “Acquis is fiercely protective of the organizational culture that we have
built. If you are seeking a firm where you have the opportunity to grow and contribute
as much and as quickly as you are able, you will not find a better firm than Acquis.”
Which Firms Offer The
Most Training Per Year?
Acquis Consulting Group operates with the belief that satisfaction in a job well done is a critical facet of their success.
The firm specializes in bridging the gap between
business strategy and operational deployment.
Founded 11 years ago, Acquis has continued to
seek and hire passionate people who respect one
another and take pride in their client work. The
firm has a policy of financial transparency, allowing each individual to see firsthand their contributions to Acquis’s bottom line.
Individual attention to the goals and interests of
the firm’s consultants fosters an environment that
brings out the best in their people. The Job and
Leadership were the two highest-scoring areas for
Acquis. The firm’s size ensures project employees will be responsible for a variety of ever-chang-
ing tasks. The leadership at Acquis is very team-focused. Growth opportunities and enhanced experience for their consultants are important part of
the firm. Even more junior employees are encouraged to take on leadership roles to build their
skill sets and enhance their value to the firm.
The firm’s hierarchical structure does not
prohibit which people are put on certain projects, and all members of the staff are involved in
real decision-making. The team mentality runs
deep at Acquis, says managing partner and co-founder Randall Kane. “Each consultant has a
strong interest in helping each other succeed.”
The team-oriented culture at Acquis helps
explain why the firm scored 4. 9 out of 5 on
our survey in the area of the Job, the highest of
any firm large or small. —C.N.
Resources Group 59.0
Forsythe 56. 3
True Partners 55. 9
Pariveda 54. 5
Toffler Associates 51. 6
Decisions Group 51. 4
Plus Consulting 50. 2
Consulting Group 48.0