While the consulting industry as we know it today began in Boston more than a century ago with Arthur D. Little, more than 50% of the firm’s employees now work across its numerous European offices. This, combined with several Middle Eastern offices serving the entire region, make Arthur D. Little a truly global experience for any jobseeker looking to see the world while they’re changing it.

Company Stats


Employer Type




1,001-5,000 Employees


Featured Rankings

Vault Consulting 25 EMEA


Major Departments/Practice Areas

Operations Management


Major Office Locations

Bruxelles, Belgium (HQ)


Employment Contact

Lakshmi Basava

Vault Verdict

Like many firms in the industry, ADL entered 2023 casting a watchful eye at macroeconomic conditions. Having experienced rapid growth across EMEA over the past couple of years, firm leadership is keen to maintain a positive trend throughout the year, even in the face of a potential recession. 

To that end, the firm’s entrepreneurial, startup-like culture will surely be of benefit as it seeks out new opportunities and markets, presenting consultants with the chance to leave their mark on the firm even early in their career. While that can sometimes translate to a fast-paced lifestyle with lots of hours, it also serves as a true career accelerator, making ADL an excellent choice for those seeking to help a global challenger brand to scale the heights of the in...

About the Company

A long history of leading innovation

Arthur D. Little has been at the forefront of innovation since 1886. It is an acknowledged thought leader in linking strategy, innovation and transformation in technology-intensive and converging industries. The firm helps clients navigate changing business ecosystems to uncover new growth opportunities; in so doing, it supports clients in building innovation capabilities and transforming their organization.


Founded in Boston in 1886, Arthur D. Little lays claim to the dual titles of first and oldest management consulting firm in the world. The pioneering spirit of the founder who lent the firm its name is the stuff of legend--and the firm he founded is still going strong, even after c...

Employee Reviews

  • “A startup consulting mindset, in a historic prestigious firm.”
  • “Ask yourself whether you would 1. be hindered by others in acquiring clients and projects and 2. whether you like to collaborate or compete with your colleagues. If your answer is that you would be able to ‘catch any fish’ and ‘work with anyone’ and like "perform or out" join ADL (as opposed to putting yourself behind the long line of other people before you at several levels that preoccupy and ‘own’ accounts and compete with others in the up or out).”
  • “Great place to work, amazing culture, good work life balance, competitive package, family size company with strong roots in the consulting services.”
  • “Strong innovative problem solving skills delivered by great, smart, collaborative and humble consultants.”
  • “What comes most of the time from our clients’ feedback is that beyond the quality of our deliverables, unlike other firms, we genuinely don't think we are smarter or better than our clients. This translates into our demeanor and how we approach problem solving.”

Why Work Here

ADL is an entrepreneurial company - we are the oldest management consulting firm but we are not trapped by process or tradition. For our business model, this means flexibility of approach – rather than just charge our clients by the hour, we may enter into partnerships with them. We eagerly transfer our knowledge to clients while learning from their insight and experience. This is also reflected in the way we work as a team – we value initiative and are always open to new ideas. Every path is possible, and we encourage our people to explore different industries beyond their specializations and work across disciplines.

ADL is proud to be ranked #3 on WSO’s list of Consulting Companies with The Hardest Interview.

Getting Hired Here

  • “Firm relatively quickly calls the candidates who are successful. Candidates who are well prepared and have a successful background and graduated from one of the country’s best schools are sought.”
  • “Outside the digital practices we have two main types of candidates: 1) someone with a business degree and a relevant Masters 2) someone with a good STEM MsC or PhD and some industry/innovation experience that can be hired and taught business/strategy consulting skills.”
  • “The interview process tends to be pretty fast with systematic feedback.”
  • “The ideal candidate for us would present the following traits:
    1. Smart, structured, willing to learn, and humble
    2. Have a solid track record (academic + potentially work experience)
    3. Aligns with ADL's culture.”
  • “The interviewing process is transparent and fair but can be slow due to the huge volume and backlog. The ideal candidate is analytical, collaborative, and client-savvy with a willingness to learn. He is self-confident without being arrogant (willing to accept other opinions, feedback and client experience).”
  • “Very impressive and quick interview/callback processes.”

Perks & Benefits

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