2020 Vault Rankings
At a Glance
“Challenging cases on interesting topics.”
“Early responsibility, humane culture.”
“Spirit and warm atmosphere.”
“Absence of a one-firm system.”
“It's management consulting, and the hours can be long.”
“Smaller firm that requires more internal work from employees.”
“Good company, but small.”
“Strong strategy consulting.”’
“Good international reach.”
About Arthur D. Little Europe
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 completing a journey that has seen it go from private entity to public corporation, and back to private following a 2011 management buyout by the partners.
Consultants operate in Europe, Asia and the Americas, offering tailored services to clients in in a range of industries across three main functional practice areas. Consultants operate across a matrix structure of functional practices and industry practices which provide opportunities to work on a range of industries and functional areas.
Industry Practice Areas
- AMG (Automotive and Manufacturing
- CHEM (Chemical)
- ENUT (Energy and Utilities)
- HC (Health Care)
- TIME (Telecom, Information, Media, Electronics)
- T&T (Travel and Transportation)
Functional Practice Areas
- Strategy & Organization
- Technology & Innovation Management
- Operations Management
Today, Arthur D. Little is an established consultancy with a lot of brand equity in most markets it operates in. The firm has further developed its reach by opening new offices, and has a clear positioning revolving around Strategy, Innovation, and Transformation; this translates into 3 key themes: Anticipate (understanding future trends and changes in ecosystems), Innovate (building innovation capabilities, creative solutions & evolve business models), and Transform (shape and reshape ecosystems and your company continuously).
In Europe & the Middle East
In the recent past, Europe was the stronghold of ADL's operations-indeed, ADL operates offices in 18 different cities in Europe covering the whole range of functional and industry practices and employing over 60% of the firm's entire consulting staff. For junior staff, the majority of casework typically takes place within national markets, although there are frequent opportunities for project related travel. Consultants and Managers can take part in ADL's global Short Term Mobility Program and move between offices for periods of 6 months or less. Mobility for more senior people is also encouraged.
ADL serves the entire Middle East region from three offices in Dubai, Riyadh and Beirut covering the whole range of functional and industry practices.
For entry level positions, ADL often recruits scientists and engineers as well as economics graduates from the best local schools / universities. Training (global and local) is provided as part of career development and new consultants can expect to attend one or two training sessions in their first years. In addition ADL provides online training in a number of topic areas to allow consultants to specialize.
For more experienced hires, ADL tends to look for consultants who possess strong practical industry experience combined with excellent knowledge of key trends and dynamics. Arthur D. Little puts emphasis on not only strong analytical skills, client orientation and teaming, but also on creativity, entrepreneurial attitude, and communication. Recent expansion means that a number of Partner level hires have taken place, together with internal promotions.
ADL is active in on-campus recruitment at a range of different leading universities across Europe. In the Middle East, we recruit from local universities but also from further afield to relocate consultants to the Middle East. Most of the offices offer an active internship program for graduates (often leading to direct entry employment following internship). At the Business Analyst and Consultant level, we have significantly increased the percentage of recruitment from staff that has undertaken ADL internships so internships should be seen as an extended interview process.
In the News
In Germany/Switzerland in 2019, ADL teams continue to work on hot topics such as self-driving technologies, 5G and its breakthrough in industry 4.0 applications, e-mobility solutions, and various transformation paths to turn companies digital.
In the Middle East, in 2018/19 ADL has been involved in key transformational projects in the Middle East. All the projects have resulted in a significant sustainable economic impact.
- In Saudi Arabia, ADL has been heavily involved in the national transformation programmes and have supported many current initiatives: developing the strategy for the space sector and supporting the setup of Saudi Space Commission, developing a national innovation strategy, public-private partnership strategy, ICT regulation, privatization in the media sector, transformation of the health care sector and renewable energy strategy.
- In UAE, ADL built a strong partnership with the government of Dubai to develop the city into a global hub for smart mobility, earning the award of "Management Consulting Company of the Year" by the Dubai Transport Authority. The projects involved developing the 2071 mobility strategy, e-hail strategy and autonomous aerial taxi strategy. ADL is also supporting the transformation of the health care, telecoms and utility sectors
- In Oman, ADL is working extensively in the telecoms sector, developing the national ICT Strategy - and the aviation sector, in developing the overall capability development strategy
In France in 2019 Arthur D. Little has been working with existing client to re-invent themselves and to build new digital businesses. Recent examples include : How to build a Global R&D organization that embrace the new challenges of the energy transition? How to grasp value coming from new mobility needs? What could be new business models in Aviation?
In Sweden since 2018 Arthur D. Little has been driving an open data project together with our clients from the City of Stockholm and Storsthlm, a non-profit organization formed by the 26 municipalities in the Greater Stockholm region. The project aims to increase the use of open data to drive innovation and growth and is partly financed by the European regional development fund. Arthur D. Little is supporting the client with defining a long-term process and standards for open data, developing a common data portal for the municipalities, as well as change management regarding data sharing. The project has won two prestigious awards: finalist in ‘Regiostars’ and winner of ‘The Gold Link’.
In the last 5 years
Whilst the company is private and performance data is hard to come by we understand from our survey and interview that they have maintained year on year growth since the 2011 MBO with increasing profitability year on year. The rate of growth is estimated at around 10-12% CAGR over the last 5 years. In the last year Arthur D. Little Europe and Middle East have opened offices in Oslo, Moscow and Beirut. In 2020, ADL expects to continue to invest in recruiting new partners in existing and new offices which will drive recruitment for junior grades. Our survey also suggests that the company has a very healthy cash reserve to support growth or weather any economic downturn (and a positive cash balance - unlike some of their competitors).
Firm management report that they have undertaken an internal reflection on ADL's positioning, resulting in a reworked market positioning around helping clients "Anticipate, Innovate and Transform." The new positioning is guiding a number of internal change projects which seek to integrate these activities into new ways of working.
Arthur D. Little has launched a number of local country and global diversity initiatives to increase diversity in recruitment both at entry level but also to retain and recruit experienced staff returning from maternity or paternity leave.
Avenue du Bourgetlaan 42
Phone: +32 2 761 72 00
Employer Type: Private
Global CEO: Ignacio Garcia Alves
2019 Employees (All Locations): 1,030
Brussels, Belgium (HQ)
Strategy & Organization
Technology & Innovation Management
Operations Management Energy, and Utilities
Health Care and Life Sciences
Travel and Transportation
Strategy & Organization
Technology & Innovation Management