Our Top Picks

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Accenture
  • Strategy and Consulting
  • Interactive
  • Information Technology
Accenture offers a variety of services to help companies find the right employees and develop programs to retain those employees, reducing turnover and improving morale. Accenture consultants focus on creating positive experiences for candidates and employees, which helps clients position themselves as employers of choice in their respective industries. Accenture also offers services to help businesses transform their cultures by implementing new leadership styles and managing change effectively.

Several Accenture services focus on using technology to streamline processes and improve efficiency. For example, the firm uses artificial intelligence and machine learning to automate basic HR activities, leaving HR business partners free to spend their time on more important tasks. Consultants at Accenture have experience working with firms in the communications, media, financial services, consumer products and health care industries. Accenture’s clients include 91 of the companies on the Fortune Global 100 list, as well as nearly 75% of the firms on the Fortune 500.

What Customers Are Saying

Customers praise Accenture for managing projects effectively. One user states that “timelines were carefully chosen and deadlines strictly followed,” leading to a positive outcome. Accenture also receives high marks for having consultants with the expertise necessary to tackle complex projects involving product deployment, requirements gathering, product configuration, solutions integration or training.

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Accenture
  • Starting Price
    • Quote based
  • Industry Focus
    Communications, Media & Technology, Financial Services, Health & Public Service, Products, Resources
  • Number of Employees
    10,000+
  • Headquarters Location
    111 Washington Avenue, Albany, NY, 12210
Service Lines
  • Strategy and Consulting
  • Interactive
  • Information Technology
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Active Strategy
  • HR Services
  • Business Consulting
  • HR Services
Headquartered in Poland, Active Strategy has a small team of consultants available to guide firms that need help managing current employees, identifying new talent and training employees to be more effective in their roles. The firm also runs the Effective Leadership Academy, a program designed to help managers develop the leadership skills they need to motivate team members while increasing efficiency and improving morale. Customers enrolled in the Effective Leadership Academy receive access to tools that can help them implement changes that have positive long-term outcomes. Active Strategy also offers career coaching to help managers and employees understand their strengths and weaknesses, learn about the stages of career management and create professional development programs to enhance their skills.

The consultants at Active Strategy have experience working with clients in a wide range of industries, including business services, automotive and information technology. Past clients of Active Strategy include Fiat, HP Global Business Center, Samsung and 3M.

What Customers Are Saying

Customers appreciate Active Strategy for providing a big-picture view of their operations and organizational cultures. One reviewer commented, “Their ability to look and show you your company as a whole picture is impressive. Clients also report that Active Strategy consultants are effective at improving employee morale and helping employees understand how their roles fit into an organization.

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Active Strategy
  • Starting Price
    • $50 - $99 / hr
  • Industry Focus
    Information technology
    Automotive
    Business services
  • Number of Employees
    2-9
  • Headquarters Location
    Wroclaw 54-152 Poland
Service Lines
  • HR Services
  • Business Consulting
  • HR Services
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Aon
  • HR Services
  • HR outsourcing
  • HR consulting
Aon provides consulting services to firms in need of assistance with several key areas of human resources. In the compensation and benefits area, consultants have experience designing plans that meet the needs of employees while also helping employers better control their costs. Aon also employs actuarial consultants who help their clients understand what financial and operational risks are involved in administering several types of retirement plans. For multinational firms, Aon consultants are available to design global compensation packages that make expatriate assignments more attractive and ensure that workers in the host country and the home country are compensated fairly.

Aon also offers consulting services designed to help clients improve their talent-management efforts. These services focus on the processes involving sourcing, recruiting and talent engagement, ensuring that businesses of all sizes have processes in place to identify their most talented employees and prepare them to fill leadership roles. Aon consultants offer additional services to firms going through mergers and acquisitions.

What Customers Are Saying

Customers praise Aon’s consultants for their knowledge of relevant rules and regulations, which helps firms “implement compliant staffing policies and standards.” Clients also appreciate that Aon has thousands of employees at offices around the world, making it easy to get in touch with consultants at all hours of the day, regardless of any time zone differences.

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  • Starting Price
    • $50 - $99 / hr
  • Industry Focus
    Health Care & Medical
    Arts, entertainment & music
    Financial services
  • Number of Employees
    10,000+
  • Headquarters Location
    200 East Randolph Street 14th Floor, Chicago, IL 60601
Service Lines
  • HR Services
  • HR outsourcing
  • HR consulting
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Bain & Company
  • Business Consulting
  • HR Services
  • HR outsourcing
Bain & Company provides extensive support for clients’ human resources functions, including performance management and talent acquisition. Consultants from Bain & Company develop customized plans according to each client’s needs, but the desired outcomes are always the same: lower HR costs, increased engagement, higher levels of efficiency and better service quality from the HR department. Bain & Company consultants also have experience with change management, which can help firms better manage organizational transformations that result in significant changes to their existing culture.

Bain consultants improve outcomes by redesigning models and processes, determining whether outsourcing or offshoring could be beneficial, identifying sources of value within each company and exploring the potential of shared services. All Bain & Company clients receive access to detailed analytics via the Vector platform, helping HR staff make better decisions. The firm’s consultants have specialized experience in the manufacturing, consumer products, energy, defense, aerospace and financial services industries.

What Customers Are Saying

Customers praise Bain & Company for employing consultants with the expertise necessary to determine the trajectory of an industry and make relevant suggestions. One client says that Bain & Company consultants conducted an in-depth industry analysis to identify “how the industry was expanding.” Clients also appreciate that Bain & Company provides access to detailed HR analytics.

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Bain & Company
  • Starting Price
    • Quote based
  • Industry Focus
    Not provided
  • Number of Employees
    50 - 249
  • Headquarters Location
    1999 Avenue of the Stars #3800 Los Angeles, CA 90067
Service Lines
  • Business Consulting
  • HR Services
  • HR outsourcing
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Boston Consulting Group
  • HR Services
  • HR outsourcing
  • HR consulting
The consultants at Boston Consulting Group provide several HR-related services to help firms improve their organizational performance. These services are designed to help HR departments, managers and business executives develop a more holistic view of human resource management. Many firms make the mistake of seeing HR activities as an expense rather than an investment in sourcing qualified candidates, making good hiring decisions and creating an environment in which employees thrive. Boston Consulting Group aims to eliminate this type of thinking by focusing on the HR department as a strategic partner.

Boston Consulting Group offers an HR transformation approach, which focuses on systems, strategies and processes that can make businesses more effective. The firm also offers the OrgBuilder tool to help companies navigate through reorganizations and restructuring. OrgBuilder combines a robust software program with support from experienced consultants, giving firms more control over their HR activities.

What Customers Are Saying

Customers appreciate that BCG has created an environment in which its consultants are always developing new skills to help solve real-world business problems. One reviewer states that BCG has a “flat leadership structure [that]…encourages learning between peers,” which benefits clients in the long run. Clients also report positive experiences with BCG’s OrgBuilder tool.

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Boston Consulting Group
  • Starting Price
    • Quote based
  • Industry Focus
    Automotive & Mobility
    Biopharmaceuticals
    Consumer Products
    Education
    Energy & Environment
    Oil & Gas
    Power & Utilities
    Engineered Products & Infrastructure
    Financial Institutions
    Health Care Payers, Providers & Services
  • Number of Employees
    10,000+
  • Headquarters Location
    200 Pier 4 Boulevard Boston, Massachusetts 02210
Service Lines
  • HR Services
  • HR outsourcing
  • HR consulting
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Deloitte Consulting LLP
  • Mobile App Development Web Design
  • Web Development
  • HR outsourcing
Deloitte offers industry-specific consulting services to help firms identify the best ways to control costs without increasing turnover or reducing employee engagement. Consultants focus on addressing human resources, financial, strategic and operational challenges, giving their clients more time to focus on other activities. Industries served include oil and gas, consumer products, financial services, life sciences, communications, technology and media.

For firms that need help managing human capital effectively, Deloitte offers people-oriented consulting services that aim to improve business performance. Consultants use detailed analytics to uncover key HR trends and determine the best way to address industry challenges. Once these trends have been identified, Deloitte consultants use the information to create customized plans for developing new HR initiatives, managing talent effectively and creating total rewards programs that motivate employees. Deloitte also offers HR transformation services, which rely on advanced analytics and cloud-based tools to help businesses identify new strategies for creating value.

What Customers Are Saying

Customers appreciate that Deloitte Consulting LLP has a large network of consultants, making it easy to get in touch with a consultant at almost any time. One reviewer commented that the “connection to their abroad offices from their network” made the process more convenient. Deloitte also has a good reputation for incorporating technology into its consulting services.

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Deloitte Consulting LLP
  • Starting Price
    • $150 - $199 / hr
  • Industry Focus
    Health Care & Medical
    Information technology
    Transportation
    Consumer
    Banking and Finance
    Education
  • Number of Employees
    50 - 249
  • Headquarters Location
    837 North 34th Street, Suite 100, Seattle, WA 98103
Service Lines
  • Mobile App Development Web Design
  • Web Development
  • HR outsourcing
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Kelly Services
  • HR Services
  • HR outsourcing
  • HR consulting
Kelly Services offers HR consulting services focused on the staffing function of human resources. The company has several brands, making it possible for consultants with each brand to tailor their services to specific industries. These brands include Kelly Education, Kelly Engineering, Kelly Technology and Kelly Science & Clinical. For firms in the education industry, Kelly helps fill instructional and non-instructional positions, including substitute teaching positions in public schools. Consultants with the other Kelly brands have the industry-specific expertise needed to fill open positions with the most qualified candidates.

The company also offers HR support services to ensure clients can fill open positions without taking too much time away from other activities. All employees hired by Kelly Services undergo a mandatory background screening, and the company also has a 24/7 incident reporting system. Advanced analytics help Kelly Services clients quickly determine their staffing needs and identify the best course of action.

What Customers Are Saying

Customers appreciate that Kelly Services fills open positions with qualified candidates, prompting one reviewer to refer to the firm as “a reliable solution as a managed service provider for contract resource needs.” Clients also love that Kelly Services has several brands to meet the industry-specific needs of its clients.

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Kelly Services
  • Starting Price
    • $25 - $49 / hr
  • Industry Focus
    Business services
    Financial services
    Health Care & Medical
  • Number of Employees
    10,000+
  • Headquarters Location
    Kelly World 999 West Big Beaver Road, Troy, MI 48084-4782
Service Lines
  • HR Services
  • HR outsourcing
  • HR consulting
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Korn Ferry
  • Business Consulting
  • HR Services
  • HR outsourcing
Korn Ferry offers consulting services across several categories to help firms do a better job managing and retaining talent. Before focusing on the key functional areas of human resources, Korn Ferry consultants assess each business and determine the best way to bring the firm’s HR policies into alignment with the overall business strategy. Once this alignment is complete, consultants from Korn Ferry spend their time helping clients with talent acquisition, total rewards, succession planning and leadership development.

Consultants in the talent management group help clients optimize their sourcing, interviewing, hiring and onboarding processes, ensuring that each firm has the level of talent needed to overcome industry challenges. Korn Ferry consultants assist with every stage of the process, from conducting executive searches to outsourcing components of the recruiting process. Consultants from Korn Ferry also help clients determine the best way to prepare their most talented employees for future leadership roles.

What Customers Are Saying

Korn Ferry receives high praise for having consultants who are so skilled at identifying top talent and designing appropriate retention programs. One customer describes Korn Ferry’s approach to recruiting as “outstanding” and comments that the firm is “systematic and time-oriented.” Clients also appreciate that Korn Ferry helps streamline HR processes.

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Korn Ferry
  • Starting Price
    • Quote based
  • Industry Focus
    Not provided
  • Number of Employees
    1,000 - 9,999
  • Headquarters Location
    22-24 Lower Mount Street Newmount House Dublin D01 Ireland
Service Lines
  • Business Consulting
  • HR Services
  • HR outsourcing
McKinsey & Company
McKinsey & Company
  • Business Consulting
  • HR Services
  • HR outsourcing
McKinsey & Company offers several consulting services across two HR categories: talent management and people analytics. Before focusing on talent management, McKinsey consultants determine what creates value for the business and work with key executives to create new talent systems and make needed adjustments to the firm’s organizational culture. Once top executives are ready to proceed, consultants from McKinsey & Company work on finding the best candidates to fill important roles, creating strategic HR plans and uncovering ways to motivate employees. Consultants also work with the client’s HR staff to help them see themselves as business partners.

McKinsey & Company also offers advanced people analytics to make it easier for their clients to identify and retain highly qualified employees. Making decisions based on objective data helps firms reduce bias and make better decisions when it comes to hiring and promoting talent. People analytics also help companies determine how well they’re performing compared to other firms in their industries.

What Customers Are Saying

Customers love that McKinsey consultants have the expertise needed to design completely new processes and programs. One reviewer commented, “They have a clear plan about each and every process that has to be done.” McKinsey & Company also has an excellent reputation for helping clients balance increased efficiency with cost savings.

Summary

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McKinsey & Company
  • Starting Price
    • Quote based
  • Industry Focus
    Not provided
  • Number of Employees
    10,000+
  • Headquarters Location
    19230 N Ibis Way Maricopa, AZ 85138
Service Lines
  • Business Consulting
  • HR Services
  • HR outsourcing
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Mercer
  • HR Services
  • HR outsourcing
  • HR consulting
Mercer offers several consulting services under its Workforce and Careers division, including talent strategy, executive compensation, total rewards and employee communication. In the talent strategy category, Mercer uses a proprietary Career Frameworks tool to help clients create attractive career paths, improving employee retention and morale. Consultants in the executive compensation area focus on developing executive compensation plans that motivate business leaders while helping firms satisfy their shareholders.

For clients that need help overhauling their total rewards systems, Mercer consultants help identify rewards that are tied to performance, appropriate for the market and applied consistently. The consulting firm has its own benchmarking database, giving consultants access to current market information that can be used to make better decisions. Mercer consultants also guide HR departments in developing effective communication strategies. They do this by offering two proprietary communication tools, both of which allow employees to access important information on their mobile devices.

What Customers Are Saying

Customers appreciate that Mercer offers advanced analytics to help them make better decisions. One reviewer writes, “I have a high confidence in Mercer’s data since their surveys typically have a lot of participants. They also have specialized survey offerings.” The firm also receives high praise for offering HR services at an affordable price.

Summary

  • Starting Price
    • $25 - $49 / hr
  • Industry Focus
    Financial services
    Business services
    Health Care & Medical
  • Number of Employees
    10,000+
  • Headquarters Location
    1166 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY
Service Lines
  • HR Services
  • HR outsourcing
  • HR consulting
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Oliver Wyman
  • HR Services
  • HR outsourcing
  • HR consulting
Oliver Wyman offers several services designed to improve each client’s organizational effectiveness. The consulting engagement starts with an analysis of the industry to uncover critical challenges that have the potential to impact business performance. Consultants from Oliver Wyman then take on the role of partners, helping clients avoid internal biases and take advantage of the opportunity to gain an outsider’s perspective. Oliver Wyman emphasizes design thinking when creating new HR programs and initiatives, giving firms the opportunity to transform their HR processes.

Oliver Wyman consultants have expertise across a wide range of industries, including communications and media, wholesale, education, industrial products, automotive, energy and public policy. The firm has offices in 31 countries, including Germany, Russia, Sweden and Saudi Arabia, ensuring that clients have access to consultants who understand how local culture and customs influence HR practices, especially when it comes to designing fair rewards systems and identifying top talent.

What Customers Are Saying

Clients praise Oliver Wyman for delivering a variety of services at an affordable price. One client comments that the consultants “were on point, reasonably priced and knew the market.” Customers also like that Oliver Wyman has a large network of staff members, giving them access to the innovation and creativity they need to improve their HR strategies.

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Oliver Wyman
  • Starting Price
    • Quote based
  • Industry Focus
    Not provided
  • Number of Employees
    1,000 - 9,999
  • Headquarters Location
    1166 Avenue of the Americas New York, NY 10036
Service Lines
  • HR Services
  • HR outsourcing
  • HR consulting
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Remedy Intelligent Staffing
  • HR Services
  • HR outsourcing
  • HR consulting
Remedy Intelligent Staffing focuses on helping firms identify top talent, keep employees safe on the job and better manage their workforces. In terms of talent management, Remedy Intelligent Staffing can help with recruiting, screening and solution. The firm’s HR experts use advanced recruiting techniques to target qualified job seekers and fill open positions quickly. Remedy Intelligent Staffing also has a knowledge bank filled with more than 600 skills assessments, making it easier for clients to determine if a candidate has the skills necessary to succeed in a particular job. Additionally, Remedy Intelligent Staffing offers a “working interview,” which gives employers the option of observing candidates work for up to four hours before making a decision regarding their candidacy.

Remedy Intelligent Staffing also offers safety and loss prevention services to firms in the manufacturing and retail industries, among others. For example, clients can enroll in the OSHA 10-hour industry course to learn about relevant OSHA rules.

What Customers Are Saying

Customers love that Remedy Intelligent Staffing takes the time to “match job candidates with positions where they will succeed,” which helps firms reduce turnover and avoid wasting money on new hires that don’t work out. Remedy Intelligent Staffing also employs consultants with specialized experience in education, financial services and business services.

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Remedy Intelligent Staffing
  • Starting Price
    • $25 - $49 / hr
  • Industry Focus
    Business services
    Education
    Financial services
  • Number of Employees
    10,000+
  • Headquarters Location
    1040 Atlanta, GA 30338
Service Lines
  • HR Services
  • HR outsourcing
  • HR consulting
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Web Recruiters
  • HR Services
  • HR outsourcing
  • Web Development
Web Recruiters is an IT Recruiting agency that specializes in the HR field and technical experience in IT outsourcing and Web Development. It provides a fast search of developers to control and support teams for software development from 2013. They have served companies from the USA and Europe ranging from startups to giants companies.
They provide services such as IT Out-staffing and IT Outsourcing (Web/ Mobile Development). Web Recruiters provides development front-end and back-end parts of the projects using, all around PHP, Drupal, .Net, C#, Python, NodeJS, React JS technologies.

What Customers Are Saying

Customers are happy with the systematic process that Web Recruiters have established in serving their clients. They were impressed by the number of good candidates that they immediately got after they expressed their desire for collaboration. One of them was claiming, "They had a professional recruitment process and they showed their speed and communication skills."

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Web Recruiters
  • Starting Price
    • Quote based
  • Industry Focus
    IT Services
  • Number of Employees
    11 - 50
  • Headquarters Location
    Ukraine, Kyiv, Oleksandra Mishuhy 12
Service Lines
  • HR Services
  • HR outsourcing
  • Web Development
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Willis Towers Watson
  • Business Consulting
  • HR Services
  • HR Services
Willis Towers Watson offers HR consulting services across more than a dozen categories. For firms needing help with total rewards, consultants at Willis Towers Watson can identify ways to motivate employees and increase morale without letting costs get out of control. The firm helps its clients identify the most cost-effective benefits packages, whether that means purchasing a group plan or giving employees funds to pay for medical expenses. Willis Towers Watson also helps clients develop attractive executive compensation packages that are in line with regulatory requirements and shareholder expectations.

Consultants at Willis Towers Watson have the expertise necessary to guide firms through mergers and acquisitions, addressing people-related challenges along the way. For example, if two firms merge and need to eliminate some positions, Willis Towers Watson consultants can help determine which positions can be combined or eliminated entirely. The firm also provides services related to risk management, inclusion and diversity, talent management and retirement planning.

What Customers Are Saying

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Willis Towers Watson
  • Starting Price
    • Quote based
  • Industry Focus
    Not provided
  • Number of Employees
    10,000+
  • Headquarters Location
    415 W 17th St, Cheyenne, WY 82001
Service Lines
  • Business Consulting
  • HR Services
  • HR Services
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Zenefits Services
  • HR Services
  • HR outsourcing
  • HR consulting
Zenefits Services offers services designed to help firms streamline their payroll, benefits administration and onboarding processes. These services come with access to several tools that can help HR professionals save time and increase efficiency. For example, Zenefits offers organizational charts, a PTO tracking tool and tools designed to help managers do a better job of conducting performance reviews. With the tools provided by Zenefits, employees can manage their own benefit plans and access important information about what’s going on in the organization.

Zenefits helps employers save time by ensuring that information flows easily from one module of the system to another. When a new employee starts work, information from the onboarding module is immediately added to the benefits module, eliminating the need for HR staff to enter the same data multiple times. Once employees choose their benefits, the information flows directly to the payroll module, ensuring that the correct deductions are taken from each payment.

What Customers Are Saying

Customers praise Zenefits Services for its ease of use. One satisfied client writes, “Zenefits is super simple to learn how to use, both for admins and for employees.” Users also love that Zenefits incorporates multiple HR functions into a single system, making it possible to streamline payroll, benefits administration and onboarding processes.

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Zenefits Services
  • Starting Price
    • Quote based
  • Industry Focus
    Not provided
  • Number of Employees
    501-1,000
  • Headquarters Location
    San Francisco, California
Service Lines
  • HR Services
  • HR outsourcing
  • HR consulting

How We Chose the Best HR Consultant Firms

Many companies offer human resources consulting to firms of all sizes. With so many services available, it can be difficult to determine which one offers the right combination services at a price that's affordable for small businesses. We evaluated HR consulting firms based on what's most important, taking the guesswork out of determining if a consulting service is a good fit for your needs.

Multiple Service Lines

The needs of a small business with a handful of employees are much different from the needs of a corporation with thousands of employees across multiple states. We looked for HR consulting firms that offer multiple service lines, making it easier to find a consultant that meets your specific needs. Some firms offer general HR consulting services, while others consult on specific functional areas of human resources, such as talent acquisition or employee training and development.

Size of Firm

The size of the firm is an important consideration when choosing an HR consulting service. Working with a small firm is ideal for business owners looking for a personal touch. Consultants at small firms may have more time to build personal relationships with their clients, resulting in better outcomes at the end of a service engagement. Large firms have more resources than small ones, so they typically offer more services and may have consultants with expertise in several areas of human resources. We chose consulting firms of various sizes to meet the needs of multiple small businesses.

Industry Focus

HR professionals must be aware of industry-specific rules and regulations that affect how they hire, train and manage employees. For example, companies in the trucking industry must follow Department of Transportation rules for hiring truck drivers. We chose firms that operate in a wide range of industries to cover the needs of as many small businesses as possible.

What Are HR Consultant Firms?

HR consultant firms are companies that have teams of consultants available to help businesses of all sizes improve their human resource functions. While many firms focus on recruiting and onboarding, HR consulting firms may also guide their clients through major organizational changes, spend time diagnosing business problems or provide training to help employees learn new skills and prepare them for transfers or promotions. Some consultants even specialize in helping their clients comply with local, state and federal regulations; for example, many consulting firms focus on compliance with OSHA safety regulations.

Working with an HR consultant firm can also be helpful for companies that need help increasing employee engagement. HR consultants assess engagement levels by observing employees, administering surveys and conducting interviews, allowing them to gain insight into how employees truly feel about their roles and relationships within the firm. Information gathered during this process can be used to develop new organizational designs, improve a firm’s approach to performance management and create new compensation plans. For firms going through mergers and acquisitions, HR consultants also have the skills needed to assess human capital, determine which employees should fill key roles, merge existing compensation and payroll systems into a single unified system and identify effective work styles.

Benefits of HR Consultant Firms

Working with an HR consultant firm has many benefits for a small business, including the following:

  • Gain an outside perspective. HR staff members set company policies and develop systems for hiring talent, compensating employees and increasing employee engagement. Because they’re the ones who create important programs, they may not have the objectivity necessary to identify potential pitfalls. Working with an HR consultant firm gives businesses an outside perspective, making it easier to identify and solve HR problems.
  • Reduce costs. Hiring additional HR staff can be expensive, especially if your company offers a variety of benefits. Additional employees also increase your payroll taxes and compliance costs. Engaging an HR consultant firm can help you identify and solve HR challenges without increasing your compensation, benefits and payroll costs. HR consultants also take on project-based work, which means you don’t have to continue paying them after a consulting project ends.
  • Increase efficiency. If you employ HR generalists, asking them to take on additional responsibilities can slow down your recruiting, sourcing and onboarding activities, leaving key positions unfilled. Hiring a consulting firm leaves your HR staff free to carry out their regular duties, ensuring that all processes continue running smoothly.

What to Look for in an HR Consultant Firm

Hiring an HR consultant firm is an investment in your business, so it’s important to understand the most important considerations before signing a consulting contract. The size of the firm should be your first consideration, as the number of consultants available can affect the type of service you receive. With small firms, it’s typically easier to get in touch with a consultant and ask questions about the consulting engagement; however, small firms may not have the expertise you need. Large consulting firms typically provide access to a greater variety of resources. It may also be easier to connect with a consultant who has expertise in your industry. One of the main drawbacks of working with a large firm is that consultants may not be able to provide personal attention.

Multiple service lines and industry focus are also important considerations. Unless you need a consultant with expertise in a single area of HR, it’s usually better to work with a firm that offers multiple service lines. Some industries, such as financial services, have stringent compliance requirements that must be woven into new HR programs and initiatives. A consulting firm with experience in your industry can provide targeted advice that helps you comply with relevant rules and regulations.

The Cost of HR Consultant Firms

The cost of hiring a consulting firm ranges from as little as $25 per hour to $199 per hour or more. Many HR consultant firms require their clients to commit to a certain number of hours, so it’s important to budget accordingly. Low-cost options are ideal for small businesses that need assistance streamlining their HR processes but don’t have the funds to hire a world-renowned consulting firm. These low-cost firms may offer just a few services to help with basic HR functions; for example, some firms focus exclusively on adjusting their clients’ recruiting practices to make it easier to identify talented candidates and make competitive employment offers.

Firms at the higher end of the range usually have larger teams of consultants and support professionals, giving you access to a greater variety of services. These firms may also employ consultants with expertise in consumer products and services, business-to-business sales, financial services, technology and other industries that require expert knowledge of compliance obligations, hiring rules and the overall industry environment. Firms at the top of the price range are among the top consulting firms in the world. They employ thousands of people and have experience across a wide range of industries.