A.T. Kearney

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A.T. Kearney Reviews in New York City, NY

Updated August 6, 2014
Updated August 6, 2014
261 Reviews
3.8
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A.T. Kearney Managing Partner and Chairman Johan Aurik
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Interesting programs for improving work-life balance after manager levels (in 17 reviews)

  • Lots of learning experience and great people to work with (in 17 reviews)


Cons
  • Intensive hours; work-life balance can be a challenge but is addressable if one is willing to (in 38 reviews)

  • Long hours, but that is standard across management consulting (in 36 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Excellent Career booster

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Associate in New York, NY

    I have been working at A.T. Kearney full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Hands on training and benefits are excellent. Non-traditional and diverse culture at ATK. Some of my best friends and will continue to be so. This is a jumping platform for anyone who wants to pursue business in any industry. It is an excellent way to ensure you are learning to take different points of view, learn sales and marketing, analysis and relationship management from many different aspects.

    Cons

    As with all consulting firms, have to be ready for the ambiguous and unknown. The industry is changing and the company is trying to change with it. Many folks were not happy with the changes in recent months and have chosen another path. I think in some ways the life style is not sustainable without sacrificing other aspects of your life.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider better communication of plans to ensure no surprises.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    A.T. Kearney Response

    Nov 3, 2014Senior Recruiter

    Thanks for your feedback!

  2.  

    Great, a company on the move

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Consultant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Consultant in New York, NY

    I have been working at A.T. Kearney full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Easy culture, team work and client orientation

    Cons

    Can be more meritocratic and strategic in thinking

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Earn more, pay more

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great people and firm culture, interesting work but generally limited to operations.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Associate in New York, NY

    I have been working at A.T. Kearney full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Emphasis placed on a strong firm culture. In four years I never worked with a manager, principal, or partner that I disliked. Great clients across a wide range of industries. If you do well, you will be promoted quickly.

    Cons

    Long hours, but that is standard across management consulting. The big con is that the work seems to be pretty limited to the operations sphere, and ATK does not generally compete well to win the more interesting strategic work as the Big 3.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    While promoting people to management roles, ensure they have the proper training. Great analysts don't necessarily make good managers.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    "Great place to learn the tools of the trade"

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Associate in New York, NY

    I have been working at A.T. Kearney full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Compensation is broadly competitive within the industry and, being a bit smaller, there is a lot of opportunity to shape your own experience. The firm has a rich operational history and a motivated set of leaders.

    Cons

    Training and recruitment have a lot to be desired. Most of this is consultant-led and is provided over and above their day-to-day consulting obligations. Therefore some of the efforts seem underdone.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in recruitment and training - the growth ambitions are aggressive and to achieve them you need to invest in your people.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 8 people found this helpful  

    Integrity Problem w/ Leadership

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Associate in New York, NY

    I have been working at A.T. Kearney full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    TOP PROS: Great benefits. Emphasis on training. Solid resources. Newfound focus on performance (kind of, see below).

    Cons

    TOP CONS: Dreadful hours. BORING projects (way too much sourcing). Poor performance management.

    I'll second the other consultants below...

    The performance management system, in particular, has flaws in how employees are rated and pathways to advancement. For a while, too many people were getting top marks, which admittedly isn't sustainable... I get that. But over the last year, the process has been scattered between what leadership calls "Stay, Learn, Grow" to a rigid "Up or Out" mentality.

    Meanwhile, you've got partners, who have been living off one account for decades and not driving new business. One wonders how much scrutiny they've been given, since it's probably one of the reasons firm performance has stalled.

    Topping that off, in a pretty sketchy sketchy maneuver, leadership completely changed expectations on bonuses AFTER the year was completed. Full disclosure: I received a bonus and am not complaining, but I'm shocked at how that was handled. It's really shocking to see hardworking employees, even ones who are only treading water, misled like that for a year. The new evaluating philosophy and expectations should have been rolled out at the beginning of the year. This isn't Wall Street.

    I'm all for a firm culture that emphasizes high performance and differentiated rewards. But hat should be coupled with consistency of strategy (see above), integrity of leadership (see above), and loyalty for work delivered (see above). The firm should have been upfront about expectations and rewards earlier, or paid bonus levels they agreed to and out-counseled underperformers.

    I could not recommend A.T. Kearney to colleagues from business school, Even in a growth environment, firm performance has flat-lined under the new leadership. There are too many (boring) sourcing projects, a bizarre strategy, and leadership that apparently doesn't "say what they do, and do what they say"

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    For management, have integrity--without it, strategies, especially incoherent ones, are doomed to failure.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Nice people but not a great experience as an analyst

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in New York, NY

    I worked at A.T. Kearney full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    - Fortune 500 clients
    - Intelligent people
    - Generous expense budget (when you are traveling to a client)
    - Good place to start right out of school
    - Stable and focused on growth

    Cons

    - Many managers do not have people management skills
    - Long stretches of time spent on the beach
    - Work/life balance issues
    - Promotions can be slow, especially compared to peers at other firms
    - Salaries at BA level are lower than many competitors
    - Little passion for innovation

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Too many procurement projects, repetitive and boring after a couple years, grow the strategic practice
    - The name is not recognized directly outside the industry like competitor firms, hire a good advertising agency to really give the brand a boost and the prestige it deserves
    - Rather than have analysts spending weeks to months on the beach, encourage partners to do sponsor interesting, insightful and even innovative research in their industry

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Innovative and fun

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Consultant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Consultant in New York, NY

    I have been working at A.T. Kearney full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    There exist a good variety of challenging projects to work on and interesting people to work with.

    Cons

    But a good portion of those projects / people are in sourcing, which is not necessarily a bad thing if you want to build some solid supply market knowledge.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great firm - tight knit and collaborative

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Analyst in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Analyst in New York, NY

    I worked at A.T. Kearney full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    High energy and youthful environment, strong focus on professional development and engaged senior staff. The projects tend to run long but you are typically only staffed on one at a time - versus the 2-3 that you see with other firms.

    Cons

    Team leadership can be mixed. Some managers are rockstars and others are pretty lackluster. Work/life balance is typical of a management consulting firm: they spend lots of time talking about part-time, balanced workloads, etc., but at the end of the day, expect to work long into the evenings and at least one afternoon of the weekend.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 4 people found this helpful  

    Not quite a strategy consulting firm... more into procurement and internal politics

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Associate in New York, NY

    I worked at A.T. Kearney as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Nice benefits and comparable compensation with top tier consulting firms at junior levels

    Cons

    Less compensation than top tier consulting firms at senior levels,
    Strange and un-charismatic partners,
    Not a lot of smart people,
    Breadth of work spans procurement, sourcing, and more procurement

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Entrepreneurial, international consultancy with great opportunity

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Associate in New York, NY

    I have been working at A.T. Kearney full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Since the Management Buyout ~six years ago, A.T. Kearney has come back strong, establishing itself once again as one of the top High Value Added Consultancies. With growing market share, a year-over-year growth rate and a continually expanding international presence, A.T. Kearney is a firm with fantastic opportunities. Between the bright talent and the relatively flat organizational structure, A.T. Kearney is a place to make one's mark.

    Cons

    Still only recognized as number 4 in the marketplace, so it can lack some prestige to younger clients and some staff maintain the mindset of the organization's position from a decade ago.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Should have greater organizational confidence in the marketplace.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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