A.T. Kearney Reviews

Updated April 20, 2015
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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. Great company with flexible career paths.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at A.T. Kearney

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    -Excellent development programs and opportunities
    -Beautiful office space in a great location with good perks, like free snacks and coffee
    -Flexible career paths and lots of room to grow

    Cons

    There is a lack of diversity at A.T. Kearney, both in terms of race and gender.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to work on diversity issues.

  2. Helpful (1)

    Flexible work environment that pays you a ton of money

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    Current Employee - Marketing in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Marketing in Chicago, IL

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    -Everything is remote - literally, EVERYTHING. People don't even use ethernet cables at work, so everything is 100% mobile... which means so are you.
    -Fridays are super relaxing (for certain teams only). I've heard that many consulting firms are insane all the time, but for many in this firm, Friday is a day to hang out with colleagues and just get a couple things done.
    -In-house catering provides 2 flavors of fresh coffee (it's so tasty I drink it black), all the soda and snacks you could really want. Exercise self-control if you enjoy soda/pop.
    -The firm offers opportunities to volunteer at local charities once in a while - paying you while you volunteer on a Friday. Everyone wins.
    -The view. Is. Amazing. 39th-41st floor, right by Sears (Willis) Tower? Yes, please.
    -They pay you a ridiculous amount of money and that is awesome. Decent amount of vacation days, too.

    Cons

    -Like any organization, some processes aren't 100% crystal clear. But I've yet to encounter a company that has figured out every nut and bolt of process and procedure.
    -The snack kitchen is always raided the day it's stocked. You're never going to get hard boiled eggs if you're late to work on re-stock days!
    -Not very close to the blue line, and the Milwaukee Ave. bus is painfully slow. Would recommend for brown line riders or people with a faster bus.
    -The work environment is VERY quiet. Invest in headphones, because there is not a lot of chatter. Probably not the best place to work if you like a lot of noise and action, but it's nice to be able to focus.

    Advice to Management

    Keep touting the great things the firm does; it is SO involved in charity initiatives and projects that genuinely help people, the environment, etc. - very proud to be a part of the culture.

  3. Work hard, play hard atmosphere

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    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at A.T. Kearney

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Fun culture of people, performance-driven opportunities, no barriers to quick promotion in the firm

    Cons

    Your happiness in the job is highly dependent upon the team/project you are place on. The only way to avoid bad projects and managers is to build a strong network in the firm.

    Advice to Management

    Continue promoting all-firm events and prestige of the firm within the consulting industry

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  5. Great place to work and to grow

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    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)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Very interesting projects and very great culture compared to other firms. I very much appreciate the culture change, it is one of the most inclusive consulting firms and the job is very challenging

    Cons

    As in all consulting firms, the working hours are not the best. I've been lucky to only work few weekends, but other people cannot say the same

    Advice to Management

    Limit the work hours on weekends. The week is already quite demanding, it would be nice if everybody could rest during the weekends

  6. Good firm to work for with some challenges due to smaller scale / ops-focus

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at A.T. Kearney full-time (more than 5 years)

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - Generally good people / culture. Less ego than other firms / industries. Reason why stayed for 5+ yrs
    - Attractive salary (up to Principal level) for consulting
    - Strong push for growth - exciting times as it seems to be working
    - Smaller scale (1/8th of McK) makes it easier to "change" things; more "startup" feel

    Cons

    - Perceived as a "Sourcing / Ops shop" in the US. Limits exit options / how you are perceived in the market
    - Lack of scale and focus in key areas (alumni, external placements, training, various support roles etc)
    - Less ability to specialize (which keeps it exciting, yet slows down expertise-building, time to promotion etc)
    - Thought-leadership in distinct areas only (not as broad as larger competitors)
    - Less "glamour" (for those who need it - although recent offsites in Cancuun / Cannes etc helped)

    ... and the usual industry-cons:
    - Lots of travel / average work-life balance
    - Not every project is exciting (and guess what: the same is true for MBB)

    Advice to Management

    - Keep up the good work.
    - Treat senior staff more like future partners (not as "delivery resources"):
       -> Share more information / ask us for our views (I know more about clients than I know about A.T. Kearney)
       -> Give opportunity to participate in firm success (options)

  7. Working for ATKearney

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at A.T. Kearney

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Not a bad employer. Great opportunities. Smart people. Worldwide presence. Good atmosphere. Generally a good experience - worked there for 4 years. Paris office and on Asia assignments.

    Cons

    None that I can think of off the bat. None that stand out as particularly egregious.

  8. Good experience

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at A.T. Kearney

    Pros

    Salary, company culture, international opporunities

    Cons

    work life balance, travel, stress

  9. Overall wonderful experience - long-lasting impact on my life

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at A.T. Kearney

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    great culture, made some lifetime friends
    good salary

    Cons

    long hours
    work-life balance, skewed towards work

    Advice to Management

    increase the prestige of firm to good old days in 1990s

  10. Helpful (1)

    Associate

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at A.T. Kearney full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Firm aspires to grow, but can't get out of its own way; extremely shortsighted (pennywise, dollar-foolish)

    Cons

    Sink or swim culture without feedback or clear goals
    Terrible bonus compensation; ineligible for bonus your first full working year post-MBA, and based on your ranking following those years, may receive no bonus at all
    Project leadership could care less about employees; selling work = the only goal of the firm

    Advice to Management

    Take a page out of competitors' books; treat your employees as valuable assets rather than dispensable cogs in a wheel; this isn't the Great Depression, employees have plenty of options for rewarding employment opportunities

  11. Collaborative Company

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at A.T. Kearney

    Pros

    Great Industry Expertise
    Collaborative
    Well-Respected in the Industry

    Cons

    Work life balance is a challenge
    Constant Travel

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