A.T. Kearney

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A.T. Kearney Reviews

Updated January 21, 2015
Updated January 21, 2015
272 Reviews
3.8
272 Reviews
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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  

    Incredible growth trajectory through the hiring of great talent and investments on new offerings

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Americas Finance in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Americas Finance in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    - 20%+ growth in the Americas
    - Impressive hiring of new talent in particular to strengthen our PE and Hi-Tech capabilities
    - International opportunities: I have been able to work on projects in 8 countries across Europe and the Americas
    - Work-life balance: I have been able to temporary take on a Finance role when I could not travel as a consultant

    Cons

    Hours can be long in consulting....

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the great work!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    A collaborative, entrepreneurial culture in a firm that is the right size and on an incredibly exciting trajectory.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Associate in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    The size of the firm gives you degrees of freedom that larger firms can not offer. The growth path we are on is not only very exciting, but it also offers current employees additional opportunities. The A.T. Kearney people are the most down-to-earth, high caliber people you will find.

    Cons

    The firm is scaling and this, as expected, comes with some growing pains - leadership is addressing these.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to engage all ranks of consultants as you have been. Maintain our unique culture, even with growth. Continue to expand work flexibility programs.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Company!

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    Current Employee - Manager in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Manager in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    We deliver high-impact, quality work to our clients

    Cons

    Need to allow for more flexibility to meet personal needs

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Enhance how we develop and share new ideas and solutions across the firm

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Genuine culture, ambitious teams, brilliant people, collaborative environment, trustworthy and hands-on leadership

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Marketing in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Marketing in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    I've never worked in a firm with so many opportunities to play a direct role in the success of the firm. Because the hiring process is so rigorous, you come in with a high level of trust and confidence already earned. It's true you create your own path and that path is generally not filled with roadblocks. The camaraderie between co-workers is productive, respectful, and supportive. I have worked in many firms both big and small.

    This is the best and most rewarding work I've done and environment in which I've worked, hands down. Because I work in marketing, I don't put in consultant's hours, however, I do work quite a bit. However, I'm a single parent, and having the flexibility to work from home is a huge benefit. I also see direct benefit from the work I produce, so the reward is worth the investment of my time.

    Cons

    Unless you are bringing in business, lone wolves probably wouldn't do well here. And because teams are so collaborative, it also makes under-performers (people that go head-down and don't work as a team, do-ers rather than thinkers) vulnerable to being replaced.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Company

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at A.T. Kearney

    Pros

    - strong deal flow
    - helpful colleagues
    - great culture

    Cons

    working hours are a little long

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Work hard, build lasting relationships, and access amazing opportunities while doing impactful work

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    Former Employee - Associate in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Associate in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    A.T. Kearney is growing quickly. Consultants have numerous opportunities to grow and take leadership roles on projects and within practices and internal firm building functions. Individuals and teams typically work very hard, but hard work is recognized with a merit-based bonus structure, profit sharing, trips, extra time off, etc.

    Cons

    Partners run the gamut in terms of management styles and some try to make up for their deficiencies by pushing their teams beyond what might be considered reasonable. Most teams/projects have checks and balances in place, but there are some senior leaders who seem to be immune to these and will run their teams hard.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus more on developing partners and principals people management skills. Don't be afraid to let partners/principals/managers go who continually go against work-life balance initiatives and who create work environments that result in A.T. Kearney losing some of it's best young talent.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great opportunity for high performers

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    Current Employee - Principal
    Current Employee - Principal

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

    Pros

    Great place to work. Growing ...provides significant promotion opportunity and interesting project work. Growth plan is thoughtful. Culture is superb.

    Cons

    Will travel much and work very hard ...it's worth the effort. Not a place for weak performers.

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

    High growth firm

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    Current Employee - Associate in Detroit, MI
    Current Employee - Associate in Detroit, MI

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

    Pros

    Challenging and diverse work, collaborative people

    Cons

    Significant growth means a significant workload while hiring is ramped up accordingly

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to ramp up hiring of high quality candidates to maintain a sustainable work-life balance during above industry growth

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great culture, excellent growth

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Principal in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Principal in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Smart people, collaborative culture, high impact

    Cons

    Not a 9-to-5 job, demands high degree of commitment

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Down to earth, but culture is suffering

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I have been working at A.T. Kearney

    Pros

    Great opportunities to learn consulting skills (especially if interested in operations and procurement), and explore a variety of industries. People are genuinely down-to-earth and collaborative (if you find the right network). A lot of responsibilities and opportunities are given to junior consultants to craft their own paths, and the firm still feels small enough that one has unfettered access to the partners leading practices, board members etc. Great strides made on diversity front.

    Cons

    Horrible work life balance. The firm has been focusing on growth at any cost - projects are being sold at a furious pace, utilization of consultants below partner level is extremely high compared to industry and demands placed on consultants are destroying the culture A.T. Kearney was known for. Weekend work, work over vacation, 18 hour days seem to no longer be an exception, which results in a lot of manager/associate talent leaving, in the same time that the firm is furiously hiring partners/principals.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I guess one way to ensure ATK is not acquired by the big 4 is to make the firm undesirable to work for, but that's not the point really, is it?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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