A.T. Kearney Reviews

Updated August 25, 2015
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A.T. Kearney Managing Partner and Chairman Johan Aurik
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Pros
  • Working better on work-life balance (in 17 reviews)

  • Great people especially at manager level and below (in 17 reviews)

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

  • Travelling and long hours depending on projects (in 36 reviews)

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  1. Great Opportunities

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    -Get to work among some of the brightest minds and experience different industries and problems on a daily basis. Never get bored on the job. There has been a recent push for more work life balance. Firm is growing like crazy

    Cons

    -Need more training and a better mentor program for new hires. Better onboarding process and revamp orientation training to make it more focused on actual client work. Training should not be done over webinar


  2. Helpful (2)

    intellectually stimulating and exhausting

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Manager in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    a.t. kearney provides in intellectually challenging work environment. colleagues will consistently test your thought process to ensure you've exhausted all avenues when thinking a problem through. this creates a forum for thought-provoking conversations which, more often than not, leads to provocative ideas and project breakthroughs.

    Cons

    at the time of my departure, leadership had recently transitioned and was looking to shift the direction of the firm in a major way. though it seems as if they may have righted the ship, the rollout of the new vision was very clunky fraught with misinformation and miscommunication. this caused a lot of confusion within the ranks and an exodus of a lot of good people, as well as unfair treatment of junior consulting staff. a very grueling and exhausting schedule. 3.5 years into it and i was physically and mentally spent mostly due to the long hours and travel. while this is typical of any top tier management consulting firm, it doesn't make it any less difficult. given the sweet spot that a.t. kearney has deep domain knowledge in - operations - the diversity of project work can be limited. if not careful, an individual can be pigeoned holed very early on, making it difficult to gain exposure to different areas.

    Advice to Management

    keep lines of communication open with consultants and ensure expectations are aligned across the organization. find more creative ways to improve the rigorous travel schedule. the goal of management consulting is to find innovative solutions or clients, however the consulting model itself has had very little innovation over the last 40+ years. being a pioneer in this area will help turnover and attract top talent.


  3. Manager

    Current Employee - Manager
    Current Employee - Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Not much to say here

    Cons

    This year the Vault Survey will not accurately reflect A.T. Kearney. The firm did not distribute the survey link to consultants in the Normal 2 or Slow Progression Tracks. The firm has 5 tracks - Fast Track 1, Fast Track 2, Normal 1, Normal 2 and Slow. While it cannot be proven, this has been determined to be a theme across at least 20 consultants from different offices and position levels. This seems ethically wrong and says volumes about the firm.

    Advice to Management

    Be more transparent and honest about yourselves. Understand that there are a still a lot of negatives that need to be corrected.


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  5. Firm on the rise!

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Principal in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Principal in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Growth prospect is brightening and stability is not in doubt anymore. Strong Culture is not a cliche here. It really defines the firm Opportunity to create your own career path of choice

    Cons

    Still needs to diversify the portfolio, grow beyond CPG /Retail Partners need to step up their general engagement with the junior consultants Attrition in the middle level is stressing out some consultants / projects

    Advice to Management

    The firm is losing quite a bit of mid-career talent. Need to fix this. Image in top b-schools and market in general could be improved. The firm is lot better than what students and some clients think.


  6. Management support staff

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Downtown office. Pleasant, spacious, modern office with great views and alternative available seating. Free snacks and drinks. Happy hour Friday.

    Cons

    Way understaffed; impossible to meet work demands within a regular work day. Many frequently work double shift without extra pay.

    Advice to Management

    Hire more support staff where it's needed and give better bonuses.


  7. Very Impressive and Exciting Company!

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I am very impressed by the structured, efficient behavior the company brings to each and every one of its engagements. The salary is great. People are friendly and humble. The projects are engaging and strategically important to our clients.

    Cons

    As with most consulting firms you have to put in long hours to work here. There are not a lot of opportunities to take vacation or breaks. Maintaining work/life balance is a difficult challenge.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to grow the company, but be cognizant of the challenges of rapid growth. We do not want to grow too fast. We must be careful to only accept projects that are value adds to our clients.


  8. Updated Review

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    Current Employee - Business Analyst
    Current Employee - Business Analyst
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Interesting projects, expanded to a variety of industries, and overall friendly culture

    Cons

    improve name recognition in the industry - that's the biggest con I have about the firm

    Advice to Management

    facilitate communication between upper management and entry-level analysts


  9. Business Analyst

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Culture is very team oriented. Some of the most intelligent people you will find in the market

    Cons

    Still has the mentality of being behind Mckinsey or BCG. Needs to do a better job in promoting the firms prestige


  10. Okay.

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    They were nice. That's it.

    Cons

    No down side. That's it.

    Advice to Management

    Nothing to say.


  11. Good for career path

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Consultant in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Consultant in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    the company is good for having career path with understanding of consulting industry. KM is well structured

    Cons

    Consultant oriented culture. BCG and Mckinsey are more focusing on research



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