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A.T. Kearney Reviews

Updated September 18, 2017
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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (8)

    "Rewarding and engaging"

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

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

    Pros

    - Your ideas are important, regardless of your level/tenure
    - Project teams run relatively flat, partners feel like coworkers rather than unreachable senior figures
    - It is entrepreneurial, people who don't agree are likely to expect/feel entitled to opportunities without putting in effort

    Cons

    - It is a travel job, so if you don't want to travel not the best career track
    - Some time intensive processes around project evaluations, but currently being remedied
    - Still haven't perfected knowledge management, knowledge sharing, or SMEs accountability; ability to get valuable info/tools still primarily based on relationships

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are doing, and recruit away partners from competitors that want to be part of something different


  2. "Associate"

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    Current Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Smartest people you will ever work with and for

    Cons

    Work life balance could be better

    Advice to Management

    As a consulting firm, A.T. Kearney is doing it right

  3. "Engagement Manager"

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    Current Employee - Engagement Manager in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Engagement Manager in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good projects, good people, good clients

    Cons

    Consistent across consulting - long hours, high stress, lots of travel

    Advice to Management

    Profitability is about 70% sales, 30% operations. Apply focus on firm improvement in that proportion


  4. "Business Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at A.T. Kearney full-time

    Pros

    Great culture and learning environment

    Cons

    Work life balance, underpaid compared to other industry players


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Associate"

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    Former Employee - Associate in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Associate in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Some interesting projects and relationships. Good learning experience.

    Cons

    Sexist leadership that has now moved to McKinsey. Horrible place for mothers and women. Clear discrimination. Untrustworthy HR. Disgruntled and intellectually insecure employees.

    Advice to Management

    Clean up your leadership and HR. Build stronger employees.


  6. Helpful (5)

    "Associate"

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    Former Employee - Director in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Director in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at A.T. Kearney full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Associates and below and 50% of managers a are generally easy going and collaborative

    Some principals and partners get that maintaining the steady state (high sourcing focus) will lead to ATK being acquired / bleeding capital

    Brand doesn't hurt you, just won't open any doors..

    Those that state a con is the work life balance have not worked for another consulting co. with a travel model. It is a fact of life so get used to it, or exit...

    Cons

    Major themes I encountered while at ATK and themes that other reviewers have also voiced…

    -Limited brand - too sourcing heavy – too many partners content maintaining course (sourcing projects)

    -Partners become territorial over accounts, stifles innovation and cross pollination across functions and industry groups

    -Upward feedback does not offer the anonymity when project teams are small so there is fear of retaliation

     -Most managers and principals lack people development skills and are more project managers than leaders

    -Company unwilling to commit capital to branch effectively into new areas, e.g. SF office and attempt to get into tech was a complete failure with majority of partners recruited departing

    Co and it's people claim to be entrepreneurial (recommend them to join a tech co), they use linear thinking / box thinking to a fault

    ATK is poor at implementing best practices, templates and processes and often waste time churning for partners whims that add no value

    Too often associates are treated like data jockeys, analysts like low level data entry employees

    Horrible system to capture and locate IC / knowledge, they talk about changing but never do

    If you aren't in with a click finding consistent projects is an uphill battle.

    You have to push for good projects and good teams or else you're could be fitted in with the low end of managers and principals to work for

    Promotions based more on partner network and support and not consistent with whether the person can lead people (not just a project).

    Too sourcing focused, too many partners not willing to re-invent themselves and enter into new next gen areas.

    Reliance on sourcing revenue a huge concern, EY and others pricing models are far lower and eating ATK's lunch

    Advice to Management

    Sourcing isn't strategic, you can't make it sound sexy by putting strategic next to every project

    Divest sourcing component (PAS), rebrand and commit fully (in both capital and resources) to next gen consulting services.

    Sourcing will be the end of ATK if it is allowed to cont to play such a prominent role. AI and other tech will disrupt ATKs model and is starting to...

    Promote managers that are not just good a leading a project but also understand leadership and what leading a team means.

    Hire more analysts (true backbone) and reduce associate pool so associates and managers can lead projects vice being overly data focused throughout most projects.

    Change the current partner - account model, allow partners to cross into accounts freely and share revenues, those that don't see to an assigned client get booted after 2 - 3 years...

    Wake up and re-invent yourself, if you are entrepreneurial as you claim then show it....


  7. "ATK"

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

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

    Pros

    Collaborative, People-oriented, entrepreneurial work culture

    Cons

    Branding and recognition, Presence in practices

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Ok Place if your "In""

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    Current Employee - Associate
    Current Employee - Associate
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    If your able to develop a good support system and steady flow of projects, it's a decent place to be. Work can be interesting there, and you can learn a lot.

    Cons

    HR is not good at communicating, you constantly feel like your re-inventing the wheel as they do not have good research tools or solid templates. You must dig and find everything to help you. Work is also pretty slow there now.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in organizing the research and IC tools, and in good solid benchmarks that can be used. Also, do better at HR communications.


  9. "Associate"

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    Current Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    - Highly strategic, highly visible projects

    Cons

    - High project variability depending on practice/industry alignment


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Senior Business Analyst"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Smart, humble people. Super quirky. Interesting projects.

    Cons

    Poor upward management infrastructure. Poor communication by leadership.


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