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A.T. Kearney Reviews

Updated January 16, 2018
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  • Work-life balance could be better, however life outside work is highly valued (in 110 reviews)

  • Long hours, normal for consulting (in 87 reviews)

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  1. "Great international company with limitless capabilities"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great amount of resources and opportunities to learn at one of the biggest consulting firms in the world. Opportunities for advancement for the most entrepreneurial and over-achiever. Inclusive culture

    Cons

    Work-life balance could be better, however life outside work is highly valued.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Manager"

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    Current Employee - Manager in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Manager in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Best people, interesting work, steep learning curve.

    Cons

    Travel is sometimes hard to manage

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing the great work

    A.T. Kearney Response

    Dec 1, 2017 – Global Head of Alumni Engagement

    Thank you for taking the time to write this review. Congratulations on passing the 5-year anniversary milestone.

  3. "Full Time Management Services Employee"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits, Profit Sharing, 401k, Work Life Balance, Gym, Cell....Lots of perks

    Cons

    The base pay is below market

    Advice to Management

    Provide additional opportunities to Management Services employees for development and training

    A.T. Kearney Response

    Jan 4, 2018 – Global Head of Communications

    We appreciate your review. As you noted, we are committed to providing excellent benefits to our employees - including competitive compensation. We are always open to training suggestions, please... More


  4. "Associate"

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    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

    Smart people, incredible benefits, great opportunities

    Cons

    Pay is not competitive once you have been with the firm for +2 year

    A.T. Kearney Response

    Dec 1, 2017 – Global Head of Alumni Engagement

    Our people are our greatest assets. We appreciate your review and feedback. We are continuously reviewing our compensation offerings in order to recruit and retain the best talent.


  5. "Great"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Very much people and team oriented

    Cons

    small size limits exposure to all industries

    A.T. Kearney Response

    Dec 1, 2017 – Global Head of Alumni Engagement

    Glad you enjoyed our collaborative culture. Your feedback is fair - we are smaller, yet we continue to diversify our impact.


  6. "Great place to work!"

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    Current Employee - Senior Marketing Coordinator in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Marketing Coordinator in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Teams are very friendly and welcoming, great snack bar and beer fridge in the office, office is pretty casual, really really smart people working here, met my salary expectations without having to counter when hired, recruiters were extremely responsive

    Cons

    I dont have any

    Advice to Management

    Keep investing in new Technology for internal systems

    A.T. Kearney Response

    Dec 1, 2017 – Global Head of Alumni Engagement

    Thank you for the review. Office culture is important to us and we are glad to know that you enjoy the kitchen amenities.


  7. "Great experience"

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    Former Employee - Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at A.T. Kearney full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    A.T. Kearney has bright people with a strong work ethic

    Cons

    Work-life balance can be hard depending on the project or partner.

    A.T. Kearney Response

    Dec 1, 2017 – Global Head of Alumni Engagement

    Thank you for your review. We value your feedback and acknowledge that projects can be intense. We look for ways to offer our employees time to re-charge during and between engagements (i.e... More

  8. Helpful (11)

    "Interesting work if you are staffed otherwise you'll be burning the midnight oil on endless proposals"

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    Former Employee - Senior Associate in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Bright and ambitious colleagues
    -Great firm to develop your skills
    -Good variety of practices/specialty areas (i.e. PE)
    -Excellent mentorship program
    -Global staffing model if you want to go to UAE, Australia, etc.

    Cons

    -Newly introduced aggressive Up or Out model pushes out those who are not staffed on the right projects or have a partner who would throw them a utilization bone
    -Corrupt Utilization tracking system: Does not track actual hours worked (40 hours max, which NOBODY at this firm works 40 hours) and some partners give billing codes to select favored consultants so they are "blocked" from staffing and really sit idle while you hustle on proposals that do not have any positive utilization impact
    -High burn proposal work (most of the time it's a shot in the dark so your efforts will go un-noticed for the most part)
    -Limited firm expertise/growth areas
    -Many leaving the firm in droves due to frustration/leadership
    -Promotions really are luck of the draw and as someone else said, could be a sign of sexist leadership...
    -Mandatory firm building/recruiting/IC creation/etc at the expense of your work/life balance
    -Staffing doesn't really look out to match opportunities to best suited consultants
    -Bonus is discretionary so don't believe HR when they tell you a minimum range

    Advice to Management

    Let's face it, Vision 2020 isn't going to happen... The culture has changed and the high performers have left. Time to go back to the drawing board to stabilize and slow the bleeding.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Good work culture"

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    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    good work culture and opportunities

    Cons

    management employees salaries are low compared to market


  10. Helpful (8)

    "Principal"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at A.T. Kearney full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    You learn a lot and it changes you as a person but it comes at a big expense of personal life. Lot of people say that ATK dose too much of procurement but still you will learn a lot about the category that you are sourcing so you will always be learning. Also if you are aligned to an account, you will likely progress very fast as you will have good utilization and a network of Partners

    Cons

    It is a show off culture where working until 2am is expected and appreciated. Consultants will hold on to sending emails after midnight to show their Partners that they were working late even though deliverables may have been ready earlier in the day.

    I understand that there will be projects that will be high burn but you just do not have to make every project very stressful - particularly by having endless reviews of the decks. Most of the Partners and Principals are always frustrated and will take it out on you. Worst is taking out on your right after a workshop when you were working 20 hours a day to prepare.

    There is absolutely no concept of work life balance. So if you are young, join the firm otherwise don't even think about it.

    On top of all this firm messed up their bonus structure in 2014 leading to loosing its best consultants to McK, BCG, Accenture and EY.

    Advice to Management

    Don't try to be McK or BCG or potray internally that others such as BCG are struggling. $700 - $800 M is a good spot for ATK and try to be efficient in that and care about your employees - these are your only assets!!!


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