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A.T. Kearney San Francisco Reviews

Updated September 25, 2017
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  1. "Good experience"

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    Current Employee - Associate in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Associate in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Interesting work. Supportive college. Growth opportunity

    Cons

    Some projects might land you in very random locatoins


  2. Helpful (6)

    "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.

  3. 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.


  4. 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....


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Manager"

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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

    Amazing working culture with great people

    Cons

    Analytics focus in the US

    Advice to Management

    Look at your colleagues in Asia and Europe. They are working on more strategic topics


  6. "fun, tough, and exciting"

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    Former Employee - Senior Business Analyst in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Business Analyst in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Firm has being growing at an impressive rate, taking a lot of market share from other top consultancies. with that is coming a good boost to corporate image and a movement for better work/life balance

    Cons

    Nothing you wouldn't expect at a top consultancy


  7. Helpful (1)

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

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    Current Employee - Associate in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Associate in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

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

  8. Helpful (3)

    "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
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Great culture, excellent growth"

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    Current Employee - Principal in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Principal in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Solid legacy and going in the right direction"

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    Current Employee - Principal in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Principal in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at A.T. Kearney full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Opportunities to work on interesting projects - very quick access to senior clients
    Flat management structure and inclusive attitude - people are valued at each level
    Great opportunities for international exposure and work
    Fantastic programs for work-life balance - part time options, great leave of absence options, opportunities for projects with flexible travel

    Cons

    Work-life balance can be tough - for any consulting firm, but the firm offers options

    Advice to Management

    Doing things well - do even more to encourage global collaboration


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