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Kearney Reviews

Updated Jan 14, 2020

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4.1
87%
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96%
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Kearney Managing Partner and Chairman Alex Liu
Alex Liu
85 Ratings
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  • "Work life balance can be strained depending on type of project(in 141 reviews)

  • "Long hours depending on the project(in 119 reviews)

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  1. "Great firm to work and kick start your career in consulting"

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    Current Employee - Analytics Associate in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Kearney full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    - Great opportunity to work with upper management clients - Varied set of projects to work on - Learn from talented and experienced team members

    Cons

    - Poor Work life balance - Team culture highly driven by partners and senior folks - Lack of vision for growth

    Advice to Management

    It would be great if resources are guided and invested for long term growth

    Kearney2019-12-04
  2. "Great place to work with smart, fun coworkers and entrepreneurial culture"

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    Former Employee - Community Service Leader in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Kearney full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great culture, entrepreneurial, very smart and down-to-earth co-workers, interesting projects (if you can avoid typical sourcing/procurement projects), ability to work abroad and/or transfer offices

    Cons

    Too much focus on sourcing / procuring, limited ability to work on projects of interest, can get "held" on an account for long periods of time

    Kearney2020-01-14
  3. "Consultant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Kearney full-time

    Pros

    Exposure to astonishing projects. Grants fast learning curve

    Cons

    Projects sometimes are highly demanding in terms of project coverage

    Kearney2019-11-04
  4. Helpful (1)

    "Poor Leadership"

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    Current Employee - Consultant 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Kearney full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Smart people Hard workers Ambitious Care about client

    Cons

    Horrible leadership. No development of managers other than how to be a good consultant, no development of leadership and management skills Not a good place for experienced hires that don’t have an MBA, will always start you at an analyst level, regardless of experience Not friendly to veterans

    Advice to Management

    Develops leadership in your managers and partners.

    Kearney2019-12-02
  5. "Great culture, good stretch opportunities, challenging roles"

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    Current Employee - Manager 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Kearney full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Highly collaborative (with client & internally); great opportunities to build your skill sets, engaged management, many options to chart your own path, engage with senior leaders, & leverage entrepreneurial spirit

    Cons

    Like other management consultancies, often long hours & travel can wear on you

    Advice to Management

    Continue ongoing efforts & giving juniors frequent avenues to share feedback up

    Kearney2019-10-22
  6. Helpful (1)

    "Consultant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Kearney full-time

    Pros

    Opportunity to work alongside some very intelligent consultants from a variety of professional backgrounds. Exposure to C-suite level type of work within Fortune 500 companies. Decent project diversity.

    Cons

    -Huge disregard for work life balance, despite numerous claims by executive leadership of improvement efforts. -Lack of gender and racial diversity at the Manager level and up, especially in the Public Sector and Defense Services practice. -Toxic culture and widespread gossip/politics. People are rewarded for producing useless PowerPoint slides and sacrificing their very little personal time for work while appeasing senior managers over actually producing quality work. -Very little support for career development and advancement: they pair you with a mentor as soon as you’re hired for purposes of “support and progression”. This is quite useless since most of the time your mentor is traveling weekly and is swamped with work, making time for conversation maybe once a month if you’re lucky. Rarely will you find a mentor that will help you get staffed on a project or involved in an industry of your interest. - Overall lack of organization on some projects. Some recently promoted managers have no idea how to properly manage a team or scope out work, resulting in unnecessary stress for the engagement team as well as ridiculous amounts of hours wasted doing useless/redundant work.

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    Advice to Management

    Invest the same amount of energy and rigor you put into pleasing clients and winning contracts into showing appreciation towards your junior level consultants and improving morale. Ensure those promoted actually possess the required leadership skill set. Restructure your promotion system where people are rewarded for quality work over sending 2 AM emails with useless slides that aren’t even used in client decks. Provide real support and development to consultants.

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    Kearney2019-11-24
  7. "Manager"

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

    I have been working at Kearney full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Get to work on projects that are very pertinent to the C-level suite of fortune 500 companies

    Cons

    Very long, stressful hours (but that is generally the case in management consulting)

    Advice to Management

    Never stop looking for ways to instill joy in the firms culture!

    Kearney2019-10-25
  8. "Amazing company"

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

    I have been working at Kearney full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    great culture and people! very fun and challenging

    Cons

    work-life balance is not ideal

    Kearney2019-10-03
  9. "Good Opportunities, Long Hours"

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    Current Employee - Busineess Analyst 

    I have been working at Kearney full-time

    Pros

    Incredibly smart people, superb management

    Cons

    Long hours, occasionally dreary, uninteresting projects

    Kearney2019-10-02
  10. "Excellent place to work"

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    Former Employee - Consultant in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Kearney full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great people, lots to learn from

    Cons

    Work & life balance management

    Kearney2019-09-27
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