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A.T. Kearney Reviews

Updated 19 March 2019
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Pros
  • "Firm (trying to) focus on work-life balance" (in 56 reviews)

  • "Great people and exposure to awesome engagements" (in 55 reviews)

Cons
  • "Work life balance can be strained depending on type of project" (in 125 reviews)

  • "We sometimes have to work long hours" (in 101 reviews)

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  1. "Excellent, supportive and people oriented office"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate in London, England
    Current Employee - Associate in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fellow AT Kearney colleagues are the best thing about working here. Couldn't not find a more supportive, collaborative and fun group!
    Excellent c-suite exposure

    Cons

    Can be long hours and not the most transparent staffing model for associates

    A.T. Kearney Response

    12 Oct 2018 – Global Head of Communications

    We are proud of our unique culture and are delighted to hear that it is thriving in the London office. Staff do work long hours, but please remember to take advantage of Work Smart charters to... More


  2. "Great projects, people, and learning opportunities"

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    Current Employee - Business Analyst in London, England
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Not just procurement, actually a well rounded consulting firm
    - Generous expense policy
    - Down to earth and talented people
    - Regional staffing model reduces traveling hours
    - Well respected name within the industry

    Cons

    - No sign on bonus!
    - Compensation at BA and SBA levels are a little lower than MBB, only levels out for Associates
    - The work life balance is industry standard
    - Over represented by graduates from Oxford and LBS. There are other top schools in the UK
    - Lacks on the marketing side when it comes to graduate recruitment, but strong at MBA level

    Advice to Management

    - BA and SBA salaries in the UK need to be calibrated to MBB levels or you're positioning yourself to graduates as a tier below MBB, OW

  3. "What went well - even better if"

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    Former Employee - Principal in London, England
    Former Employee - Principal in London, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at A.T. Kearney full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    - Smart and down to earth colleagues in most offices
    - Great operations expertise

    Cons

    - Could invest more in people growth (proper training, global mobility, secondments, staff to consultants preferences from time to time, etc.)

    - Promote based on merit and potential

    - Could have a consistent culture across offices

    Advice to Management

    - Leverage strengths, stop pretending A.T. Kearney competes head-to-head with McK. Know abilities / differentiation and take advantage of that.

    - Make global mobility opportunities work. Support consultants after transferring.

    - Treat all offices as equal in good and bad times.

    - Stop non-sense competition across offices in Europe, i.e., UK and Germany cannot work together. Have incentives to collaborate as oppose to compete.


  4. Helpful (9)

    "Procurement consultancy trying to be something its not"

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    Former Employee - Associate in London, England
    Former Employee - Associate in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Junior Associate to Junior Managers are good, talented people. Probably just missed MBB and so are smart. Plenty to learn. Internal training seemed pretty good.

    Cons

    Principle and Partners are DREADFUL. Many long in the tooth, hangers on who are in reality super managers not principles or partners as you would see at other firms. They are all basically procurement specialists (you'll be handed a copy of The CPO at some stage for sure). Many lack personality and there is very little in the way of leadership qualities including the integrity to make tough calls or take the time to develop people.

    Diversity means just getting more women into the firm not actually getting talent from other spheres in. I came from a non traditional background and one of the principles asked for me to be removed from a project because apparently I had nothing to offer. By this she meant I hadn't worked in...you guessed it...procurement before.

    Advice to Management

    Lose the dead wood at Partner and Principle. Try 360 reporting which would allow you to be able to listen to your juniors about the terrible ones that you have and then get rid.

    Stop calling something strategic procurement, its a procurement project and you're putting the word strategy in to make yourself feel better about it. You don't really do strategy if you are being honest with yourself.


  5. Helpful (6)

    "Sell but do no deliver"

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    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in London, England
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Strong brand name in IT sourcing. Learn a lot because managers are not well versed in how to interact with clients and analyse spend cubes

    Cons

    Lack of support, sink or swim

    Advice to Management

    Better embedding of associates and less experienced resources

    A.T. Kearney Response

    12 Oct 2018 – Global Head of Communications

    Thank you for your review. Our managing partner, Alex Liu, believes in the apprenticeship model of consulting. He is actively working with firm leadership to expand and improve programs that enable... More


  6. "Great firm with some scale issues"

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    Former Employee - Head of EMEA Marketing in London, England
    Former Employee - Head of EMEA Marketing in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Highest standards, great clients, fast-paced, intellect expertise and motivation of peers, active well-delivered diversity agenda with a positive cultural impact, strong growth in key regions and practices.

    Cons

    Firm is finding its way strategically, balancing traditional practices with growth driving offers, so some strategic uncertainty. Sub-scale versus major competitors, which impacts investment in growth and people. Yet to carve out a strong unique proposition at firm level. Growth can be patchy across regions and practices, as can cultures.

    Advice to Management

    New global leadership team need to carve out and deliver a unique strategic proposition for A.T. Kearney, to avoid becoming stranded "in the middle", between global heavyweights and more nimble innovators


  7. "ok"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    collaborative working environment and culture

    Cons

    unclear strategy in terms of focus

  8. "Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in London, England
    Current Employee - Manager in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Friendly environment, great variety of industries and topics to work on.

    Cons

    Slow career progression, lower salaries vs. peers.


  9. "Good strategy consultancy"

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    Former Employee - Consultant in London, England
    Former Employee - Consultant in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Bright colleagues but more personable than at McK. Global company with a good reputation (Solid tier 2 firm), High variety of work, Work with intellectually stimulating colleagues. I'm referring to consulting jobs. Not as rigid an up or out culture as at other firm.

    Cons

    Long hours which is okay when your young but gets increasingly hard when you get older. Coming out the office at 10pm on a fairly common basis is not fun, especially as the intensity is high - when you see guys leaving restaurants from hedge funds earning multiples of what you earn. The promotions can be slower than at McK / BCG.

    Advice to Management

    Give people a few days off when on a particularly intense project. Build up the quantitative and asset based skills fast as this is where the consulting industry is going.


  10. "Great"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Mentorship, friendly, collaborative, down to earth,

    Cons

    Smaller, not many PhDs employed