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A.T. Kearney Reviews

Updated 12 October 2017
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  • work life balance in consulting in general (in 107 reviews)

  • Fully dedicated to the job, too long hours sometimes but it's life (in 81 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Associate"

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

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

    Pros

    Truly integrated global firm
    Collaborative culture
    Leadership opportunities
    Great compensation
    Up or out system
    Highly talented colleagues

    Cons

    Long hours but no different to other consulting firms
    Work life balance could be better but they are working on this


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Great people but it has lost its way..."

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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

    Pros

    The team members (Manager level and below) are talented, committed and great fun.

    Cons

    The leadership is, well, lacking and as a result ATK has lost any strategic direction or a sense of its competitive position in the market.


  3. Helpful (2)

    "Positive spirit & momentum"

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

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

    Pros

    Strong commitment to clients - collaboration and pragmatism are taken seriously.
    Friendly supportive culture in London, with lots of international teaming.
    Entrepreneurial, minimal procedural overhead/rules.
    Active strategic agenda on innovation, growth.

    Cons

    Alumni programme not strong enough.
    Up or out is less clear, improving in London and some other locations.

    Advice to Management

    Communicate more clearly on priorities and be authentic about the challenges and opportunities of consulting in the 21st century.
    Enforce up or out/grow or go within the most senior ranks.


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  5. Helpful (3)

    "Strong office culture"

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    Current Employee - Principal in London, England
    Current Employee - Principal in London, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at A.T. Kearney full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Deep expertise very apparent to clients, high credibility
    Unbureaucratic, gives more freedom to try things most times
    Promotion times shortening now in London (WIP)
    Very friendly culture, good place to learn

    Cons

    Too many old-timers lack confidence, believe every other firm is better (why not apply?)
    Training needs more priority still

    Advice to Management

    Implement up/out career management for partner and principals


  6. Helpful (13)

    "Vision 2020? This Firm May Not Survive Till 2018..."

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

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

    Pros

    The incredible loyalty of the Partners and Principals who are still here...

    Cons

    We've just lost almost our entire Retail practice to McKinsey, Accenture...
    Many Partners are openly talking about interviews with BCG, Bain, McKinsey, Accenture, and Deloitte
    The leadership is still blindly following the 20/20 plan.. which can be summarized as: Let's try to be McKinsey...(News flash, that train has long left the station)

    Advice to Management

    Fire the Managing Partner and Americas Leadership Team immediately
    Remove the Sr Partner deadwood that's part of every administrative structure of the firm (you know who they are...)
    Revoke PVP and go back to the flat Partner structure
    Try to win back our top Partner / Principal performers with hiring / retention bonuses
    Return to our Ops heritage and immediately trim our portfolio of sub-scale businesses


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    "Working at ATK"

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    Current Employee - Manager in London, England
    Current Employee - Manager in London, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible lifestyle, variety of projects and teams themselves

    Cons

    Lack of a pyramid puts huge stretch on manager level; huge variety of styles in the office

    Advice to Management

    Capitalise on the energy from younger consultants


  8. Helpful (2)

    "Good people to Associate. Lacks Leaders."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at A.T. Kearney full-time

    Pros

    Many of the more junior (BA, SBA, Associate) were excellent; talented, keen and pro active. Work (like all good Management Consultancies) is interesting, challenging and requires quick learning. Good internal development programme with lots of opportunities (particularly in Europe)

    Cons

    Beyond Associate there is a problem. People are promoted solely on their ability to deliver not potential to manage. In addition the office is cliquey; if you are in you are well looked after and if not then you will be quickly sidelined. No genuine upward feedback that would help to highlight development areas from below for those desperate to climb the promotion ladder.

    The brand is not what the staff like to think it is. Much of the work is in Procurement only with the word Strategy shoe horned somewhere in the title to make people feel as though they are doing strategic work.

    Difficult to work in other offices unless the firm wants you to.

    Pay in other consulting firms (particularly bonus) is much much better. This causes them to lose talented individuals to other firms and erodes their pool of talent for promotion to Manager and beyond.

    Advice to Management

    Get some genuine 360 feedback on Managers and above. And then listen to it even if it isn't what you want to hear.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Mid-Tier Consultancy"

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    Current Employee - Analytics Associate in London, England
    Current Employee - Analytics Associate in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Collaborative approach in working with the clients.

    Cons

    should expand into other areas than Operations

    Advice to Management

    Focus on innovation rather than replicating the same frameworks


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Associate - Project Manager"

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

    I worked at A.T. Kearney full-time

    Pros

    - Friendly culture, specially if you start at Associate or BA level, you will meet like minded people who might be your friends for life (The only reason why I miss the place)
    - Training abroad at exotic locations, lots of opportunities and lots of fun
    - Not a real up or out, thus allows new comers to find their place at their own pace
    Recommend only for inexperienced proffessionals making a move towards consultancy

    Cons

    - London office is not growing, barely any promotion to partner or principal, as a result most people leave after a couple of years as project manager
    - Again, not a real up or out, thus senior leadership stays there forever without really delivering nor making space for new talent
    - Exit opportunities not amazing, no real programme to support people in finding their next career move

    Advice to Management

    - Soul searching, why has the London office stop growing?, if the office grows, people stays and grow


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Pros and Cons"

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

    Pros

    Good culture, smart people, strong growth agenda and the potential to develop into a leading firm. Good MBA program and fast promotion for high achievers.

    Cons

    Compensation below market, and too much of a focus on sourcing work. Need to improve the brand image, and do a better job on campus.

    Advice to Management

    Improve compensation, and help people who want to leave get a good job and improve alumni relations, these are your future clients.


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