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A.T. Kearney Reviews

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

  • Long hours but no different to other consulting firms (in 89 reviews)

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  1. "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


  2. "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.


  3. "Collaborative culture, tough to balance work and personal priorities"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Smart, down to earth people
    Collaborative environment
    Dynamic project opportunities working for top executives

    Cons

    Long hours
    Small firm competing with larger firms means our resources are stretched

    A.T. Kearney Response

    23 Jan 2018 – Global Head of Communications

    Congratulations on your more than three years at the firm. And thank you for sharing your experience - our people and collaborative culture are what make A.T. Kearney special.


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  5. 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.


  6. 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


  7. Helpful (3)

    "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.


  8. 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


  9. 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


  10. Helpful (1)

    "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


  11. 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.


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