Culture and Values
Create your own path. Consider the unexpected. Shape your future with us.
At A.T. Kearney we celebrate the unexpected—from dreams of playing in Carnegie Hall, to entering the Berlin Olympic Stadium or broadcasting live from CNBC. The rich, diverse backgrounds of our consultants have a dramatic impact on what our teams accomplish for our clients every day—a dynamic that has defined our culture for nearly 90 years.
Diversity and Inclusion
A.T. Kearney has always valued diversity and inclusion. In the words of Tom Kearney, "The true strength of this firm, as in any organization, lies in the fact that we are all different. . . . The strength inherent in this firm rests upon these collective and diverse interests. They are all we have."
Every day, we strive to add value for our clients. To do this most effectively, it is important that our people can be themselves and feel comfortable without encountering prejudice or discrimination and that they have equal opportunities to contribute, develop, and succeed irrespective of race, sexual orientation, or gender identity and expression. We also know that our clients derive greater benefit from teams with a wide range of experts with unique experiences, backgrounds, and skill sets.
Our commitment to diversity has long been recognized. In July 2008, Consulting Magazine, the primary consulting-industry publication in North America, recognized A.T. Kearney for our commitment to diversity. We were one of five firms—and one of the only high value management consultancies—to receive the magazine’s Excellence in Diversity Achievement Award. In 2009, we made our debut on the Corporate Equality Index (CEI), which rates 590 businesses based on lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender workplace policies and benefits. A.T. Kearney has scored a perfect 100 on the CEI. The index has proven to be a significant measure of a company’s commitment to developing and supporting a diverse workforce.
We continually strive to improve our diversity and inclusion policies, structures, and support networks to ensure that we fully meet the needs of our people and our clients—and help set the standard for our industry. We actively promote a diverse and inclusive culture through a variety of channels, including our diversity networks and our equal employment opportunity policy.
Global Diversity Networks
A.T. Kearney has a number of global and local diversity networks that reach out in the following ways:
- Assist in outreach efforts to make candidates aware of the company’s policies
- Provide a support network for members
- Help members take advantage of both formal and informal mentoring opportunities
- Drive professional development opportunities
- Work with leaders and all consultants to raise awareness of diversity within A.T. Kearney
- Strengthen diversity by bringing people from more diverse backgrounds to the firm
Our networks include the following:
The Women’s Network is one of the longest standing in the firm. We are committed to recruiting, and advancing and supporting women at A.T. Kearney. Our objectives are to address the following areas:
- Improve our ability to attract and recruit top women candidates at all levels. During the recruiting process, for example, women candidates have access to junior consultants and leaders providing the best information and advice to form a solid decision.
- Enhance our ability to retain and advance top women candidates:
- Strengthening networks in the local offices and our global firm
- Supporting career development, progression, and performance success
- Providing better work-life balance for our people at different stages in their personal life and careers
- Provide forums and platforms for a broad business women’s exchange, focusing on general management topics as well as industry-specific topics
- Demonstrate A.T. Kearney’s commitment as a women-friendly place to develop a career
We emphasize networking and mentoring opportunities through formal and informal channels. Local women’s networks facilitate strong relationships and exchange of experiences. Mentoring programs also help connect colleagues with different levels of experience across the extended women’s network and help drive a culture that focuses on retention and success.
We have become particularly active in promoting International Women’s Day, held on March 8th. Many of our offices around the world hold events to mark the day featuring various speakers, with opportunities to network, celebrate, and reflect on the great diversity of the women of A.T. Kearney—and the powerful impact we have on our firm’s culture as we deliver on the needs of clients, colleagues, and families.
GALA: A.T. Kearney's Network for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Employees and Allies
GALA supports the distinctive employment needs of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender
A.T. Kearney employees. The group focuses on recruiting, developing, and retaining exceptionally talented individuals. As part of the firm’s ongoing recruiting at our schools, GALA sponsors and participates in diversity events to build relationships with LGBT students in M.B.A. and B.A. degree programs. By working with firm leaders and HR on developing policies and programs, GALA also helps create and support a work environment that allows professionals to be themselves, feel appreciated in the workplace, and develop and advance professionally. John Yoshimura, partner and chief operating officer, adds, “I strongly believe in and support the LGBT workplace equality. It is, like all of our diversity networks, an important vehicle to promote awareness and inclusion, helping to ensure that we have a strong and vibrant culture that we can all be part of—and proud of.”
GALA members include consultants at all levels, in various industry and service practices as well as management services employees; in addition to LGBT employees, it also includes allies who support the network in developing an even more diverse and inclusive workplace.
Regional Diversity Networks
African American Network — Americas
The African American Network (AAN) is recognized by our members as a valuable group of colleagues who enrich and enhance each other’s professional and personal lives through mentoring, networking, and professional development. With a solid foundation in place, our members receive the support they need to succeed throughout their career through a variety of programs, including:
- Recruiting: A.T. Kearney seeks to attract outstanding, talented candidates through our multi-faceted recruiting efforts. Our MBA Boot Camp program, for example, is a forum for recruiting candidates for full-time hire. Boot Camp is a case workshop that helps prepare students for case interviews as well as provides networking opportunities with colleagues from across the firm.
- Professional development forums: Our Professional Development Forum positions consultants for success. The curriculum for these events is designed to expose network members to the firm’s leadership and address key factors for a successful career. These flagship events serve as a way for our members to stay connected and provide professional growth opportunities.
Hispanic Network — Americas
Within A.T. Kearney and the broader community, the Hispanic Network promotes an atmosphere of diversity, inclusion, and respect. We promote A.T. Kearney’s diversity mission in support of the firm’s commitment to superior client service and business performance through the following activities:
- Recruiting: In collaboration with A.T. Kearney’s recruiting team, the Hispanic Network attracts outstanding, diverse talent through on-campus recruiting and national Hispanic conferences.
- Professional development: Training events, guest speakers, and individual mentoring provide important opportunities for the network to support its members’ professional development and ongoing success.
- Teambuilding: Social gatherings foster a spirit of camaraderie among employees whose unique backgrounds and perspectives contribute to a lively, energetic firm culture.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How does A.T. Kearney differ from other consulting firms?A: Management consulting offers the opportunity to work with exceptionally smart people, across a diverse set of organizations, solving interesting and important client problems. While most leading management consultants can offer you these opportunities, A.T. Kearney does so in a uniquely collegial way. We place a high value on collaboration and work together to provide every colleague with full and ready access to the best of our firm. We enjoy working together to formulate and implement elegantly simple and durable solutions for our clients. We pride ourselves on being authentic, providing candid, honest, and creative approaches that work. And we are forward-thinking, practically applying market foresight to produce immediate results and lasting, transformational advantage for our clients.
Q: How does A.T. Kearney build its image in the market?A: A.T. Kearney has a number of initiatives to build our brand and image in the marketplace and expand our client relationships. These include publications such as Executive Agenda—our business journal, books and business issue papers, and research studies, such as the Global Retail Development IndexTM, FDI Confidence Index® and Global Cities Index, as well as events that we sponsor or facilitate, such as roundtables, industry briefings and speeches at many high-level conferences. We are also active on social media sites, such as LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter.
Q: What is the interview process?A: The interview process can vary depending on the region. However, as a general rule, there are two rounds of interviews. First round interviews consist of two sets of interviews. We will ask you to complete a short case study that allows us to assess your communication and problem-solving skills. Next we assess your overall fit, based on your experience, core competencies, and potential client impact. Final rounds typically consist of two case/fit interviews and one structured case presentation (for associates.) For the case presentation, you will be given a case and time to prepare on your own. You will then present the case as one of your interviews. All candidates participate in several one-on-one discussions with A.T. Kearney consultants at all levels. For more specific information, please visit the “Apply” section for your region of interest.
Q: If A.T. Kearney does not recruit on campus at my school, what are my options?A: We focus our campus recruiting efforts on a select list of core schools. Students at other schools can submit an application via the “Apply” section of our website.
Q: Do I need to have experience in a certain industry to be considered for an interview?A: A.T. Kearney looks for well-rounded candidates. We recruit for strong problem solving, analytical, and communication skills. We also look for leadership experience and a demonstrated history of success.
Q: What backgrounds do you typically recruit from for the Business Analyst position?A: A.T. Kearney recruits business analysts from all undergraduate backgrounds. All majors and concentrations are considered when reviewing resumes. A student who possesses a non-business graduate degree and two years of solid work experience may be considered for the senior business analyst role.
Q: What are some of the typical schools where Business Analysts enroll to earn their MBA?A: Business analysts typically enroll in top-tier business schools if they return to earn an MBA. Some schools most often attended include Anderson, Chicago Booth, Columbia, Darden, Harvard Business School, INSEAD, Ivey, Kellogg, London Business School, Sloan, Stanford, Stern, Ross, and Wharton.
Q: Do you hire people with a non-business Master's or Ph.D.? Are the recruiting process and the final offer different?A: A.T. Kearney hires Masters and PhD graduates from campus and from industry. Masters students follow the same campus hiring process as undergraduates. Students graduating with PhDs may be hired as senior BAs or associates, depending on their work experience, and they will follow the campus recruiting process of business analysts/senior business analysts or associates as appropriate. Industry hires (typically managers and above) follow a separate recruiting process.
Q: At what level would a candidate with a Masters degree in Engineering or Economics, for example, and no work experience enter the firm?A: Masters students with no work experience join the firm as business analysts.
Q:Are full-time opportunities available for undergraduates across the globe?A: Some of our offices may look for full-time associates from business schools from outside their regions. However, most of our offices meet their needs through local efforts for undergraduate candidates.
Q: What are the qualifications needed for international placement?A: Local language fluency is required to work in any of our offices across the globe. Additionally, some offices prefer fluency in two or three languages. Work experience in the region and a good understanding of the local culture and business practices are very important. Some offices may also have other specific requirements.
Q: How do I apply for international placement, and what is the interview and offer process?A: For full time positions, interviews are by invitation only. Unsolicited resumes will be sent to the office of interest for consideration. For summer recruiting, there is a separate application process for students at our core schools. Offers are extended by the international office.
Q: Can I apply to A.T. Kearney offices in more than one location? How is this process managed?A: Candidates can apply to more than one office. However, they can only interview with one region, such as North America or Asia Pacific. If multiple offices are interested in a candidate, we will ask the candidate to make a decision before the interview lists are finalized. Our recruiters and Human Resources staff remain coordinated throughout the process and can assist candidates in navigating through the process.
Q: How do I submit my resume?A:Recruiting is managed on a country basis. To apply, visit the “Apply” section and select the region and country to which you would like to apply.
Q:Will my offer be tied to a specific office?A:We extend offers tied to a specific A.T. Kearney office. Candidates are able to rank office choice and we try to accommodate these preferences as much as possible.
Q: What are the components of A.T. Kearney's offer packages?A: We do not discuss offer package details until an offer is extended. Our compensation packages are designed to be competitive. As such, we continually monitor trends and adjust our compensation packages as needed.
At A.T. Kearney, we are well aware that because our "product" is ideas, our most valuable resource is our people. We know that if we are to maintain our leadership position among global management consulting firms, our people must be nothing less than outstanding. And we believe their continuous professional development is crucial to ensuring our ability to drive immediate results and build lasting, transformational advantage for our clients.
We want our people to be successful throughout their careers, so A.T. Kearney makes a substantial investment in the development and retention of our people by providing a full curriculum of tailored courses focused on the sophisticated skill sets needed in today’s business environment. Consultants participate in training within days of joining the firm, and we constantly review and upgrade our training programs to ensure all consultants receive the training they need at the right time in their careers, up to and including at the partner level.
Professional Development | Career Path
Because we know that our long-term success will depend upon yours, we make every effort to hasten your progress along a clearly defined career path. You will advance along the path as rapidly as your abilities will allow.
Partners are involved in senior client relationship development and management. They collaborate with CEOs to create long-term strategies and develop enduring relationships. Partners take an active role in the leadership of A.T. Kearney, developing future leaders and executing the business strategy for the firm. Partners at A.T. Kearney are elected to their position.
Principals are expected to manage large, complex engagements, build client relationships and contribute to business development. Principals at A.T. Kearney are elected to their position.
Managers at A.T. Kearney have project oversight on engagements. They are responsible for assigning specific tasks to the staff and making sure that the deliverables are scheduled and presented on time. Managers have opportunites for professional development and mentoring to help guide their career path and develop expertise in specific industry of service practices.
As an A.T. Kearney Associate, you will be involved in every phase of a consulting engagement, from pre-proposal research through final implementation. Almost immediately, you will join a project team, working at a client location, sharing your ideas, and addressing CEO-level issues. Our goal is to involve you in all phases of the consulting process, helping you hone your professional skills.
Senior Business Analyst
For individuals with either an advanced degree other than an MBA or an undergraduate degree plus several years of full-time relevant experience, the A.T. Kearney Senior Business Analyst position is an important bridge between Business Analyst and Associate. This position is designed to develop the talents of individuals who may not have received an MBA but possess relevant experience and a desire to learn the discipline of management consulting.
Working with experienced consultants, Business Analysts develop models, perform complex analyses, and work on research assignments at both the office and client sites. Analysts often travel while on assignments, undertaking a broad range of activities while gaining exposure to the business world. They may also participate in marketing activities and the preparation of proposals for new engagement opportunities
Professional Development | Mentoring and Training
At the core of A.T. Kearney's professional development program is the relationship between new consultants and their mentors, more senior people whose role is to serve as a friendly guide throughout your career. Your mentor will work with you to identify your areas of interest and development needs.
You and your mentor will meet periodically to review your progress along the career path. Based on your discussions, he or she may help you identify opportunities to advance your knowledge and build your skills.
Opportunities may include specific projects or practices likely to offer particularly valuable learning experiences. They may also include portions of the A.T. Kearney Consulting Curriculum, a sequence of classroom programs focusing intensively on the sophisticated skill set required of today’s management consultant. Some courses are available to all consultants while others are offered by invitation only.
A series of courses has been developed for each step up the career ladder with the emphasis gradually shifting from hands-on work to team leadership and from developing skills to developing business.
In the final analysis, the individual consultant is responsible for his or her professional development. Those who are motivated will find that A.T. Kearney offers all the resources they will need to advance at a rapid rate.
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- Work/Life Balance
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I have been working at A.T. Kearney full-time (more than a year)Pros
- The people we hire are intelligent, but not necessarily A-type hypercompetitive people
- Senior management are supportive to fast-tracking your career if you deserve it
- Strong global pride of our heritage, and ambitious in goalsCons
- Due to the smaller size compared to MBB, we can only be premier in certain industries (underweight in Financial Services and Banking for example)
- Some of the senior management can be uninspiring leaders
- Unclear roadmap to meeting ambitions to becoming a top 3 firm againAdvice to ManagementAdvice
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Getting an Interview
Getting an Interview
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I applied through college or university. The process took 2 days – interviewed at A.T. Kearney.Interview Details
Had 1st round MBA interview with a senior consultant at the firm. I already knew him since I had networked heavily with the firm so I had already built a rapport previously. Usually they ask fit questions first but he called me the night before and said he wanted to focus on the case as he thought I would already fit in. The case was a shipping case which he had just finished working on - he admitted it was a high level of difficulty and it WAS - I got stuck even though my thought process was clear and structured - even though we knew each other that didn't matter - standards were high and the case was tough.
The 1st round test is basically like the GMAT. Similar questions, and even some were identical. If you can do easy and medium difficulty GMAT questions you will be fine for this test. Time is pressured but most people finish including myself.Interview Questions
No OfferPositive ExperienceDifficult Interview
- The case was about shipping immonium nitrate from Ukraine to Ghana. He took about 10min to explain the facts, unlike what all the resources tell you. He didnt let me take notes as he wanted me to listen to the whole case problem. The case was about shipping costs, and operations - whether suppliers could forward integrate to compete with us etc. I hadnt practiced any similar cases to this - quite a unique one. Answer Question
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