A.T. Kearney Europe at a Glance


  • "Client impact and culture of global collaboration."
  • "Numerous opportunities to grow and to shape your own career."
  • "Smart people, great compensation, superb projects."


  • "Consulting lifestyle, unpredictability."
  • "High workload and high levels of pressure."
  • "Sometimes the complexity of the organization is a bit too high."

The Buzz

  • "Good for some niche areas."
  • "Had some trouble at the beginning of the 2010s in France, seems to be fine now."

About A.T. Kearney Europe

As a consultancy, A.T. Kearney has a rich heritage that dates back to the 1920s, with the founding of McKinsey & Company in Chicago 1926 and the arrival of consulting as a profession. In 1939 the firm's two offices-one in New York and one in Chicago-split, with partner Andrew Thomas (A.T.) Kearney taking the latter and focusing the company's attention on operations and manufacturing. The unique consulting philosophy of Kearney-"essential rightness"; deep subject matter expertise; collaboration; long-term commitment; delivering real transformation impact from within; deeply immersed in the reality of the business and committed to the results of the projects--is still alive today.

Today, that one small Chicago office has grown into a global giant, with a truly global reach; it has offices in more than 40 countries across the world. And, of course, as it has grown over its nearly 90-year history, the company has diversified its operations. Now boasting a workforce of some 3,600 employees, it proudly focuses on what it calls "CEO-agenda concerns," a list that ranges from M&A, growth, and digital transformation, to supply chain management, technology, innovation, and complexity.

In June 2013, A.T. Kearney launched Vision 2020. Johan Aurik, managing partner and chairman of the board, introduced the initiative as the firm's global vision to become the industry's most admired firm, distinguished by "our culture and how we work." Our ambition, he said, is to be the first choice in providing immediate impact and growing advantage for our clients, our people, and the societies in which we live. "Working within a global collaborative partnership," Aurik added, "we aim to be among the top three where we choose to compete, and to double in size by 2020."

The firm also outlined four main promises: to be recognized for co-creation of innovative ideas and high-impact results with our clients and external partners; to create lasting benefits for the societies in which we live, and do so in collaboration with deep networks of external partnerships; to provide unsurpassed personal growth and opportunities for our people in a collaborative and diverse culture; and to realize above-market growth and value for our clients and stakeholders. 

Elite council

A key plank of A.T. Kearney's reputation is its Global Business Policy Council (GBPC). Established by Paul Laudicina as a forum for corporate, government, and academic leaders to discuss relevant issues, Council members include world leaders and CEOs of major companies who meet regularly to anticipate and plan for the future, discussing global economic, political, social, and technological shifts.  

Retail details

In addition to offering advice and implementing solutions for clients, A.T. Kearney studies and tracks trends in a wide range of industries. Since 2001, for example, the firm has released its annual Global Retail Development Index, which details retail trends and investment opportunities in developed and developing markets worldwide.

Charting the course of real change

In 2015, meanwhile, the firm launched America @250 in collaboration with The Wall Street Journal,. A multiyear effort in partnership with the firm's  GBPC, America @250 is expected to raise A. T Kearney's visibility and strengthen its brand in the world's largest consulting market. Globally, various initiatives have started in the last few years, including WEF projects on a pro-bono base, Digital Business Forum (Berlin, Seoul, Palo Alto) and the new Energy Transition Institute designed to engage the C-suite in the critical debate on the future of energy and sustainability.

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A.T. Kearney Europe

227 West Monroe Street
Chicago, IL 60606
Phone: +1 (312) 648-0111


  • Employer Type: Private
  • Global Managing Partner: Johan Aurik
  • 2017 Employees: 3,600

  • Major Departments & Practices
    Aerospace & Defense
    Communications, Media & Technology
    Consumer Products & Retail
    Financial Institutions
    Industrial Goods & Services
    Metals & Mining
    Oil & Gas
    Private Equity
    Public Sector
    Transportation, Travel & Infrastructure
    Digital Transformation
    Marketing & Sales
    Mergers & Acquisitions
    Organization & Transformation
    Procurement Strategy

Major Office Locations

  • Chicago, IL
    Offices in more than 40 countries