A.T. Kearney at a Glance


  • "Generous and smart colleagues."
  • "Fantastic culture and very talented people."
  • "Opportunities for growth that competitors aren't experiencing"


  • "Often times long hours on tedious work can be exhausting."
  • "One of the longest running and most prestigious firms, yet we don't get the respect in the US among recruits and outsiders that we deserve."
  • "The brand outside of the consulting industry does not match the level of work that we do."

The Buzz

  • "Go-to firm for sourcing work."
  • "Global market, challenging work."
  • "Smart consultants who are fun to be around."
  • "Solid firm"

About A.T. Kearney

As a consultancy, A.T. Kearney has a rich heritage that dates back to the 1920s, with the founding of McKinsey & Company and the arrival of consulting as a profession. James Oscar McKinsey set up his original firm in Chicago in 1926, and one of the first partners hired three years later was a gentleman by the name of Andrew Thomas Kearney. Following McKinsey's death in 1939, the firm's two offices-one in New York and one in Chicago-split, with Kearney taking the latter and focusing the company's attention on operations and manufacturing.

Today, that one small Chicago office has grown into a monster of a firm, 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.

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. The firm's ambition is to jumpstart a far-reaching, forward-looking, C-suite dialogue on the future of the United States in 2026, its 250th birthday. To that end, the firm has hosted a series of CEO events in partnership with The Wall Street Journal, and has a growing list of business, political and thought leaders providing their perspectives on the vision of America@250.

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A.T. Kearney

227 West Monroe Street
Chicago, IL 60606
Phone: (312) 648-0111
Fax: (312) 223-6200


  • 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 (HQ)
  • Offices in 40 countries