Kaiser Associates at a Glance


  • "Positive youthful culture, meritocratic values, elite clients."
  • "A ton of responsibility and exposure to Fortune 500 clients."
  • "More experience more quickly than you could receive at comparable firms."


  • "I feel as though we are truly deserving of more prestige given our quality of work."
  • "Internal processes/operations that are still maturing."
  • "Small size, and primary research isn't for everyone."

The Buzz

  • "Healthcare experts."
  • "Training/leadership experts."
  • "Good among boutiques."

About Kaiser Associates

Founded in 1981, Kaiser Associates is a global boutique strategy consulting firm headquartered in Washington, D.C., with regional offices in San Francisco, London, São Paulo, Toronto and Kuala Lumpur. Its business is divided into three main areas: corporate strategy, public sector strategy, and economic development. 

Kaiser client base is equally global, and includes six of Fortune's 2012 Top 20 Most Admired Corporations, three of Forbes' 2011 Top 10 Global Leading Companies, and four members of the EuroSTOXX 50. 

The firm's consultants offer services in a number of industries, Consumer Goods & Retail, Financial Services & Payments, Healthcare, Industrials, Oil & Gas, Private Equity, Public Sector, Technology, and Telecommunications. 

The firm is well poised for growth given long-standing relationships with leaders in multiple industries, a healthy backlog and pipeline and new marketing initiatives that are proving very successful. In anticipation of this growth, the firm moved to a new office in January 2014 that provides 25 percent more office capacity in a modern penthouse suite in the middle of DC's central business district. 

Kaiser means king-of fact-based strategy

Kaiser's Corporate Strategy practice works with Fortune 500 and smaller companies to develop and execute business strategy. The company was originally known for its Benchmarking capability, which it began in 1983. Kaiser also claims to have authored the first book on the subject-Beating the Competition: A Practical Guide to Benchmarking, published in 1985. 

Reflecting its roots as a pioneer of Benchmarking, Kaiser specializes in fact-based and externally-driven strategy, performance improvement, and organizational design analysis for its clients. Kaiser's consultants use primary and secondary research to generate insights that are customized to each client's unique situation. 

Whether entering a new market, improving competitiveness, building/renewing capabilities, or restructuring operations, Kaiser Associates supports and enables a wide range of strategic decisions. Examples of the kind of support the firm offers clients includes: dealing with changes in the market landscape; expansion into new or adjacent markets, channels, and geographies; translating a client's change in vision for their company into action; and aligning organizations to take account of market dynamics or changes in internal strategy.

Going public (sector)

In 2010, Kaiser Associates formally established a Public Sector practice to bring the firm's private sector management advisory capabilities to government entities that face similar strategic and operational challenges. The practice assists government organizations by combining relevant commercial best practices with proven strategic frameworks to increase efficiency and effectiveness. It supports clients with developing insight and solutions along three major functional areas: strategy and planning, organization development, and operational effectiveness.

Going the distance

With over 120 consultants, Kaiser has a surprisingly global reach, and often boasts of its offices' international makeup and the number of languages spoken among its consultants. With its global headquarters based in Washington, D.C., Kaiser serves its global multinational clients from six regional hub offices. Its Washington, D.C. and San Francisco offices cover North and Central America; London covers Europe, Africa and Eurasia; São Paulo covers South America; and Kuala Lumpur covers Asia and the Middle East. Because of the global nature of Kaiser's clients, consultants in the different regional offices often partner together on projects for the same multinational client, with opportunities for short-term transfers to other offices.

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Kaiser Associates

1615 L St., NW
13th Floor
Washington, DC 20036
Phone: (202) 454-2000
Fax: (202) 454-2001


  • Employer Type: Private
  • Managing Director, North America: John Wilhelm
  • 2015 Employees: 120

  • Employment Contact
    For Corporate Strategy and Public Sector Practices: www.kaiserassociates.com/cs/careers

  • Major Departments & Practices
    Consumer Goods & Retail
    Financial Services & Payments
    Oil & Gas
    Organization Design
    Private Equity
    Public Sector
    Commercial Due Diligence
    Customer and Channel Insights
    Go To Market / Launch Support
    Growth through Adjacencies
    Market Opportunity Assessment
    Marketing and Brand Strategy
    Market Sizing, Forecasting
    Operational Effectiveness
    Organization Development / Change Management
    Sales and Channel Effectiveness
    Strategic/Business Planning
    Supply Chain Network Design & Performance
    Talent Management and Leadership

Major Office Locations

  • Washington, DC (HQ)
  • San Francisco
  • Kuala Lumpur
  • London
  • São Paulo
  • Toronto
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