Kaiser Associates at a Glance


  • "Exposure to senior management and clients; the office environment."
  • "Culture and fast learning/great amount of responsibility."
  • "Great place to thrive if you're looking for a challenge."


  • "Late nights, tough deliverable timelines."
  • "Project work can vary dramatically between practices."
  • "Lack of big brand name."

The Buzz

  • "Niche consulting firm."
  • "Healthcare 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 London, São Paulo, and Kuala Lumpur. Its business is divided into three main areas: corporate strategy, public sector strategy, and performance improvement / organization design. 

Kaiser client base is equally global and has included nearly one-third of the Fortune 100 and leaders from the EuroSTOXX 50. 

The firm's consultants offer services in a number of industries, including: Consumer Goods & Retail, Financial Services & Payments, Healthcare, Industrial Goods & Services, Private Equity & M&A, 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. The Kaiser 2020 growth strategy has included firm investments in talent management, acquisition, and development, as well as   a new office in a modern penthouse suite in the middle of DC's central business district that provides space for their growing headcount. 

Kaiser means king-of fact-based strategy

Kaiser's Corporate Strategy practices work with Fortune 500 companies to develop and execute business strategy. The company, founded in 1981, was originally known for its Benchmarking capability. Kaiser published Beating the Competition: A Practical Guide to Benchmarking in 1985 and cemented its roots as a pioneer of benchmarking. 

While Kaiser's industry and consulting expertise has since diversified, the firm continues to specialize 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 advantage 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. The team has grown to become one of the largest practices in the firm in order to accommodate their expanding client base, a result of their increased presence and recognition in the public sector.

Going the distance

With over 120 consultants, international offices, and a variety of in-house language capabilities, Kaiser boasts a global reach to support their expanding client base. The firm serves its global multinational clients from its combined transatlantic headquarters in Washington, D.C., and London, and supports additional clients in Asia and South America from its regional offices in Kuala Lumpur and São Paulo. 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
  • 2016 Employees: 135

  • Major Departments & Practices
    Consumer Goods & Retail
    Financial Services & Payments
    Industrial Goods & Services
    Organization Development
    Private Equity and M&A
    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)
  • Kuala Lumpur
  • London
  • São Paulo