Marakon at a Glance

Uppers

  • "Family-like culture."
  • "Pure focus on strategy, client interaction, and meritocratic policies."
  • "Strong talent and people on the junior levels, boutique experience."

Downers

  • "Limited staffing options."
  • "Cyclicality in projects."
  • "Small firm up against big competitors."

The Buzz

  • "Well respected with smaller clients."
  • "Good boutique."

About Marakon

Founded in 1978 and acquired by Charles River Associates (CRA) in 2009, Marakon has maintained its mission throughout the years: partnering with senior executives at some of the world's largest and most dynamic companies to drive sustainable value growth.

Marakon does not provide 'one size fits all' industry solutions. They work closely with their clients-constructively challenging their current strategies and providing tailored insight-based advice. Their approach is built upon active engagement and joint accountability with clients, which only works for companies who are willing to "roll up their sleeves." But it hasn't seemed to scare too much business away. Marakon's client list includes big names like Merck, Barclays, Boeing, BP, Gillette, Roche, Nestle, Nordstrom, Danone, and McDonald's. 

Driving Sustainable Change

Marakon's philosophy on consulting is that superficial, short-term changes don't work-structural, leadership adjustments do. By generating innovative ways to shape company hierarchies and using market and competitor research, the team creates lasting improvements for its clients.

Today, it is more important than ever for companies to innovate their business and management model to compete effectively in the new economic environment and to adapt to new customer trends. 

And Marakon seems to take its own advice-its employment philosophy shows an awareness of its own ability to stretch and grow with the times, citing a desire to create a sustainable work environment for employees based on work/life balance, the kind of work individuals want to do, and desired location. Examples of that commitment include a three day travel model, the ability to work remotely as necessary, and even a 10 & 2 sabbatical program. Additionally, Marakon has no set requirements for international mobility. 

Consistent Leadership

While Marakon now sits within CRA, the leadership has remained the same following the acquisition-something that has played an important role in maintaining the consistency of its services and culture. Global Managing Director Mason Kissell, for example, had been with Marakon for 20 years before the acquisition, and continues to lead the practice at CRA. 

The pairing has served to widen and deepen the client net for both companies. According to Marakon's website, its "dual focus on value and framework for linking finance, strategy, and organization coupled with Charles River Associates' strong operational and industry expertise in sectors including Oil and Gas, Industrials, Energy, Life Sciences, Regulation, and Transfer Pricing, among others, provides a unique set of expertise that delivers truly bespoke, lasting solutions for unlocking and growing value." 

IN THE NEWS 

July 2016 

TheJobCrowd recognizes Marakon in the UK

Marakon has been recognized as a top place to work in the UK by TheJobCrowd, the UK's leading graduate job review website. Rankings placed Marakon as number one for career progression along with placing second in top companies to work for (smaller intake) and top consultancy companies to work for (smaller intake). The Top Companies For Graduates To Work For rankings are based on feedback from graduate employees at several hundred graduate employers. The feedback represents what actual graduate employees say are the best places to work. 

April 2016 

Marakon Associate Principal Garan Geist Named as One of Consulting magazine's 2016 Rising Stars

Garan Geist was selected as one of Consulting magazine's annual Rising Stars of the Profession Awards, which recognize 35 of the best young professionals in consulting under age 35. He received the award for excellence in Strategy Consulting. The magazine spotlights all 35 honorees in the categories of Excellence in Leadership, Client Service, Strategy Consulting, Health Care, Financial Services, High Tech, Retail, Information Technology, and Human Resources. 

March 2016 

IvyExec recognizes Marakon

Ivy Executive recognized Marakon as number two in their best boutique firms to work for list in 2016. Survey participants evaluated firms across five key parameters: Work, Culture, Money, Leadership, and Prestige.

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Marakon

1411 Broadway
New York, NY 10018

Stats

  • Employer Type: Subsidiary
  • Global and North America Managing Director: Mason Kissell
  • Managing Director, European Consulting: Neal Kissel

  • Major Departments & Practices
    Corporate and Business Unit Strategy
    Organic Growth
    Growth Through Acquisition
    Execution
    Productivity
    Risk Management
    Leadership & Organization
    Managing for Value

Major Office Locations

  • Chicago
    Boston
    London
    New York