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At a Glance


“Amazing colleagues.”

“Great opportunities, exciting growth.”

“Very flat structure with an emphasis on training and development; fast promotion track for entry level.”


“Brand recognition is not strong enough.”

“Lots of independence means needing to navigate a bit on your own.”

“The travel requirement can be difficult.”

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 plus 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.

The firm’s global strategic vision is to meet the evolving demands of their clients. A.T. Kearney has tightened their focus on their established strengths (strategic operations and strategic transformation, digitization of legacy processes, rapid earning expansion, and M&A).  A.T. Kearney has a renewed focus to build leading-edge capabilities in areas that drive impact for their clients.

Alex Liu, A.T. Kearney’s 9th managing partner and chairman of the board, has an immense focus on clients, capabilities and the culture of the firm.  Alex Liu added, “We will be taking even bolder steps as we compete aggressively in today’s dynamic marketplace. We like being the challengers in the industry and will blaze an exciting path to reshape management consulting. In fact, that is precisely what clients are asking us to do.”

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, the firm launched America @250 in collaboration with The Wall Street Journal. A multiyear effort in partnership with the firm's GBPC, America @250 raised A.T. Kearney's visibility and strengthened its brand in the world's largest consulting market. The firm's ambition was  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.

A.T. Kearney

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


Employer Type: Private
Global Managing Partner: Alex Liu
2018 Employees (All Locations): 3,600

Major Office Locations

Chicago, IL (HQ)
Offices in 40 countries

Major Departments & Practices

Aerospace & Defense
Consumer Goods
Communications, Media & Technology
Financial Services
Industrial Goods & Services
Metals & Mining
Private Equity
Public Sector
Transportation &, Travel
Cost Transformation
Digital Transformation
Global Business Policy Council
Mergers & Acquisitions
Operations & Performance Transformation
Leadership, Change & Organization Procurement
Strategy & Top-line Transformation