2019 Vault Rankings
“True and immediate impact for our clients”
“Inspiring, yet down-to-earth colleagues”
“Outdated strategy and vision”
“Lack of critical mass in specific areas”
"Good for some niche areas."
"Had some trouble at the beginning of the 2010s in France, seems to be fine now."
As a consultancy, A.T. Kearney has a rich heritage that dates back to the 1920s, with the founding of McKinsey & Company in Chicago 1926 and the arrival of consulting as a profession. In 1939 the firm's two offices—one in New York and one in Chicago—split, with partner Andrew Thomas (A.T.) Kearney taking the latter and focusing the company's attention on operations and manufacturing. The unique consulting philosophy of Kearney—"essential rightness”; deep subject matter expertise; collaboration; long-term commitment; delivering real transformation impact from within; deeply immersed in the reality of the business and committed to the results of the projects--is still alive today.
Today, that one small Chicago office has grown into a global giant, 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.
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.
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.
Charting the course of real change
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. Globally, various initiatives have started in the last few years, including WEF projects on a pro-bono base, Digital Business Forum (Berlin, Seoul, Palo Alto) and the new Energy Transition Institute designed to engage the C-suite in the critical debate on the future of energy and sustainability.
227 West Monroe Street
Chicago, IL 60606
Phone: +1 (312) 648-0111
Employer Type: Private
Global Managing Partner: Johan Aurik
2017 Employees (All Locations): 3,600
Offices in more than 40 countries
Aerospace & Defense
Communications, Media & Technology
Consumer Products & Retail
Industrial Goods & Services
Metals & Mining
Oil & Gas
Transportation, Travel & Infrastructure
Marketing & Sales
Mergers & Acquisitions
Organization & Transformation