A.T. Kearney

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A.T. Kearney
Incorporated Partnership
Industry Management consulting
Founded 1926 by Mr. Andrew Thomas Kearney
Headquarters Franklin Center
Chicago, United States
Number of locations
61 offices in more than 40 countries
Key people
Johan Aurik, Managing Officer and Chairman of the Board
Services Management consulting services
Revenue $1,1 billion (est. 2014)[1]
Number of employees
3,500 (2,300 consultants)
Slogan Immediate Impact, Growing Advantage.
Website www.atkearney.com

A.T. Kearney is a global management consulting firm that focuses on strategic and operational CEO-agenda issues facing businesses, governments and institutions around the globe. As of April 2015, A.T. Kearney maintains offices in 40 countries.[1]

Practice areas[edit]

A.T. Kearney's industry specialties include aerospace and defense, automotive, chemicals, communications media and technology, consumer products and retail, financial institutions, healthcare, metals and mining, oil and gas, private equity, public sector, transportation, and infrastructure and utilities.[3] Major service lines are in strategy, analytics, mergers and acquisitions, innovation, operations, technology strategy, organization and transformation, marketing and sales, procurement, and sustainability.[4]


The origins of the firm begin with the founding of McKinsey in 1926 in Chicago by James McKinsey under the name James O. McKinsey & Company.[5] James McKinsey hired Andrew Thomas Kearney in 1929 as the firm's first partner, before also hiring Marvin Bower.[6] In 1935, Marshall Field's became a client and convinced James McKinsey to leave the firm to accept a temporary position as its CEO to help the company through a restructuring.[7][8][9]

In 1995, A.T. Kearney was acquired by EDS, a technology consulting firm.[10] In 2012, A.T. Kearney partners elected Johan Aurik to a three-year term as Managing Partner and Chairman of the Board.[11]

As of April 2015, A.T. Kearney operates 61 offices in 40 countries. The firm opened its first international office in Düsseldorf, Germany in 1964. Its first office in Asia was opened in 1972, in Tokyo, Japan.

Global Business Policy Council[edit]

The Global Business Policy Council was founded in 1992 by Paul Laudicina as part of A.T. Kearney. Membership is invitation-only and the symposium is closed-door. Members reportedly include academic, corporate, and government thought leaders, who meet annually to discuss issues that affect the worldwide business climate.[12][13] The Global Business Policy Council publishes two annual reports: the Global Services Location Index and the Foreign Direct Investment Confidence Index, which aims to identify the countries that companies plan to invest in over the coming years.[14]

Awards and recognition[edit]

A.T. Kearney has consistently ranked among the top management consulting firms globally. The firm has been listed in Consulting magazine's "Best Firms to Work For" list 6 years in a row.[15] The firm is a perennial on the Vault Guide's ranking of the most prestigious firms to work for.[16] Working Mother magazine also ranks A.T. Kearney in its "Best Companies" list.[17]

In 2012, the career review site Glassdoor ranked A.T. Kearney as the 4th most difficult company to interview with.[18] A.T. Kearney's recruiting process involves multiple rounds of individual case, written case and experience-based interviews.


  1. ^ a b http://www.atkearney.com/about-us/who-we-are
  2. ^ http://www.atkearney.com/careers/beyond-at-kearney
  3. ^ http://www.atkearney.com/industries
  4. ^ http://www.atkearney.com/services
  5. ^ "McKinsey & Company on Forbes' America's Largest Private Companies list". Forbes. November 3, 2010. Retrieved January 1, 2011. 
  6. ^ L. Urwick, O.B.E., M.C., Ma., F.I.I.A. "History of Consulting. Retrieved". The Elements of Administration. Retrieved May 23, 2012. 
  7. ^ Huey, John (November 1, 1993). "How McKinsey Does It". Fortune. Retrieved May 20, 2012. 
  8. ^ Bhide, Amar (March 1996). "Building the Professional Firm: McKinsey & Co.: 1939-1968" (PDF). Retrieved April 10, 2012. 
  9. ^ Kim, James (May 19, 1993). "McKinsey: CEO factory". USA Today (Money section). pp. Page 1B. 
  10. ^ Dobrzynski, Judith H. (May 31, 1995). "E.D.S. Resumes Purchase Talks With Kearney". The New York Times. 
  11. ^ http://www.consultingmag.com/article/ART1061067?C=LccVK4lKF0QqUMEI
  12. ^ Ruiz, Rebecca (May 5, 2008). "How CEOs Stay On Top Of Their Game". Forbes. Retrieved February 12, 2012. 
  13. ^ "A.T. Kearney's Global Business Policy Council Holds Annual CEO Retreat in Morocco Under Patronage of King Mohammed VI" (July 2, 2013). PR Newswire. Retrieved November 15, 2015.
  14. ^ Keeler, Dan (April 30, 2015). "Firms Focus on Frontier Opportunities, Study Shows." Frontiers, a Wall Street Journal blog. Retrieved November 15, 2015.
  15. ^ http://www.consultingmag.com/article/ART1097508?C=1O07rUO49GFTYVf
  16. ^ Stott, Phil (August 20, 2013). "Vault's 2014 Consulting Rankings are Here!" Vault Blogs. Retrieved November 15, 2015.
  17. ^ "Best Companies: A.T. Kearney" (September 3, 2013). Working Mother. Retrieved November 15, 2015.
  18. ^ Giang, Vivian (July 27, 2012). "The 25 Hardest Companies For Job Interviews." Business Insider. Retrieved November 15, 2015.

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