Kearney is a global management consulting firm that has long specialized in sourcing, procurement, and operations. The firm works with more than three-quarters of the Fortune Global 500, as well as governmental and nonprofit organizations. Their services include analytics, digital transformation and innovation, new market growth, procurement, IT, and sustainability.
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In addition to the usual plaudits thrown at consulting firms—terms like “innovative” and “strategic”—Kearney also tends to attract a second category of praise: those related to its employee-centric culture. Indeed, Kearney insiders cannot stress enough how pleased they are with the ability to work for a firm that not only offers the opportunity to work with well-known clients, but to do so in an environment that is supportive, committed to their development, and where work-life balance are recognized as attainable priorities.
All told, while it may not yet be one of the biggest names in the industry, Kearney is evidently a firm with its sights set on the very top—and one that recognizes that it needs its top talent to come with it for the ascent.
Kearney has been trusted advisors to the world’s foremost organizations for almost a century and continues to live by the principles established by its founder Andrew Thomas (Tom) Kearney so long ago: “Our success as consultants will depend on the essential rightness of the advice we give and our capacity for convincing those in authority that it is good.”
Kearney is a leading global management consulting firm with more than 3,600 people working in more than 40 countries. They work with more than three-quarters of the Fortune Global 500, as well as with the most influential governmental and non-profit organizations.
Kearney is a partner-owned firm with a distinctive, collegial culture that transcends organizational and geographic boundaries—and it shows. Regardless of location or rank, their consultants are d...
“If people and culture are important for you in identifying where you want to grow and be stretched then Kearney is the place for you.”
“Kearney provides you with the opportunity to work for leading global companies while still operating in a small family-like setting where you literally know everyone. Very strong focus on the social community and events!”
“The culture and colleagues set us apart. We all know each other well throughout Europe and are committed to bringing the firm back to the #1 spot within strategy consulting.”
“We really care about delivering results. Very different to some others who take pride in producing very insightful and pretty decks. For us, that is only part of what we do, more important is the impact delivered.”
“You have to be ready to withstand working for long hours. However, the firm is very helpful in all aspects and leadership understands the challenges of the job and is trying to implement measures to improve work/life balance.”
“A Kearney consultant must be quick on their feet in structuring, analytics, logical argumentation, listening, but most of all must have high energy and able to team and interact without wanting to win or compete, but wanting the result to be better.”
“A successful candidate can properly identify most of the business issues and provide well-structured reasoning grounded in sensible assumptions. The candidate should be able to present the reasoning in an organized and compelling way. The ideal candidate should also be able to perform well under stress and be an independent thinker.”
“The firm seeks a high level of personal fit because of the people-driven culture. This means embodying the Kearney values. Everyone is super friendly during the recruiting process, creating a very welcoming environment.”
“The interview and callback process are straight forward, fair and fast. There is no one ideal candidate in consulting and there will never be. There are so many diverse, clever people, that it would be a shame to only look for one ideal candidate. We look for people with character, that are smart, understand how to tackle a problem, bring in a fair portion of self-confidence and willingness to take reasonable risks/ responsibility and want to build their own (career) path.”
“[Depending on where you interview, we may] have three rounds of interviews, with 2 case interviews in each round. Usually we call back on the same day or the day after to let the candidate know if they passed this interview round. Ideal candidate is top of the class at university with relevant student employment or internships in international strategy consulting (Kearney, McKinsey, BCG, G&S, JPM internships or student positions). Would also look good with volunteering experience or interesting extracurriculars.”