A.T. Kearney is an American global management consulting firm that focuses on strategic and operational CEO-agenda issues facing businesses, governments and institutions around the globe. As of December 2016, A.T. Kearney maintains offices in 40 countries.
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. Major service lines are in strategy, analytics, mergers and acquisitions, innovation, operations, technology strategy, organization and transformation, marketing and sales, procurement, and sustainability.
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. James McKinsey hired Andrew Thomas Kearney in 1929 as the firm's first partner. When McKinsey died in 1937, Kearney was the managing partner of the Chicago office. As suggested by the New York-based partners, the Chicago office split from the rest of company in 1939. In 1947, it was renamed A.T. Kearney and Company.
The firm opened its first international office in Düsseldorf, Germany in 1964. Its first office in Asia was opened in 1972, in Tokyo, Japan.
In 1995, A.T. Kearney was acquired by EDS, a technology consulting firm. It once again became an independent company in 2005.
As of April 2016, A.T. Kearney operates 60 offices in 40 countries.
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. 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.
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 seven times in eight years. The firm is a perennial on the Vault Guide's ranking of the most prestigious firms to work for. Working Mother magazine also ranks A.T. Kearney in its "Best Companies" list.
In 2012, the career review site Glassdoor ranked A.T. Kearney as the 4th most difficult company to interview with. A.T. Kearney's recruiting process involves multiple rounds of individual case, written case and experience-based interviews.