Have heard that AT Kearney has an exceptional culture. Out of curiosity, what do they do that contributes to this rep? Kudos to ATK

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Its not great. It’s not even good

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These are my theories. I’ve never worked at MBB so it’s hard to say how differentiating these theories really are- 1) We are a small firm so its easy to develop strong working relationships with a larger % of the firm 2) We tend to attract those who aren’t singularly gunning for the MBB brand name so I suspect that people tend to be happier about sticking around because they aren’t simply doing it to have a logo on the resume for a few years 3) This isn’t official but we somehow do a good job screening for ‘smart’ and ‘humble’ ... I suspect this is because interviewers look for people like themselves and this creates a (perhaps an unintentional) network effect

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P1: there’s been a significant number of partners that have left in the last three years to MBB, Accenture/Big 4, Alix etc. what would attribute that to? I admit this is anecdotal at best, but seems more voluntary movement than other firms.

As an ex-ATK here are my thoughts: 1. It’s a lot easier to keep a culture strong when you are 1/6th the revenue of a McKinsey. 2. Firm is incredibly international, I had projects in 9+ countries and visited 20+ officers in 8 years. This allows for a more cohesive culture across regions 3. Virtually all consultants are home grown. Though there has been a few senior laterals, most people come in at the BA / SBA / Associate levels

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It varies across verticals and horizontals. I would not advise you to leave McKinsey for ATK culture. In the company bowl, consultants are generally not happy with the partners - toxic and overbearing.

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I never claimed that only ATK partners are toxic and overbearing. I cannot speak to how McKinsey partners are as I never worked there. I can only tell from my experience at ATK and what I see in the company bowl. I am cautioning OP that grass on the other side is not greener culture wise.

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One thing I would add is it’s very egalitarian. I (as an Associate) would not hesitate to email the Managing Partner if I felt there was an issue worth his time. Or any other leader

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MCK1 - review how each firm executes its fit interviews, especially for undergrad/MBA hires. I personally think ATK has most time given to fit I believe final rounds are 1 super difficult written case and 2x 45 min fit interviews. Recognize quantity and quality are not the same but quantity does matter.

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That’s true. A very wise comment.

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