The 2012 Best Firms to Work For: A.T. Kearney

Paul Laudicina 14) A.T. Kearney

This year marks the fifth consecutive year A.T. Kearney finds itself on the Best Firms to Work For list. That’s quite an accomplishment for the firm—and for Paul Laudicina—the Managing Partner and Chairman of the Board at A.T. Kearney. This award may have seemed like a longshot back in 2006 when Laudicina, fresh off the management buyout from EDS, set out to return A.T. Kearney to its former glory days by recommitting to the original values of the firm. He’s succeeded.

“Being named a Best Firm to Work For is a point of pride. The list is compiled based on the opinions of our people, and we’re honored their belief in our firm has put us on this list for the fifth consecutive year.

A.T. Kearney Headquarters It underscores the tremendous progress we’ve made in revitalizing A.T. Kearney since our management buyout in 2006,” he says. “We’ve succeeded in repositioning A.T. Kearney, and it speaks to the pride and commitment our people have for the firm. Our clients see this every day in the dedication and passion of our people to delivering results that have both an immediate impact and position their organizations for ongoing, transformational advantage.”

Laudicina says things have never been better at the firm. He points to the latest internal global employee survey where 95 percent of our people said they are firmly committed to the success of A.T. Kearney, the highest percentage since A.T. Kearney started global survey five years ago.

Meanwhile, Laudincina says he and firm leadership spent considerable time in the last year defining what makes A.T. Kearney meaningfully different. He says three core values emerged: 1) Collaborative to the core—easy-to-work with and engaging; 2) Authentic—providing candid, honest and creative approaches that work; and 3) Forward-thinking—always practically applying market foresight to produce both immediate results and build lasting, transformational advantage for clients.

“This idea of immediate impact, growing advantage—working side-by-side with clients to produce results today and build momentum to position their organizations for sustainable success into the future is what has set us apart since our inception over 85 years ago, and continues to differentiate our value proposition today,” Laudicina says. “This philosophy drives our work with our clients and characterizes how we behave as a firm and engage our people.”

Q&A: When you look at the remainder of this year and 2013, what excited you most about the firm?

Paul Laudicina, the Managing Partner and Chairman of the Board, says: “What excites me most is the spirit and passion our people have for our clients, for one another and for our firm. This marks my final year as managing partner of A.T. Kearney. In the last six years my fellow partners and I have been on an incredible journey.

We have progressed, in one of the most difficult periods of macroeconomic dislocation, from a firm that was essentially left for dead to a globally dynamic firm with double-digit growth, incredibly strong employee engagement, brand resurgence and growing presence in nearly 40 countries around the world. We reaffirmed the rich heritage of our firm and its founder, Tom Kearney, whose words we use today as the central guidance: ‘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.’ ”

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