The 2015 Best Firms to Work For: Kurt Salmon


13. Kurt Salmon

Headquarters: New York
Billable Consultants: 1,161
Client Industries Served: Healthcare, Retail and Consumer Goods, Financial Services, Information Technology
Consulting Service Lines: Strategy & Operations Management

It’s four years in a row as a Best Firm to Work For for Kurt Salmon. Brooks Kitchel, Managing Partner, North America and Global Retail and Consumer, says Kurt Salmon is thrilled to once again be recognized as a Best Firm to Work For.

“We’ve always been proud of our team and the work we do,” Kitchel says. “Being publicly recognized confirms what we already know—we have an impressive team, a culture that fosters excellence and innovative thinking, and a unique approach to solving our clients’ pressing business challenges that helps us establish long-standing relationships.”

Kitchel says the firm considers itself more than just client partners but rather, a client’s ally. “By integrating ourselves into a client’s organization to better understand their processes, pain points and areas for improvement, we are able to develop innovative and tailored solutions that don’t just solve today’s challenge, but that also position brands for future success,” he says. “Our North America practice has had a strong period of growth, and we are committed to continuing this trajectory across our practices and industry focuses over the next 12 months.”

To support this growth, Kitchel says Kurt Salmon recognizes that it needs to continue building and enhancing the firm’s digital capabilities to round out its existing operational services. It’s also prioritizing our international presence, with a specific focus on Asia Pacific.

“The first half of 2015 has been a great run, and we are eager to see what’s next,”Kitchel says. “As we look ahead, we anticipate a continued shift to a digital marketplace, across all industries. Our team is excited by the prospect of being on the forefront of these changes and we are eager to continue advising clients on these shifts. Knowing that we are the firm that provides cutting-edge solutions to clients adds energy to our organization.”

It’s not surprising that morale is high. “The whole team is energized by the exciting new initiatives we’ve been rolling out across our practice areas, and we’re all eager to see how such innovations will shape our company’s future,” he says. “I know our team will continue to push even further to help our clients achieve success for what’s next.”

Q&A: The firm excelled in both client engagement and Work/Life Balance. Why is that?

Brooks Kitchel, Managing Partner, North America and Global Retail and Consumer, says: “We’re so pleased to be recognized as a Best Firm to Work For. But we’re particularly excited that we were cited for excellence in work-life balance and client engagement, as these are two areas where we have tried very hard to excel. We’re anything but cookie-cutter. Rather, we pride ourselves on the fact that we see every team member as an individual piece of the Kurt Salmon puzzle. Each “piece” has their own experiences, goals and aspirations, and our aim is to help team members mold a meaningful career that works for them. We also recognize that our team members are our greatest assets, and we strive to provide them with the individualized attention they need to grow and succeed. We encourage our team members, even very early on in their career, to participate in client-facing discussions and add value, in turn helping them flex their client engagement muscles. These efforts have clearly not gone unnoticed.”

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