2020 Vault Rankings
At a Glance
"I can work alone and leadership is confident I will get the job done."
"Opportunities to learn and be exposed to real business."
"Everyone is driven and smart but there is no competitiveness or backstabbing."
"As with any growing firm, there are growing pains where at times teams can be stretched thin."
"Lack of name prestige, sometimes long hours."
"Not as much infrastructure as other firms."
"Healthcare and cost reduction focused"
"Does some interesting work"
"Niche player with business intelligence and data analytics focus."
AArete is a global management consulting firm based in Chicago, with locations in New York, Los Angeles, Denver, Dallas, and London. The firm drives client value through strategic profitability improvement, data-driven solutions, and market intelligence. Working across all industries and business functions—from health care to retail, manufacturing to legal, and many in between—AArete optimizes profits in a compressed timeframe and humanizes data by translating numbers into actionable insights, helping clients make better decisions and working by their side to foster change with confidence, empathy and purpose.
It’s All Internal
Staying ahead of the curve is all about data these days, which is why AArete focuses on digital data when working with its clients. Data analysts at the firm’s in-house Center of Data Excellence (or CODE, for short) are central to its consulting process and help companies move faster in order to adapt to ever-changing markets. Cost reduction is the name of the game, with focuses on optimizing revenue and supply chains but without reducing people. This can be a tough line to walk, but focusing on data analytics goes a long way towards achieving a desirable outcome for clients.
AArete also houses the Knowledge Management Center, an in-house data repository focused on intellectual property, completely with benchmarking data and industry-focused studies to use when consulting on critical IP matters.
Firm life at AArete isn’t all work and no play—there are regular opportunities for consultants to bond with their colleagues, even in other offices. The firm sponsors a biannual gathering for all its members to come together. There are also opportunities to give back with volunteer programs, and the AArete Athletic Associate (also known as Quad A) organizes sports-related events for employees to bond while maintaining a healthy lifestyle. The firm also offers a variety of perks, including 401(k) and donation matching and a tuition reimbursement program, among others.
The last few months have been an interesting and challenging time in history, but it not slowing us down. AArete is well positioned in the market for a successful year. We have adopted well and have been thriving in quarantine because we are nimble.
Here are some of the things we have done to adjust to our new situation…
- We have been able to serve our clients remotely, and our technology has allowed everyone to adjust to work from home quickly and easily
- We created a COVID-19 task force before national guidelines and restrictions were put in place that allowed us to move to a remote workforce efficiently
- We have had frequent and transparent communication from leadership (fireside chat videos, weekly team meetings, Career Team Achievement meetings, State of AArete)
- We have provided ongoing trainings for everyone in the company
- Our culture remains strong through Happy Hours, Womnen’s Initiative Network events, Yoga Class, AArete Parents Teams Page
- We pivoted our summer intern program to a 6 -week remote program
- We continue to interview using video Interviews
Why Work Here
AArete’s mission is to increase client profitability while improving the capabilities of our clients’ people. We believe that any organization can succeed by enriching and empowering its people. Our own people empower our vision to be a premier global management consulting firm that Fortune 500 and leading organizations trust. Derived from the Greek word “arete,” embodying excellence, goodness and virtue, an extra “A” was added to honor our founder’s original partnership at Arthur Andersen & Co. AArete is guided by the following principles:
200 E Randolph St, Suite 3010
Chicago, IL 60601
Employer Type: Private
President & CEO: Loren Trimble
2019 Employees (All Locations): 240
New York, NY
Los Angeles, CA
CODE – Center of Data Excellence