U.S. Associate - 2021

Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Houston


If you are a bright, motivated undergraduate or recent graduate looking to tackle some of the toughest and most interesting business problems, consider joining L.E.K. as an Associate.

Associates drive our insights for clients. You will quickly take on significant responsibilities as you play a crucial role on each case team, gathering, analyzing, and synthesizing research and data to address the client’s core issues. Your ability to uncover novel information, conduct rigorous analysis solve problems creatively, and communicate your high-quality work is critical to the breakthroughs that make a lasting impact for our clients.

While casework varies every day, Associates’ primary responsibilities typically include:

  • Conducting primary and secondary research on clients’ markets, customers, and competitors
  • Performing rigorous analysis to drive insights and actionable recommendations
  • Collaborating with team members to communicate key findings to the client in written presentations and verbal interactions that deliver maximum impact

L.E.K. recruits the best and the brightest, then offers them the broadest range of high-impact, frequent, and diverse cases for maximum learning. We are also committed to investing in your training and development, and providing excellent analytical and leadership skills for your progression in tenure, as well as for any future opportunities in top graduate schools or roles in industry, non-profits, start-ups, or investment firms. 

In addition to very competitive compensation and benefits, we promote Associates to Associate Consultant and beyond as fast as they develop, based on demonstrated performance.


Click here for more on the Associate experience at L.E.K.



The Associate role at L.E.K. is differentiated from other firms in several key ways:

  • Immediate workstream responsibility: L.E.K. Associates are expected to be integral members of the team from day 1, immediately driving mission-critical work.
  • Breadth of experiences: While our projects span most industries and services, our focus is strategy and M&A. Associates typically work on ~6-10 projects a year, providing greater exposure across clients and strategic issues, as well as faster development of business acumen.
  • Fun, stimulating work environment: L.E.K. teams spend substantially more time in their home office relative to teams at peer firms, and we pride ourselves on a vibrant social culture, including case team events, office parties, non-profit involvement, and much more.

  • International exposure: Approximately 65% of Associates gain international exposure within their first 3 years, either through projects staffed across global offices, travel to international client locations, or, if they choose, by relocating to an international office on either a temporary or a full-time basis. Click here for more on our international Swap program.
  • Upward mobility: L.E.K. is a meritocracy with an entrepreneurial culture and frequent feedback. Promotion paths do not follow a strict timeline; we promote people as quickly as they develop.



We do not use a rigid checklist – L.E.K. hires Associates with backgrounds in science, engineering, technology, economics, mathematics, the arts and humanities, and business, among others, each year.

The candidates we want are highly motivated, creative, analytical and entrepreneurial. Successful candidates exhibit outstanding academic achievement (typically a GPA above 3.4), comfort with quantitative analysis, excellent verbal and written communication skills, significant professional experiences, notable extracurricular interests, and demonstrated leadership and initiative.


Please note that for the Associate position, candidates must be legally eligible to work in the U.S. on a permanent basis.

L.E.K Consulting is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


This opportunity is closed to applications.