KKR Culture & Values

KKR’s founders established a culture based on their own partnership and lifelong friendship. We partner with whom we do business and maintain a shared sense of ownership across the firm. Today these core values remain ingrained in every aspect of our organization. They are also reflected by the values we live by:


  Teamwork Teamwork

Teamwork is at the heart of how we operate. We take enormous pride in our one-firm approach, operating proactively and collaboratively across businesses and geographies to achieve the best possible results. We continually look to help one another and work together towards common goals. We know from experience that we can achieve much more collectively than any of us could individually. In keeping with this approach, every person at KKR owns equity and shares in our success.

  Integrity Integrity

We conduct ourselves with integrity in everything we do. Our reputation — as individuals and as a firm — is paramount to us. Our word is our bond and “we say what we mean and we do what we say.” As a learning organization, we are self-critical — acknowledging our mistakes and trying always to learn from them.

  Relationship-Driven Relationship-Driven

People do business with people they like and trust. As a relationship-driven firm, we are deeply committed to building and sustaining long-term internal and external partnerships, grounded in trust and transparency. We know it takes years to build a strong partnership and reputation, while they can be ruined in just a few minutes. We seek continually to understand and align the interests of all stakeholders, and we treat everyone with fairness, compassion, and respect. We believe that “arrogance kills” and has no place at KKR.

  Accountability Accountability

We readily accept accountability for our actions, inactions and decisions, both individually and as a firm. We also embrace the implied responsibilities of our one-firm approach: the obligation to speak up and say what we think and to respect and listen to our colleagues. We have the institutional and personal fortitude to say “no,” even at the eleventh hour. We deliver on our commitments — to our stakeholders, our partners, and one another.

  Innovation Innovation

We feel an urgency to be innovative: questioning accepted wisdom, creating new ideas, offering new approaches, and never resting on our laurels. We are self-starters with a willingness to take risks and find creative solutions to our stakeholders’ needs. We work passionately to retain the entrepreneurial spirit that created our firm and to fight against organizational politics and bureaucracy.

  Excellence Excellence

We aspire to be the best at what we do and to lead by example. We set high personal and company standards, and then consistently try to exceed them. We attract self-motivated, highly capable, results-oriented people and invest heavily in their development. Our focus on impact and results creates a vibrant and meritocratic environment, directly linking individual performance with the firm’s success.

  Diversity Diversity

KKR recognizes the benefits that come from an increasingly diverse workforce and strives to create an inclusive place to work. We are committed to:

  • Identifying top talent and building development plans accordingly
  • Seeking a diverse slate of candidates for key job openings
  • Building a pipeline of diverse talent by working closely with search firms, universities, and key industry and affinity groups
  • Providing opportunities for our employees to give feedback and voice concerns by way of networking groups, discussions with senior leaders, community outreach events, and periodic employee surveys
  • Offering a comprehensive set of policies, programs and benefits to meet the changing needs of a wide spectrum of individuals