We are guided by our strong values, an eagerness to innovate, and a highly collaborative culture. Our goal is to provide an unrivaled experience to our employees, so that they have the opportunity to engage in meaningful and challenging work in support of our shared clients, colleagues, and communities.
Working as One Firm
The core values of our founding partners are as relevant today as they were when the Firm began. These values are essential to how we do business at KKR, including how we manage and engage with our employees.
Culture is the most important component of any organization. Our culture is based on our one-firm approach— the idea that everyone participates in everything we do. This ideal remains central to our ethos.
We aim to hire outstanding people and enable them to work together toward a common goal. We encourage people to connect the dots across the Firm, knowing that we can do far more together than we can apart.
We hope that our people have pride in their work, but do not worry about who gets credit. We hope that they trust that when the Firm wins, they win. We work to deliver on that promise as one Firm, ensuring that our founding values remain our North Star along the way.
Meeting This Moment – Reflecting on 2020
To continue delivering for our companies and clients in 2020, we asked our teams to stay steady amid instability; to stay focused during unprecedented challenges; and to stay calm in chaos. However, we never took it for granted that things were normal or that this environment should feel like “business as usual.” Our Human Capital team has prioritized the introduction of a number of innovative initiatives and policy changes to help our teams around the world feel safe and supported. By introducing flexible family leave, stipends for remote working equipment, and weekly guidance from leading medical experts, we worked to fill gaps and lessen burdens so that our people could spend their energy wherever it was most needed.
Working at KKR
At KKR, we strive to attract, develop, and engage talented people to create positive results and experiences for our investors, companies, and stakeholders. By embracing new research, leveraging technology, and collaborating across teams, we better understand what matters most to our people, and thus to our business. Four key pillars of working at KKR are outlined below and described in detail here.
Investing in Training and Development
We extensively invest in employee training and professional development knowing our employees’ success is our success. We offer opportunities designed to help our people receive the support they need to invest in, grow, and excel at their work. These offerings include a 360-degree review process to maximize performance, development opportunities at key career transitions, skills-based development workshops, and more.
Driving Diversity for Better Results
We continue to cultivate a more diverse workforce and inclusive workplace because we believe that having team members with varied backgrounds and perspectives improves business results. We also believe that the composition of our talent should be more reflective of the client we serve, the companies in which we invest, and the communities where we live and work.
Focusing on Wellness and Benefits
Fostering a culture of health and wellness remains a priority for KKR. We offer our employees tools and resources to make informed health care decisions that foster physical and mental well-being. Employees have access to a variety of wellness offerings, such as an on-site health coach, fitness reimbursement benefits, virtual and in-person ergonomics consultations, and well-being challenges.
Greening Our Operations
Being an employer committed to operating sustainably is important to us as a firm and to our employees as well. At KKR, we have an ongoing commitment to tracking our environmental footprint, and although the majority of the firm’s environmental impact arises from our work with portfolio companies, we are taking steps to reduce our direct footprint as well. We are proud to share that in 2020 the Firm achieved carbon neutrality for the second time. We achieved this by measuring the Firm’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in 2018, 2019, and 2020 then offsetting those emissions through the purchase of high-quality carbon offsets.
We have analyzed what it means to be a great employer by conducting employee engagement surveys and studying industry-leading companies, research, and experts. We are committed to doing more to become an even greater place to work, recognizing that achieving this objective requires continuous improvement as well as flexibility in this unprecedented moment. We expect best practices, benchmarks, and expectations will continue to change; more importantly, we believe we can always do more with and for the people who drive our shared success.