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An incredible place for self-development with smart people, challenging work and a gold-plated name on your resume.

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Current Employee - Associate  in  Boston, MA
Current Employee - Associate in Boston, MA

I have been working at McKinsey & Company

Pros

People are crazy-smart and motivated. You will learn more than you could possibly imagine about leadership at the very highest levels in corporations. The firm is extremely values-based -- if you believe in what the Firm stands for (delivering exceptional value, coaching and mentoring, clients needs are highest needs), you will likely have a great fit here. Firm is extremely open about helping people to use their tenure as a jumping point to the next opportunity. There are no "B" players here. If you seek a position of leadership in any large or small corporation, McKinsey is unparalleled as a place to learn and develop yourself.

Cons

You will work extremely hard, and the expectation is that the needs of the client come above any other obligation. The Firm is excellent at giving constructive feedback, but you will rarely get a pat on the back for a job well done. The corporate culture is extremely strong and values driven, however sometimes feels like a cult with endless acronyms and a very crisp, meritocratic style of feedback. Also, while the firm is truly committed to non-hierarchial problem solving (you can argue with a Partner and not get dinged for it), the Firm is unquestionably a very strong hierarchy and this can be a challenge to deal with.

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Push harder to adopt new work practices such as the flexible engagement model.

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    the best place to be fresh out of college

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    Former Employee - Business Analyst  in  Waltham, MA
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Waltham, MA

    I worked at McKinsey & Company

    Pros

    terrific place to be. Pays, reputation, learning curve, supportive environment. One of the best names to have on your resume. Train you to become excellent problem solver with structured and efficient approach.

    Cons

    hours are pretty bad. Plus if you have a family, it's even worse. Most of the time, you put a lot of efforts into the work, but it goes underappreciated.

    R&I people may be regarded as second-class citizens, which is in a way discriminating.

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    Pay more attention to individual's personal development.

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    A gret firm

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    Current Employee - Associate
    Current Employee - Associate

    I have been working at McKinsey & Company

    Pros

    Networking opportunities, broad management experience, company reputation, professional growth, recognition, career opportunities. I may be able to start my own business leveraging the experience gained in this company. The network of alumni can make easier capital raising and a reputational adavantages. In a difficult economic downturn is one of the best places to be

    Cons

    Extensive travelling, work life balance. It is difficult to build your life in a single city as you may be posted for 6 months in a different continent. In a difficult economic enviroment most of the opportunities are in countries really far away, and the amount spent abroad is a bit overwhelming.

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    Reduce the unecessary travel

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