McKinsey & Company
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McKinsey & Company Reviews

Updated Jul 9, 2014
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McKinsey & Company Managing Director Dominic Barton

Dominic Barton

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Pros:
  • "Very smart people to bounce thought off and get new angles that you haven't thought of"
    in 63 reviews
  • "Great first job out of college or grad school to learn a lot very quickly"
    in 23 reviews
Cons:
  • "You have to have a lot of self discipline to keep work life balance reasonable"
    in 150 reviews
  • "Very long hours and continual expectation of over-performance"
    in 156 reviews
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    Rewarding, challenging environment with mostly good people

    Business Analyst (Current Employee)

    ProsAutonomy and camaraderie are two of the most compelling reasons to work here. Exposure to expert, intelligent leaders who will spent time coaching is also a big plus.

    ConsTravel and hours can be a drag. Client services is also an inherently challenging area and a lot of the job is managing expectations, figuring out how to explain ideas to clients, and re-doing analyses to fit new specifications.

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep encouraging connectivity among junior people

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    5 people found this helpful  

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    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGreat training, leadership opportunities, good well-beings

    Consbad work life balance, especially in asia

    Advice to Senior Managementculture

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    2 people found this helpful  

    Staff role (not consulting). >10 years in senior position.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGreat colleagues, challenging projects with opportunities to learn, contributing to important initiatives

    ConsLifestyle for some support staff has become not sustainable (60-70 hrs on regular basis, much more during crunches, working most weekends). Extreme cost pressure means no new hires, except in low cost locations, no more opportunities for changing roles, hours increase every year. Increasingly feel like a cog. This is an a NA location.

    Advice to Senior Managementsupport staff are people too

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    3 people found this helpful  

    Non-consulting role: rewarding opportunities

    Analytics Manager (Internal) (Current Employee)
    New York, NY

    Pros- The Firm really lives their values, it is not just paid lip service
     - Really smart colleagues, everyone wants to be the best for the Firm, there are always some people but generally not in a competitive way
     - Constantly challenged, pushed in new areas, learn a lot, never boring; you are asked to solve tough problems no matter if that is your formal job responsibility or not

    Cons- Everyone is over-worked
     - You can't get anything done without a Partner sponsor and conversely, if a Partner, any Partner, has an idea then you have to do it. This can lead to a lack of vision and unifying strategy to the work we do
     - Ceiling of advancement for non-consultants; there is a lot you can do and a lot of options but the path isn't clearly defined so you have to work at it, and ultimately you will hit a ceiling
     - Most people treat non-consultant colleagues with respect and appreciation, but those that don't create enough of a bad feeling that it taints the whole experience

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe challenges, disappointment, and issues for non-consultants are obvious and well-known. Either get serious about fixing them or be prepared for the consequences.

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    1 person found this helpful  

    High-end consulting

    Associate (Current Employee)
    New York, NY

    Pros- exposure to senior clients
    - high diversity of topics
    - high level of trust and freedom to be independent
    - good perks
    - high degree of freedom in staffing choices

    Cons- work-life balance is challenging, particularly with travel
    - it's not a rat race but it is

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    2 people found this helpful  

    Amazing!!!

    Executive Assistant (Current Employee)
    Houston, TX

    ProsEveryone holds great respect for Their job, clients, and colleagues. The opportunity to work with many intelligent people. The company appreciates it's employees.

    ConsLong hours are required to maintain excellence. This may become stressful and added pressure may become overwhelming to ones every day life.

    Advice to Senior ManagementContinue to respect and appreciate McKinsey and it's people to maintain great longevity for the company

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great experience at McKinsey in the High Tech Practice

    Associate (Former Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsGreat projects, people and compensation

    ConsConsulting is tough on work life balance. It is no different at McKinsey

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    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsAmazing colleagues, unmatched training, and the opportunity to work with senior executives.

    ConsTravel can get old, and a bad client can make life difficult

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Fantastic place to work

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsExcellent people - hardworking, driven, nice. You learn a ton and you get pushed constantly. If you want to become a jedi master of all things business, you can't do better than McKinsey

    ConsVery long hours and a very high pressure environment leads to continual stress. Very rigid focus on certain ways of working leads to groupthink at times.

    Advice to Senior ManagementFocus more on retaining people, even if it means allowing them to work at a slower pace.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    great place to work

    Senior Business Analyst (Current Employee)
    New York, NY

    Prosnice people, steep learning curve

    Constough hours , esp. at first

    Advice to Senior Managementlonger studies could mean better answers

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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