McKinsey & Company Reviews in Costa Rica

Updated July 27, 2014
Updated July 27, 2014
961 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Very smart people to bounce thought off and get new angles that you haven't thought of (in 63 reviews)

  • Great people to work with, get to learn a lot from colleagues as well as senior leadership (in 25 reviews)


Cons
  • You have to have a lot of self discipline to keep work life balance reasonable (in 167 reviews)

  • Very long hours and a very high pressure environment leads to continual stress (in 168 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Amazing place to learn

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Knowledge Content Coordinator  in  San Jose, San Jose (Costa Rica)
    Current Employee - Knowledge Content Coordinator in San Jose, San Jose (Costa Rica)

    I have been working at McKinsey & Company full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Cultural diversity, opportunities to lean

    Cons

    Salaries, less growth opportunities, only support services

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Good chance to work in interesting projects

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Analyst  in  San Jose, San Jose (Costa Rica)
    Current Employee - Research Analyst in San Jose, San Jose (Costa Rica)

    I have been working at McKinsey & Company full-time

    Pros

    Good atmosphere
    Clear evaluation process
    Growth is encouraged

    Cons

    Career path is not clearly outlined, you will have to spend time thinking what to do and is best if you do it early on. On this point, changing your team is possible, but everything comes with a price: you have to start from the beginning which can make your progress run slower.
    No senior people in the office means learning useful knowledge for other jobs can be challenging, also means there can be a lack of clear, senior leaders whose steps you can follow.
    Depending on which team you join, work life balance can become an issue.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give benefits that more clearly affect employee's satisfaction
    Make sure you compensate better those colleagues who must work outside the country at least 20% of the year

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Great for first work experience. Lack of long term career advancement

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Analyst  in  Heredia (Costa Rica)
    Current Employee - Research Analyst in Heredia (Costa Rica)

    I have been working at McKinsey & Company full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    -Great Culture: Most people are helpful and bright
    -Flexible hours Ability to select projects than interest you
    -Great benefits vs other firms
    -Good on resume particularly as a first job experience

    Cons

    -Lack of career advancement opportunities, particularly after a couple of years
    -Transactional nature of work, which can get frustrating after a while as transition to Senior takes a lot of time.
    -Sometimes you'll need to work ridiculous hours, although it is an exception rather than the norm

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more open about the job description and what is really involves.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Knowledge Network: Good if you have no experience, otherwise avoid it, no career opportunities

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Analyst  in  Heredia (Costa Rica)
    Current Employee - Research Analyst in Heredia (Costa Rica)

    I have been working at McKinsey & Company full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Flexible hours - if you know how to manage your time you are OK, but a lot of people work ridiculous hours
    Good benefits - insurance, transport, parties

    Cons

    After one year you will not learn anything different, the learning curve peaks
    No real career advancement. You might go from junior to senior but all that changes is salary, and not by a lot
    Low salaries
    They sell exciting problem solving and high level analysis when in reality it is more of the same, after a year of work

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't sell the work as so exciting and promise so much. There is no delivering and it is clearly a back office job. Stop pretending there is a high level of impact when our work is only a support function.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Amazing work experience, but not fairly compensated

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Analyst  in  San Jose, San Jose (Costa Rica)
    Current Employee - Research Analyst in San Jose, San Jose (Costa Rica)

    I have been working at McKinsey & Company full-time

    Pros

    Amazing environment and people, compelling work, challenging, great learning opportunity

    Cons

    Compensation and work life balance

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Trainer  in  Heredia (Costa Rica)
    Current Employee - Trainer in Heredia (Costa Rica)

    I have been working at McKinsey & Company full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Benefits are good, work environment is nice, colleagues are professional.

    Cons

    It is not always non-hierarchical, specially with supporting staff.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Fabulous

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Developer
    Current Employee - Developer

    I have been working at McKinsey & Company full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    +McKinsey has the best networking system on the planet
    +Overall you will interact with people that know what they are doing
    +Challenging

    Cons

    -If you do not know how to manage your time, better start learning

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the amazing work.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great learning opportunities

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at McKinsey & Company

    Pros

    Lots of opportunities to learn and work in different areas of knowledge.

    Cons

    In my office there is not enough pressence of leadership.

    Recommends
  10.  

    Great company to work, big name, enviroment is not that great though

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Workstation Support Specialist  in  San Jose, San Jose (Costa Rica)
    Former Employee - Workstation Support Specialist in San Jose, San Jose (Costa Rica)

    I worked at McKinsey & Company full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good compensation and benefits
    Lack of action-decision-making from management

    Cons

    Lack of decision-making
    Quit your social life joining this company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Review management on LATAM

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Very good company to work in.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Analyst  in  San Jose, San Jose (Costa Rica)
    Current Employee - Research Analyst in San Jose, San Jose (Costa Rica)

    I have been working at McKinsey & Company full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Excellent people work here, professionally and personally. There is an excellent working atmosphere. There are some very good opportunities to learn and grow, and actually the chance to create your own opportunities if you are able.

    Cons

    Salary and work could get monotone if you are not careful. Some very talented people may get stuck in transactional research, and career opportunities are hard to get, due to competition and just the few amount of them if you are not able to create them.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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