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McKinsey & Company Reviews in Germany

Updated December 12, 2014
Updated December 12, 2014
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McKinsey & Company Managing Director Dominic Barton
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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 67 reviews)

  • Great people to work with, get to learn a lot from colleagues as well as senior leadership (in 26 reviews)


Cons
  • You have to have a lot of self discipline to keep work life balance reasonable (in 174 reviews)

  • Very long hours and a very high pressure environment leads to continual stress (in 175 reviews)

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  1.  

    Just a review

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Consultant
    Former Employee - Consultant

    I worked at McKinsey & Company

    Pros

    They have a great network

    Cons

    You don't any time to do things but working

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    ziemlich zufrieden pretty satisfied

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Leitender Mitarbeiter in Hamburg (Germany)
    Current Employee - Leitender Mitarbeiter in Hamburg (Germany)

    I have been working at McKinsey & Company full-time (more than an year)

    (Translated from English)

    Pros

    viele Möglichkeiten, mit internationalem Zugang.

    a lot of opportunities, with internatinal exposure.

    Cons

    komplizierte Managementstruktur, Widerspruchspflicht ist nicht wirklich vorhanden

    complicated management structure, obligation to dissent is not really there

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Mitarbeiter Associate

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Associate
    Former Employee - Associate

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

    (Translated from English)

    Pros

    Sehr gute Lernmöglichkeiten, gute Sozialleistungen.

    Very good learning opportunities, well taken care-of benefits.

    Cons

    Die Arbeitszeiten sorgen dafür, dass der Rest von Leben und Gesundheit in einem miserablen Zustand sind. Einige Manager werden von Bürointrigen angetrieben.

    Work hours leaves rest of life and health in a miserable state. Some managers are driven by office politics.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Cool, aufregend, aber auch anstrengend Cool, exciting, tiring

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Engagement Manager
    Former Employee - Senior Engagement Manager

    I worked at McKinsey & Company full-time (more than 5 years)

    (Translated from English)

    Pros

    Fantastische Leute, interessante Themen, tolle Ideen, gutes Geld + Zulagen

    fantastic people, interesting topics, great ideas, good money and perks

    Cons

    80 Stunden die Woche, immer weg von zu Hause, wenn man Karriere machen will, ist das Entscheidende, zur richtigen Zeit am richtigen Ort zu sein.

    80 hours a week, always away from home, luck of being in the right place at the right time plays significant role in career success.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Seien Sie mutig, entsprechend der anleitenden Prinzipien zu leben und stellen Sie sicher, dass Sie neue Verbindlichkeiten nur eingehen, wenn Sie Ihren Kunden wirklich einen Mehrwert bieten.

    Be courageous to live up to the guiding principles and ensure you initiate new engagements only when you can really add value to your clients

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Kochen auch nur mit Wasser

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at McKinsey & Company

    Pros

    Gehalt, Aufstiegschancen, Flexibilität, Erfahrung sammeln

    Cons

    Work-Life-Balance
    Arroganz der Kollegen
    Up or out

  7.  

    Gutes Lernen und gute Möglichkeiten. Schlechte Lebenseinstellung. Great learning and opportunities. Poor lifestyle

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate in Frankfurt am Main (Germany)
    Current Employee - Associate in Frankfurt am Main (Germany)

    I have been working at McKinsey & Company full-time (more than an year)

    (Translated from English)

    Pros

    - Gutes Lernen

    - Extrem kluge und motivierte Angestellte

    - Bezahlung und Zusatzleistungen sind sehr gut.

    - Toll für den Lebenslauf

    - Great learning
    - Extremely smart and motivated employees
    - Pay and benefits are very good
    - Great for your CV

    Cons

    - Arbeitszeiten

    - Viel Reisen

    - Druck, um Kunden und Management mit unsinniger Arbeit zu gefallen.

    - Working hours
    - A lot of travel
    - Pressure to please client and management with unreasonable work

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Gute Lernerfahrung, Lern dich selbst kennen Great learning experience, Know yourself

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Global Human Resources
    Former Employee - Global Human Resources

    I worked at McKinsey & Company full-time (more than 10 years)

    (Translated from English)

    Pros

    Bau dein eigenes McKinsey, fantastische Lernmöglichkeiten, Lerne, dass das Beste nicht genug ist, sei DER/DIE Beste, ist dein Motto. Geschätzte Freundschaften, Spaß, Aufregend

    Build your own McKinsey, Fantastic learning opportunities, Learn that best is not good enough, be THE Best is your motto. Valued Friendship, Fun, Exciting

    Cons

    Unglaublicher Stress, Shape Projekt, Konkurrenz sogar auf freundlicher Ebene, sehr wenig Privatleben

    Incredible stress, shape project, competition even at friendly level, very little personal life

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Schätzen Sie Ihre Leute

    Value your people

    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Eine aufregende Lern- und Arbeitserfahrung, die aber an die Substanz geht. A thrilling but substance burning learning and growing experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Partner in Munich (Germany)
    Former Employee - Partner in Munich (Germany)

    I worked at McKinsey & Company full-time (more than 10 years)

    (Translated from English)

    Pros

    Man lernt schnell dazu. Gelegenheit, an schwierigen Geschäftsproblemen zu arbeiten. Karrierefortschritte. Man arbeitet mit fantastisch anregenden Menschen.

    Fast pace learning. Opportunity to work at difficult business problems. Career progressions. Fantastically stimulating people to work with.

    Cons

    Die Perspektive kann zu egozentrisch werden. Man kann leicht selbstverliebt werden. Es besteht das Risiko, dass sich die Perspektive für Arbeit und Leben verengt. Risiko, auszubrennen, bevor man 40 ist.

    Perspective can be too self-centered. Easy to become self-infatuated with oneself. Risk of narrowing life- and job-perspective. Risk of burning out before you are 40.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Einmalige Gelegenheit zum Kennenlernen außergewöhnlicher Menschen mit enormen Einfluss Live changing opportunity to meet exceptional people and have an enormous impact

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Seniorpartner in Munich (Germany)
    Current Employee - Seniorpartner in Munich (Germany)

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

    (Translated from English)

    Pros

    Man begegnet außergewöhnlichen Leuten, die einem liebend gerne Feedback geben und beim Weiterkommen helfen.
    Man hat immer die Chance, für beide Firmen und die Gemeinschaft an den größten Herausforderungen der Welt zu arbeiten.... und selbst wenn man im Moment nicht an ihnen arbeitet, bleibt man auf dem Laufenden, z.B. durch den Kontakt zu aktiven Kollegen.

    You meet exceptional people, who love to provide feedback and help you grow.
    You always have the chance to work on the world's biggest challenges for both firms and the community.... and even if you don't work on them at the moment you can stay informed e.g. by reaching out to your colleagues that do.

    Cons

    Berater zu sein, ist in der Tat sehr anspruchsvoll. Ohne eine starke Rückendeckung durch die Familie ist das kein Job, den man lange ausführen wird.

    Being a consultant is in deed very demanding. Without a strong support from you family this is not a job you will do for long.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 11 people found this helpful  

    Mit zunehmender Arbeitszeit immer enttäuschender Becoming more and more disappointing with increasing tenure

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Stellvertretender Direktor in Munich (Germany)
    Current Employee - Stellvertretender Direktor in Munich (Germany)

    I have been working at McKinsey & Company full-time (more than 5 years)

    (Translated from English)

    Pros

    a - Außergewöhnliche Möglichkeiten, an verschiedenen bedeutsamen Projekten zu arbeiten und Führungskräfte kennen zu lernen
    b - Weiterhin als die beste Adresse für eine Karriere anerkannt
    c - Lehrt am besten Problemlösung und Strukturierung

    a - Exceptional opportunities to work on various high impact projects and to get to know executive managers
    b - Still recognized as the best address for making a career
    c - Teaches best-in-class problem-solving and structuring

    Cons

    a - Weniger Branchenwissen und funktionale Kenntnisse als erwartet, Qualität der Kundenarbeit, die als beste Lösung angepriesen wird, ist sehr oft ohne praktische Erfahrung, Pragmatismus und Kunden-Einsichten (oft nicht ausreichend durch die Führung beachtet)
    b -Insbesondere haben Direktoren eine Tendenz zu ihrer eigenen isolierten Welt des Denkens, sie fordern sogar das Team auf, nicht zu arbeiten und Kunden anzuhören, anstatt eine stärkere Integration und Berücksichtigung der Kundenanliegen anzufordern
    c - Fehlende Vorbilder unter den Führungskräften (Geschäftsführer und Partner), starke selbstorientierte "Diva"-Mentalität. Soziales Verhalten gegenüber Teams (jüngere Kollegen unter Druck setzen, bedrohen, anschreien usw.) ist sehr oft inakzeptabel und lässt darüber hinaus professionelle Werte vermissen
    d - Inakzeptable Arbeit-Leben-Balance aufgrund unzureichender Besetzung/Fokus von Projektressourcen auf Folgeprojekte und Vorschläge, zuviel versprechendem Umfang und überforderter Führung (sehr oft alle 3 Ursachen in einem Projekt)
    e - Intransparente Beförderungsverfahren - das Rezept für den Erfolg ist, der Führungsetage so weit wie möglich zu gefallen. Unabhängiges und kreatives Denken ist eher unbeliebt und wirkt sich negativ auf die Leistung aus

    a - Less industry expertise and functional in-depth knowledge than expected, quality of client work claimed as "best solution" very often lacks practical experience, pragmatism and client insights (often not sufficiently respected by leadership)
    b - In particular directors have a tendency to build their own isolated world of thinking, even requesting the team to not work and listen to clients instead of enforcing stronger integration and consideration of client concerns
    c - Missing role-models along senior leaders (directors and partners), strong selforiented "diva" mentality. Social behavior towards teams (putting younger colleagues under pressure, threatening, yelling etc.) is very often unacceptable, and beyond professional values
    d - Inacceptable work-life balance due to insufficient staffing/focus of project resources on follow-on projects and proposals, overpromising on scope or overstretched leadership (very often all of the 3 causes in one project)
    e - Intransparent promotion processes - the recipee for success is to please senior leadership as much as possible. Independent and creative thinking is rather disliked and has an negative impact on performance

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Verhalten Sie sich weniger arrogant (vor allem gegenüber Kunden) und gierig, werden Sie demütiger und bescheidener. Kümmern Sie sich mehr um einzelne Personen und Kunden, und fangen Sie an, das (wieder) einzuhalten, was während der Recruiting-Veranstaltungen gesagt wird

    Behave less arrogant (in particular towards clients) and greedy, become more humble and modest about yourself. Care more about individual people and clients, and start sticking stronger (again) to whats being said during recruiting events

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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