McKinsey & Company Reviews

Updated August 28, 2014
Updated August 28, 2014
951 Reviews

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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 65 reviews)

  • Great people to work with, get to learn a lot from colleagues as well as senior leadership (in 24 reviews)


Cons
  • You have to have a lot of self discipline to keep work life balance reasonable (in 160 reviews)

  • Very long hours and continual expectation of over-performance (in 158 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Continually challenging studies keep your learning curve at an all-time high

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    To get up to speed on the widest variety of businesses with the deepest levels of insights at the shortest possible time. Good pay.

    Cons

    100% travel, no life-work balance, heavily stressful for 'insecure over-achievers' (the known model for McKinsey recruits) due to up-or-out policy, intensely critical of each other in feedback that could scar some egos if not handled the right way. You need to fit in, there are no heroes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If and when you hire experienced hires in senior roles, you need to set expectations on the very fundamental things that are different about the firm compared to other consulting firms or industry. People bring different types of talents - not everyone fits the exact same model a McKinsey employee should fit in. Their contributions need to be leveraged in a different way.

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  2.  

    Great place to start your career

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at McKinsey & Company full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Very steep learning curve; offering a wide "sample" of works in various functions and industries before you figure out what you're really passionate about; providing opportunities to work with different levels of clients

    Cons

    Work/ life balance - many projects have big time pressure, and traveling is even worse in smaller offices. It can be better if you have the right location/ function/ client platform, but in general not easy to have good work/ life balance.

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  3.  

    Great place for a structured carrier path. Can be hard on lifestyle and depends on people you work with

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    Current Employee - Engagement Manager  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Engagement Manager in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Freedom, learning a lot of new topics, different challenging client situations

    Cons

    Travel and lifestyle can be tough

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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company

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    Current Employee - Business Analyst  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Fantastic culture that brings out the highest quality work in most people
    Amazing exit opportunities--a year at McKinsey is worth 2 or 3 years at other jobs
    Huge responsibility--I was actively working with senior executives from day one

    Cons

    The hours can be stressful, as can the "up or out" culture. Statistically speaking, most people are not making it to the partner level. I left for business school and knew I would not come back because of the lifestyle constrains.

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  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Superb personal development, coworkers and culture; work-life balance leaves a bit to be desired

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    - McKinsey leadership is always pushing you, leading to significant personal development in a short time
    - Culture of knowledge building and client impact is truly special
    - Partners provide truly inspiring leadership and mentorship

    Cons

    - Travel wears you down after a while. Many folks travel Monday through Thursday every week. Mondays are awful, nothing like waking up at 4:30 AM for a flight every week

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  7.  

    Great company

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    Current Employee - Associate  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Associate in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Great, smart colleagues and interesting work across many industries, very powerful and intriguing corporate culture

    Cons

    none outside of traditional downside of being a strategy consultant (travel, hours)

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    Amazing Development Experience

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    Current Employee - Business Analyst
    Current Employee - Business Analyst

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

    Pros

    - opportunities to work with high level executives
    - exposure to a range of business problems
    - committed support network for your development

    Cons

    - long hours
    - more long hours

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    Good

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at McKinsey & Company

    Pros

    Very good job to work at.

    Cons

    Nothing significant at all for now.

  10.  

    Good to learn

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at McKinsey & Company

    Pros

    1. Good place to build up your relationships. 2. Quite a good environment for new grad to learn from different people.

    Cons

    Interns are not easy to get return offer. Especially for some departments, they are not recruiting any more for recently.

  11.  

    Great for learning

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at McKinsey & Company

    Pros

    Good place to start your career. gives you access to big names

    Cons

    cant stay long, bad work hours, travel

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