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Updated February 26, 2015
Updated February 26, 2015
1,115 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 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. 1 person found this helpful  

    It's McKinsey

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    Current Employee - Engagement Manager
    Current Employee - Engagement Manager

    I have been working at McKinsey & Company

    Pros

    Unparalleled exposure to top business leaders. Incredibly high caliber colleagues. Fantastic way to start a career - especially for smart people who don't know what they want to do.

    Cons

    Lifestyle is hard, especially if you have a family. And people naturally leave after 2-3 years. I found that many of my closest colleagues left very quickly.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Shifting toward a greater focus on lifestyle is critical, and this is going to require being somewhat less aggressive in pursuing clients.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2.  

    Make your "own McKinsey"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at McKinsey & Company full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Allows for a lot of personal growth; given a lot of freedom to develop new skills and try new roles

    Cons

    Can be difficult to maintain home/work boundaries

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Best in the industry, needs to work on removing politics

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    Current Employee - Engagement Manager in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Engagement Manager in Dallas, TX

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

    Pros

    Develop quickly, strengths-based feedback, variety, work with high performers

    Cons

    Promotion process is overly political and more about client and industry platform than ability.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great training ground

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at McKinsey & Company full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Smart, ambitious team mates...by far the most interesting and challenging projects offered by private and public entities

    Cons

    Everything that is said about work/life balance is true, there is regularly any balance

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6.  

    Great Life Style, engaging work

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at McKinsey & Company

    Pros

    Great alumni, exciting work, travel, great company values, intense training, highly prestigious, overall a great place for somebody to launch their career.

    Cons

    None really - just writing this sentence in order to meet the word count minimum. But one of the problems is you're always at risk of losing your job.

  7.  

    Very positive. Lots of great learning

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at McKinsey & Company

    Pros

    Top people, great benefits, interesting work

    Cons

    Lifestyle and travel can be difficult at times

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to make sure all partners are top notch from a values and people development perspective, otherwise will over time erode the culture

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great experience as an intern, could be a wonderful opportunity for someone right out of college

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    Current Employee - Intern in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Intern in Boston, MA

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

    Pros

    everyone is intelligent and drive, impactful work, good emphasis on mentoring and skills development

    Cons

    work/life balance, long hours, travel

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    think about investing more in research as part of client service

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Fantastic employer

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at McKinsey & Company

    Pros

    Smart people, challenging problems, always learning

    Cons

    You have to be willing to travel

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Amazing Firm with incredible people

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    Former Employee - Administrative
    Former Employee - Administrative

    I worked at McKinsey & Company

    Pros

    The Firm has built an incredible support network and you can easily navigate their extensive resources available. The phrase "make your own McKinsey" is very true here. If you do the work and put in the time, speak up, initiate and drive ideas, you'll go far. Most teams are friendly and have a good balance of keeping things entertaining between the stressfulness of deadlines and work. The firm is still growing, Specifically McKinsey solutions, so if that's your niche or could be, the track to grow your career, at the time being is much faster than the traditional. Management was receptive and the entire team top to bottom, was very responsive to opportunities. Professional development is a huge focus here and always speak up with your ideas! They're almost always received well so long as you are willing to drive them!

    Cons

    I enjoyed this part, but many people are not ok with the lack of guidance and constant change. You will wear many hats at times. If you don't have the personality to adapt and be flexible, this isn't the environment for you. If you're on the admin side, there is little room for opportunity or growth outside of certain offices. I relocated and was unable to take my career with me even though my team fought for months.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be flexible to the employees who are high performers and have been with the firm for enough time. I did not want to leave McKinsey but my relocation to another city, with a McKinsey office, forced me to have to leave the firm since my position was not allowed in any other office in the US. I hope to find my way back as my new similar role with another company does not come close. My team is still reaching out to me informing me of the huge gap a month later. While I understand the concept of the structure, don't lose out on great employees by becoming too corporate. It's one of many reasons people choose McKinsey over elsewhere.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    great place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Expert in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Expert in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Great values, plenty of diverse opportunities across the world

    Cons

    demanding on lifestyle, high turnover

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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