McKinsey & Company Reviews

Updated April 23, 2015
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McKinsey & Company Managing Director 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 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. Helpful (8)

    Top notch

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    Former Employee - Senior Engagement Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Engagement Manager in New York, NY

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Classy, top notch place to work. You feel like you're in with the good guys, and the smart guys - if not the cool guys. Fantastic place to learn the toolkit - you will use it for the rest of your career. Analyst --> early EM is a no brainer since you are learning a ton.

    Cons

    Like all very strong cultures, it is a bit cultish. You have to unlearn things if you stay too long, because the real world doesnt work like McKinsey. When you stay past EM, you're learning the McKinsey internals - which are less relevant in industry. Up o

    Advice to Management

    Up or out makes a lot of sense..but do you gain from losing top perfomers who are burnt out? Isnt it better to nurture them a bit to help them find their footing?

  2. Helpful (1)

    Operator

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    Current Employee - Operator in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Operator in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at McKinsey & Company part-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Brilliant and coaching upper level management who believe in learning.

    Cons

    Sometimes too professional, little social interaction with coworkers.

  3. Helpful (1)

    Amazing firm to work at

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at McKinsey & Company

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - Tremendous leadership opportunities (e.g., leading senior clients)
    - Amazing set of colleagues in your teams

    Cons

    - Challenging on lifestyle
    - Travel

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  5. Helpful (1)

    Amazing experience!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at McKinsey & Company full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - Fast learning curve of a great skillset
    - Ability to see multiple industries and functions at the same time

    Cons

    - Work/Life balance might get tough sometimes especially with all the travel that happens

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the awesome work!

  6. Helpful (2)

    Crash course of learning about yourself

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engagement Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Engagement Manager in New York, NY

    I have been working at McKinsey & Company

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    + Lots of feedback - to the point where you know exactly who you are.If you don't then they will define who you are
    + Great healthcare, travel perks etc.
    + Very patient with people - lots of people screw up but they are more patient than anyone else in the world

    Cons

    + Very hard if you don't drink the coolade - if you do, then you will be very happy
    + Teams are a big hit or miss - if its a great team, then there is nothing better in life. If bad, then nothing worse

    Advice to Management

    You only realize your impact when you step away - we don't do a good job of reflecting on our impact.

  7. Best leadership school

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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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Smartest people on the planet

    Cons

    Lifestyle can be very challenging

    Advice to Management

    none

  8. Executive Assistant

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    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in Saint Petersburg, FL
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in Saint Petersburg, FL

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    AMAZING benefits- free for employee and only cost approx $25/mo to cover my husband as well. Good training, support from Team Leads when needed. Great work/life balance (unless you allow the people whom you support to have access to you outside work hours).

    Cons

    A bit tough to make work friends as everyone is so busy in their cubicles and there is generally not much interaction unless someone you support works closely with someone else in the same service center. It can be difficult to connect with the people whom you support as an EA as you work remotely for them. Generally have a LARGE workload at all times, McKinsey expects a very strong work ethic, which is not necessarily a bad thing.

    Advice to Management

    Make stronger attempts to ensure that new EAs on the floor are welcomed by the more senior EAs. Team Leads should do regular check-ins with their teams instead of waiting for EAs to come to them with issues.

  9. Helpful (2)

    excellent place to work and develop

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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)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    impact, smart people, personal development

    Cons

    travel, constant self imposed pressure to excel

  10. Challenging in breaking through professional barriers

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at McKinsey & Company full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Benefits package, access to job related information, camaraderie within teams

    Cons

    Work environment as related to support staff, not an inclusive atmosphere

    Advice to Management

    Have more empathy

  11. Helpful (7)

    Very male-dominated environment

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at McKinsey & Company full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Surrounded by smart people
    Free lunch on Fridays

    Cons

    Very male dominated - in fact, all the EAs were female, and the vast majority of the consultants are male
    Catty environment among EAs
    Huge salary disparity leads to resentment

    Advice to Management

    Switch it up - hire some male EAs and more female consultants

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