McKinsey & Company Reviews

Updated July 25, 2015
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McKinsey & Company Managing Director Dominic Barton
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Pros
  • You work with very smart people every day (very gratifying) (in 67 reviews)

  • Can stay for 2 years to learn a lot (in 26 reviews)

Cons
  • An efficient person who prioritizes work/life balance is working until 10/11pm every night (with a break for dinner) (in 174 reviews)

  • Long hours depending on the project (in 175 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (37)

    Top notch

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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. Amazing place, amazing people!

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Associate in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at McKinsey & Company

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

    Pros

    We have the opportunity to work on the most challenging problems while surrounded by incredibly impressive people! You can really make the firm work for you as well as long as you communicate what you need. The support from your colleagues is amazing and the firm is bring gender issues to the top of the strategic priority list!

    Cons

    Travel can be challenging, but there is a push to move to a more sustainable model. Additionally, if you express your needs people will do their best to accommodate

    Advice to Management

    Let's continue the work on the more sustainable travel model!


  3. Engagement Manager

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    • Senior Management
    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)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Emphasizes mentoring Great for personal and professional development Exposure to top executives

    Cons

    80% plus travel Difficult lifestyle to sustain without deep passion for work Limited exposure to execution/ ability to see plans bearing fruit


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  5. Executive Assistant

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant in Saint Petersburg, FL
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant in Saint Petersburg, FL

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

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

    Pros

    All the benefits are AMAZING!! PTO, Sick days, Paid holidays, CHEAP healthcare/dental, etc...

    Cons

    Overtime is not required and has to be approved. (Not really a con!)

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing! ... This firm is the BEST to be a part of.


  6. Helpful (2)

    Summer Business Analyst

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Summer Business Analyst in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Summer Business Analyst in New York, NY

    I have been working at McKinsey & Company

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

    Pros

    Incredible training with dedicated and intelligent people. McKinsey puts an enormous amount of trust in its interns and provides them opportunities to do real problem solving and gain immediate exposure to partners within the firm and real clients. The work-life balance is not great, but it's WAY better than banking

    Cons

    Working hours can be unpredictable. At times work-life balance can be tough, but generally BAs get weekends off. Travelling can be fun but takes up a ton of time. The main issue in my mind is that the team-based structure means you really only see other BAs and interns on Fridays, so there's not as much camaraderie in your class as there is at other companies


  7. McK EM

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engagement Manager in Deerfield, IL
    Current Employee - Engagement Manager in Deerfield, IL

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Love the people and the challenges we have to face. Great people and amazing problems to solve.

    Cons

    Lifestyle is especially challenging. Very hard to balance work and life. Up or out is hard.


  8. Great Experience

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at McKinsey & Company

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Good exposure to different client situations, leadership development, business foundations

    Cons

    Lifestyle is a bit rough with hours etc


  9. Work with best people on best issues around the globe.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Associate in Houston, TX

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

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

    Pros

    Excellent professional development with continuous stress on excellence.

    Cons

    Sometime long working hours but equally balanced time off options are available

    Advice to Management

    Need to encourage more volunteer and team building work in community.


  10. Great job to start with!

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Associate in Pittsburgh, PA

    I have been working at McKinsey & Company

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

    Pros

    Fast, broad based, impactful and door opener. mckinsey is a wonderful brand to have on your resume - earlier in your career the better it is!

    Cons

    Long hours and travel. People/team makes or breaks your project. Pressure to meet and exceed expectations can be stressful at times

    Advice to Management

    Promote work life balance


  11. Overall a great place to STAY!

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant in Saint Petersburg, FL
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant in Saint Petersburg, FL

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

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

    Pros

    Benefits, hours, work environment, free lunch on Fridays, no micro-managing, lots of mobility, no overtime

    Cons

    pay could be more competitive, review process way too generalized, EA pool is very "cliquish"



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