McKinsey & Company Reviews

Updated September 1, 2015
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McKinsey & Company Managing Director Dominic Barton
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 (44)

    Top notch

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Engagement Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Engagement Manager in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    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. Nobody does it better

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    Former Employee - Engagement Manager in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Engagement Manager in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    World-class colleagues, pay, and benefits. Accelerated learning and development through apprenticeship and the work. Working there is like winning a career gold medal; you get credit (in some but not all circles) for the rest of your life.

    Cons

    Travel and intensity; pace is set by you if you're super-confident or by those around you if you're normal

    Advice to Management

    Innovate - the industry is coming for you!


  3. Great people, great learning, hard work

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    Former Employee - Business Analyst
    Former Employee - Business Analyst
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at McKinsey & Company full-time

    Pros

    Amazing learning opportunity with great mentors. Driven, talented co-workers (though occasionally overly-demanding/painful). Interesting work for the most part. Great support of people and investment in their people.

    Cons

    As a consultant, sometimes your work is not as meaningful as you might hope (e.g. you're confirming someone else's work, or giving weight to one side of a corporate political battle). Lots of travel which can be fun but wearying.


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  5. Great firm to work for

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Learning and training programs, Benefits, People, Projects

    Cons

    Hours, traveling can be hard if you are not willing to put the hours


  6. Great, but hard work

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    Former Employee - Marketing in Manvel, TX
    Former Employee - Marketing in Manvel, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Decent pay and good career opportunities whether you're staying in this company or moving positions. A job at McKinsey and Co opens doors.

    Cons

    Long hours, sometimes projects take a very long time. You better get used to traveling, because you'll be doing that a lot.

    Advice to Management

    Management is decent and competent


  7. Best company on earth

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    Current Employee - Consultant in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Consultant in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Simply, the best company in existence. Amazing culture and a unique position in the global economy. McKinsey is the oil that moves corporate!

    Cons

    Good share of travel. If you don't like to travel I would pick another employer. You can never truly relax, it is always demanding.

    Advice to Management

    Keep the push to become a bolder, more innovative company. Keep the level of decentralization. Our decentralized decision making and obligation to dissent is out secret source!


  8. Great opportunity for a few years

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at McKinsey & Company full-time

    Pros

    Great content, great people, exciting and challenging tasks. Many different development opportunities, in terms of new countries, new roles, new practices

    Cons

    Tough life style, a lot of travel, long hours, difficult to work outside of region, not that great salary wise in relationship to hours put in

    Advice to Management

    Allow for more diverse paths, focus more on true development of junior colleagues, dare to set standards (e.g. work all Fri in home locations) and be bold about it to clients


  9. Helpful (2)

    Ok if you want to exit

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    Former Employee - Senior Associate in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Best place to leave from

    Cons

    Almost everything else, exlc. the pro is bad

    Advice to Management

    Stop drinking the koolaid - the industry has wisened up to you, and you need to stop deluding yourselves into thinking you still teach people skills they cant learn elsewhere (every top tier b school is better preparation) and that you still carry the weight you did in the 80s. 1000s leave every year, EMs are taking up manager roles in tech cos


  10. Great place to start career

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    -Learning and development, build an excellent network, future opportunities are endless

    Cons

    -Long hours/travel can be difficult


  11. What

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    Former Employee - Engagement Manager in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Engagement Manager in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Wide range of experience You'll develop stronger problem solving and communication skills than anywhere else I've ever been.

    Cons

    Horrible work-life balance No mentoring/support unless you have already proven yourself to be a rockstar



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