McKinsey & Company Reviews

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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. Great experience

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    Former Employee - Executive Assistant
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant

    I worked at McKinsey & Company full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    I was afforded the opportunity to work with a group of highly intelligent individuals on a daily basis. This was a great experience for me.

    Cons

    I did not encounter any cons while working here. There is a culture of connectivity that is fostered and that we were all mindful of.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I would advise management to continue to recruit the top candidates that it has a history of recruiting. This is a model that is highly effective and that is reflected on a day to day basis.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  2. 3 people found this helpful

    Incredible profession development, surrounded by some truly inspiring co-workers

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    Former Employee - Senior Engagement Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Engagement Manager in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    While there are definitely some not so great people you will run into, I found that the people I worked with to be some of the smartest people I have had the pleasure to know--and count many of them among my closest friends today

    Cons

    Travel and work-life balance. Although they were very accommodating of a bi-coastal move, industry switch, and allowing me to go part-time, in the end, I didn't see a long term path towards being able to balance the needs of my family with a successful career at McKinsey

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Figure out different paths for people with families besides the traditional up or out

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. Surprisingly enjoyable company to work for

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Employee development, coworkers, company culture (knowledge group), access to knowledgable thought leaders, challenging work

    Cons

    Corporate resources, tendency of consulting side of firm to view knowledge side of firm as "disposable collateral" instead of people that drive their success, division of company culture between consultant and knowledge - one firm ideals should create a one firm approach to people management with no divisions

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. Great learning experience, but you will work your butt off and have no control of your life

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at McKinsey & Company

    Pros

    Early tenure opportunities
    Exciting and interesting problems to deal with on a daily basis that are the core of the company's identity

    Cons

    Long hours
    Not always the most innovative/interesting clients
    Expect to travel four days a week. Every week. For your entire career.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You are no longer the "it" job, and thus you need to treat your employees better. People can get a work-life balance and work on interesting problems now elsewhere.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  6. 1 person found this helpful

    Solid entry role

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    Former Employee - Business Analyst
    Former Employee - Business Analyst

    I worked at McKinsey & Company

    Pros

    You'll learn incredible amounts, get to sit places you'd never think you'd be sitting at your age

    Cons

    Cutthroat culture; no work-life balance

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. Great people, interesting work... You'll never be bored

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at McKinsey & Company

    Pros

    The people are some of he smartest you will ever know, you are constantly learning

    Cons

    Work life balance is a challenge, very competitive environment, can be draining

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  8. great place to intern

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at McKinsey & Company

    Pros

    professional development, mentorship, good salary, network opportunities

    Cons

    you're kept busy, don't expect an easy time

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    more diverse hires

  9. Expert

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    Former Employee - Expert in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Expert in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Top tier consulting firm
    Great training opportunities
    Great networking
    Lots of resources
    Exposure to big client network
    Challenging project work
    Excellent benefits and compensation

    Cons

    Intense
    Very little work life balance
    Work becomes your life
    Need to be willing to travel at 80%
    Teamwork has its challenges

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful

    It's a living...

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    Current Employee - Senior Executive Assistant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Executive Assistant in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Good benefits package - excellent medical, vision, dental, and good 401K plan - if you're a 'lifer' then this might be a good fit for you

    Cons

    Zero work, life balance. EAs are not compensated for the level of work they do, no possibility for growth, no bonuses, and the partners get all the real perks here. It's a good training ground for 2 years max... After that, you burn out.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give bonuses to your CSSA and EA staff -they deserve it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
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  11. Lots of growth, quite challenging

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    Current Employee - Associate in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Associate in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at McKinsey & Company

    Pros

    Diverse and talented coworkers, compensation

    Cons

    Stress-inducing culture, work can be on very boring topics

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to promote a more nurturing culture - sometimes it feels like the teams try to squeeze the most juice out of you without thinking about his/ her growth needs

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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