McKinsey & Company Reviews

Updated September 12, 2014
Updated September 12, 2014
947 Reviews
4.2
947 Reviews
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McKinsey & Company Managing Director Dominic Barton
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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 65 reviews)

  • Great people to work with, get to learn a lot from colleagues as well as senior leadership (in 24 reviews)


Cons
  • You have to have a lot of self discipline to keep work life balance reasonable (in 160 reviews)

  • Very long hours and continual expectation of over-performance (in 158 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    A big challenge with a commensurate payoff in knowledge and capabilities

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

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

    Pros

    Exposure to some of the most intelligent people in the world along with a culture that is dependent on your success and growth

    Cons

    Long hours and constant performance feedback can be draining to those who are not prepared

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Finance team

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    Current Employee - Finance
    Current Employee - Finance

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

    Pros

    Amazing benefits. Great boss who is flexible.

    Cons

    Workload is challenging. Expectations are very high for success.

    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Solid Company to Work for

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    Former Employee - Business Analyst  in  Stamford, CT
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Stamford, CT

    I worked at McKinsey & Company as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    - high caliber, high achieving teammates.
    - get to work on interesting problems
    - very prestigious, gain lots of respect
    - nice benefits, take care of employees

    Cons

    - Lots of Type A personalities
    - A little bureaucracy/politics, just like any other corporate company
    - Travel can be taxing
    - Individuality (style, communication, etc.) is looked at as a liability to the brand of the firm

    Recommends
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Continually challenging studies keep your learning curve at an all-time high

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    To get up to speed on the widest variety of businesses with the deepest levels of insights at the shortest possible time. Good pay.

    Cons

    100% travel, no life-work balance, heavily stressful for 'insecure over-achievers' (the known model for McKinsey recruits) due to up-or-out policy, intensely critical of each other in feedback that could scar some egos if not handled the right way. You need to fit in, there are no heroes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If and when you hire experienced hires in senior roles, you need to set expectations on the very fundamental things that are different about the firm compared to other consulting firms or industry. People bring different types of talents - not everyone fits the exact same model a McKinsey employee should fit in. Their contributions need to be leveraged in a different way.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Wonderful company

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Where do I start:

    Benefits: Awesome health insurance, generous vacation, and the cost for benefits are much lower than most employers.

    Work: Always interesting and management wants you to learn new things. There is a lot expected and you are given the flexibility to do your work.

    People: They are awesome. Working with the best and brightest talent!!

    Culture: Since I am not on the consulting side of the house, I think it is one of the best cultures I've experienced. One thing that I'm impressed about (and why the company is so successful) is that it is your duty to dissent if you feel there is something wrong. Giving your employees a voice allows for the exchange of ideas

    Cons

    There are none at this time.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Amazing internship experience

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    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 as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Worked with an extremely fun and down-to-earth team to help a healthcare client implement a new program. Was responsible for important and impactful workstreams from day 1.

    Cons

    Long hours during the week, often reaching 15-hour days. However, we were not expected to work at all on the weekends so this made it bearable. Also, there could occasionally be long stretches of down-time during the day.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great work environment

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    Current Employee - Research Analyst  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Research Analyst in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    People are truly passionate about mentoring others

    Cons

    Advancement can get lengthy

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    No place is perfect, but McK is as close as it gets

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    Former Employee - Associate Principal
    Former Employee - Associate Principal

    I worked at McKinsey & Company full-time

    Pros

    Truly distinctive colleagues. They are, without question, the most incredible group of people assembled in one organization, and not just because they are all so smart and accomplished. Almost everyone there really wants to be there and wants to help others be there. Although attrition is high, there is not a sense that everyone is "fighting for the top job."

    Cons

    Very long hours, very demanding problems to solve, and very high performance expectations.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stay the course.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    best entry-level job on the market

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    Current Employee - Business Analyst
    Current Employee - Business Analyst

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

    Pros

    always client facing, delivers great impact

    Cons

    prohibit family life sometimes, but overall a worthwhile experience for at least couple of years

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great company!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at McKinsey & Company

    Pros

    Work with intelligent, talented people. Collaborative environment. The Toronto office is beautiful.

    Cons

    Long working hours, extensive travel.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Great company!

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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