McKinsey & Company Reviews

Updated September 29, 2014
Updated September 29, 2014
962 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 63 reviews)

  • Great people to work with, get to learn a lot from colleagues as well as senior leadership (in 25 reviews)


Cons
  • You have to have a lot of self discipline to keep work life balance reasonable (in 167 reviews)

  • Very long hours and a very high pressure environment leads to continual stress (in 168 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to learn

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    Former Employee - Associate  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Associate in Chicago, IL

    I worked at McKinsey & Company full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The work is interesting, colleagues are talented, great work environment and perks, excellent exit options. You really can't go wrong by working at McKinsey. The alumni network is very strong and it's a great resume enhancer.

    Cons

    The biggest con is the lifestyle, primarily the travel. If you don't mind being away from home 3-4 nights per week, it's doable, but if you do mind it might not be a great fit.

    Recommends
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    The Best

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Smart people
    One Firm culture
    Values driven culture
    Exceptional pace and variety
    Fantastic clients
    Work on the biggest problems in the world

    Cons

    Extremely high expectations for even the most inane work can be overwhelming at times.
    Lifestyle tradeoffs tend to go to client work in every case. Not really a con, but just part of the reality of client service.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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    Excellent Learning Environment

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at McKinsey & Company full-time

    Pros

    Great leadership skills training. Excellent training and learning environment and working on challenging client studies

    Cons

    Work load and hours can be very demanding

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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    Amazing but tiring

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great company culture
    They value employees

    Cons

    Work life balance is really bad

  6.  

    Great Company with Great People

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at McKinsey & Company for more than a year

    Pros

    Great people, ability to move around and learn about many different things and great training and investment in people

    Cons

    Long hours, some mangers are hard to work with

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue upward feedback model and further emphasize to improve poor managers.

    Recommends
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    Learned a lot, bad culture in emerging country office

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    Former Employee - Business Analyst
    Former Employee - Business Analyst

    I worked at McKinsey & Company full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Learned a lot in terms of how to get things done and how to understand businesses
    Met some great friends (among many undesirable colleagues)
    They really know how to push you
    Respected a lot for international governance

    Cons

    The culture at an emerging country office is way less humanistic than is in other offices; reminded me of American Psycho, most people had serious personality issues
    Respected very little for the local governance

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    Positive Outlook
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  8.  

    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

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  9.  

    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
  10.  

    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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  11.  

    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.

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