McKinsey & Company Reviews

Updated August 23, 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. 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


  2. Smart people

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Smart people, great learning opportunities

    Cons

    Work life balance, stressful environment


  3. Eever-changing environment

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Fast paced, dynamic environment provides opportunities to learn and grow

    Cons

    No one but you has your back. Little regard for human capital. Reviews can tend to be based on perception

    Advice to Management

    Value the talent that your employees bring to the table


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  5. Engagement Manager

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, good exposure to wide variety of clients

    Cons

    Too much hierarchy, have to be subservient to a Director to get anything done

    Advice to Management

    Allow people the flexibility to make grown-up adult decisions


  6. Helpful (9)

    Very male-dominated environment

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at McKinsey & Company full-time

    Pros

    Surrounded by smart people Free lunch on Fridays

    Cons

    Very male dominated - in fact, all the EAs were female, and the vast majority of the consultants are male Catty environment among EAs Huge salary disparity leads to resentment

    Advice to Management

    Switch it up - hire some male EAs and more female consultants


  7. Helpful (1)

    IT

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Challenging work but depends on which department you're in. Great benefits compare to many companies.

    Cons

    Lots of favoritism. Management has been there for 20+ years so not much has changed... It's who you know, not what you know in IT

    Advice to Management

    Think outside the box... It's OK that someone has a different idea and allow the idea to be vetted it out.


  8. Only for 2-3 years

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    Former Employee - Engagement Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Engagement Manager in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fast track, variety of experience across industries, c level presence

    Cons

    No life balance, culture of constant self promotion

    Advice to Management

    None


  9. Helpful (3)

    Executive Assistants are undervalued and over paid

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    Current Employee - Executive Assistant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    They have excellent benefits, an onsite cafeteria and free snacks and soda.

    Cons

    You could probably train a high school freshman to be an EA at McKinsey. All the EA does is input data into a calendar. There is absolutely no need to encourage people with a college education to be an EA, especially if they didn't graduate from a community college. The EA role at McKinsey is simply a glorified scheduling clerk. Despite what you may have been told in your interview, EAs are never looked at for other roles, bc there are little to no skill sets utilized as an EA. EAs are looked at as nothing more. It's a dead end opportunity to get to work with very busy people.

    Advice to Management

    If you're going to outsource all of an EAs duties to other departments, you should outsource the EA for partners to Tampa as well. There is no need to have an EA onsite other than to act as a pacifier, because all calendaring can be done remotely.


  10. Helpful (1)

    Diverse people solving any world problem you can think of

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    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Minneapolis, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Incredibly variety of global issues being addressed Immense responsibility and opportunity given to young professionals Immediate credibility due to previous work Supportive both on the way in and the way out for all employees

    Cons

    Lifestyle involves nearly 100% travel when on client work Expectation of working long evenings Little on the job training during projects


  11. Helpful (1)

    Despite a premium brand and top tier consulting firm, people leadership is horrible.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good type of work. Great exposure. Can stay for 2 years to learn a lot

    Cons

    People development is horrible. Day to day job can be intense, long hours. People are always stressed out, tired and do the minimal to keep sanity in check. I particularly found engagement managers to have no people skills. Typically they have not managed people in the past and find it tough especially in an intense setting.



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