McKinsey & Company

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McKinsey & Company Reviews

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68 Reviews
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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. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company ..... feels like you are a member of the elite

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA

    I have been working at McKinsey & Company

    Pros

    Great benefits, collegiate environment, innovative and fast paced, very smart people.

    Cons

    there is a big gap been consultants, research and support staff.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    more transparency sooner than later

    Recommends
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  2.  

    Amazing culture

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

    I worked at McKinsey & Company

    Pros

    feedback and honest appraisal of your work

    Cons

    hours are long and travel can be brutal, especially outside of new york city

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep up the good work

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Good place to grow quickly

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    Current Employee - Associate in Stamford, CT
    Current Employee - Associate in Stamford, CT

    I have been working at McKinsey & Company

    Pros

    McKinsey's obsession with feedback ensures that employees are constantly developing and growing. The pace of work is fast, and it's inevitable that employees will learn a lot in a short period of time.

    Cons

    The work-life balance is tough to manage. Employees typically accept that Monday through Thursday is all work, and the weekends are reserved for life.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The management does an excellent job of providing feedback. I recommend that management find a way to inspire associates to become partners. I don't know anyone who wants to become partner, and there are a lot of amazing employees who would be great partners.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 11 people found this helpful  

    Great place to work that sets you up for executive positions later in your career.

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

    I worked at McKinsey & Company

    Pros

    Exit Opportunities-When you leave McKinsey, you have the knowledge that can make you an executive of a Fortune 500. After I left (stayed for 9 years), I went on to an executive position at Viacom.

    Pay-Comparing to other consulting firms, your pay is great. After a couple years, you're up to six figures, and it grows from there. At partner, expect to make $600,000 to 2 million.

    Benefits-The benefits are great.

    Travel-I know some people hate travel, but I love it. I was easily able to manage with my wife and two kids. You just have to create a working lifestyle. Also, you get to fly business class on global flights, and you stay at very nice hotels.

    Cons

    Travel-I love travel, but if you'd rather come home to your own bed every night, don't work at McKinsey. Expect to travel 3-4 days each week.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you are doing!

    Recommends
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  6.  

    Great place to work but not for all

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    Current Employee - Engagement Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Engagement Manager in New York, NY

    I have been working at McKinsey & Company

    Pros

    Great mentorship, opportunities for growth

    Cons

    Long hours, travel, not suited for everyone

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Recommends
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  7.  

    Great place to work

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    Current Employee - Associate in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Associate in Dallas, TX

    I have been working at McKinsey & Company

    Pros

    Great opportunity to grow. You will gain more and more choice in what you want to do and who you want to serve. The impact you have here will be far greater than working in any other profession straight out of college or MBA.

    Cons

    It's hard work. Hours can be long so you need to learn to manage the lifestyle in your own way.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

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  8.  

    Great people

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

    I worked at McKinsey & Company

    Pros

    Great people, very effective organization, clear 'up and out' policy from day one

    Cons

    Tough lifestyle - always on the road

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stay true to the core values

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great place to work, but difficult to see advancement as support staff, unless you have a consultant mentor

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    Former Employee - Exectuvie Assistant in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Exectuvie Assistant in Boston, MA

    I worked at McKinsey & Company

    Pros

    Great people and great benefits package

    Cons

    Very little communication of important information to employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More transparency

    Recommends
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  10. 6 people found this helpful  

    Was not worth it for me

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    Former Employee - Associate in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Associate in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at McKinsey & Company

    Pros

    Very smart colleagues
    Good on the resume
    Good pay and excellent benefits
    I got a lot of airline and hotel points

    Cons

    Constant focus on "development areas," not enough focus on current strengths
    A lot of your success/enjoyment of the job depends on luck -- what project happens to be available when you are
    4 day/week travel is draining - and don't let anyone tell you that 3 day travel is the new model, because it's not!
    Nationwide staffing model and travel makes it difficult to feel connected to the office
    Don't think lifestyle is manageable for women who also want to balance work with family life

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recognize that the vast majority of women have husbands who also work - so the model of "Partner at McKinsey with stay-at-home spouse is the reason lifestyle is sustainable" often doesn't work for women.

    Doesn't Recommend
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  11. 4 people found this helpful  

    TBD

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

    I have been working at McKinsey & Company

    Pros

    Smartest colleagues around
    Challenging and stimulating
    Great resume builder
    The gold standard for consulting
    RESPECT from the outside world

    Cons

    VERY demanding
    Many late nights
    Can be very stressful
    Constant criticism ("Feedback")
    Can make you reconsider your self worth

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Crapping on a document to put in your 2 cents doesn't necessarily mean the document has improved

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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