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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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    6 people found this helpful  

    Fantastic opportunity to broaden your career options

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) New York, NY

    ProsOpportunity to work on exciting, high impact projects with teams of intelligent and interesting people while having a relatively high compensation.

    ConsOccasional long hours, lots of traveling, intensive work environment, high intellectual demand, frequent 360 reviews (although this can be good or bad)

    Advice to Senior ManagementNeed to create assessment criteria for values during hiring and evaluation of current employees to avoid incidents like Galleon in the future.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    4 people found this helpful  

    Highly intellectually stimulating & rewarding but not sustainable for family life

    Engagement Manager (Current Employee) Jersey City, NJ

    ProsFast-paced, impactful & challenging work
    Great visibility to clients and senior leadership
    Strong brand name & great compensation/benefits

    ConsLack of mentors within the Firm
    Highly stressful work that can be taken very personally if you allow it to
    No true role models in a well-rounded sense who are able to balance a great career with happy family life

    Advice to Senior ManagementGenuinely reach out and care for your teams

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    3 people found this helpful  

    Still a great company.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) New York, NY

    Pros- challenging assignments
    - work that makes an impact
    - great benefits

    Cons- long hours
    - crazy hours

    Advice to Senior Management- hours are crazy but senior management also lives it and leads by example - that means a lot

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    1 person found this helpful  

    Great Learning -- Great People

    Engagement Manager (Former Employee) San Francisco, CA

    Pros- Great projects: Assoiates drive the problem-solving, which means they get more experience faster than other firms
    - Senior level exposure
    - Lots of feedback, so you will learn
    - Great knowledge management system - a goldmine of information
    - Strong alumni network, which will help for years to come

    Cons- "Client, Firm, You" ... in that order (i.e., you come last) :-)
    - Work-life balance is non-existent
    - Takes longer to become partner, and make the big money, than you might expect

    Advice to Senior ManagementContinue to innovate to stay desirable and relevant to the top talent that make the Firm great.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to grow and learn the industry

    Research Analyst (Former Employee) New York, NY

    ProsChallenging work environment where you're surrounded by smart, motivated people and working on issues that are redefining companies and industries. As a research analyst, you get to see how different companies are facing similar challenges. You get a unique perspective on the industry.

    ConsThe company has an always-on, type-A culture. The line between work and life is blurred because for many of your colleagues, they are one and the same thing.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    7 people found this helpful  

    Exciting, hard work, intelligent colleagues, and 24/7 attachment to your Blackberry

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Waltham, MA

    ProsExposure to working on the most pressing concerns of the world's largest companies, brilliant colleagues, and a world class professional development program make McKinsey an interesting place to work. There is always opportunity to explore a topic that you are interested in, and intrapreneurship is encouraged.

    ConsPrepare to disappear for a few years, the hours are long. Work is fast paced and always urgent. Brilliant people can be nasty to each other as they strive to get work done on a tight deadline and to advance their careers.

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    1 person found this helpful  

    intense but friendly

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Los Angeles, CA

    Proswork on challenging projects with amazing people
    huge amount of variety
    great training programs
    rapid growth
    great benefits and perks

    Consvery demanding of time
    constantly feeling stretched

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    8 people found this helpful  

    Great learning experience

    Senior Associate (Former Employee) New York, NY

    ProsAmazingly smart, capable co-workers
    Intense focus on delivering results
    Culture of cooperation and helping each other succeed
    Opportunity to gain experience very quickly in many areas

    ConsReal focus of the firm is on building relationships with clients and selling more projects
    Most projects are on very un-inspiring problems like setting prices or managing call centers
    Generally don't feel like you're making the world a better place, and sometimes are finding profitable ways to make it worse

    Advice to Senior ManagementDrive for expansion and growth has led to taking on more and more projects, and developing relationships with more and more clients. This means less ability to pick and choose the opportunities where the firm can make an important contribution. Consider more focus, and less growth

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    Amazing learning, very intense, often unproductive work

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Chicago, IL

    ProsMost pure form of meritocracy
    Tremendous learning curve
    Wide range of opportunities
    Wealth of resources
    Great benefits package
    Pretty good salary (though not for the hours)

    ConsToo intense
    Really poor lifestyle, often driven by travel/work that isn't necessary
    Clients often not capable of executing the strategies we give them, so less fulfilling

    Advice to Senior ManagementTreat people more like people and less like workhorses

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    1 person found this helpful  

    A must experience if you get the chance.....

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Atlanta, GA

    ProsAmazing collaborative environment, exvcellent experience

    ConsHours can be nothing less than brutal

    Advice to Senior ManagementLet up on the travel and do more to make a work life balance possible. When I was there there was no such thing..

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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