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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. Helpful (6)

    Fantastic opportunity to broaden your career options

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to Management

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


  2. Helpful (3)

    Still a great company.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

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

    Cons

    - long hours - crazy hours

    Advice to Management

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


  3. Helpful (4)

    Highly intellectually stimulating & rewarding but not sustainable for family life

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    Current Employee - Engagement Manager in Jersey City, NJ
    Current Employee - Engagement Manager in Jersey City, NJ
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Lack 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 Management

    Genuinely reach out and care for your teams


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Great Learning -- Great People

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    Former Employee - Engagement Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Engagement Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    Continue to innovate to stay desirable and relevant to the top talent that make the Firm great.


  6. Helpful (7)

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

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waltham, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waltham, MA
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Exposure 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.

    Cons

    Prepare 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.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Great place to grow and learn the industry

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    Former Employee - Research Analyst in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Research Analyst in New York, NY
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Challenging 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.

    Cons

    The 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.


  8. Helpful (8)

    Great learning experience

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    Former Employee - Senior Associate in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in New York, NY
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Amazingly 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

    Cons

    Real 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 Management

    Drive 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


  9. Helpful (1)

    intense but friendly

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

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

    Cons

    very demanding of time constantly feeling stretched


  10. Amazing learning, very intense, often unproductive work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Most 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)

    Cons

    Too 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 Management

    Treat people more like people and less like workhorses


  11. Helpful (1)

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

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Amazing collaborative environment, exvcellent experience

    Cons

    Hours can be nothing less than brutal

    Advice to Management

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



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