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McKinsey & Company Reviews

Updated December 18, 2014
Updated December 18, 2014
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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 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.  

    Great experience, long hours, totally worth the decision!

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    Current Employee - Senior Associate
    Current Employee - Senior Associate

    I have been working at McKinsey & Company full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Smart people, challenging issues, senior executive exposure

    Cons

    no work-life balance, internal politics

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    KPIs should be SMART as we advise our clients

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great place to learn, have real meaningful impact and work with people truly invested in helping those around

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    Current Employee - Engagement Manager in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Engagement Manager in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    - Non-negotiable values - I have seen us walk away from clients because we did not believe what they wanted us to do was right for them
    - Great place to get coached and mentored - it always amazes me how responsive anyone is if you ask for help
    - Pro-active and meaningful emphasis on preferences/workstyle and personal life balance

    Cons

    - Need to be very proactive in managing your network - out of sight out of mind, esp for niche sectors/topics to work on that have a high geographic skew

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    The place to be if you're committed to management consulting

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    Former Employee - Associate
    Former Employee - Associate

    I worked at McKinsey & Company full-time

    Pros

    Some of the smartest people in the industry
    Work with top-notch clients on key strategic issues
    Great exit options into other non-consulting roles, due to strength of McK brand name

    Cons

    Extremely long hours -- it is hard to be more hardworking than average if you aren't Thomas Edison who can live on just 2-4hrs sleep daily
    Constantly under scrutiny by peers, senior colleagues, partners -- there is no safe, let-your-hair-down place

    Recommends
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  5.  

    Exhilarating experience!

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    Current Employee - Business Analyst
    Current Employee - Business Analyst

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

    Pros

    -Top notch clients - work with the biggest and the best companies in the world on their most exciting problems
    -Incredibly smart colleagues
    -The company really cares about its people - unmatched perks and benefits
    -Strong core values focused on working for the benefits of our clients
    -Very entrepreneurial despite being an old consulting firm. Tons of new initiative for consultants to get involved with

    Cons

    -Lack of work-life balance - get ready for long days (and nights) and weekend work
    -Overly (and sometimes unnecessarily) intense
    -Lack of connection to implementation of our strategy work

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Meh

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at McKinsey & Company

    Pros

    It looks good on your resume

    Cons

    The work is largely silly and meaningless

  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Good company to work for

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    Current Employee - Engagement Manager
    Current Employee - Engagement Manager

    I have been working at McKinsey & Company full-time

    Pros

    Fantastic group of people, access to senior leaders of many organizations. Hardworking, nice, driven people that plan to change the world

    Cons

    Long hours and significant amount of travel required. High amount of unpredictability with respect to working conditions. High potential for burnout.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    very good

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    Former Employee - Business Analyst
    Former Employee - Business Analyst

    I worked at McKinsey & Company full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    very professional people, had a very stonr leadership

    Cons

    nothing that i found during my tenure

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Left after 3 years; very happy with the experience

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

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

    Pros

    The people are amazing. It's a privilege to work with smart, talented people every day. Project experience and trainings build skills and content knowledge very quickly.

    Cons

    Lifestyle. It depends on the project and can range from intense but sustainable to brutally unhealthy. I left because I had a kid and could not live with Monday through Thursday travel as a dad.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Summer Intern at McKinsey & Company

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at McKinsey & Company as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Generally speaking, great projects, great people to work with, great learning and training experience. The work is quite intensive, I could improve myself a lot during a short period of time. We were intimately close with our clients, and the communication was interesting.

    Cons

    No obvious cons. Hours might be a little long. The working pace was quite fast and people need to adapt quite well. Sometimes the deadline was challenging to meet.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Very satisfied with the managements. Hope to have more personal interactions among colleagues and build more team events.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  11.  

    Very good work environment

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at McKinsey & Company as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    very motivating. Work with top notch guys.

    Cons

    Work - life balance is pretty bad.

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