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McKinsey & Company Managing Director Dominic Barton
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Pros
  • Very smart people to bounce thought off and get new angles that you haven't thought of (in 66 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 172 reviews)

  • Very long hours and a very high pressure environment leads to continual stress (in 171 reviews)

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  1.  

    Best decision I've ever made

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

    I have been working at McKinsey & Company

    Pros

    Great people. Great work. Great clients-- Lots of hard work, but you feel like you're part of something special.

    Cons

    Hard work. Smart people. Intense deadlines at times -- You have to be pretty committed to doing well, and working with others.

    Recommends
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  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good

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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 opportunities, huge pay, lots of fun travel, great people to work with and the best clients in the industry

    Cons

    Lots and lots of hours, unclear promotion structure, lots of turnover, got tired of eating fast food all of the time

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  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Excellent development. Complicated Lifestyle.

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    Current Employee - Associate Principal in Miami, FL
    Current Employee - Associate Principal in Miami, FL

    I have been working at McKinsey & Company

    Pros

    - Access to top management
    - Breadth of experiences

    Cons

    - Extensive Travel
    - Lifestyle can be tough

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Expand the talent pools pursiut during the interview process to include more sources.

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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great development opportunity

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    Current Employee - Associate Principal in Miami, FL
    Current Employee - Associate Principal in Miami, FL

    I have been working at McKinsey & Company

    Pros

    -- Opportunity to have real impact
    -- Learn how to tackle some of the most challenging business problems and opportunities
    -- Incredible learning experience: I can't imagine developing more quickly at another company
    -- Highly capable and inspiring co-workers
    -- Mentorship culture
    -- Firm values taken seriously

    Cons

    -- Long hours
    -- Constant pressure
    -- Team leadership sometimes can lose perspective and push the teams too hard
    -- Would be great to have more downtime

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  6.  

    Best management consulting experience out there

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

    I have been working at McKinsey & Company

    Pros

    Excellent training, exposure, and experiences. Overall, great colleagues, benefits and cash comp.

    Cons

    Lots of travel. Cash comp per hour not that great due to # of hours worked.

    Recommends
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    Great professionally, bad for work-life balance

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    Current Employee - Engagement Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Engagement Manager in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at McKinsey & Company

    Pros

    Great place for ambitious professionals. Very interesting projects, great people and tremendous opportunities for learning and career advancement. Great investment by McKinsey on people development

    Cons

    Balancing work and personal life is hard. Travel model is quite rigid with not much flexibility. Having said that partners are really good at allowing time off for personal reasons.
    As you get more senior, politics get much more critical in your career advancement (partner election)

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  8.  

    Great

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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

    Very smart people, great culture,

    Cons

    Not great for people with a lot of experience

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please develop a program to groom experienced hires

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  9.  

    Living at the edge of the worlds most important challenges

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    Current Employee - Manager in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Manager in Palo Alto, CA

    I have been working at McKinsey & Company

    Pros

    - Very competent and caring leadership team
    - Amazing people to the core, everyone has something unique
    - feedback that really changes you for the better

    Cons

    - Sometimes we work too hard, but it's mostly interesting work
    - The Firm can be complex to navigate and learn

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Keep driving for depth and innovation
    - Keep the bar high for our people and our work
    - Simplify the Firm but stay flexible

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  10.  

    McKinsey is committed to excellence and, as a result, fosters unparalleled growth and career development opportunities

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    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Boston, MA

    I have been working at McKinsey & Company

    Pros

    1. Smart, motivated, and personable co-workers that you want to get to know both in and out of work
    2. Endless opportunities to learn both hard and soft skills for people of all tenure
    3. Great place to discover one's own strengths and weaknesses and figure out career path
    4. Top-notch exit options
    5. Leadership in the consulting industry (making strong client impact through the use of deep expertise and resources across many industries and functions)
    6. Strong focus on firm values

    Cons

    1. High stress (continuous pressure to do well as a result of feedback-oriented culture)
    2. Difficulty in work-life balance (worse than an average job, comparable to other strategy consulting companies, not nearly as bad as finance jobs)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    1. Introduce more firm-wide events/initiatives to foster the firm's global cohesiveness

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  11.  

    I love my colleagues, and feel good about the work we do.

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    Current Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Associate in New York, NY

    I have been working at McKinsey & Company

    Pros

    High level of responsibility and client exposure

    Cons

    Long hours, lots of commitment

    Recommends
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