McKinsey & Company Reviews

Updated October 15, 2014
Updated October 15, 2014
978 Reviews
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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 66 reviews)

  • Great people to work with, get to learn a lot from colleagues as well as senior leadership (in 25 reviews)


Cons
  • You have to have a lot of self discipline to keep work life balance reasonable (in 171 reviews)

  • Very long hours and a very high pressure environment leads to continual stress (in 170 reviews)

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  1.  

    best entry-level job on the market

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    Current Employee - Business Analyst
    Current Employee - Business Analyst

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

    Pros

    always client facing, delivers great impact

    Cons

    prohibit family life sometimes, but overall a worthwhile experience for at least couple of years

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great company!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at McKinsey & Company

    Pros

    Work with intelligent, talented people. Collaborative environment. The Toronto office is beautiful.

    Cons

    Long working hours, extensive travel.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Great company!

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to start your career

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at McKinsey & Company full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Very steep learning curve; offering a wide "sample" of works in various functions and industries before you figure out what you're really passionate about; providing opportunities to work with different levels of clients

    Cons

    Work/ life balance - many projects have big time pressure, and traveling is even worse in smaller offices. It can be better if you have the right location/ function/ client platform, but in general not easy to have good work/ life balance.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not for everyone!!

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

    I worked at McKinsey & Company full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Exposure to high profile business issues and fast track training for non-business majors.

    Cons

    hostile work environment, people are nosiy, competitive and do not care about others as a person. The company focuses too much on marketing its brand image during the recuriting process, yet does not work on improving the experience of its employee. lots of people ended up having work experience that is not what they marketed during the interview process...also, there are times they focus too much on getting the next consulting project, rather than holding high moral standard....

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    you will fall at one point if you don't sit and reflect on the true value you bring to the society.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Despite a premium brand and top tier consulting firm, people leadership is horrible.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at McKinsey & Company

    Pros

    Good type of work. Great exposure. Can stay for 2 years to learn a lot

    Cons

    People development is horrible. Day to day job can be intense, long hours. People are always stressed out, tired and do the minimal to keep sanity in check. I particularly found engagement managers to have no people skills. Typically they have not managed people in the past and find it tough especially in an intense setting.

  7.  

    Great for learning

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at McKinsey & Company

    Pros

    Good place to start your career. gives you access to big names

    Cons

    cant stay long, bad work hours, travel

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Continually challenging studies keep your learning curve at an all-time high

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    To get up to speed on the widest variety of businesses with the deepest levels of insights at the shortest possible time. Good pay.

    Cons

    100% travel, no life-work balance, heavily stressful for 'insecure over-achievers' (the known model for McKinsey recruits) due to up-or-out policy, intensely critical of each other in feedback that could scar some egos if not handled the right way. You need to fit in, there are no heroes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If and when you hire experienced hires in senior roles, you need to set expectations on the very fundamental things that are different about the firm compared to other consulting firms or industry. People bring different types of talents - not everyone fits the exact same model a McKinsey employee should fit in. Their contributions need to be leveraged in a different way.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Fantastic culture that brings out the highest quality work in most people
    Amazing exit opportunities--a year at McKinsey is worth 2 or 3 years at other jobs
    Huge responsibility--I was actively working with senior executives from day one

    Cons

    The hours can be stressful, as can the "up or out" culture. Statistically speaking, most people are not making it to the partner level. I left for business school and knew I would not come back because of the lifestyle constrains.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Superb personal development, coworkers and culture; work-life balance leaves a bit to be desired

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at McKinsey & Company full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    - McKinsey leadership is always pushing you, leading to significant personal development in a short time
    - Culture of knowledge building and client impact is truly special
    - Partners provide truly inspiring leadership and mentorship

    Cons

    - Travel wears you down after a while. Many folks travel Monday through Thursday every week. Mondays are awful, nothing like waking up at 4:30 AM for a flight every week

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company

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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 full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great, smart colleagues and interesting work across many industries, very powerful and intriguing corporate culture

    Cons

    none outside of traditional downside of being a strategy consultant (travel, hours)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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