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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 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. 1 person found this helpful  

    BUsiness Analyst

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    Former Employee - Business Analyst in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Great exposure for young professionals just out of school. Good learning opportunities. Great business analyst community where people bond with one another well. Amazing perks and training opportunities.

    Cons

    Long hours. Too competitive. Too broad of an experience, hard for later career tracks if one wants to go into industries.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    You are always as good as your last review

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

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

    Pros

    Opportunities to work with very senior clients, on high-impact issues, with very smart people all around.
    Some options to create/find your niche in a given industry and rapidly become a "go-to"/expert in that field (and be recognized for it)
    Great trainings
    Access to a vast network after your time at McKinsey

    Cons

    Being staffed on a 'good" engagement is like the lottery. It doesn't always happen because stars don't always line up (the consultant's availability, relevant skills, timing of the client, etc.). Getting staffed is a bit like being on the job market: you have to advocate for yourself unless a champion does it for you (e.g., a partner, an associate principal, or sometimes an engagement manager)

    Especially outside the US, the organization is very different, less concerned with lifestyle if at all, ready to please the client at all costs, and not worried about squeezing the team like a lemon. Unacceptable behaviors from partners in the US are not sanctioned in other offices.

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  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    McKinsey - review of the job

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    Current Employee - Associate in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Associate in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    great people, diversity, challenging, fun

    Cons

    it can be stressful, long hours

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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    McKinsey gives you exposure to a broad range of exciting opportunities and gives you room to grow

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    Current Employee - Business Analyst in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Great learning opportunities -- accelerates career

    Cons

    Tough hours, lots of travel. Bad luck in staffing can influence the opportunities available to you.

    Recommends
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    Business Analyst, San Francisco Office

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    Former Employee - Business Analyst in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Top training program - 1 week training for BAs, 2 week training for Associates. Probably as structured as you're going to find anywhere in consulting/ ops/ strategy.

    Diverse, smart people.

    Cons

    Not all projects are interesting. Sometimes, the environment began to feel competitive in an un-constructive way

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    Great training

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    Former Employee - Business Analyst in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Learn a lot in the short term

    Cons

    Business of selling advice isn't very intellectually honest

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    Awesome learning experience

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    Former Employee - Accounting and Finance Intern in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Accounting and Finance Intern in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Surrounded by really smart people

    Cons

    Some bureaucratic inefficiencies that are typical in any worldwide organization

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    I had a great experience at McKinsey learning and contributing my own ideas.

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    Former Employee - Graphics/Assistant in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Graphics/Assistant in Chicago, IL

    I worked at McKinsey & Company as an intern (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great work environment, great co-workers, great pay and as long as your working well, they give good raises.

    Cons

    There are really no cons that I could think of from working there. I was always treated like family

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Thank all employees, not only consultants. I worked with graphics department and assistants and they worked really hard. If you could have a couple more employee appreciation outings, that would be great for employees.

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    Positive Outlook
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  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great organization...great collective experience, but may be over-rated in some areas

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    Current Employee - Associate Partner in Florham Park, NJ
    Current Employee - Associate Partner in Florham Park, NJ

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

    Pros

    Great experience, processes and approach to problem solving is exemplary.
    Very smart people, professional...not a-holes to each other.

    Cons

    Not clear to me yet that the work is necessarily any better than specialized consultancies. What's different is that it's managed well, delivered to senior management and hence potentially more impactful.
    Unstructured to a fault...chaotic way of getting things done...even people who have worked here for years have a hard time explaining which group does what.
    Work life balance is poor, but that is accepted as the way it is.

    Recommends
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    Former Recruiter

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    Former Employee - Recruiter in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Recruiter in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    -Recognized brand
    -Established Processes
    -Great Benefits (best ones I have ever gotten)

    Cons

    -Firm wide communication
    -People tend to not be friendly or helpful

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue doing what you are doing

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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