McKinsey & Company Reviews

Updated September 16, 2014
Updated September 16, 2014
949 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 65 reviews)

  • Great people to work with, get to learn a lot from colleagues as well as senior leadership (in 24 reviews)


Cons
  • You have to have a lot of self discipline to keep work life balance reasonable (in 160 reviews)

  • Very long hours and continual expectation of over-performance (in 158 reviews)

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  1.  

    A diverse social and work culture with broad opportunities

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    Former Employee - Internet Technologist  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Internet Technologist in New York, NY

    I worked at McKinsey & Company full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Intelligent, well-versed and motivated colleagues who provide excellent opportunities for career development. A mindset of ownership of responsibilities within a collaborative and supportive environment. Global exposure.

    Cons

    Tight timelines and demanding work hours

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Great learning experience

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    Former Employee - Research Intern/Summer PTA  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Research Intern/Summer PTA in New York, NY

    I worked at McKinsey & Company as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Company values. Networking opportunities. Diversity among peers, people from different educational and professional backgrounds.

    Cons

    Long hours and challenging assignments. At times structure is not thorough enough for starting-level employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Structure and process behind engagement execution needs to be better thought out.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Once in a "professional" lifetime experience

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    Current Employee - McKinsey Solutions
    Current Employee - McKinsey Solutions

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

    Pros

    Opportunity to work with smartest and yet most humble people I ever met

    Cons

    Very demanding organisation and stretch hours

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Great learning opportunities, but can be a directionless grind sometimes.

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    Former Employee - Senior Research Analyst  in  Waltham, MA
    Former Employee - Senior Research Analyst in Waltham, MA

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

    Pros

    You will never run out of new, interesting things to work on. The benefits are gold-plated. You work with exceptional people. The Firm commits huge resources to continuing development through formal training, and on-the-job experience.

    Cons

    There is a lot of work that is wasted all for the sake of maintaining appearances with clients or because a project was poorly scoped. The environment is pretty intense and people are stressed by deadlines most of the time. Growth opportunities on the research path are difficult to define.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Diversifying into different service lines is likely necessary for the Firm's survival, but management needs to do a better job of integrating them all culturally.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    freelance consultant

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at McKinsey & Company as a contractor

    Pros

    Great opportunities for continued contract work.

    Cons

    Not much to say in terms of cons, except that I would love to get a monthly retainer.

  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Place is dysfunctional

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at McKinsey & Company

    Pros

    -- Learning opportunities
    -- Airline and hotel points

    Cons

    -- Lifestyle
    -- Cut throat and political environment

  8. 5 people found this helpful  

    Associate

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at McKinsey & Company

    Pros

    Great training, leadership opportunities, good well-beings

    Cons

    bad work life balance, especially in asia

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    culture

  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Overall, a good experience profesionally

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    Former Employee - Associate  in  Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Associate in Palo Alto, CA

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

    Pros

    High ethics, high integrity, opportunity to work on some of the toughest problems in the world's most prominent companies, colleagues extremely talented and motivated

    Cons

    Loosing (lost?) its way. Profess to be about doing what is right by the client, but really about selling large engagements. Engagements often not staffed with the right talent

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    N/A

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good Place to Work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at McKinsey & Company full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    challenge,learn about just about everything

    Cons

    long hours, but time spent with interesting people

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 4 people found this helpful  

    Non-consulting role: rewarding opportunities

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    Current Employee - Analytics Manager (Internal)  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Analytics Manager (Internal) in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    - The Firm really lives their values, it is not just paid lip service
     - Really smart colleagues, everyone wants to be the best for the Firm, there are always some people but generally not in a competitive way
     - Constantly challenged, pushed in new areas, learn a lot, never boring; you are asked to solve tough problems no matter if that is your formal job responsibility or not

    Cons

    - Everyone is over-worked
     - You can't get anything done without a Partner sponsor and conversely, if a Partner, any Partner, has an idea then you have to do it. This can lead to a lack of vision and unifying strategy to the work we do
     - Ceiling of advancement for non-consultants; there is a lot you can do and a lot of options but the path isn't clearly defined so you have to work at it, and ultimately you will hit a ceiling
     - Most people treat non-consultant colleagues with respect and appreciation, but those that don't create enough of a bad feeling that it taints the whole experience

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The challenges, disappointment, and issues for non-consultants are obvious and well-known. Either get serious about fixing them or be prepared for the consequences.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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