McKinsey & Company Reviews

Updated August 27, 2014
Updated August 27, 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. 1 person found this helpful  

    High-end consulting

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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 for more than 3 years

    Pros

    - exposure to senior clients
    - high diversity of topics
    - high level of trust and freedom to be independent
    - good perks
    - high degree of freedom in staffing choices

    Cons

    - work-life balance is challenging, particularly with travel
    - it's not a rat race but it is

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great experience at McKinsey in the High Tech Practice

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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 for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great projects, people and compensation

    Cons

    Consulting is tough on work life balance. It is no different at McKinsey

    Approves of CEO
  3. 4 people found this helpful  

    Staff role (not consulting). >10 years in senior position.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at McKinsey & Company full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Great colleagues, challenging projects with opportunities to learn, contributing to important initiatives

    Cons

    Lifestyle for some support staff has become not sustainable (60-70 hrs on regular basis, much more during crunches, working most weekends). Extreme cost pressure means no new hires, except in low cost locations, no more opportunities for changing roles, hours increase every year. Increasingly feel like a cog. This is an a NA location.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    support staff are people too

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Amazing!!!

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    Current Employee - Executive Assistant  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant in Houston, TX

    I have been working at McKinsey & Company full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Everyone holds great respect for Their job, clients, and colleagues. The opportunity to work with many intelligent people. The company appreciates it's employees.

    Cons

    Long hours are required to maintain excellence. This may become stressful and added pressure may become overwhelming to ones every day life.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to respect and appreciate McKinsey and it's people to maintain great longevity for the company

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

    McK EM

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at McKinsey & Company full-time

    Pros

    Amazing colleagues, unmatched training, and the opportunity to work with senior executives.

    Cons

    Travel can get old, and a bad client can make life difficult

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Fantastic place to work

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at McKinsey & Company

    Pros

    Excellent people - hardworking, driven, nice. You learn a ton and you get pushed constantly. If you want to become a jedi master of all things business, you can't do better than McKinsey

    Cons

    Very long hours and a very high pressure environment leads to continual stress. Very rigid focus on certain ways of working leads to groupthink at times.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus more on retaining people, even if it means allowing them to work at a slower pace.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Fantastic experience, will highly recommend early in anyone's career

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    Former Employee - Engagement Manager  in  Cleveland, OH
    Former Employee - Engagement Manager in Cleveland, OH

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

    Pros

    Diversity of clients / industries / functions that one can get to know and understand. Huge personal growth and exposure to cutting-edge thinking. Great brand name recognition. Overall - it's one of the best places to get to understand multiple facets of business in a number of industries.

    Cons

    Intolerable hours and travel. Lack of "follow through" on most projects (i.e. only early implementation is usually included in a scope).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Foster office culture - since most of the people are travelling all the time - attachment to people from the office suffers

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

    Excellent firm

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Everyone here is super smart and the firm demands that people are treated with respect. Very generous compensation and perks packages.

    Cons

    Everyone can't do this job. It's extremely demanding and can be stressful

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make sure your support staff get treated in a manner befitting your firm's reputation.

    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Offers tremendous growth in a competitive environment.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Challenging projects and intelligent people along with a high standard of excellence makes McKinsey the best place I've worked by far. Provides an opportunity to vastly develop your toolbox as a consultant and professional.

    Cons

    Demanding work and long hours- not necessarily a con, but this is not the right firm if one has other time consuming obligations.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    great place to work

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

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

    Pros

    nice people, steep learning curve

    Cons

    tough hours , esp. at first

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    longer studies could mean better answers

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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