McKinsey & Company Reviews in San Francisco, CA

Updated August 21, 2014
Updated August 21, 2014
951 Reviews

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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. 6 people found this helpful  

    Great for 3-4 Years

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Associate Principal  in  San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Associate Principal in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    There are many pros to working at McKinsey. I would go for the experience of working there for a few years, but not try to make a career out of it
    - Really smart people
    - Challenging problems
    - Learn McK problem solving and communication

    Cons

    It's not the kind of place that you want to make a career out of:
    - Very political
    - Clients are all B or C players (remember that the A players don't need consultants) so don't go there if you want to work on cutting-edge issues
    - Senior management looks at people as capacity
    - Travel is unsustainable

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Great company, not for everyone

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    Former Employee - Summer Associate  in  San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Summer Associate in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Brilliant people, great pay, great brand.

    Cons

    You have to be comfortable being a gun for hire. For some, myself included, it was hard to create a sense of ownership of each project, and so a sense of connection and meaning to the work. For others, that connection could come to the firm itself.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Draw more on the talents of the individuals.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Tremendous platform for broadening your horizons and learning quickly

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Incredible exposure to senior business leaders, constant feedback to develop as a professional, an amazing set of smart, interesting, motivated colleagues. A remarkable opportunity to expand both your breadth and depth in industries, geographies and functions.

    Cons

    The work can be quite intense, but this makes sense in the context of the problems clients engage McKinsey on are both important and difficult.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stay true to the values and mission

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 6 people found this helpful  

    Great learning experience - but issues

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant  in  San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    * Great environment to learn core skills like problem-solving and communication -- which will serve you well wherever you go

    Cons

    * Work-life balance terrible
    * They aspire to be a meritocracy - but is not always followed (e.g., some senior partner and partners "protect" those individuals that further their own interests
    * The company says they support expert consulting tracks - but has an ingrained "generalist" mentality - and values generalists more

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    work on all the "cons" mentioned

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    A true focus on professional development and challengin, meaningful work makes McKinsey the best place to start a career

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Business Analyst  in  San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    -- Meaningful work
    -- Constant learning opportunities
    -- Amazing professional development
    -- Smart people everywhere
    -- Lots of opportunity for travel (and in business class!)
    -- Great perks - training overseas, company events, team outings, etc.
    -- Stellar benefits, including the best health plan I've seen
    -- Great pay that continues to grow

    Cons

    -- Project-based work means sometimes you'll get a bad project
    -- No consistent manager (since always switching projects)
    -- Lifestyle can be tough, depending on the project (hours and travel)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 4 people found this helpful  

    Believe me - it's just not worth it.

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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 for more than 3 years

    Pros

    When one leaves, the name opens doors.

    Cons

    Work-work balance. Horrible for anyone with a significant other because of the long hours and unpredictable travel requirements. Any company with such a high attrition rate is that way for a reason.

    Pressure-packed and stressful.

    End-product is almost always unsatisfactory and at the cost, one feels happy they are not investing in the client with the exorbitant fees The Firm charges.

    I have rarely met someone who has left McKinsey that wasn't entirely satisfied with their decision when they realized the relief of no longer working there.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    A great place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Associate in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Teams, Training, Learning environment. Mckiinsey is a great place to work overall if you can manage the lifestyle. It has tremendous opportunities

    Cons

    Hours, Travel. The travel can begin to wear on you after awhile, and the hours can sometimes be brutal. But overall its worth it.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    If you find your niche here, it's the most generative environment you can hope for

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    World class training, amazing colleagues, amazing chances to have real impact at some genuinely spectacular clients

    Cons

    Long hours that you have to carefully manage; atmosphere of 'I can always do more' that can be demoralizing

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The West Coast office will be the first to break down fear as a motivator, and we can lead the world in this

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Super smart people but insecure and driven by fear

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    Current Employee - Senior Consultant  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    The opportunity to work with very clever people and to see lots of different organizations

    Cons

    Led by folks who don't really understand what it means to excite, inspire and motivate people
    The premium here is on how smart you are and how well you come off to your senior colleagues

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You ask for people to be entrepreneurial and yet the systems and structures in place discourage that and reward safe-bets, pleasing senior colleagues

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Good career booster, but be prepared for trade offs

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    Current Employee - Practice Expert  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Practice Expert in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Excellent experience, great opportunity to advance your career, and opportunities to learn a variety of topics based on your interest

    Cons

    Very political, ambitious colleagues may down you to higher ups for gain (seen this with those of similar tenure and had lower tenure employees do the same when I was senior), company now tracks every thing you do via electronics and you may run into problems if your private political views are expressed on company email or phone are different than those in your office (e.g. You are a Christian conservative in Cali), keep you personal life absolutely private

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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