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McKinsey & Company Reviews in San Francisco, CA

Updated Jul 1, 2014
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4.0 23 reviews

91% Approve of the CEO

McKinsey & Company Managing Director Dominic Barton

Dominic Barton

(11 ratings)

90% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Very smart people to bounce thought off and get new angles that you haven't thought of(in 64 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 157 reviews)

  • Very long hours and continual expectation of over-performance(in 157 reviews)

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    3 people found this helpful  

    Great for 3-4 Years

    Associate Principal (Former Employee) San Francisco, CA

    ProsThere 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

    ConsIt'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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Tremendous platform for broadening your horizons and learning quickly

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) San Francisco, CA

    ProsIncredible 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.

    ConsThe 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 Senior ManagementStay true to the values and mission

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    5 people found this helpful  

    Great learning experience - but issues

    Senior Consultant (Former Employee) San Francisco, CA

    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 Senior Managementwork on all the "cons" mentioned

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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

    Business Analyst (Former Employee) San Francisco, CA

    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)

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Believe me - it's just not worth it.

    Business Analyst (Former Employee) San Francisco, CA

    ProsWhen one leaves, the name opens doors.

    ConsWork-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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    2 people found this helpful  

    A great place to work

    Associate (Current Employee) San Francisco, CA

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

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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) San Francisco, CA

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

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

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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good career booster, but be prepared for trade offs

    Practice Expert (Current Employee) San Francisco, CA

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

    ConsVery 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 Senior ManagementNone

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Super smart people but insecure and driven by fear

    Senior Consultant (Current Employee) San Francisco, CA

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

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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    APD track to Engagement Manager

    Engagement Manager (Former Employee) San Francisco, CA

    ProsQuick development trajectory, access to high level decision making, global network, fantastic training, and opportunity for experiences across multiple companies/industries.

    ConsWork life balance can be challenging

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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