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McKinsey & Company Reviews in San Francisco, CA

Updated February 2, 2015
Updated February 2, 2015
30 Reviews
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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 67 reviews)

  • Great people to work with, get to learn a lot from colleagues as well as senior leadership (in 26 reviews)


Cons
  • You have to have a lot of self discipline to keep work life balance reasonable (in 174 reviews)

  • Very long hours and a very high pressure environment leads to continual stress (in 175 reviews)

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  1.  

    Rapid learning and skill development

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

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

    Pros

    Always interesting and challenging. Great chance to see a wide range of businesses and their problems

    Cons

    Dealing with the biggest problem's companies face can be challenging

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep focusing on apprenticeship

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    Great place to work - expect long hours

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    • Career Opportunities
    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 3 years)

    Pros

    Amazing, smart and passionate people
    Interesting, impactful problems

    Cons

    Terrible lifestyle for almost every consultant

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

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    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  3.  

    Associate at McK

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

    I worked at McKinsey & Company full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Gorgeous office and great perks

    Cons

    Travel can be overwhelming sometime

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Best way to learn business for a non-MBA advanced degree holder

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 3 years)

    Pros

    * High transparency into review process
    * Extremely challenging and interesting work
    * Strong training and people development
    * Work with very motivated and intelligent people
    * Surprisingly low amount of politics
    * World-wide brand
    * Extremely useful skill set
    * Very competitive compensation

    Cons

    * Long hours
    * Lots of travel
    * Highly stressful

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stick to the areas you know (e.g., strategy, industry structure and trends, processes) and don't pitch studies that aren't aligned to the Firm's core competencies (e.g., don't try to do studies that require deep and current technology expertise).

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  6.  

    rigorous focus on professional development

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

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

    Pros

    no other organization places as much emphasis on professional development
    really amazing set of people - caring, challenging and whip smart

    Cons

    your experience is highly dependent on which projects / client teams you join - which is largely within your control but not always

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

    Great company, not for everyone

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

    I worked at McKinsey & Company as an intern (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
  8.  

    Great company

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

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

    Pros

    Brand franchise, reputation, alumni network

    Cons

    Too siloed on industry and functional expertise

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  9.  

    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 (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
  10. 6 people found this helpful  

    Great for 3-4 Years

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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 (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
  11. 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 (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

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