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McKinsey & Company Reviews in San Francisco, CA

Updated October 27, 2014
Updated October 27, 2014
1,028 Reviews
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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.  

    rigorous focus on professional development

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    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
  2.  

    Great company

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

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

    Pros

    Brand franchise, reputation, alumni network

    Cons

    Too siloed on industry and functional expertise

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company, not for everyone

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

    I worked at McKinsey & Company as an intern (less than an 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
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  5. 6 people found this helpful  

    Great for 3-4 Years

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    • Senior Management
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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 (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
  6.  

    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
  7. 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
  8. 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 (more than an 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
  9. 6 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 (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
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    A great place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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 (more than an 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
  11.  

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

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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 an 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

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