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We make sure learning is continual at McKinsey. We invest more than $200M a year in our learning curriculum, and you’ll spend up to five weeks in full-time classes during your first two years at the firm. You’ll also attend trainings hosted by your office, practices of interest to you, and any affinity groups you choose to join. You’ll also have access to a growing suite of virtual learning options that will teach you about specific topics and expand your skills.
More importantly, you will have peers and leaders dedicated to helping you be at your best, offering guidance about everything from which engagement to do, to how to develop, balance your full life, and make the most of what the firm offers. Because ours is a culture of coaching, you’ll find mentors wherever and whenever you need them. In fact,we have dedicated sponsorship and McKinsey Mentor programs to help make sure everyone has support at every stage.
Additionally, we have a culture of flexibility. Day to day, you’ll establish team norms so everyone on your team achieves their personal and professional goals.. We absolutely want you to pursue what you love outside the office, and we offer specific programs that support you. For example, Take Time gives consultants the option to take an extra 5 to 10 weeks of unpaid leave in between projects; colleagues have used it to travel the world, write novels, learn foreign languages, and binge watch Game of Thrones. Pace enables consultants to stay in their current roles longer when needed to see clients, themselves or their families through transitions. And our commitment to families includes extensive leave benefits for biological and adoptive parents; extra coaching and support; and a phase back option that helps consultants transition back to work after parental (or other extended) leave.
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As we talk to potential candidates about starting their career at McKinsey, we find several questions come up frequently. Maybe you share them.
1. What will I do on a daily basis as a consultant at McKinsey?
This question is always hard to answer because we do so many things. There are a few constants: you’ll work in teams with clients and McKinsey colleagues to tackle tough challenges. On one project you may build an analytical models to estimate the impact of the changes you’re proposing; during the next, you may interview clients about their organizational processes and procedures. You’ll collaborate closely with your clients to synthesize your findings and develop recommendations for improvements that are implementable and sustainable.
Perhaps, the best way we can describe life as a consultant is the share examples of the days of our colleagues through our careers blog.
2. How will I be assigned to projects?
We use a local office-driven staffing model. That means our default is to assign you to engagements led by leadership in your home office. This is important because it helps you to create a great network, starting with colleagues in your location.
Where we differ from other organizations is that we provide you with access to client engagements all over your country and the world. At McKinsey, you will have a great deal of input about the engagements on which you work. You’ll work with your professional development manager to prioritize the dimensions of an engagement (location, industry, team, etc.) that are most important to you. It may be to work close to home, with a certain team or partner, or in a particular industry – and which factors you prioritize may shift over time, client by client. Our scale makes it so that we can staff you according to what fits you best, helps you grow and aligns with your priorities.
3. What does McKinsey look for in its applicants?
The best piece of advice we can give you is to be yourself and show us who you are. Tell us what you’re interested in and be ready with examples of how you’ve solved problems and created impact.
There’s no mold or typical profile here. Our managing director, Dominic Barton, was a Rhodes Scholar who earned his MPhil in Economics at Oxford University before starting his career as a currency analyst at Rothschild. The global head of recruiting, Brian Rolfes, was a former human rights lawyer who joined McKinsey 20 years ago and is now one of the global leaders of diversity within the firm. We seek the best talent and encourage diversity in interests, age, gender, sexual orientation, leadership style, education and culture.
We do look for certain attributes in our colleagues, including:
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4. Should I apply as a generalist or a specialist?
The answer depends on you – there’s no right or wrong way to go. We see a good number of students identifying core interests – technology, operations, etc. – early on. If you have industry experience or are interested in a certain area, you may choose to specialize early. Joining our Business Technology Office, Operations practice, Marketing & Sales practice, or McKinsey Implementation, for example, just gives you more time to do what you love. You’ll also receive preferred staffing on practice-sponsored engagements and dedicated professional development and mentorship.
If you’re not quite sure what you want to do, join as a generalist. You’ll have plenty of time to explore and find your true passion.
Either way – generalist or specialist – you’ll receive all of the benefits McKinsey has to offer. You’ll work on world-shaping challenges, receive the support and apprenticeship of supportive colleagues, and attend the same training sessions.
5. How should I chose which location to apply to?
We encourage you to consider two things: where you want to live and what type of work you want to do. Pick a place where you have a community (family, friends) and can see yourself living for the long term. McKinsey offers many options for mobility throughout your career, but you’ll invest time building a network in your home office from day one. Also, the work we do varies some by geography; if you’re passionate about a particular type of work and want to minimize your travel, you should preference locations that focus on serving clients in the industry or function about which you’re most passionate.
All of our offices seek candidates with the same skills and capabilities. Your location preferences help us to make sure the appropriate offices are aware of your interest. If you are interested in multiple locations, please list them all; if you are truly agnostic about location, you may also indicate that on the application.
I have been working at McKinsey & Company full-time
great people to work with
some travel depending on week
I applied online. The process took 4 weeks. I interviewed at McKinsey & Company (Atlanta, GA) in November 2015.
Interactive but very very fast paced, they kept asking questions and I was kept on my toes for the entire length of the interview. Wasn't a relaxed conversational interview and I felt uncomfortable a few times in between. But then tough consulting companies do that during interviews to see how fast you can think and respond.