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"An incredible place for self-development with smart people, challenging work and a gold-plated name on your resume."

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Current Employee - Associate in Boston, MA
Current Employee - Associate in Boston, MA
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Pros

People are crazy-smart and motivated. You will learn more than you could possibly imagine about leadership at the very highest levels in corporations. The firm is extremely values-based -- if you believe in what the Firm stands for (delivering exceptional value, coaching and mentoring, clients needs are highest needs), you will likely have a great fit here. Firm is extremely open about helping people to use their tenure as a jumping point to the next opportunity. There are no "B" players here. If you seek a position of leadership in any large or small corporation, McKinsey is unparalleled as a place to learn and develop yourself.

Cons

You will work extremely hard, and the expectation is that the needs of the client come above any other obligation. The Firm is excellent at giving constructive feedback, but you will rarely get a pat on the back for a job well done. The corporate culture is extremely strong and values driven, however sometimes feels like a cult with endless acronyms and a very crisp, meritocratic style of feedback. Also, while the firm is truly committed to non-hierarchial problem solving (you can argue with a Partner and not get dinged for it), the Firm is unquestionably a very strong hierarchy and this can be a challenge to deal with.

Advice to Management

Push harder to adopt new work practices such as the flexible engagement model.

Other Employee Reviews for McKinsey & Company

  1. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to get a start"

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    Former Employee - Engagement Manager in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Engagement Manager in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Top notch people: some of the smartest people I've worked with and very down to earth. The external view is that McK folks are arrogant but that is not at all the case
    Interesting work: You work with the top companies, with the top management on the most important issues. The economics of an engagement dictate this. This makes for very interesting work but also makes it a very demanding job

    Cons

    Long hours, travel can add on to the number of hours and staying away from family takes a toll on you

    Advice to Management

    Communicate.. communicate communicate


  2. Helpful (15)

    "great resume builder...for a price"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Associate in San Francisco, CA
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great brand/pedigree - nuff said
    Lots of choice - geographic, industry sector, functional area; opportunity to try thing you never have before

    Cons

    The subject matter - companies rarely if ever (almost by definition) outsource their core competencies to outsiders, so don't expect to work on product strategy at a product-driven company, for example -- and there is too much unfulfilling HR and IT-related work to go around
    The work itself - it is ALL about the slides. If you don't relish making PowerPoint slides for most of your waking hours, most of which will end up never seeing the light of day, then this might not be the place for you. I felt the interview process emphasized intelligence and the job itself emphasized graphic design/layout skills
    The hierarchy - any company that is truly non-hierarchical doesn't need and official written corporate policy touting it
    Lifestyle - don't expect a life outside of work
    Chance - early assignments can be somewhat arbitrary, so extra initiative is needed on your part to ensure you're working on the type of stuff you want to and with the people you like (and choosing people you fit with early on is very important)
    Drive to specialize - the earlier you specialize, especially with respect to a client, the faster you will advance although you won't get to "see the world" as much

    Advice to Management

    Emphasize thinking, originality, and creativity over pretty slides and senior management 'hypotheses'

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