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"Great for 3-4 Years"

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Former Employee - Associate Principal in San Francisco, CA
Former Employee - Associate Principal in San Francisco, CA
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Positive Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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

Other Employee Reviews for McKinsey & Company

  1. "Tremendous platform for broadening your horizons and learning quickly"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    Stay true to the values and mission


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    "McKinsey asks a lot of its employees, but gives a lot in return"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engagement Manager in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Engagement Manager in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good compensation
    Incredibly smart colleagues
    Endless opportunity to explore a never ending buffet of projects, ideas, etc.
    Some projects have tremendous impact (change the course of companies, industries, countries, etc.)
    You can pick industries/offices that offer more local work (I only traveled about 50% because I prioritized being local)
    Take Time is an unbelievable program where you take a pay cut (10, 20, 30%) and get extra PTO (1, 2 months). You choose how much time you want and when you take it.
    When you quit you get Search Time to look for another job (depends on tenure, ~2-2.5 months for 2-3 years tenure)
    Incredible network. When I decided to leave people were unbelievably supportive. For the rest of life you have access to the alumni network and people who will help you, connect you to others, hop on the phone to give advice, etc.
    McK brand is very strong -- looking for your next job is enjoyable because people are seeking you out. You keep that name cache forever
    Lots of Starwood points (personal travel is free because of all the points)
    Met some great people who will be friends for a long time. Overall, folks are incredibly inspiring. Their relentless ambition can be exhausting/disturbing, but it's also inspiring. You'll work with people who will be leading the world's major institutions
    Good PTO (20 days a year) and it's easy to take between projects and be 100% off when you're on vacation

    Cons

    An efficient person who prioritizes work/life balance is working until 10/11pm every night (with a break for dinner). Someone who doesn't prioritize balance is working past midnight.
    Somewhat stuffy, "corporate" environment
    Colleagues are smart and "interesting," but many come from the same background (finance, consulting, MBA). They run marathons and climb mountains, but at the end of day have a very narrow, achievement-focused mindset that can get tiring
    You're on a 6am flight every Monday (4am wake-up) and home ~9pm on Thursday every week. Oftentimes travel isn't confirmed until Sunday night so you have to be ready to go anywhere anytime.
    It's easy to lose perspective being surrounded by such a strong workplace culture. Difference is accepted, but there is extreme unspoken pressure to conform
    Constant turnover (1/4 of the Firm every year) means you're always having to build your internal network as partners you work with leave
    Can be difficult to create a "platform" (work focus) in topic areas in which the Firm doesn't do a lot of business (social sector, media/entertainment, tech, consumer). Easiest if you want to do FIG (financial services) or healthcare (esp pharma)

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