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Updated October 15, 2017
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  1. Helpful (120)

    "Grateful to have been there, just as grateful to have left"

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    Former Employee - Engagement Manager (Previously Associate) in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Engagement Manager (Previously Associate) in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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    I worked at McKinsey & Company full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    + People - both colleagues and most clients
    + Learning opps - both in terms of the consulting toolkit but also for the opportunity to get exposed to different industries, functions and geographies
    + Option value - great launching pad for career switching (pre-McK, I was in oil and gas in Houston, post-McK I'm in edtech in the Bay Area)
    + Alumni network - incredibly well-placed and people are actually super-responsive to asks for help
    + Brand recognition - helps in the jobs marketplace
    + Travel opps - if this is important to you

    Cons

    + Lifestyle - enough said
    + Success/failure at the Firm is highly dependent on luck -- a lot really depends on the luck of the draw with respect to staffing. You want to be staffed on the right project with the right team at the right time. The Firm does its best to give you a fair shot, but a fair number of people fall through the cracks.
    + Nature of consulting -- eventually you might get tired of providing advice and want to actually build stuff.
    + People are uber-rational -- in MBTI parlance, almost everyone is an ''NT". It creates a very logical / rational culture - you need to make sure you can fit into the culture.

    Advice to Management

    Keep innovating to provide a strong value proposition to both clients and staff - not always an easy balance, but necessary given all of the disruption we're seeing in the consulting industry.


  2. "Business analyst"

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    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Palo Alto, CA
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    I worked at McKinsey & Company full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Amazing learning experience, surrounded by brilliant colleagues daily, great exposure to senior executives at fortune500 companies, excellent training around problem solving, strategic thinking, and out of the box mentality

    Cons

    Can be long hours and lots of travel on a regular basis. But depends on the project. So some time off in between projects as well.

  3. "Senior Implementation Coach"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    (1) Get to work on very interesting problems across industries (2) Huge potential for driving impact (3) Very diverse and smart colleagues to work with (4) Excellent benefits

    Cons

    (1) Work is optimized for fresh MBAs, so experienced hires may find it out of place (2) Insecurity and lack of trust among colleagues

    Advice to Management

    (1) Ensures experienced hires are allowed to leverage their successful backgrounds to drive impact with clients, instead of insisting on a "McKinsey way" of doing things


  4. "Associate"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at McKinsey & Company full-time

    Pros

    -Experience
    -Network
    -Reputation
    -Prestige: Considered the best in the space
    -Compensation

    Cons

    -Hours
    -Travel: Unsustainable for long term


  5. "Work hard for good money"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
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    I have been working at McKinsey & Company full-time

    Pros

    Awesome benefits and perks (healthcare, phone with unlimited data), smart colleagues, flexible location, lots of travel

    Cons

    You better be ready to work hard and long hours, no overtime pay but you will work overtime, lots of travel


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Great people, great support, impact oriented atmosphere"

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    Current Employee - Senior Implementation Coach in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Implementation Coach in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The training and development opportunities at McKinsey are incredible. The firm places a tremendous amount of time and resources to ensure new colleagues are set up for success and can help clients solve their toughest problems from day 1. You also have the opportunity to work on private and public sector clients' toughest challenges alongside truly incredible colleagues. In McKinsey Implementation we have the opportunity to work shoulder-to-shoulder with clients and help them realize the benefits of the proposed strategy. Having the end-to-end touch on the process is incredibly rewarding!

    Cons

    The pace of projects, the travel, and workload are not for everyone. The firm is doing a lot to promote a solid work-life balance, but you will need to make sure that the lifestyle will work for you.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to focus on opportunities to improve the work-life balance in terms of travel for impact and predictable schedules to retain talent.


  7. "Senior Associate"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at McKinsey & Company full-time

    Pros

    Good work atmosphere and job satisfaction

    Cons

    Travel to work place takes some time

  8. Helpful (1)

    "A great place to work and learn new things"

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    Current Employee - Implementation Leader
    Current Employee - Implementation Leader
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Incredibly smart, interesting co-workers
    - Great diversity of projects
    - Good benefits
    - Good flexible-working programs
    - Very quick promotions

    Cons

    The things you would expect
    - Long hours
    - Lots of travel
    - Little flexibility Monday to Thursday when on a project

    Advice to Management

    None


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Working in McKinsey Implementation"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
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    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at McKinsey & Company full-time

    Pros

    As an MI consultant:
    // Drive end-to-end client impact in a leadership role that lets consultants take a hands on, collaborative approach to implementing strategies at the client-end
    // Was able to drive results that make a fundamental difference to clients
    // Opportunity to coach and mentor clients to build their capabilities and help them achieve strategic goals (cost savings, M&A, post-merger integration,etc.)

    As part of broader McKinsey:
    // MI is a growing part of McKinsey and the company has invested significantly in expansion over the past one year - great opportunity to take part in the overall forward-looking direction of the group
    // Tremendous interest internally among consultants to transition into implementation roles

    Cons

    // In spite of the support provided by McKinsey leadership and partners, there could be situations where the client team isn't willing to cooperate, but that gives consultants an opportunity to develop conflict management and further leadership skills


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Implementation Leader"

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    Current Employee - Implementation Leader in Miami, FL
    Current Employee - Implementation Leader in Miami, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Amazing and inspirational colleagues and leaders. Chance to interact (and mentor) with very senior clients to solve interesting problems. Ability to work in virtually and industry. Opportunities to serve clients in several countries, if desired.

    Cons

    There is significant travel - we would typically be 3 to 4 days a week in client sites. But no Sunday travel and Fridays are always on your local office or even home.


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