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Updated January 16, 2019
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  • "Steep learning curve on both technical & soft skills, high exposure to senior leadership" (in 98 reviews)

  • "Great people, tremendous learning opportunity" (in 191 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (4)

    "Best experience ever"

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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 (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The benefits are unmatched. Colleagues are smart, helpful, & supportive. The work is interesting.

    Cons

    Work life balance is a challenge


  2. "Dream skill-set and network for the rest of your career"

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    Former Employee - Senior Consultant
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at McKinsey & Company full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Very smart colleagues who share a great team spirit
    - A lot of opportunities and flexibility to discover new industries or new countries

    Cons

    - Work life balance is challenging

  3. Helpful (210)

    "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
    Approves of CEO

    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.


  4. "Engagement Manager"

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    Current Employee - Engagement Manager in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Engagement Manager in Houston, TX
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    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at McKinsey & Company full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Compensation, benefits, people, access to senior executives

    Cons

    Long hours, travel, excessive focus on perfection


  5. "Awesome development lots of travel"

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    Current Employee - Senior Business Analyst in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Business Analyst in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great training on development and great perks

    Cons

    A lot of travel and possible weight gain


  6. "Great place to be regardless of how long you intend to stay in consulting"

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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

    - a lot of freedom to do what interests you most (provided that you have a strong track record), including rotations in other locations or functions
    - very supportive of personal development
    - wide range of interesting high-level projects to work on
    - good compensation and benefits

    Cons

    - travel detracts time from family
    - experiences vary widely depending on whether you've built up a strong network of supporters


  7. "Great career starter"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at McKinsey & Company full-time

    Pros

    Caring working environment in local office

    Cons

    Difficult work life balance across geographies

  8. "Great place to be junior"

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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

    Great training and benfits for junior employees. Cool projects and opportunities if you do well and look for them

    Cons

    Long hours, high expectations - some managers better than others


  9. "Drop everything else to build a career here, you will not regret what you learn!"

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    Current Employee - Senior Solutions Leader in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Solutions Leader in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Amazing people who have one single-minded goal - serve clients and help them do more. They push the par every day and years later when you see a senior industry leader quote your work without even attributing it to you, or knowing that it was yours - That feeling is above and beyond professional gratification. Great people.

    Cons

    It's not for everyone. Much like any other part of life, choices have consequences. They can be both good and bad but will almost always be fair. So, if you are willing to put in the time and genuine effort, there are barely any cons. If not , then you can go about your work while prioritizing the rest of your life a lot more and still be happy. It comes down to the choices you make.

    Advice to Management

    Some people may be better than others , but in a culture where everyone comes from literally the best (in their own little worlds and social bubbles) - A sense of equality and peer like culture goes along way. It has been a core value of the firm to make a place like that and with the traditional consultant becoming a thing of the past, diverse profiles and people in the ranks - the work has been cut out for us. Culture will be key to the 100 years of the firm.


  10. "Great place for growth"

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    Current Employee - Senior Data Analyst in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Data Analyst in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Diversified exposures; mentor-mentee relationship; prompt feedback and review.

    Cons

    Life-work balance may not be desirable when projects go crazy.