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Updated January 16, 2018
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  1. Helpful (159)

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

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    • Senior Management
    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.


  2. "Great Firm"

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

    I have been working at McKinsey & Company full-time

    Pros

    The Firm really cares about the people they employ, they provide amazing benefits, and give you major holidays off. Even though it is a huge Firm you get treated like a person and not just another expendable thing. I am proud to work for McKinsey.

    Cons

    In the Evacuative Assistant role, you must get a Strong on your yearend review (which is terribly hard to get) and then promising from your Team Lead to apply for a new role. If someone has put in the time to apply for a new role, let it be decided on their interview if they can do the job. Asking for promising to apply for a job at a firm you already work at makes you feel a like a child.

    Advice to Management

    Work on hiring better Team Leads, not everyone can teach so it makes it hard to know who you can trust to go to for help. Promoting within is great, just make sure you are hiring the right people for the jobs.

  3. "Inspiring global organization"

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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

    Influential, cutting edge, and driven. A strong community and feedback culture within the organization. Clear opportunities for growth and development

    Cons

    Intense and demanding. Staff works long hours with enormous demands on projects that can change quickly, a moving target at times

    Advice to Management

    Develop clearer management hierarchies. So often leadership pontificates on decisions without a clear answer of who makes the final decision. So many Partner cooks in the kitchen.


  4. "Business Analyst"

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

    Pros

    Brilliant People
    Great work environment
    Great opportunities to travel
    Amazing opportunity to build character

    Cons

    Pay is less than other industries
    Travel can be exchausting

    Advice to Management

    Spread around the dough yo


  5. Helpful (1)

    "EA's workload needs reassessment asap."

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    Current Employee - Executive Assistant in Tampa, FL
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant in Tampa, FL

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

    Pros

    The company has good benefits.

    Cons

    Stress levels too high for the level of pay. Work at break-neck speed all day, every day. Burn-out conditions.

    Advice to Management

    Let's talk about the ratio of EA's to the people they support. The current ratio does not work. It's not normal for assistants to cry at work on a regular basis from an overwhelming Inbox. Management can decrease EA turnover AND improve the quality of support the consultants receive with this one adjustment. This needs to change as soon as possible. Maybe an anonymous employee survey would also illuminate this issue (?)


  6. "Great place to start career"

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

    I worked at McKinsey & Company full-time

    Pros

    Focus on your learning and development, culture of feedback, opportunity to travel and work with different managers

    Cons

    Diverse experience can also mean ending up working with the wrong people- need to be self-directed and focused on doing things you love with people you respect and like to work wtih

    Advice to Management

    Growing very quickly- try to make experiences across offices and teams always meet the same bar. Focus on quality of client and team experiences, not growth for the sake of it.


  7. "Great environment"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at McKinsey & Company part-time

    Pros

    Great culture and employee development

    Cons

    Too much to do in a little amount of time

  8. "Great company, sometimes tough lifestyle"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at McKinsey & Company full-time

    Pros

    Unparalleled opportunity especially for BAs (straight out of undergrad) to grow and advance quickly
    Work on some of the toughest and most meaningful problems

    Cons

    Lifestyle can be tough (as well documented)
    Mixed partner quality as the Firm has grown


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Business Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Business Analyst
    Former Employee - Business Analyst
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at McKinsey & Company full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    At McKinsey you work with brilliant people to solve challenging problems. It's an excellent place to launch a career and I'm grateful to have had two years with the firm.

    Cons

    The hours are long and leadership can be stretched too thin to invest in developing junior people.


  10. "Good for just out of college grads."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at McKinsey & Company full-time

    Pros

    Full Stack development
    Fast Paced
    Great co-workers

    Cons

    Little value to engineering proficiency, client impact is the only thing that matters
    Little drive to innovation
    No mentorship.


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