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McKinsey & Company Reviews

Updated November 14, 2018
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  • "Awesome Workplace, Steep learning curve" (in 97 reviews)

  • "Great people, tremendous learning opportunity" (in 187 reviews)

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  1. "McKinsey"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at McKinsey & Company full-time

    Pros

    great people to work with

    Cons

    some travel depending on week


  2. Helpful (203)

    "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.

  3. "McK review"

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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

    abundant growth opportunities across multiple sectors and functions
    caring leadership

    Cons

    Poor work life balance; hectic lifestyle


  4. "Analyst"

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

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

    Pros

    Great content, great people, great exposure

    Cons

    Working hours seems to be the only con


  5. "Specialist"

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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 (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Incredible culture, work with top leaders in global firm. Collaborative approach to work. Encouraged to help create your own path. Amazing resources. Best benefits you'll ever have.

    Cons

    Very fast paced environment. Aggressive grow or go approach.


  6. "One of the best experiences"

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    Former Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Everything! The company is great. They are very nice to employees

    Cons

    Nothing at all in my opinion


  7. "Implementation Consultant"

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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

    Talented people, meritocracy, great salary

    Cons

    Lots of travel far from home

  8. Helpful (1)

    "McKinsey"

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    Current Employee - Senior Business Analyst in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Business Analyst in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Awesome people and development opportunities

    Cons

    Don't always feel like you really add value to the client

    Advice to Management

    More transparency


  9. "Balancing access to executives with other life goals"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at McKinsey & Company full-time

    Pros

    Access to executive teams across industries

    Cons

    Balance of work and life


  10. "Great company to work for"

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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

    Amazing learning curve! You get to work on some really interesting problems and work with some really smart people

    Cons

    While the Firm has a great value system that underpins its culture, it is getting diluted - also the bar for new talent intake has decreased somewhat.

    McKinsey & Company Response

    Oct 29, 2018 – Recruiting Expert

    Thanks for your review - we're glad to hear you're enjoying your time with the firm. We're sorry to hear you think the bar for talent has decreased; we can confidently say that we hold true to our... More


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