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Updated March 23, 2019
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Pros
  • "Steep learning curve on both technical & soft skills, high exposure to senior leadership" (in 98 reviews)

  • "Great people, tremendous learning opportunity" (in 190 reviews)

Cons
  • "Work life balance is challenging" (in 529 reviews)

  • "Long hours and bad work life balance" (in 586 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (14)

    "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

    McKinsey & Company Response

    Mar 7, 2019 – Recruiting Expert

    We're thrilled to hear you've had a great experience overall - thanks for sharing your perspectives.


  2. "AMAZING COMPANY AND PEOPLE"

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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 full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    very competitive environment and people. you grow so fast and learn from the best

    Cons

    competition is intense. you need to be really good at what you do.

  3. Helpful (218)

    "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. "Amazing company"

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    Current Employee - Business Analyst
    Current Employee - Business Analyst

    I have been working at McKinsey & Company full-time

    Pros

    Best place to work and be developed
    Interesting projects
    Great mentors

    Cons

    Only that it can be hard work


  5. "The world's most brilliant problem solver"

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    Former Employee - Associate Partner in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Associate Partner in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    To develop and apply top-notch problem solving skills, business thinking, and unleash huge value for companies with growth, cost optimization, as well as strategic restructuring. You get to work with the world's top minds with the best education and experience. You create a network with colleagues and alumni who will be, or already are in top positions of the world's best companies

    Cons

    Travel and work-load related burn is extremely high. Unless you are open to continually improve your performance with sharp feedback from your peers, it could be difficult to survive.

    Advice to Management

    Create a fundamental level integration plan for experienced hires, since they are measured in the same way from day one as folks who grew up in the firm. Through a rigorous three-month long on-boarding plan, get them to acquire the skills that they need to deliver, and postpone evaluation until after the first year of projects.


  6. "Great Place to work, learn, and create impact"

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    Current Employee - Associate in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Associate in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Extremely steep learning curve, great coaching, and career advancement

    Cons

    Work life balance can be tough


  7. "AWESOME!"

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    Current Employee - Digital Operations Analyst in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Digital Operations Analyst in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Great environment. They care about employees.

    Cons

    None. Job is tough but rewarding.

  8. "Inflexible schedule, not intellectually challenging"

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    Current Employee - Investment Data Specialist in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Investment Data Specialist in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Great healthcare benefits, McKinsey name, depending on function can have good exposure

    Cons

    Inflexible schedule, not intellectually challenging, lack of female senior leadership


  9. "Good Job!"

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    Current Employee - Solution Administrative in Tampa, FL
    Current Employee - Solution Administrative in Tampa, FL

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

    Pros

    It’s a pretty good place to work. Roles outside of the EA role are different and pay more.

    Decent pay compared to market rate.
    Great benefits offset the pay as well.

    Cons

    Normal work stuff. Struggle for work/life balance. No work from home option.


  10. "Exceptional team environment"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Exceptional team environment, broad exposure to industries and functions, close relationships and cooperation with clients

    Cons

    Roles and promotions come quickly, requiring constant growth under pressure