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Updated July 19, 2018
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  1. "Fantastic colleagues, amazing client impact and personal growth opportunities"

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

    Pros

    Having spent more time here than any previous job (more than 5 years), I can say that this experience has been the best of my professional life and I would not trade it for anything!

    Cons

    Be prepared to work hard and be rewarded with amazing development opportunities, great impact and the most interesting work you can imagine with colleagues who genuinely care about each other and who collaborate amazing well together. Is that a con?


  2. Helpful (184)

    "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
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    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.

  3. "The best growth drive to my career"

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    Current Employee - Partner in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Partner in San Francisco, CA
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    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at McKinsey & Company full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Very fast progression, great compensation, phenomenal people, tough and interesting client problems, great network

    Cons

    Lots of travel, hard to switch off completely when on vacation


  4. "Partner"

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    Current Employee - Partner in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Partner in Chicago, IL
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    I have been working at McKinsey & Company full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    True Values Based organization - clients and people are at forefront of everything
    True meritocracy - based on constant development and improvement
    True flexiblity (if you know how to use it) - project based or transformation based, there is something for all
    True innovation and investment in knowledge - constant development of new ideas and solutions to bring to market

    Cons

    Expectation of perfection - requires true focus, attention to detail, high quality - can be tough learning curve
    A lot to do in little time - a key attribute that makes McKinsey distinctive, but can also result in longer hours
    Turnover and Inflow - People come and go in large amounts, moves very fast; good for some, but not all

    Advice to Management

    Stay true to the values of the firm


  5. "Great firm, great benefits"

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    Current Employee - Professional Standards & Risk Administrator in Saint Petersburg, FL
    Current Employee - Professional Standards & Risk Administrator in Saint Petersburg, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The benefits are amazing, good corporate culture and my colleagues are wonderful. There are plenty of opportunities to engage whatever you’re passionate about and “make your own McKinsey”.

    Cons

    Because it’s such a large firm, it’s sometimes hard to figure out who to reach out to to get something done, since the hierarchy is a bit confusing. Local office policies on working from home, dressing casually, etc. vary widely.


  6. "Senior Partner Still Growing Each Day"

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    Current Employee - Senior Partner in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Partner in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at McKinsey & Company full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Constant learning and ability to grow as a partner and person, competitive salary and the best colleagues

    Cons

    On the road quite a bit, but never boring and always worth the travel time.


  7. "MIO Partners"

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    Current Employee - Software Developer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Software Developer in New York, NY
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    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Amazing people to work with.

    Cons

    Nothing in particular. Tech needs some improvement.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to learn!"

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    Current Employee - Associate in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Associate in San Francisco, CA
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    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at McKinsey & Company full-time

    Pros

    Awesome place to learn and grow! You're given a lot of responsibility early on. Take it by the horns and you'll learn so much here.

    Cons

    Expected to work nights M-Th


  9. "Senior Business Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
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    Positive Outlook

    I worked at McKinsey & Company full-time

    Pros

    Work with amazing people on incredibly impactful projects.

    Cons

    Lifestyle is pretty brutal half the time. Its an emotional rollercoaster ride.


  10. "Great place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at McKinsey & Company full-time

    Pros

    learned a ton, nice people

    Cons

    difficult hours and travel can to be tough


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