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Updated February 25, 2017
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  • challenging work, steep learning curve, best first job ever (in 70 reviews)

  • Get to work with really smart people (in 136 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (91)

    "Really liked it here, but not for life"

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

    I worked at McKinsey & Company full-time

    Pros

    Would recommend to anyone coming out of college. Gives you a strong general business background, and a great network of people who you'll run into again and again later on in life. A great training ground, and a strong culture.

    Cons

    Wouldn't recommend staying beyond the Business Analyst program. Career consultants often end up not really understanding how to make things happen in the real world, and this gets worse the longer you stay there.

    Advice to Management

    Keep the Firm's culture strong! People still look up to the McKinsey name. However, you need to rapidly change how McKinsey operates in a less and less linear world, especially one that features many more technology companies than more conventional companies. Oh, and junior consultants needs to understand complexity and real business decision-making better, beyond the analytics.


  2. "Engagement Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engagement Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Engagement Manager 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 caring culture
    Great diversity and talented people
    Meritocracy and fast career opportunities

    Cons

    Job can be stressful and may require significant travel (but the firm is trying to make employees' life as easy as possible)

    Advice to Management

    Keep working on promoting a sustainable work like balance!


  3. "BA"

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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

    Greatest place on earth -- love mck

    Cons

    Sometimes lifestyle can be demanding


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  5. "Research Intern"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Intern in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Research Intern in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Amazing work culture
    Creative minds working and moving on same career path

    Cons

    Team mates travel a lot which makes u miss the place since we are left in office as interns
    No holiday rule for interns


  6. "consultant"

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

    I worked at McKinsey & Company full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    great teams to work with

    Cons

    getting too large and complex


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Crear experience"

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    Former Employee - Senior Research Analyst in Waltham, MA
    Former Employee - Senior Research Analyst in Waltham, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at McKinsey & Company full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Work with very sharp people

    Cons

    Long hours, tough work life balance


  8. "Does not meet the hype"

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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

    Terrific learning opportunities. interesting work.

    Cons

    Bureaucratic. Some partners are great, others are not.

    Advice to Management

    Learn how to be more agile and responsive to you industry needs


  9. "Great learning experience but lots of false promises"

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    Former Employee - Business Analyst
    Former Employee - Business Analyst
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    At the BA level at least, McKinsey will give you lots of opportunities to learn and grow. You get truly impressive amounts of responsibilities right out of college, and the culture encourages constant feedback so you always know where your strengths and weaknesses are. You will gain lots of broad business knowledge and the exit opportunities are very good (though not as unlimited as they advertise). Also, the perks are truly top notch and will probably downgrade anywhere else you go. One of the best business jobs you can have out of college.

    Cons

    If McKinsey was more honest during recruiting about what the BA experience is like, I would have given them a 4 or 5-star rating. Many of the projects are very uninteresting and uninspiring, and generally the interesting projects have brutal hours and the boring ones are more manageable. It is VERY hit or miss on projects - some are great and others are downright nightmares. You have some choice on staffing but it is limited and highly tied to the office you are in and the work those people do. The hours are not as bad as IB but there is ZERO downtime and if you want to be a high performer you must work VERY hard and manage perception VERY well. Culture rewards people who manage politics and play the game well - it is not as much of a meritocracy as they say. Managers will say one thing to your face and another behind your back. It is a large company so some people are great and others are awful. Bottom-line, they advertise is to be whatever you want it to be, but that is simply not true.

    Advice to Management

    Be more honest about what the job is actually like. Many BA's do not like the job after 1 year simply because they are led to believe it will be much better. Jobs such as Finance are more realistic about the experience so people know what they are getting into.


  10. "An incredible place to learn"

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    Former Employee - Associate in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Associate in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Fast-paced environment
    - Stunningly smart colleagues who want to help you learn
    - Always working on really big, really hard problems that matter

    Cons

    - Exhausting travel schedule (cool for a little bit, then gets old)

    Advice to Management

    - Continue working on ways for consultants to travel less


  11. "Great colleagues, intense workplace"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engagement Manager
    Current Employee - Engagement Manager
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at McKinsey & Company full-time

    Pros

    Great flexibility once established
    Intelligent colleagues
    Great benefits

    Cons

    People would expect response all year round, including holidays

    Advice to Management

    Need to make the work life balance more sustainable



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