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Updated May 23, 2017
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Pros
  • Steep learning curve with a supportive team environment, feedback heavy culture that is focused on strengths based personal development (in 73 reviews)

  • Great place to work with super smart people and good benefits (in 147 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Good company, difficult work-life balance"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Management Consultant Associate in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Management Consultant Associate in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Sets you up for your career, good mentorship by some senior partners, ability to take on work well ahead of others at similar tenures

    Cons

    Work life balance cam be tough. Some partners have unrealistic expectations, often demanded by unrealistic clients who are paying top dollar and under much pressure themselves

    Advice to Management

    Cut down fringe benefits like retreats, recruiting events in lieu of slightly higher headcount and larger teams to help with work life balance


  2. "Investment analyst"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Culture, Friday free lunch and people

    Cons

    Lower pay; low bonus, no confidence in young employees


  3. "Support staff - great company!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Petersburg, FL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Petersburg, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Incredible benefits, competitive pay, stimulating work, and a good work environment.

    Cons

    There aren't opportunities to transfer to other offices or to work remotely.

    Advice to Management

    Reconsider work location policies.


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  5. "Good place"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate in Miami, FL
    Former Employee - Associate in Miami, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Well paid, smart people, every one is driven to succeed at any costs. You will make life long friends at this office

    Cons

    No work life balance, you definitely need to work harder than you have ever thought possible. Only then will you succeed

    Advice to Management

    Give better bonuses


  6. "Associate"

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

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

    Pros

    Great learning and career opportunities

    Cons

    High stress, work life imbalance


  7. "Unique culture with ability to pursue your own path"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate General Counsel in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Associate General Counsel in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at McKinsey & Company full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Smart people, ability to be flexible in the way you work if you take ownership

    Cons

    if not on partnership track then compensation quickly hits glass ceiling, the feedback can be brutal at times and tenure can be cut short if not meeting standards

    Advice to Management

    be more flexible with the people models to give people bigger piece of the pice - more profit sharing


  8. Helpful (5)

    "Outstanding infrastructure and professional development, poor lifestyle"

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    Former Employee - Engagement Manager in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Engagement Manager in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    World leading infrastructure to develop and hone skills as a strategic business thinker; can't imagine a better place to start a career with a bang; amazing professional development team that genuinely works to try balance needs of the frontline consultant with that of the projects/clients

    Cons

    Politics and difficult personalities emerge as you grow in tenure--you either find a sustainable pocket which you can thrive, otherwise turns miserable quite quickly particularly as you pivot from the EM to parnership roles.

    Advice to Management

    Those that thrive and survive through tenures and elections weren't those that I found inspirational; rather, those that would often crush teams & EMs and play politics remain. While the foundation is second-to-none, I believe overlooking what's happening under the hood and the evolving personality/makeup of the partnership is what will undermine the firm's future.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Creatives and hands-on owners may feel out of place"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Present Business Analyst in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Present Business Analyst in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    No boss
    Extensive travel benefits
    International work options
    Credibility for young professionals
    Incredible flexibility in range of projects/work
    Clear path to promotion
    Minimal compensation relative to other roles in comparable qualifications pool

    Cons

    Same cons as other client services:
    Need to play the system if you care about reviews
    Pressure to specialize early
    Work with 50% subpar direct managers (EMs) - many control for this by working for the same clusters repeatedly
    Somewhat long hours - 9-2am is not uncommon during the week for interesting work
    Senior leaders are fairly stagnant - would not be role models for innovation except in rare cases when they return to McKinsey from industry/startups to build up a new practice


  10. "Social Media Analyst"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Freelancer - Social Media Analyst in New York, NY
    Current Freelancer - Social Media Analyst in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great exposure to various industry, flexible hours based on project, culture of excellence.

    Cons

    Hours are often determined by project availability.


  11. Helpful (2)

    "Great place...for some"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engagement Manager in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Engagement Manager in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great paid, interesting work and people, strong culture and values

    Cons

    Difficult work life balance, people may say one thing but do another, difficult politics

    Advice to Management

    Mentorship model is broken and needs to be fixed so people don't fall through the cracks


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