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Updated October 18, 2017
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  1. Helpful (120)

    "Grateful to have been there, just as grateful to have left"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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.


  2. "Great opportunities!"

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    Former Intern - Summer Associate
    Former Intern - Summer Associate
    Recommends

    I worked at McKinsey & Company as an intern

    Pros

    benefits, even for summer associates; potential to pursue individual interests; focus on employee growth

    Cons

    can be lots of travel and long hours

  3. "Summer Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Fantastic work with social impact organizations, like the Touch Foundation.

    Cons

    Not much to say here.


  4. "Co-Op"

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    Former Intern - Co-Op in Waltham, MA
    Former Intern - Co-Op in Waltham, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at McKinsey & Company as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    -Great team culture and people
    -Different types of client work to get you up speed to management consulting
    -Autonomy to manage your own selected projects

    Cons

    -Managing up expectations gets hard sometimes
    -Dealing with ambiguity is the key to be successful


  5. "Business analyst"

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    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Amazing learning experience, surrounded by brilliant colleagues daily, great exposure to senior executives at fortune500 companies, excellent training around problem solving, strategic thinking, and out of the box mentality

    Cons

    Can be long hours and lots of travel on a regular basis. But depends on the project. So some time off in between projects as well.


  6. "Senior Implementation Coach"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    (1) Get to work on very interesting problems across industries (2) Huge potential for driving impact (3) Very diverse and smart colleagues to work with (4) Excellent benefits

    Cons

    (1) Work is optimized for fresh MBAs, so experienced hires may find it out of place (2) Insecurity and lack of trust among colleagues

    Advice to Management

    (1) Ensures experienced hires are allowed to leverage their successful backgrounds to drive impact with clients, instead of insisting on a "McKinsey way" of doing things


  7. "Associate"

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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

    -Experience
    -Network
    -Reputation
    -Prestige: Considered the best in the space
    -Compensation

    Cons

    -Hours
    -Travel: Unsustainable for long term

  8. "Business Analyst Intern Review"

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern

    I worked at McKinsey & Company as an intern

    Pros

    Good work environment, emphasis on personal development

    Cons

    Long work hours, travel not for everyone


  9. "Work hard for good money"

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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

    Awesome benefits and perks (healthcare, phone with unlimited data), smart colleagues, flexible location, lots of travel

    Cons

    You better be ready to work hard and long hours, no overtime pay but you will work overtime, lots of travel


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Great people, great support, impact oriented atmosphere"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Implementation Coach in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Implementation Coach in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The training and development opportunities at McKinsey are incredible. The firm places a tremendous amount of time and resources to ensure new colleagues are set up for success and can help clients solve their toughest problems from day 1. You also have the opportunity to work on private and public sector clients' toughest challenges alongside truly incredible colleagues. In McKinsey Implementation we have the opportunity to work shoulder-to-shoulder with clients and help them realize the benefits of the proposed strategy. Having the end-to-end touch on the process is incredibly rewarding!

    Cons

    The pace of projects, the travel, and workload are not for everyone. The firm is doing a lot to promote a solid work-life balance, but you will need to make sure that the lifestyle will work for you.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to focus on opportunities to improve the work-life balance in terms of travel for impact and predictable schedules to retain talent.


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