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  • Steep learning curve with a supportive team environment, feedback heavy culture that is focused on strengths based personal development (in 75 reviews)

  • Working with really smart people (in 151 reviews)

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  1. "Brilliant People, great company."

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    Current Employee - Consultant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Consultant in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great company, great atmosphere, great facilities.

    Cons

    Too many cliques have formed. People don't seem to genuinely like to talk to others.

    Advice to Management

    For new comming associates, have a day where they go around the office and meet everyone, or have a orientation in front of the everyone in the office so they can be familiar with faces.


  2. "If you want to prove you are smart, the right place to be."

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    Current Employee - Associate in Cleveland, OH
    Current Employee - Associate in Cleveland, OH
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Bright ambitious people. Huge career growth. Great brand name.
    Mckinsey is chosen by people who decide that they want to sacrifice some part of work life balance for a quick growth in their career. It does not disappoint these people. The opportunities are great. You are exposed to a whole set of different industries very early in your career. You are expected to exhibit qualities to be able to connect with the senior client leadership.
    After you leave McKinsey, you have plenty of opportunities. There are a lot of international opportunities too, with the brand name of the firm.

    Cons

    work life balance. Bar for recognition very high. People work like crazy.

    Advice to Management

    Not much. They are doing pretty good job.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Sacrifice a year or two of your life to set yourself up for the future"

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    Former Employee - Associate in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Associate in Palo Alto, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    One of the best places to learn, every minute of every day

    Cons

    You don't have a life

    Advice to Management

    Less travel would be very welcome. And don't make all the single young men travel just because they don't have kids or a family... they have a life, too


  4. Helpful (1)

    "McKinsey is a great place to work at"

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    Current Employee - Business Analyst in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    McKinsey provides strong networks and great exit opportunities for its employees. Problem-solving is truly non hierarchical, mutual respect and trust is strong. Flexibility with leave is good. Excellent colleagues to work with.

    Cons

    Work-life balance while on projects is difficult to manage. Uncertainty in location makes it difficult to maintain relationships, keep in touch with friends or plan for gatherings/social events ahead of time. Company treats you so well that many entrepreneurs turn risk averse!

    Advice to Management

    Two major recommendations:
    1. Work-life balance must become far more sustainable if McKinsey is to retain its top talent (Engagement 2.0 is only a first step)
    2. Salary structure is too top heavy -- it would serve McKinsey to share its wealth down the pyramid more.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Exceptional training ground for aspiring executives, fun but tough/challenging work"

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

    Pros

    Great place to grow and develop as a business person. Truly exceptional network of highly motivated people who will either stay to be partners (and therefore continue to be tapped into the forefront of what's going on in different sectors, since it's their jobs) or more likely will go on to do interesting things in other industries/companies. Fun and challenging to (more often than not) tackle interesting questions that are important to whichever client hired you. Great way to learn more about leading companies from a quasi-insiders' perspective and understand how their management thinks.

    Cons

    Tough work-life balance, no matter what industry/functional focus you take. This goes hand-in-hand with any service-oriented job, and especially one where the bar with clients and internally (partners, colleagues, consultants themselves) is so high. However, the compensation level (in general) is significantly below other opportunities people who work at McKinsey usually have/had (banking, PE, hedge fund, start-up), although compared to 'an average job' and corporate, obviously it's quite good. Can take awhile to see actual impact for your work, if you ever do, and can feel sometimes as if you're just creating powerpoint slides that will sit on an executive's desk

    Advice to Management

    Focus less on thinking forward to the next study and ensure that you are actually meeting the clients' needs on the current study. Make sure your teams' recommendations are truly actionable and clear. Spend more time personally meeting / tapping the pulse of individual non-partner consultants to ensure you keep in touch with the way the population is feeling about their experiences, level of impact, etc.


  6. "Overwhelming at times, but worth it"

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    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    A challenging, fast-paced atmosphere with an emphasis on problem-solving and people development. Drinking from the firehose is the norm here; every time you think you've mastered the things that are asked for you, there's a whole new set of opportunities and challenges waiting for you.

    Cons

    Work-life balance is problematic given the amount of travel that's involved. When you're staffed in-town, the hours are long, but they're better than banker hours and probably better that lawyer hours, too -- very little to no weekend work is expected. However, when you are staffed out of town, you can plan on being away from home and family 3 nights a week for 2-6 months. Starwood points and airline miles are the only consolation for the extended separation.

    Advice to Management

    Keep pushing on adherence to Engagement 2.0 -- the set of tools and norms that are meant to increase team effectiveness and quality of life.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Best place to launch a career if you're willing to get less sleep than your peers (unless they are bankers)"

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    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    (This is about the 2-year BA program specifically)
    a) Great place to learn a ton of new things across completely unrelated subjects. You're expected to become an in-depth expert in a short period of time throughout every new project and start having executive level conversations. b) Everyone is really damn smart and have been quite successful before joining the firm. However not everyone's background is in business, which is the best part. I've met philosophy PhDs, MDs, entrepreneurs, lawyers, and of course plenty of fresh college grads. c) People leave McKinsey and succeed in all sorts of career paths (again, not necessarily on the business side). This makes for a great alumni network you could leverage to make your next steps.

    Cons

    Lifestyle is tough. The firm culture is strong on travel and you'll find yourself away from home most Monday-Thursdays. Some late nighters here and there if you're on a short and intense project. However, weekends are consistently free as people generally do view them as sacred.
    The staffing process could be more transparent. Available projects are silo'd across major geographic regions even though the firm frequently staffs at a nationwide, sometimes worldwide level.

    Advice to Management

    Have staffing information flowing firm-wide.

    Involve some BAs and Associates in technology decisions, as we are the heaviest users and may have very different usage patterns from the leadership.

  8. "Don't even hesitate. Working here will the best move you ever make"

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    Current Employee - Engagement Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Engagement Manager in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Personal development
    Surrounded by exceptional people
    Ability to pursue what you are passionate about
    Extreme openness and frankness about feedback
    Incredible training courses
    Genuine abilities to travel within the company
    Vast variety of client work - sometimes like a new job every three months
    It is never dull - as you start to master a role, you are promoted

    Cons

    Long hours
    Occasional lack of walking the talk, but less than at the clients
    Lower salary than we could earn elsewhere, but then we're not here for the money
    It is a high pressure environment - you have to be prepared to set your own boundaries and stick to them, but you can do it.

    Advice to Management

    Be all we can be. We set the highest aspirations, come so close to reaching them, which makes the odd failing even more conspicuous.


  9. "Great place to start"

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    Former Employee - Associate in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Associate in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Steep learning curve, smart coworkers

    Cons

    Some obnoxious partners and hardly any free time

    Advice to Management

    Keep it human


  10. "A great place to start your career."

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    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Development, exposure to several industries and job functions, feedback

    Cons

    Often work long hours and have to put in a lot of effort to have good work-life balance. The plus side is that it is possible.

    Advice to Management

    I would give the feedback that they are doing a great job. Keep inspiring and motivating your teams.


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