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  • challenging work, steep learning curve, best first job ever (in 73 reviews)

  • work with a ton of smart people and very good office culture (in 143 reviews)

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  1. "Awesome learning experience"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Accounting and Finance Intern in New York, NY
    Former Intern - Accounting and Finance Intern in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Surrounded by really smart people

    Cons

    Some bureaucratic inefficiencies that are typical in any worldwide organization


  2. "Great training"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Learn a lot in the short term

    Cons

    Business of selling advice isn't very intellectually honest


  3. "Business Analyst, San Francisco Office"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Top training program - 1 week training for BAs, 2 week training for Associates. Probably as structured as you're going to find anywhere in consulting/ ops/ strategy.

    Diverse, smart people.

    Cons

    Not all projects are interesting. Sometimes, the environment began to feel competitive in an un-constructive way


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  5. "McKinsey gives you exposure to a broad range of exciting opportunities and gives you room to grow"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great learning opportunities -- accelerates career

    Cons

    Tough hours, lots of travel. Bad luck in staffing can influence the opportunities available to you.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "McKinsey - review of the job"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Associate in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    great people, diversity, challenging, fun

    Cons

    it can be stressful, long hours


  7. Helpful (1)

    "You are always as good as your last review"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engagement Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Engagement Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Opportunities to work with very senior clients, on high-impact issues, with very smart people all around.
    Some options to create/find your niche in a given industry and rapidly become a "go-to"/expert in that field (and be recognized for it)
    Great trainings
    Access to a vast network after your time at McKinsey

    Cons

    Being staffed on a 'good" engagement is like the lottery. It doesn't always happen because stars don't always line up (the consultant's availability, relevant skills, timing of the client, etc.). Getting staffed is a bit like being on the job market: you have to advocate for yourself unless a champion does it for you (e.g., a partner, an associate principal, or sometimes an engagement manager)

    Especially outside the US, the organization is very different, less concerned with lifestyle if at all, ready to please the client at all costs, and not worried about squeezing the team like a lemon. Unacceptable behaviors from partners in the US are not sanctioned in other offices.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "BUsiness Analyst"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great exposure for young professionals just out of school. Good learning opportunities. Great business analyst community where people bond with one another well. Amazing perks and training opportunities.

    Cons

    Long hours. Too competitive. Too broad of an experience, hard for later career tracks if one wants to go into industries.


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Some interesting work but ultimately no chance for career development"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Practice Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Practice Manager in New York, NY
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Smart people doing nteresting work

    Cons

    you are a second class citizen if you are not on the consulting track

    Advice to Management

    Find ways to integrate experienced hires


  10. Helpful (2)

    "The key think is getting repeat business at clients"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Principal in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Associate Principal in New York, NY
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    McK has an excellent reputation in the business community and clients come in respecting you. In addition, McK maintain a great density of talented coworkers

    Cons

    Senior management is not particulary skilled in the art of management -- requiring employees to constantly worry that the smallest error will sink their career


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Intense, insane hours, great coworkers"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • 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

    Brand, opportunities, prestige, insane experience with CxO clients

    Cons

    hours, ridiculous amounts of travel