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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 150 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "A terrific place to launch any business career"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - A terrific place to start any career in business: learning opportunities are tremendous and you are encouraged to pursue your passions (though be patient when you first start)
    - Exposure to some of the most interesting problems from the most senior perspectives at the largest companies
    - Great environment to learn from some of the most seasoned business minds in just about any industry

    Cons

    - Managing lifestyle is challenging and work can feel incremental at times despite enormous efforts
    - Staffing opportunities have a high element of luck involved, which naturally can be frustrating at times

    Advice to Management

    Seek opportunities to engage Associates from all levels to discuss opportunities to improve mentorship whenever possible


  2. "McKinsey is the best place to work"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate in Florham Park, NJ
    Current Employee - Associate in Florham Park, NJ
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Impact-- The impact of the work done by the firm is tremendous from turning around poorly performing businesses to developing strategies for new situations.
    Broad mix of industries and geographies--Many fortune 500 companies, mid-size companies, governments, public organizations
    The people-- really smart, motivated and collaborative,
     meritocratic culture-- age and experience is no bar to rise on the job,
    great opportunity to learn about business-- exposure to really senior management at a relatively young age. Where else would you get a chance to understand the makeup of senior leadership and understand the DNA of leading companies
     perks-- trips and events to boost connectivity are fun and really thought out,
    opportunities to learn-- many classes available on professional development-- content, leadership and other. Non-MBA's get a mini-MBA training. There is also a Leadership workshop after finishing a year at the firm.
    entrepreneurial spirit-- one can do whatever one chooses to do, any industry, or functional area.

    Cons

    Lifestyle could get intense for family

    Advice to Management

    None

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Great place to work"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Associate in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    *Fascinating work
    *Fun, smart people
    *Always something new coming down the line, hard to get bored
    *So far I've been able to maintain good work/life balance. I'm sure that won't always be true
    *The trainings are amazing. Mini-MBA was one of the best experiences I've ever had, both as a training and soically

    Cons

    *The level of uncertainty around where you will be and what you will be doing
    *As an experienced hire, it can be difficult to be bottom of the totem pole again
    *The politicking can get old
    *random requirements to get promoted
    *There is a lot of luck involved around whether you are exposed to the right people and right work to get promoted

    Advice to Management

    None at this time


  4. "McKinsey is a great place"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Associate in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    McKinsey & Company is a great place to start your career. Great learning and training programs, great reputation and great exit oppotunities. The people here are great. They are from all kinds of backgrounds, you can easily have top MBAs, top PhDs and MDs working in one engagement team.

    Cons

    Hours is long, but not too bad. At least I still have most of my weekends. This is good compared to i banking. Travel can be a little tiring after a while, but I am OK with it. Sometimes, you can choose your projects if you don't like to travel, but not always.

    Advice to Management

    Higher pay to junior people.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Would make it harder to complain if you knew what you were getting into."

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Summer Associate in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Summer Associate in Washington, DC
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Will help you get the job of your dreams.

    Cons

    But for most people, McKinsey itself is hardly that job. They say you "make your own McKinsey" but it's hard to know what that means and how you go about doing that. You also find that the people who recruit you are not always the people that you end up working with. Even if they are, it's not always for long periods of time.

    Advice to Management

    I think it's a good place to work overall, but the way in which the job function is actually described during the recruiting process needs to be more transparent.