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McKinsey & Company San Francisco Reviews

Updated January 12, 2017
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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. "Great benefits and career progression"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Principal in San Carlos, CA
    Current Employee - Associate Principal in San Carlos, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits, people, Great people to work with and travel is always very flexible.

    Compensation rises quickly compared to other industry positions

    Cons

    Work life balance is challenging. Travel is good the first few months but then it gets really boring and you yearn for abnormal life style

    Advice to Management

    Manage life style better


  2. "Not what it used to be"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend

    I have been working at McKinsey & Company full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits, decent job security

    Cons

    Place has lost what made it special. With rapid growth it feels very corporate


  3. Helpful (1)

    "McKinsey Business Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Business Analyst in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great company, great experience. Great for building career.

    Cons

    Work life balance can be hard.

    Advice to Management

    No advice


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  5. "EM life"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at McKinsey & Company full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Unrivalled flexibility across functions, sectors and geographies
    Great people and great clients

    Cons

    At times very intense and demanding
    Must allow time as experienced hire to learn how things are done to get effective

    Advice to Management

    Directors and partners are truly inspirational and role models 95% of the time - challenge is to spend time with the right people on the right topics


  6. "Great Place to Work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Breadth and depth of experience gained; terrific colleagues; well respected brand. Work can be very interesting and there is a real opportunity to explore your interests broadly or to build a specific knowledge-base if you prefer.

    Cons

    Work-life balance is challenging due to travel; clients can sometime resent your presence. Project team dependent, but people can sometimes lose track of what's important, resulting in busy-work that consumes time.


  7. "Great brand"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Engagement Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Engagement Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work with really smart people who are also fun to be around
    High level of visibility with C level clients
    Steep learning curve - prepares you well for any job
    Great brand and network

    Cons

    Lifestyle - Constant travel
    lack of any flexibility in working hours

    Advice to Management

    More flexible career paths


  8. Helpful (2)

    "Great place to work"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engagement Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Engagement Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at McKinsey & Company full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    McKinsey is an amazing place at work. You get to work on a lot of interesting problems and get exposure to very senior people in the industry. After some initial projects, you can choose the people you like to work with, which makes things easier.

    Cons

    Lots of travel. I am away every week for 4 days and that definitely gets old. The days can be long, but that varies with each project. There is also a fairly strict up or out policy which keeps the pressure high.

    Advice to Management

    Keep evolving the processes and policies to better match the new McKinsey with all the alternate profiles and career paths.


  9. "great projects"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    work with super clever people; great opportunities to have exposure to different industries and practices; travel opportunities; good retiring benefits; making impacts

    Cons

    not very organized in new solutions and non-consultant sections.
    salary is OK but can be higher...


  10. "Mck!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people and learning culture.

    Cons

    Travel and hours are very tough

    Advice to Management

    None.


  11. Helpful (2)

    "McKinsey & Company"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engagement Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Engagement Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Excellent upward trajectory, unique and challenging problems, great and talented people!

    Cons

    Long hours, travel (if you don't like it), demanding (at times) clients


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