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Updated September 21, 2017
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  1. Helpful (2)

    "One Year Review"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Implementation Coach in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Implementation Coach in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    1) We coach and mentor clients to build their capabilities
    2) We shape MI's growing practice with our experience, while still becoming experts in the firm's traditional tools
    3) We focus on our values, in which client impact is the top priority. This focus has given us a reputation for working alongside client senior leaders to get things done

    Cons

    Much of our work requires us to be on the ground so Mon-Thu travel is a must


  2. Helpful (13)

    "Definitely lives up to its hype; it's called "The Firm" for a reason"

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

    I have been working at McKinsey & Company full-time

    Pros

    - Incredible senior client exposure even as a Business Analyst (especially now BAs are considered parallel to Associates -- i.e. firm hierarchy pyramid-wise, they are at the same level; just different salary)
    - Unparalleled brand and exit opportunity; expect headhunters to bombard your LinkedIn inbox all the time
    - If BCG's health insurance coverage is a Cadilliac plan, McK's health insurance is a Lamborghini plan
    - Generous reimbursement policy and company benefits, like an outing to a luxury Cabo resort where you can even bring +1
    - Actually interesting, high-level cases, which you won't find at any other firm, that are super high impact (NYT/WSJ headline-level)
    - Very much dedicated to LGBT issues and takes a progressive, inclusive stance to act as "an agent of change" given its influence
    - Jaw-dropping group of colleagues who come from all walks of life and have a unique "sparkle" of their own -- ranging from Olympians to serial startup founders
     - Well-respected McKinsey's iconic, historical value system; Values Day is a good example of how everyone at McKinsey has Firm values deeply ingrained
    - Despite its big size, it still remains uber-entrepreneurial and innovative. In the consulting world, other firms tend to look up to McK and benchmark our evolving business model and best practices
    - Have you ever heard of Search Time? Basically 4+ weeks of paid time off for your job research as you prepare to leave McK. It's an incredible benefit
    - Mind-blowing McKinsey proprietary problem solving toolkit and processes; also tons of McK IP and researches, often done in collaboration with the world's leading organizations
    - Equinox and SoulCycle discount

    Cons

    - Our Firm-formatted slides look ugly and seem depressingly out-of-date like my grandma's 80s style sofa. Style guide could use some hardcore upgrade for a more modern, cleaner look. Maybe LUNAR could help
    - 20% coinsurance for PCP visits doesn't make sense at all given Urgent Care/ER copay is zero
    - More serious efforts needed to improve WLB; whatever we are doing now is not enough to make a palpable impact
    - Time sheet norms should be relaxed; creates unnecessary stress and pressure
    - Some expense policies and benefits lag a little behind those at BCG (receipt threshold, business class policy
    - Sexy cases generally entail considerably worse lifestyle
    - Can we less aggressively sell due diligence cases?
    - R&I could use some back-end upgrade to be more.... useful

  3. "Engagement Manager"

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

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

    Pros

    Great people and interesting problems

    Cons

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  4. Helpful (1)

    "Very happy to have joined McKinsey"

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

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

    Pros

    Smart people, engaging work, lots of variety, pretty nice job perks (reimbursements, discounts, etc)

    Cons

    long hours, regular travel (might be a perk for some, doesn't have to be a huge con if you negotiate well)

    Advice to Management

    Cost of living in the Bay is painfully high - if you won't consider differentiated salaries, some sort of house-buying assistance would be a very positive gesture.


  5. "Great benefits and career progression"

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    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


  6. Helpful (1)

    "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


  7. Helpful (1)

    "McKinsey Business Analyst"

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    • Senior Management
    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

  8. "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


  9. "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.


  10. "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


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