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  1. "Work at McK"

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    Former Employee - Business Analyst in São Paulo, São Paulo (Brazil)
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in São Paulo, São Paulo (Brazil)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Steep learning curve
    High exposure to senior client
    Good total compensation benefits

    Cons

    Long hours in some weeks

    Advice to Management

    Improve lifestyle a bit


  2. "Great springboard"

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    Former Employee - Engagement Manager in São Paulo, São Paulo (Brazil)
    Former Employee - Engagement Manager in São Paulo, São Paulo (Brazil)

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

    Pros

    - Learn skills that are incredible useful (hypothesis-driven problem solving, synthesizing, project management)

    Cons

    - Lifestyle (travel, 60+ hour workweeks) makes long-term career difficult

  3. "Great to grow your career, but no work-life balance"

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    Former Employee - Engagement Manager in São Paulo, São Paulo (Brazil)
    Former Employee - Engagement Manager in São Paulo, São Paulo (Brazil)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great culture, great people, very smart
    Really good international brand for your CV, especially if you stay longer than 3 years
    Up or out culture means you are always stretched and learning, if you are up for it it's great to grow professionally

    Cons

    Too much travel, long work hours, stressful situations. A lot has been done to address some of these issues, but it still is hard to balance work and personal life, especially due to the travel. It's great when you are young and single, but gets hard if you want a family

    Advice to Management

    Continue the great work, focus on keeping the values, (this from my point of view as a current client): beware of doing too much program management and not enough "content impact", particularly on RTS type engagements.


  4. "Awesome place"

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    Former Employee - Summer Business Analyst in São Paulo, São Paulo (Brazil)
    Former Employee - Summer Business Analyst in São Paulo, São Paulo (Brazil)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Challenging Tasks
    You will be surrounded to really well prepared people
    You will have exposure to high business rank people
    You have a lot of benefits
    You will learn a lot
    Accelerated career

    Cons

    The work hours can be tough for some
    The constant challenge can be a con for come
    Travelling a lot can be a con for some
    Rotating among industries in entry levels can be a con, for some.
    The work hours may very quite a lot among projects, which can be a con for some.

    Advice to Management

    You guys are great


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Associate, McKinsey Sao Paulo Office"

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    Former Employee - Senior Associate in São Paulo, São Paulo (Brazil)
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in São Paulo, São Paulo (Brazil)
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Decent salary, company car, medical insurrance, bonus.
    Interesting tasks, great corporate clients.
    Steep learning curve.

    Cons

    Weak leadership (Feedback is understood as critic-session, not as "strength-based-feedback").
    You are only a soldier to fulfill orders.

    Advice to Management

    Practice what you preach during the Basic Consulting Readiness course


  6. "Values driven"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in São Paulo, São Paulo (Brazil)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in São Paulo, São Paulo (Brazil)
    Recommends

    Pros

    strong global culture; colleagues always open to help, great people, friends.

    Cons

    For not consultants career development and growth opportunities are limited, long hours


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Challenging work, great learning opportunities, outstanding people at work, but leadership average."

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    Current Employee - Senior Associate in São Paulo, São Paulo (Brazil)
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in São Paulo, São Paulo (Brazil)
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    1. Learning most relevant methods, frameworks to solve any kind of problem you find in a business context
    2. Working with biggest companies in any sector
    3. Team-working with highly motivated people

    Cons

    1. Feedback-system only focused on negative aspects
    2. Evaluation often not fair, despite a "clear process", taking in account irrelevant criteria (e.g. taking in account criteria not relevant for the specific position)
    3. National culture tops firm culture, e.g. latin america is not process driven at all (not following standard procedures), very implicit, hard to understand what truly matters in that company

  8. "Engagement Manager"

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    Former Employee - Engagement Manager in São Paulo, São Paulo (Brazil)
    Former Employee - Engagement Manager in São Paulo, São Paulo (Brazil)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Awesome Brand that opens many doors

    Cons

    Focus on specialization quite early in career as compared to other consulting companies


  9. "Great learning and exposure to building strategy with CEOs"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engagement Manager in São Paulo, São Paulo (Brazil)
    Current Employee - Engagement Manager in São Paulo, São Paulo (Brazil)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Clients pressure who are unrelenting

    Cons

    Clients pressure who are unrelenting


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Engagement Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engagement Manager in São Paulo, São Paulo (Brazil)
    Former Employee - Engagement Manager in São Paulo, São Paulo (Brazil)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Simply THE best top-tier consulting firm, if you want a career in management / strategy consulting, this is the place to be! Amazing learning opportunities, great leadership from hands-on partners, coaching and mentoring culture, very top notch people!

    Cons

    High pressure environment, with lots of expectations and long working hours. Way too much travel, not very mindful of consultant base city for staffing purposes.

    Advice to Management

    Try to review staffing policies to account for people's base location (i.e. staff people from Rio in Rio)


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