McKinsey & Company
4.1 of 5 841 reviews
www.mckinsey.com New York, NY 5000+ Employees

McKinsey & Company Reviews

Updated Apr 17, 2014
All Employees Current Employees Only

4.1 841 reviews

                             

96% Approve of the CEO

McKinsey & Company Managing Director Dominic Barton

Dominic Barton

(477 ratings)

91% of employees recommend this company to a friend
841 Employee Reviews
Relevance Date Rating
in

Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "And you'll do it with incredibly smart people working on big league problems"
    in 61 reviews
  • "Great first job out of college or grad school to learn a lot very quickly"
    in 22 reviews
Cons:
  • "You have to have a lot of self discipline to keep work life balance reasonable"
    in 147 reviews
  • "Very long hours and continual expectation of over-performance"
    in 151 reviews
  • Show more review highlights

Reviews

  • Culture & Values
         
  • Work/Life Balance
         
  • Senior Management
         
  • Comp & Benefits
         
  • Career Opportunities
         
  • Approves of CEO

 

Phenomenal experience, great firm to work for

Engagement Manager (Current Employee)

I have been working at McKinsey & Company full-time for more than 3 years

ProsExposure to different industries and functions
Working with great people
Meritocratic environment

ConsTough lifestyle with constant travel
High stress

Advice to Senior ManagementFind a way to reward those who want to carve their own path, not only those who are good at pleasing partners

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

Was this review helpful?
Yes | No
Add Employer Response Flag Review

  • Culture & Values
         
  • Work/Life Balance
         
  • Senior Management
         
  • Comp & Benefits
         
  • Career Opportunities
         
  • No Opinion of CEO

 

No Respect for Support Staff

Support - IT (Former Employee)
Toronto, ON

I worked at McKinsey & Company full-time for more than a year

ProsA beautiful office, wonderful company parties with great food and drinks, 4 weeks vacation

ConsUnrealistic expectations of support staff, treated second class by consultants and managers; they will over work you, give you a great review, and then walk you out the door without providing any reason.

Advice to Senior ManagementWhat is the point, they already know but do not care because there is no respect for support staff!

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

Was this review helpful?
Yes | No
Add Employer Response Flag Review

  • Culture & Values
         
  • Work/Life Balance
         
  • Senior Management
         
  • Comp & Benefits
         
  • Career Opportunities
         
  • Approves of CEO

 

Amazing

Business Analyst (Former Employee)
Montreal, QC

I worked at McKinsey & Company full-time for more than a year

Pros- great people
- very interesting projects
- fantastic exposure to high level clients
- able to explore exotic locations
Overall, this has been the best company I have ever worked for.

Cons- lots of travel
Not too much to complain about

Advice to Senior ManagementKeep focusing of recruiting the best talent

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

Was this review helpful?
Yes | No
Add Employer Response Flag Review

  • Culture & Values
         
  • Work/Life Balance
         
  • Senior Management
         
  • Comp & Benefits
         
  • Career Opportunities
         
  • Approves of CEO

 

A great classroom to learn

Engagement Manager (Former Employee)
Toronto, ON

I worked at McKinsey & Company full-time for more than 3 years

ProsLearn from very smart people. It is a fantastic calling card on your resume.

ConsLifestyle can be tough. Tough to get into of course.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

Was this review helpful?
Yes | No
Add Employer Response Flag Review

  • Culture & Values
         
  • Work/Life Balance
         
  • Senior Management
         
  • Comp & Benefits
         
  • Career Opportunities
         
  • Approves of CEO

1 person found this helpful  

Best place to start a career

Associate (Former Employee)
Toronto, ON

I worked at McKinsey & Company full-time for more than a year

ProsBest training
exposure
work with best ppl

ConsTravel
Choice of projects is not that flexible

Advice to Senior ManagementSmile

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

Was this review helpful?
Yes | No
Add Employer Response Flag Review

  • Culture & Values
         
  • Work/Life Balance
         
  • Senior Management
         
  • Comp & Benefits
         
  • Career Opportunities
         
  • Approves of CEO

1 person found this helpful  

unparallelled personal growth opportunities (as long as you like working with large companies)

Management Consultant (Current Employee)
Toronto, ON

I have been working at McKinsey & Company full-time

Pros- If you want to do top management consulting McKinsey should be on the top of your list..The reputation, market value, experience, growth opportunities are unparallelled.
- The fact that McK is a lot bigger than BCG, Bain etc give you more opportunities
- Job opportunities after McK...Compare the offers you get after a few years with McK with most other jobs and McK is a clear winner...I still hear about people being referred to as an "ex McK" person many years after they have left (as a "quality stamp")
- People processes (staffing, reviews, personal development, training etc) is truly world class.. I have worked at other consulting companies and seen how things are done at McKinsey's clients...McKinsey is simply world class here...
- Knowledge network of material, research, experts etc...Its very impressive and you will learn "what matters" very quickly when you need help (people are in general incredibly helpful)

Cons- Work load and travel...If you have a problem with extensive travel and struggle with fairly heavy work load this is not the place for you...
- Overly focus on "large global institutions"... Lots of exciting opportunities you will never see because the clients are deemed to be too small or don't fit what the partners are being measured on.. Things are changing a bit here, but it will take many years....
- "Entrepreneurship" is encouraged...however at the end of the day you will not be successful if you stretch the boundaries outside where there are others already active (new clients, new functional topics etc...)..

Advice to Senior Management-

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

Was this review helpful?
Yes | No
Add Employer Response Flag Review

  • Culture & Values
         
  • Work/Life Balance
         
  • Senior Management
         
  • Comp & Benefits
         
  • Career Opportunities
         
  • Approves of CEO

 

Best of the best

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Toronto, ON

I worked at McKinsey & Company full-time for more than 10 years

Proshigh level of values, integrity, excellence, challenges, learning opportunities, great people, smart coworkers, high levels of trust, excellent processes for serving clients.

Conssome people work very very long hours. If you want to be promoted, you have to be doing the job already.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

Was this review helpful?
Yes | No
Add Employer Response Flag Review

  • Culture & Values
         
  • Work/Life Balance
         
  • Senior Management
         
  • Comp & Benefits
         
  • Career Opportunities
         
  • Approves of CEO

 

Excellent experience

Analyst (Current Employee)
Toronto, ON

I have been working at McKinsey & Company as an intern for less than a year

Pros- Mobility - McKinsey has branches all over the world so moving around depending on project preferences or country preferences is easy.
- Approachable and friendly staff.
- Steep learning curve - from day 1 you are encouraged to work with the biggest CEOs and on the biggest projects.
- Better working hours (compared to ibanking, etc)
- They pay for business school.

Cons- May not always get the project you want.
- Hours are unpredictable.
- Often work involves directly interacting with the client in not-so-comfortable (geographically) setting.
(for example, a mining project I was handling involved me needing to go to the mine and be exposed to the environment) (interesting, but got tiring after a while)

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

Was this review helpful?
Yes | No
Add Employer Response Flag Review

  • Culture & Values
         
  • Work/Life Balance
         
  • Senior Management
         
  • Comp & Benefits
         
  • Career Opportunities
         
  • No Opinion of CEO

 

very open and inclusive employer

ITS (Current Employee)
Toronto, ON

I have been working at McKinsey & Company full-time for more than 3 years

ProsWe have the right to dissent

Conssometimes that right is not taken in the spirit it is given

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

Was this review helpful?
Yes | No
Add Employer Response Flag Review

  • Culture & Values
         
  • Work/Life Balance
         
  • Senior Management
         
  • Comp & Benefits
         
  • Career Opportunities
         
  • Approves of CEO

2 people found this helpful  

Perspective from an IT role

Global Helpdesk Specialist (Former Employee)
Toronto, ON

I worked at McKinsey & Company full-time for more than 5 years

Pros-fantastic people
-environment that fosters information sharing
-top tier pay and benefits
-amazing work environment/office

Cons-non-hierarchical business model leaves little room for advancement
-too much micro managing from low level management (one particular individual, not necessarily the norm)

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

Was this review helpful?
Yes | No
Add Employer Response Flag Review
RSS Feed Embed

Worked for McKinsey & Company? Contribute to the Community!

McKinsey & Company Videos

Loading...

McKinsey & Company – Why Work for Us?

​ Someone once said “Far and away, the best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.” Our consultants tackle complex, world-shaping challenges… from re-imagining healthcare… Full Overview

Provided by employer [?]

Your response will be removed from the review – this cannot be undone.

Glassdoor is your free inside look at McKinsey & Company reviews and ratings - including employee satisfaction and approval ratings for McKinsey & Company CEO Dominic Barton. All 841 reviews are posted anonymously by McKinsey & Company employees.