McKinsey & Company Reviews

Updated 23 April, 2015
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McKinsey & Company Managing Director Dominic Barton
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Pros
  • Very smart people to bounce thought off and get new angles that you haven't thought of (in 67 reviews)

  • Great people to work with, get to learn a lot from colleagues as well as senior leadership (in 26 reviews)

Cons
  • You have to have a lot of self discipline to keep work life balance reasonable (in 174 reviews)

  • Very long hours and a very high pressure environment leads to continual stress (in 175 reviews)

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  1. Intense, great learning experience

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    Current Employee - Management Consultant Associate in Montreal, QC
    Current Employee - Management Consultant Associate in Montreal, QC

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Exposure
    Accelerated learning
    Confidence booster - there's nothing you can't accomplish!
    Fantastic career booster - some senior executive jobs require MBB experience

    Cons

    Lifestyle
    Professional services environment - not made for everybody
    Travel may be hard if you have a family
    Need great physical resilience - you will be tired

    Advice to Management

    Need to create more tailored paths for employees

  2. Helpful (2)

    Great place to learn

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    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Toronto, ON
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Toronto, ON

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Steep learning curve that accelerates personal development
    Great colleagues - smart, motivated, inspiring
    Flexibility in industry/functional work options

    Cons

    Not a sustainable lifestyle in terms of hours and stress
    Lack of women in leadership positions
    Can feel hierarchical/political at times

  3. Helpful (3)

    Engagement Manager

    Current Employee - Senior Engagement Manager in Toronto, ON
    Current Employee - Senior Engagement Manager in Toronto, ON

    I have been working at McKinsey & Company

    Pros

    Awesome experience; great people; decent compensation.

    Cons

    Very political. Internal conflict between "Making Your Own McKisney" and what you're allowed to do.

    Advice to Management

    Live your values.

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  5. Excellent place for growth and development.

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    Current Employee - Engagement Manager in Toronto, ON
    Current Employee - Engagement Manager in Toronto, ON

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Very interesting work addressing clients' most pressing needs. Great culture. Great people development and learning. Fantastic colleagues who are all very interesting people, very smart and very motivated. Great exposure from the beginning to senior decision makers. A great place to fast track professional development. Good comp.

    Cons

    Work hours can sometimes be long. Potentially significant travel, although this hasn't been an issue for me.

    Advice to Management

    Don't change the recipe. Firm values have served McKinsey well and will continue to do so.

  6. Helpful (2)

    Best career launch pad ever

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    Former Employee - Senior Associate in Toronto, ON
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in Toronto, ON

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - Well recognized brand. Everybody knows McKinsey.
    - You work with very smart people every day (very gratifying)
    - You learn in 3 monts what people learn in 3-4 years in each company

    Cons

    - Quantity of work is still important - many hours wasted doing appendix slides could be applied to better understanding the ones that matter
    - Pace is fast, so there is no time to enjoy, nor a second chance.

    Advice to Management

    Clients are demanding shorter engagements, and stretching the teams to deliver the same in less time is not feasible (teams are already stretched). Take a 80-20 approach and drop the 80% of work that is mostly useless... even the clients would appreciate it.

  7. great interview ex

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at McKinsey & Company

    Pros

    promotion, opp for impact, benefits, air miles

    Cons

    lifestyle, culture, work life balance, repeatble work

  8. Helpful (3)

    Great at the beginning, downhill from there.

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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Toronto, ON
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Toronto, ON

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    -An excellent training ground for entry level employees.
    -Wide variety of clients/projects in progress, so there is always something new/interesting to learn

    Cons

    -Very poor attitude towards support staff; EAs and TAs were miserable.
    -Company events usually include great speeches about the firm's values, and many partners are supposedly experts in organizational behaviour , but this isn't really put into practice.
    -No opportunity for training/skills upgrade/advancement for support staff.

    Advice to Management

    -Do something about the gaping difference in experience/treatment of support staff vs. those in the consultancy stream.

  9. Phenomenal experience, great firm to work for

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    Current Employee - Engagement Manager
    Current Employee - Engagement Manager

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Tough lifestyle with constant travel
    High stress

    Advice to Management

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

  10. Helpful (3)

    No Respect for Support Staff

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    Former Employee - Support - IT in Toronto, ON
    Former Employee - Support - IT in Toronto, ON

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Unrealistic 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 Management

    What is the point, they already know but do not care because there is no respect for support staff!

  11. Amazing

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    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Montreal, QC
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Montreal, QC

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    Keep focusing of recruiting the best talent

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