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  1. 5.0
    Former Employee, more than 3 years

    Grateful to have been there, just as grateful to have left

    Apr 9, 2017 - Engagement Manager (Previously Associate) in Houston, TX
    Recommend
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    Pros

    + People - both colleagues and most clients + Learning opps - both in terms of the consulting toolkit but also for the opportunity to get exposed to different industries, functions and geographies + Option value - great launching pad for career switching (pre-McK, I was in oil and gas in Houston, post-McK I'm in edtech in the Bay Area) + Alumni network - incredibly well-placed and people are actually super-responsive to asks for help + Brand recognition - helps in the jobs marketplace + Travel opps - if this is important to you

    Cons

    + Lifestyle - enough said + Success/failure at the Firm is highly dependent on luck -- a lot really depends on the luck of the draw with respect to staffing. You want to be staffed on the right project with the right team at the right time. The Firm does its best to give you a fair shot, but a fair number of people fall through the cracks. + Nature of consulting -- eventually you might get tired of providing advice and want to actually build stuff. + People are uber-rational -- in MBTI parlance, almost everyone is an ''NT". It creates a very logical / rational culture - you need to make sure you can fit into the culture.

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  1. 5.0
    Former Employee, more than 3 years

    The Leadership Development Factory

    Jul 25, 2021 - Engagement Manager in New York, NY
    Recommend
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    Pros

    + Great for professional development/growth + Outstanding peer group + Interesting, stimulating work + Attractive pay + Great benefits: employees are taken care of

    Cons

    + Limited time in between promotions (owing to up-or-out system) prevents junior employees from exploring a wide range of industries/functions + Travel needs and general lifestyle are unsustainable + Leadership ranks need true diversity of thought, in order to prevent groupthink

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  2. 2.0
    Current Employee, more than 1 year

    Good for management consultants, bad for engineers

    Jun 9, 2021 - Software Engineer 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Exceptional benefits, best insurance I have ever seen, great if you want to be a CEO, PM etc. If you continue to impress your leaders, there is fast progression and good salary. Free learning courses and certifications are available (but most of the time you never get time to use them since you are always busy). Brand name is great.

    Cons

    They hire engineers by telling them the impact of the work they can have but truly engineers have no say in the projects they can do. If you are an engineer get ready to do all the work that consultants do and also think technically. Even worse, most of the time you’re not even coding. Excel is an engineering skill and if you push back on doing more software engineering or full stack projects, you are threatened (softly) that your reviews are coming up and you have to do what you are doing. They lie about “making your own McKinsey”. People look like they care but everyone is mostly just saying and not doing anything. Engineers are managed by everyone who does not understand what is engineering and they continue to argue on things like calling excel work “deep technical work”. Mental health issues are not taken seriously and you’d better quit than wake up everyday with anxiety. All of the above are the reasons good engineers quit very early in 1-2 years.

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