McKinsey & Company Associate Principal Reviews

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  1. 5.0
    Current Employee, more than 8 years

    Great company!

    2 Mar 2019 - Associate Principal in Sydney
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    Pros

    Great people, truly global opportunities

    Cons

    Lifestyle involves lots of travel

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  2. 4.0
    Former Employee

    Excellent learning experience

    12 Jan 2021 - Associate Principal in Milan
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    Pros

    Great learning experience to start career

    Cons

    Difficult place to get good exit opportunities especially as senior

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  3. 5.0
    Current Employee

    Great place to work

    29 Oct 2020 - Associate Principal in New York, NY
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    Pros

    Influence the world with your work

    Cons

    Work life balance need to be planned carefully

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  4. 4.0
    Former Employee, more than 3 years

    Excellent School

    9 Jun 2020 - Principal 
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    Pros

    Caring and Meritocratic Environment Build up your soft and hard competences

    Cons

    Better integration of experienced people coming from Corporate

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  5. 5.0
    Former Employee, more than 8 years

    It's only when you leave that you realise how good they are

    15 Aug 2014 - Associate Principal in London, England, England
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    Pros

    The best people and a great entrepreneurial culture. Positive teamwork despite clear up or out policy. Truly global organisation. Actually behaves as a partnership with strong long term consistency of vision and values.

    Cons

    Work life balance can get out of kilter if you let it, and it creeps up on you slowly. This is mainly down to individuals not setting boundaries rather than the culture or any top down pressure. Hard to work for another organisation afterwards as the gap is extreme - you need to be running it.

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  6. 1.0
    Current Employee, more than 5 years

    Becoming more and more disappointing with increasing tenure

    20 Jul 2012 - Associate Principal in München, Bavaria, Bavaria
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    Pros

    a - Exceptional opportunities to work on various high impact projects and to get to know executive managers b - Still recognized as the best address for making a career c - Teaches best-in-class problem-solving and structuring

    Cons

    a - Less industry expertise and functional in-depth knowledge than expected, quality of client work claimed as "best solution" very often lacks practical experience, pragmatism and client insights (often not sufficiently respected by leadership) b - In particular directors have a tendency to build their own isolated world of thinking, even requesting the team to not work and listen to clients instead of enforcing stronger integration and consideration of client concerns c - Missing role-models along senior leaders (directors and partners), strong selforiented "diva" mentality. Social behavior towards teams (putting younger colleagues under pressure, threatening, yelling etc.) is very often unacceptable, and beyond professional values d - Inacceptable work-life balance due to insufficient staffing/focus of project resources on follow-on projects and proposals, overpromising on scope or overstretched leadership (very often all of the 3 causes in one project) e - Intransparent promotion processes - the recipee for success is to please senior leadership as much as possible. Independent and creative thinking is rather disliked and has an negative impact on performance

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  7. 1.0
    Current Employee

    "Terrible place to waste your life"

    10 Aug 2009 - Associate Principal in Detroit, MI
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    Pros

    - Looks good on resume - Learn how to make up stuff, look good - Learn how to navigate company politics

    Cons

    - McK consultants lack integrity / honesty; they consistently try to prove their "hypothesis", often rejecting facts/data to the contrary. - At AP level your chances of being elected partner depend on who your clients are and who your friends are at the firm. To be elected, you will need to kiss ass to at least a few directors, accept all the work you can physically handle, take credit for things you didn't actually do (in McKinsey speak, this is called "leverage"), and create a 'story' around your election 'platform'. A director recently put it to me this way ... "you need to draw that target around the arrow." Election has nothing to do with upward feedback, performance. - McKinsey partners prey on weak and insecure managers. I've seen partners discuss who is weakest and most insecure, and scheme to take advantage of the situation - McKinsey has a 'core client' policy that favors selected clients over others. Clients that are not 'core' will get second rate consultants on their studies ('core client' study managers get first pick at staffing a study)

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  8. 5.0
    Former Employee, more than 5 years

    Best workplace in the World

    24 Nov 2014 - Associate Principal in Stockholm, Stockholm, Stockholm
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    Pros

    You learn all necessary skills to be able to manage yourself, people around and all possible issues that you can encounter both professionally and personally. Probably the only workplace in the World where people's performance is assessed in a fact-based and transparent way. The sky is the limit in terms how you want to develop and what you want to focus on, it is just a question of you having to realize that you shape your own destiny.

    Cons

    The cons such as working hours or balance between work and private life are not really cons but actually part of the necessary schooling of the people - it is a test on whether you can figure out how to manage these things in a good way. If not, then you most likely are not cut out to be there.

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  9. 5.0
    Former Employee, more than 5 years

    Amazing place to learn. Tough to manage work-life balance

    1 Oct 2014 - Associate Principal in Singapore
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    Pros

    - Amazing place to learn and develop - from on-the-job responsibility (tons of "step-up" opportunities) to formal training to informal mentorship - Great international experience and exposure - if you get the right projects, you get to work in multiple countries and regions - Outstanding colleagues and mentors - some of the smartest people I have worked with - Very competitive pay - Better pay than folks at a similar level as you (except ibanks, pe, and vc)

    Cons

    - Work-life balance gets worse over time. Pretty good balance at Analyst and Associate level. Managers start to take on more stress. APs and Partners rarely have a personal life. It takes a "type" to become Partner at McKinsey

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  10. 5.0
    Former Employee, more than 8 years

    Outstanding people, top clients

    2 Dec 2015 - Associate Principal in New York, NY
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Talented and diverse colleagues from all over the world. Great professional culture that emphasizes high-quality client service and personal development of its consultants. A place with high-minded values that generally lives up to its standards. Unrivalled opportunities to serve top clients on their top issues, and to travel and live overseas if you want.

    Cons

    Client service is demanding: You'll work long hours and travel extensively. Lots of nights at the office and away from home. OK (fun, even) for young & childless types, but tough for those with families or serious interests outside work.

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