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Updated 21 January 2019
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Pros
  • "Steep learning curve on both technical & soft skills, high exposure to senior leadership" (in 98 reviews)

  • "Great people, tremendous learning opportunity" (in 190 reviews)

Cons
  • "Work life balance is challenging" (in 523 reviews)

  • "Long hours which means sometimes can be a little tricky to balance home and work life" (in 577 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

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    "Best experience ever"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The benefits are unmatched. Colleagues are smart, helpful, & supportive. The work is interesting.

    Cons

    Work life balance is a challenge


  2. "No better place to start - make sure you know why you're there"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at McKinsey & Company full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Learning: no where else do you grow every day and continually get better.
    Impact: biggest projects/problems in the world. They won't all be that, but on average you do incredible work.
    People: 90% of those around you are impressive - get used to feeling like a hiring mistake!

    Cons

    Lack of control: client first (which is great)
    It's about the Firm, not you: people engage McK for the brand, not for the people. Personal brand building is seen as a no-no, and it means when you leave your access to opportunities and networks instantly goes away.

    Advice to Management

    Don't let up on the diversity agenda - it is hard and it will move slowly. Remain committed!

  3. "Great company!!!"

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    Current Employee - Associate Client Partner in Sydney
    Current Employee - Associate Client Partner in Sydney
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at McKinsey & Company full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great company to build truly global leaders

    Cons

    None really, as long as you like to travel


  4. "Events and Marketing Coordinator"

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    Former Employee - Events and Marketing Coordinator in Sydney
    Former Employee - Events and Marketing Coordinator in Sydney
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    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    flexible working arrangements and attractive remuneration

    Cons

    Can work very long hours

    Advice to Management

    New regime will bring a fresh culture


  5. "Great place to start your career"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
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    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    They take care of you, amazing diversity, intelligent people, great exposure and development

    Cons

    During peaks of demand, it can be pretty hard on lifestyle. But I've found significant flexibility to alternate between hard and less-intense projects. Also, culture could be improved to be more collegiate- a bit of a feeling of 'everyone prioritising work over office culture'

    Advice to Management

    Promote office culture more; there are certain times where work and clients should not always be the most important thing


  6. "THE Best!"

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    Current Employee - Junior Associate in Sydney
    Current Employee - Junior Associate in Sydney
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    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Amazing opportunities to learn and grow. Great mentorship environment!

    Cons

    Nothing that I can think of! If you can manage the travel, rest is easy!


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Consultant"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sydney
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sydney
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    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    McKinsey is a team sport. No one person has or pretends to have all the answers.

    Cons

    This is not for everyone so as much as the firm bends over backwards to make it work, you need to be fully prepared for the commitment.

  8. "Associate"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
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    I have been working at McKinsey & Company full-time

    Pros

    Provides step up opportunity
    Filled with smart minded people

    Cons

    Long and stressful working hours


  9. "Amazing organization"

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    Former Employee - Associate in Melbourne
    Former Employee - Associate in Melbourne
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Outstanding people calibre - smart, dedicated, professional.

    I really love the culture. John Lydon (the MD) keeps the firm focused on improving quality of live and social inclusion in Australia and New Zealand.

    The approach is very professional, putting client interests above our own, an obligation to dissent (to get the right answer), and focus on delivering impact. Part of the professional culture is continuous learning, and there's extensive infrastructure to help us learn and grow.

    Cons

    The adherence to client confidentiality (part of the professional culture) is important, but can be personally frustrating when you're excited and want to talk about your work with friends and family.

    Advice to Management

    Keep maintaining the high standards on professionalism, values and culture.


  10. "Senior transformation leader with a family - loving it ;0)"

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    Current Employee - Senior Transformation Leader in Melbourne
    Current Employee - Senior Transformation Leader in Melbourne
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The access to amazing people, knowledge, training and 'only McKinsey' client situations is far better than I ever expected. I thought the place would be emotionless, conservative and stale. Quite the opposite is true. In terms of managing my role as a mum and a leader, every support is given, every flexibility to make me succeed. I am so glad I moved across. #noregrets

    Cons

    Not having enough time to do everything at McKinsey that I would like... so many things to be involved in... There is travel, but for me it has been exciting travel, short trips, new places, new people and awesome weekends exploring

    Advice to Management

    Not sure how you have managed to hold onto the McKinsey values and culture but *thank you* for putting in the effort, makes for a truly exceptional environment and experience