McKinsey consultants are the Jedi's of management
Associate and Engagement Manager (Former Employee) – Houston, TX – November 6, 2017
Once a McKinseyite, always a McKinseyite. McKinsey is the best launchpad for CEOs for good reason. You are groomed from day 1 to act and think like a CEO.
You have to drink the Kool Aid and "talk", "act", and "behave" McKinsey or you will be given feedback, which can be ruthless.
I probably spent the best years of my life here and would do it all over again without hesitating, but the absolutely non-existent work/life balance really gets to you. I saw countless people "break" mid project (analysts/associates crying, managers fainting and ending up in the hospital due to stress, etc.)
Most of the most successful people I met at McKinsey have absolutely personal life (no girlfriend, no dog, no plant). Nothing. Nada. They live to work.
It's a great experience, but it's not for everyone.
Unmatched brand name, great meritocratic pay, superb benefits, powerful network, incredible exposure to top management
Absolutely no work/life balance, horrible lifestyle, pay per hour you're better off working at McDonald's, endless travel