McKinsey & Company is a world leading management consultancy firm that focuses on problem solving for the world’s leading businesses, governments, and institutions.
The company advises corporate enterprises, government agencies, charities and foundations on a variety of issues. It groups its practices into six main areas: business technology, corporate finance, marketing and sales, operations, organization, and strategy. McKinsey serves clients in numerous industry sectors, from automotive to high tech to telecommunications.
McKinsey’s consistent focus is on giving their clients’ a competitive edge. But with involvement across many industries and a whole raft of approaches at their disposal, you can expect to have a new focus every week, frequent changes in pace, and the opportunity to acquire a wide range of skills and experience in only a short time.
Their collaborative approach to every problem means you can always expect your solution to be listened to.
Despite the challenges that you will face in a demanding role, McKinsey encourages, commonality, workplace vibrancy, and a healthy work/life balance. McKinsey looks for new consultants from a competitive pool of outstanding graduates and post-grads from many degree backgrounds.
You will gain hands on experience while completing one project assignment at a time, and gain skills in data collection and analysis, client communications, and strategising. You will also have the chance to present your conclusions to the client and promote your solutions face-to-face.
Being a company with global interests, McKinsey will do their best to attach you to offices or client sites anywhere in the world that you would like to go.
As a new consultant with McKinsey, you can expect between five and eight weeks of training in your first two years. This will come from a mix of firm-wide and office-led learning. Some of the firm-wide trainings you can expect in your first year are:
Basic Consulting Readiness
This is a weeklong course for new consultants and it teaches McKinsey’s problem-solving approach and knowledge-management techniques.
This programme is for associates who join the firm with advanced degrees but without substantial business training. It is an intensive, 3-week course in the core skills of a business school curriculum. You will gain experience with basic analytic tools and frameworks, and lay the groundwork for exercising sound business judgment. As a graduate, you begin your career at McKinsey as an associate. This programme will engrain an understanding of creative problem-solving , combining technical and analytical excellence. This will give you a foundation of tools and skills.