What McKinsey Seeks In MBA Hires

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What excites you personally about working for McKinsey? 

Looking back on 20 years and three different careers at the firm, I can say I’ve never been bored. Every couple years I look back and I can’t believe the growth trajectory I’ve achieved professionally and personally. After so many years, I’m excited I haven’t plateaued and that I can expect growth every year.

The people I work with are energizing, interesting and become advisors and friends.  Not only do I have a great network in the Toronto office where I’m based, but I can go into any office and have that network… and that extends to all my alumni friends I stay in touch with.

The other aspect that excites me is being one of the firm’s diversity leaders. I’m a co-founder of GLAM (McKinsey’s gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender network). I’m particularly thrilled with how much GLAM has grown and that it is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year.

What question(s) didn’t I ask that you’d love to answer? 

Family Time

I love to talk about growth so I have a lot to talk about these days. Because McKinsey has been around for so long, some people may think of how we used to be but we’ve changed a lot.  As I tend to say, ‘We’re not your grandmother’s McKinsey.’ Two areas of growth that are most relevant to candidates are our new delivery models and our geographic expansion.

In our new models, we are expanding past the traditional consulting services and focusing on other areas our clients want support in. McKinsey Solutions is where we bring software and technology-based tools and analytics to clients. McKinsey Implementation helps clients put our recommendations into place and realize the full potential of our work. McKinsey Digital Labs is another exciting area as is our Recovery & Transformation Services.

The significance of these new models goes beyond the expanded service it brings our clients. For our consultants, it brings a whole new facet to solving client problems and creating impact. It also expands the profile of people we recruit as we need new skills, backgrounds and perspectives.

In addition to expanding the kinds of problems we solve for clients, we are continually expanding where we are located.  W are expanding within countries where we already are – like Perth in Australia and Denver in the US – and entering countries where we have done work but haven’t had physical locations, like Angola, Kazakhstan and Vietnam. This expansion means more opportunity for our people to work wherever they like.

It’s my challenge, as well as a challenge to McKinsey’s recruiters around the world, to find an increasingly diverse group of people to bring to McKinsey and to show them how they can build an interesting and dynamic career here. And, I can honestly say that it’s a challenge I look forward to every day.

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  • Xthinker

    You said that McKinsey makes almost as much than Bain and BCG but according to Wikipedia, McKinsey has 9,000 consultants; BCG has 4,500 and Bain has 4,000 consultants -> McKinsey might not be doing so well after all…

  • Marchin’ Lootin’ King

    The article is like Karl Marx telling us how successful and happy the Soviet Union is. No one can be bothered.

  • MckinseyAssociate-14

    Unfortunately, I have to agree.

  • sad

    lol, you need to walk around an english classroom

  • RedRiser

    Poetsandquants already did that for us:

    MBB at #2, Bain at #4, BCG at #6

  • ivyelite30

    why do u dont walk around the ivies or in the valley or nyc and see if anyone’s jaw drops that you got an MBB offer

  • RedRiser

    Sounds like someone’s a little bitter…

  • JohnnyGorgeous

    Yes. Recruiters do a quick phone screen and then schedule a interview for you with the company.

  • MBBplease

    What do you mean by “job invites”? Like opportunities to interview?

  • JohnnyGorgeous

    Actually ivyelite30, MBB is good for all of those things. I was at Bain this last summer, and my team ran 100% of the product launch for a Fortune 50 pharma firm. I was the one making the phone calls to low level vendors. I was in the room helping negotiate deals. I know friends at McKinsey operations who completely redid supply chains. Because of the breadth and depth of the projects offered, you DO get to do all of those things.

    Three other major things come to mind.

    a) Filter – MBB is a pedigree, just like a Harvard or MIT. And recruiters use it. Comparing what my Linkedin activity was like PRE-Bain and POST-Bain, it’s like night and day. I get 3-4 job invites a week now (Amazon, Mastercard, Whirlpool, Redbox, small consulting boutiques this month alone) whereas before I’d be lucky to get 3-4 job invites in like 6 months.
    a) An accelerator for your career. Using Kellogg as a example, if you look at alumni, people who went to MBB then into industry are almost always at a higher level than people who just started in industry.
    c) White Shoe Finance – Like top investment banks, MBB is a stepping stone for private equity, hedge fund, and VC. It’d be much much harder to get in from other ways. VC is the exception through top level jobs in startups and bigtech.

  • ivyelite30

    actually MBB is not some super star route
    Do you learn to run a biz at MBB? No
    Do you launch a prouct at MBB? No
    Do you have P&L responsibilty? No
    Do you manage a team of normal people – egineers/designers/avg joe’s ? No
    MBB was great in the 1980’s/90’s before the tech revolution
    Noone at any ivy school or in the valley/nyc is awed with a MBB job these days, lets be honest! Its a good job, dont get me wrong, but not the prestige it once had

  • Yup

    MBB is a good place to go if you’re still undecided on what to do with your career as there’s a ton of option value. But I will agree that the amount of value they’re actually creating is pretty limited given the amount of resources they utilize. It’s similar to why so many exiting consultants need to go into strategy roles vs. actual operating roles – giving advice is completely different from actually running a company.

  • ivyelite30

    who cares of MBB prestige ! Most founders of silicon valley start ups are not MBB. This is not 1985!
    Can you code and run a company? Thats all the matters today
    most MBB have never run a business! only presentation decks

  • Anon

    Great article! Very thorough but also insightful because it goes beyond just facts and figures.

  • MBBplease

    Good company, obviously, but I haven’t loved a lot of the people I’ve met who work there or who recruit on my campus. Some were cool, but others just seemed arrogant and annoyed to be doing recruiting stuff. Also seems like they really work you hard. All consulting is hard and long hours, but just got the sense the Bain and BCG care more about their people in terms of making sure you’re having a good experience, trying not to burn you out, etc. The global staffing thing is tough too. People I’ve met from McKinsey are flying all over the country or world for projects. While that sounds cool, I think it would get old fast. If I had an offer from McKinsey, Bain, and BCG, I’m just not sure the extra bit of “prestige” would outweigh some of the culture benefits of Bain and BCG. But, maybe others disagree.

  • HSWpleaseletmein

    Great article. I can see why management consulting firms attract so much talent from other fields. I’ve heard of everything from brain surgeons to rocket scientists going into consulting after otherwise successful careers.

  • Flareups

    Shocked at how little interest this article has generated. Is McKinsey just boring now?

  • Qiuyidio

    Lots of smart people here.

  • Mr. Wannabe Entrepreneur

    Thanks Jeff and Brian! Great article and great insights into McKinsey! I know sometimes people say that MBA recruiting is a black box but this is great explanation about the process and what McKinsey is looking for. You can see why McKinsey has been able to maintain its prestige while expanding so globally. I only hope that I have the opportunity to join one day!