“The possibilities within McKinsey are endless; it’s truly a firm where anyone who is passionate can find opportunity.”
Why McKinsey? I was looking for an environment that provided intellectual stimulation and fast-paced action. Before McKinsey, I worked in a neuroscience lab, focusing on sex differences in the brain; while the topic was fascinating, I felt isolated from the world. The rhythm was too slow and there were so many barriers to action. I received an invitation to a recruiting event at McKinsey—a firm I hadn’t heard of previously—and the rest is history.
I joined McKinsey Solutions because I wanted more depth and was offered an opportunity to become an expert quickly. In addition, the working relationships I form are deep as I work with the same internal team for long periods and my clients know I’m always available as an expert in my field.
Why do I stay? The people I work with are simply the best of the best. I have flexibility and balance in my life—I’m doing exciting work that’s at the leading edge of consulting. I’m also a new mom, an avid indoor cyclist, and a singer (I recorded a few songs last year but they aren’t on YouTube). I’m a feminist and have taught psychobiology of gender at the university level.
I’ve also had some very rewarding experiences at McKinsey, including a project where I worked with a European bank on the human resources arm of the organization. I introduced the HR executives to a vision of the future of their HR function. The chief HR officer told me she was grateful that I “took them into the work of analytics.”
If you’re considering McKinsey, I’d advise you to figure out what you are excited about and go from there. The possibilities within McKinsey are endless; it’s truly a firm where anyone who is passionate can find opportunity.