Great people are even better together
If you ask McKinsey people what they like most about their work, and what they have the strongest memories of, they often will talk about their teams.
At McKinsey, a team isn't just a group of people with the same to-do list. The team structure is core to client service. It's core to learning and networking. It's core to our culture.
At whatever level you join us—with a new undergraduate degree, an MD, MBA, or PhD, or after being in another career for years—you will see that everyone is a full-fledged member of the team and every voice is expected to be heard. It's common for people to be in touch with and work with people from their first team, whether they've been here a year or 10 years.
Teams tend to spend three to four days a week at a client's location. The team room is typically the hub of activity, whether it is researching an issue, brainstorming about solutions, creating simple or complex models, or preparing presentations. In addition to working together on client deliverables, each member of the team also learns trust, responsibility, communication, and leadership. You'll form a network and relationships—with colleagues and clients—that extend well past your final meetings.
Your core team has other teams to support it, including more than 1,700 knowledge professionals and experts who can provide specialized expertise and quick access to business information. The knowledge teams make a smart team even smarter, they help speed up research, bring insights, and make McKinsey and our work truly distinctive.