Making sure that our new hires get off to a good start is one of our
priorities. We make every effort to ensure the integration and professional
development of our new colleagues so they can grow quickly.
A new hire orientation event is held every year in May so that our new firm members can get to know each other as well as some of their senior colleagues. The orientation enables new consultants to learn more about McKinsey – the work we do, the way we work, and our values. This program typically involves outdoor activities such as trekking, river rafting and team-building games.
Professional Development: Life at McKinsey is defined by constantly learning,
growing, and building new skills. The key ingredients of professional development are:
You get to work on a variety of client engagements and
knowledge initiatives across industries and functions, giving you the opportunity to
expand your knowledge and experience. When assigning individuals to projects, we
take into account not just the needs of the project but also skills and development
- Team experience:
Working in a team means truly experiencing the McKinsey culture of
apprenticeship and collaboration. It also involves effectively managing your
own work, meeting deadlines, helping create a risk-free environment, giving
and receiving feedback, participating in team discussions, and working
together to achieve impact.
In addition to the informal coaching you get from your senior colleagues and
the skills you build as you work on projects, we have formal training programs
that help you develop and hone your skills at every tenure. These range
from the basics of business management to problem-solving, from communicating
with impact to building client relationships, from working effectively in
teams to becoming a leader.
- Feedback: Feedback, both
formal and informal, is a powerful learning tool. Team members provide constructive feedback
to help you improve and you are expected to do the same. In addition,
your development group leader (DGL) provides counsel on all aspects of your
professional development. Your DGL keeps track of your performance and
provides you formal feedback based on inputs from your teams and the
partnership group's evaluation of your performance at the semi-annual