McKinsey is a fantastic place to grow professionally. The work is constantly changing, giving me ample opportunity to learn by doing.
A platform to make a difference
I came to McKinsey from a medical background. Every day I’d seen inefficiencies in the clinical setting and processes that could be improved—but I felt powerless to effect change and unequipped to do so. I joined McKinsey because I felt it would give me the standing I needed to help drive meaningful improvements in US healthcare. I was right. In my first project I worked with frontline staff in a hospital to improve efficiency. It was like a breath of fresh air.
A welcoming, close-knit community
I did a summer internship at the Detroit office during my MBA and loved how inviting it was—and the fact that the office was brimming with healthcare leadership. Although I was only there a few months, my colleagues at all levels, from fellow summer associates to leadership, took a genuine interest in helping make it a great experience. When I decided to return to McKinsey 4 years later (after finishing school and 3 years of residency), they made the process seamless. I was welcomed back with open arms.
Fantastic support for professional development
McKinsey is a fantastic place to grow professionally. The work is constantly changing, giving me ample opportunity to learn by doing—whether developing an analysis to answer a new question, presenting to CEOs, or persuading clients that change is feasible. Professional development is deeply engrained in our culture, and the firm approaches it in a very structured manner. When I first joined, I was encouraged to work on developing a stronger presence in client meetings. A presentation skills class helped me improve, but I also made my teams aware of what I was working on—they responded by giving me opportunities to lead and by coaching me. It’s a work in progress, but I know I've come a long way.
University of Michigan