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Associate, Denver

Building a new office was a singular McKinsey opportunity, and I wanted to be a part of it.

A Denver pioneer

My decision to transfer to Denver was easy. In addition to the obvious draws of Colorado (like snowboarding and hiking), I was excited to start something new. Building a new office was a singular McKinsey opportunity, and I wanted to be a part of it.

Being part of amazing teams

One of the best parts of McKinsey is the ability to work on amazing teams. It reminds me of when I played volleyball in college and loved the sense of camaraderie. For example, during one of my projects, we went to a Cubs game and took the entire client team with us. After that experience, the distinction between the McKinsey and client teams dissolved completely. This ability to integrate with our client teams is a huge source of personal fulfillment—and critical to our ability to deliver lasting impact.

Access to broad experiences

I originally planned on working for an oil and gas company directly out of business school, but I was so inspired by a few McKinsey people I met in the recruiting process that I changed focus. After exploring more seriously, I realized I wanted a broader experience than I could get at any one company. In fact, I’ve been so intrigued by aerospace and transportation that I’ve only spent half my time here on energy. Recently, I've done work on both underwater robotics and new space technology.

It’s this breadth of experience that makes McKinsey such an exciting learning environment.

Flexibility and mobility

I’ve taken advantage of several options to help balance job demands with my personal priorities—and I also took advantage of the mobility option to transfer to the Denver office. I’ve spent the past 4 months working on a local project: I expressed my desire to do work in Denver, and the partners made this a reality in a matter of weeks.

Thinking of joining?

It’s been a great experience for me. My advice is to spend time early in the process getting to know a few people in the office—you’ll find out whether you’d enjoy building a community here, recognize some friendly faces at events, and gain access to advice and interview tips. Practice for the case interviews and use the prep resources!


Harvard Business School

Columbia University
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