We are a values-driven organization
Our values are the pilars for our two dual mission, and are embodied in it. They are not simply abstract ideas, but deeply felt principles, and are what makes us a genuinely unique organization.
Former managing director Marvin Bower instituted them to distinguish McKinsey byhow we work rather than simply by the work we do; they form part of our daily lives, and help bind us together, whatever your role, department or location.
In case you were wondering , the following are our core values. They are complex and nuanced, and are discussed constantly- we even have a day dedicated to do just that, reflect on them. We encourage you to review them, as they are not only vital for Mckinsey, they can be applied to your professional life as well.
Growth is based on performance only, not based on who your friends are
We sustain a caring meritocracy. Progress and success at the firm is based on your ability to create impact, and your talent. Your performance is your own, but we all have a stake in helping each other be at our best.
We are a team dedicated to helping and coaching each other toward success, and along the way it’s ok to fail, because the caring meritocracy will always give you another chance.
We’re all mentors and mentees
We develop one another through apprenticeship and mentoring. Development doesn’t only happen in training programs, it happens every day working alongside peers who are more experienced than you. At McKinsey, everyone is responsible for passing on their own expertise and sharing their knowledge.
This model is supported by direct feedback, both positive and constructive, and also a management style where opportunities to develop those skills are created.
If something is not quite right, speak up!
Uphold obligation to dissent . it’s the key to making sure all the other values stay in place because this is about being able to openly share your opinions. No matter who’s on the other side of the table (and yes, this might include your team lead, manager and people with more tenure than you), if you see something is not right, or there is a way to improve something, we raise our genuine concerns in a constructive way, immediately. If we’re aware that something’s amiss and don’t point it out, then we too are at fault.
Zero degrees of separation
We govern ourselves as a “one Firm” partnership. Although we have 104 offices around the world, there are no boundaries at McKinsey. We are a single united firm, bound together by a global commitment to delivering our best to every client, everywhere, on every engagement.
‘One Firm’ also means that your colleagues have your back.
The best idea can come from anyone in the room
We are a non-hierarchical organization. This doesn’t mean you don’t have a boss, but that when it comes to problem solving, we are all on equal footing.
We evaluate ideas on their potential to make a difference, not who suggested them, or the tenure or role of the person who suggested them.
Whatever your role at McKinsey is, you will have the same duty of civility, courtesy, respect and support as everyone else in the firm.
Deliver the best of our firm to every client as cost effectively as we can
We expect our people to spend clients’ and our firm’s resources as if their own resources were at stake.
Put the client’s interest ahead of our own
This means we deliver more value than expected. It doesn’t mean doing whatever the client asks, or doing or saying what’s expected.
Behave as professionals
Uphold absolute integrity. Show respect to local custom and culture, as long as we don’t compromise our integrity.
Uphold absolute integrity
We keep our client information confidential to maintain our objectivity. We don’t promote our own good work. We focus on making our clients successful, because our success is measured by theirs. We believe we will be successful if our clients are successful.
Tell the truth as we see it
We stay independent and able to disagree, regardless of the popularity of our views or their effect on our fees. We have the courage to invent and champion unconventional solutions to problems. We do this to help build internal support, get to real issues, and reach practical recommendations.
Diversity & Inclusion
Diversity and inclusion is not a program, it’s not an effort or a department. It’s who we are and what we respect. We thrive when our teams are made up of people from different backgrounds, cultures, genders, education, training, interests, and skills.
As you get to know McKinsey, you’ll see we are men and women, individuals with disabilities, straight and gay, single and married, with biological kids, adopted kids, foster kids. We represent every race, gender, identity, and religion you can imagine. We are engineers and graphic designers, developers and administrator, analysts, and mathematicians. We are all different and that is our strength.
We support all our people with unparalleled professional development, networks, and mentoring. The more we can develop their strengths and inspire inclusive leadership, the more we can contribute to a better future — within and well beyond McKinsey. Read more...
Here at McKinsey we value continuous learning and development. We believe that enhancing the professional development and learning for all our colleagues will help us achieve our dual mission to deliver world-class support while building a firm that attracts, develops, excites, and retains exceptional people.
External Recognitions & Awards
Along the years, others have constantly recognized that ours is an outstanding environment for exceptional people. We are proud to be listed in several "Best Places to Work" lists. We invite you to discover our hall of honor, and see the proof of why we call ourselves the best place to work for exceptional people. Learn more...