Women at McKinsey – who we are and what we do
At McKinsey & Company, people and talent are at the heart of our work. We believe deeply and passionately in diversity in all its many forms. In fact, studies conducted around the world show that diversity is fundamental to the performance and health of corporations. In particular for management consulting, a wide range of talent, backgrounds, experiences, and opinions is a prerequisite for being more creative, challenging existing thinking, delivering high impact, and being more innovative.
However, not enough women are finding their way into this field. Our aspiration is for McKinsey to become, indisputably by reputation and facts, the most sought after, preeminent place for highly talented women to work anywhere in the world.
Our female consultants have diverse backgrounds from business and science to fine arts, medicine, and law. So why did they choose McKinsey? We invite you to explore what makes the experiences of women at McKinsey unique: the opportunities we offer to make real impact in the world, the strong support we receive in our personal and professional growth, and the influential network of exceptional women professionals to which we belong.
Learn more about women at McKinsey here. By visiting this site, you will see how McKinsey women are leaving their marks on the world, how we are shaping this world based upon our priorities and passions, and how we help and learn from each other along the way.
Director in Munich
"When it comes to getting ahead, I would give a young woman and a young man the same advice: find out what you are passionate about and go for it. Always be open to meeting new people and hearing new opinions, but be selective about which advice you accept. And don't be afraid to step forward and lead or ask the "stupid" question.
McKinsey is a great place for talented women because it’s a career accelerator and the world's biggest leadership factory. This gives you a head start into your career, which is important if you want to gain time. Plus the project-based work offers great options for flexibility."
Junior Specialist in the Operations Excellence Program (OEP) in Hamburg
"Mentoring is central to McKinsey’s culture. To me, having a mentor is essential as it gives me the chance to test my ideas and goals in a completely risk-free environment. I can share my thoughts and get feedback from a smart, experienced person. A mentor can help me reflect on whether my plans make sense or what alternative approaches could be. My mentor is like my own personal consultant who gives me valuable advice and is even the key to achieving my goals in many situations.
My experience with mentoring at McKinsey started with the recruiting process. The recruiting team gave me feedback to my CV within a week. After I got invited to the interviews, the firm offered me a coaching call and was available for any other questions. After taking advantage of all the preparation support, I could even enjoy my interview day at the Munich office – and left with my contract in hands."
Junior Specialist in the Operations Excellence Program (OEP) in Lyon
"Doing an internship at McKinsey is the best way to discover how McKinsey teams and clients work together. From day one you will be on the ground with a team, doing the same job as the other team members. An internship also provides the opportunity to start making connections and receiving great support and advice from the leadership and other colleagues.
McKinsey is a genuine environment for finding a mentor because it is a "people" firm. Everyone looks to help other people to grow, and to work with others to develop themselves in turn. Connecting with aspirational people is the best way to find out what you would like your future to look like, and receiving advice and support from them will definitely help you shape your own path."
Engagement Manager in McKinsey’s Operations Practice in London
"The key to success is spending time to understand what drives you and what your passions are. Once you figure them out, go out and pursue them – be proactive and create a network of people who can support you in achieving your goals!
For me, an internship at McKinsey was an important step in this journey. It’s a unique opportunity to join one of our teams on a real client engagement, experience what living-and-breathing McKinsey problem solving is like, access our extensive catalog of training resources…and get to know an incredible variety of people. It’s an intense experience that provides unrivalled access to McKinsey!
I even enjoyed the recruiting process. The recruiting team was incredibly supportive and ensured I had all the necessary information to best prepare for the interviews. On the interview days, I met several consultants who made me feel at ease. We discussed my professional experience and went through business cases as if we were on a real-life engagement. It was a great first encounter with the typical problems we tackle with our clients."