Growth in an Expert role in McKinsey

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Anonymous A asked on Jan 07, 2020

Hello,

I have an offer as a sr. specalist role at McKinsey in expert track in data science. What are the growth options for the expert track as compared to traditional track? Is becoming a partner in expert track difficult and how long does it take to get to one?

I also have a tenative offer as a director at a fortune 500 corporation. Is it better to join McKinsey or a corporation as a director in terms of future growth opportunities?

Update: The director role is in a large multinational industrial company with revenue of 25+ B. It is a senior role, but not high enough to be an executive role (director -> sr. director -> vp). The growth in the company is bound to be slow though (3-5 years to promotion), considering folks I have spoken to in the company.

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Sidi
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replied on Jan 07, 2020
McKinsey Senior EM & BCG Consultant | Interviewer at McK & BCG for 7 years | Coached 300+ candidates secure MBB offers

Hi!

You have to really understand what this role entails! Being an expert at McKinsey is (usually) extremely demanding regarding travel requirements and building your relevance internally! Data science is a hot topic currently, so that should play in your favor. However, your main concern for your career progression will be to create demand for your expertise and senior guidance you give to CSTs (client service teams - so the consultants who serve clients on the ground) worldwide! In order to be successful, (senior) experts usually have to work with CSTs across multiple geographies, and nearly all experts that I know are travelling ALL THE TIME across continents (e.g. Monday/Tuesday in the Middle East, Wednesday in Moscow, Thursday in Italy, Friday somewhere else in Europe, no home office day).

So the backing of senior partners and their willingness to guide and support you during the first 12 months at McKinsey will be crucial for you to generate the right traction and develop the required career growth momentum. The process is much less standardized then the "usual" path towards partnership.

Cheers, Sidi

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AH on Jan 07, 2020

Thanks for the response, Sidi. My offer is in NA, so I expect that the travel will a bit less global. Also, do you know what kind of exit options are available at senior expert level if partnership doesn't work out?

Vlad
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replied on Jan 07, 2020
McKinsey / Accenture Alum / Got all BIG3 offers / Harvard Business School

Hi,

McKinsey has changed the org in recent years and now you have a partner track at expert positions. However, it still takes longer than for the generalist. On the bright side - the competition is lower and it's easier to build a case for promotion. Especially in data science - a hot topic right now.

Coming back to your case - Director in F500 could be a better title. It's a bit hard to say since depending on the company Director can be either a very high position, or a standard post MBA

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AH on Jan 07, 2020

Hello Vlad! Thanks for replying. The director is at a mid/senior level, but not executive level. In general, how much time difference are we talking about path to partnership for expert vs generalist? Are there any advantages of MBB expert path over a director at F500?

Clara
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McKinsey | Awarded professor at Master in Management @ IE | MBA at MIT |+180 students coached | Integrated FIT Guide aut

Hello!

McKinsey changed the carreer path structure in the past couple of years and indeed there are plenty of expert partners -I got them in more than half of my engagements, including one that was actually Advanced Analytics Expert Partner-.

It should not take longer than in the normal track -I know several cases that did it in the same time-.

Regarding the trade-off, it´s difficult to say without knowing more details about the other offer. However, the McK one is defenetly one to be taken into consideration -AA is growing crazy in McKinsey-.

Hope it helps!

Cheers,

Clara

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AH on Jan 08, 2020

Update: The director role is in a large multinational industrial company with revenue of 25+ B. It is a senior role, but not high enough to be an executive role (director -> sr. director -> vp). The growth in the company is bound to be slow though (3-5 years to promotion), considering folks I have spoken to in the company. 

Antonello
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McKinsey | MBA professor for consulting interviews

Hi,
I confirm the expert path lead to the partnership. Even if in terms of current position a director in F500 may be better than a senior expert in McK, the growth opportunities overturn the situation potentially in only 3 years.

Best,
Antonello

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AH on Jan 07, 2020

Hello Antonello! Thanks for your answer. My current offer at McK is for a Sr. specialist. Can you describe what do you mean by the growth opportunities overturning in 3 years?

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