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Is principal the same as partner at McKinsey

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Principal is the old word for Partner at McKinsey.

Until about 3 years ago the titles were: Associate Principal --> Principal --> Director

Nowadays, the roles are called: Associate Partner --> Partner --> Senior Partner

At BCG, it is slightly different. Here the word "Principal" refers to the pre-partner position (corresponds to Associate Principal/Associate Partner at McKinsey:

Principal --> Partner --> Senior Partner

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Associate Principal is not considered as a partner. You may think of it rather as a senior manager.

Principal = Partner


John replied on Jun 03, 2019

What? I'm just asking if they are equivalent, not asking about associate principals nor associate partners which I would assume are equivalent too?

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