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How does the first week in a strategy consulting/management consulting firm (think McKinsey, Roland Berger, etc.) look like?  


arganaj1
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Hello, it's me again!
So I was wondering if anyone could share their experience in the first week when they got into their consultancy firm? How was it like being the "newbie"? What were first things you did when you came into the building? What were first tasks given to you? Details like firm, time and how long you stayed there would be helpful!
Thank you very much!

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Daniel
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So I am an ex-Mck, my first week was all about meeting the people you work with, get comfortable with the environment and get the first tasks to do. I went there straight after undergrad, surely it was overwhelming for me when starting 😉 Working at Mck it was from day one a challenging and demanding workplace, but that is what the name stands for. Highly intelligent and smart people working with you. (And everyone, literally everyone, knows and implements after MECE - haha) 
Mck was a great experience for me, but not for everyone the right option. You have to work hard. Really hard. No excuses.

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Daniel
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(Left after 2,5 years of working there)

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A guy
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For myself, having worked at one of the tier 2 firms in the US:

 

Usually you are supposed to have an introduction week (one week full of workshops, trainings, etc.) as soon as you join.

For me, because I was staffed on a project THE FIRST DAY I started my job, I basically missed the introduction week. I then did it 2 months later, when my project was finished.

 

This was definitely not ideal because I was thrown on a project without the slightest clue about how things work but i guess it was also a great learning experience.

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