2/27/09

Just out of curiosity: what is the all-in comp for a Director (=Senior Partner) at McK? Also, what does a Junior Partner (=Principal) make? Anyone have confirmed numbers?

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2/27/09

Before things hit the fan, I'd heard numbers ranging from 1m-2m depending on how much you bring in. There's probably outliers making more.

But generally speaking, unless you're a lateral hire, that seems like way too little cake for the hours you put in to get there (compared to a GS MD or a Wachtell partner that is).

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2/27/09

Previously in the ~2.5-4.5 range depending on seniority and office responsibilities (e.g. Director in charge of an entire region). 1-3 may be realistic this year.

For a variety of reasons, Partners/Directors aren't paid out by "how much they bring in".

Large Western Europe offices may be a bit higher or neutral. Everywhere else (e.g. EE/Asia/Latin America) numbers are lower to a lot lower.

A Principle is a Partner, Associate Principle is a Junior Partner. Partners are 600k-1.5, APs are 300K-700K

2/27/09

what are the reasons for not paying based on how much business you bring in?

In reply to GoodBread
2/27/09
GoodBread:

But generally speaking, unless you're a lateral hire, that seems like way too little cake for the hours you put in to get there (compared to a GS MD or a Wachtell partner that is).

It's not surprising that consultants make less than GS - that has always been the case. With respect to Wachtell you have to remember that Wachtell is a relatively small (very elite) boutique, while McKinsey is the world's largest strategy consultancy. Since they have so many more partners than Wachtell there is no way their average comp could compare with Wachtell - which pays 30-50% more on average than its competitors. If you take the top 200 McK partners they will bank the same as an average Wachtell partner...

2/27/09

I was more referring to how hellish going from being a consultant to partner is supposed to be. Apparently, the face-time, travel and butt-kissing are second to none. I doubt the average partner at Mckinsey is too far off the average one at Skadden too.

2/28/09

I sometimes wonder why Mck vs PE.
In both you'd see a variety of industries or specialize where you want. Get to guide a portfolio co's strategy, generate post-close value etc

But a Senior MD at a Mega Fund would bring in $15M vs 3M at McK... Do SMDs they really work 5x as hard? Add 5x as much value? Is the 80% paycut to work at McK worth it (assuming you could choose either one)?

Currently it might be more 3M vs 1.5M but still...

In reply to hardbanker
2/28/09

Difference is very simple. Most of a PE SMD's upside is in portfolio performance through carried interest. Therefore you are compensated based on how the fund does which equals risk.

McK guys, and bankers for that matter, are just consultants, they make recommendations and just that. There's no follow through risk, implementation risk, not to mention none of your capital is at risk.

Principal side vs. advisory side is always more lucrative, but also has more downside.

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9/20/10

is there anywhere with hard data on this?

im curious about bcg/bain as well

9/21/10

Any private services company (consulting, boutique M&A, law, accounting) has a big interest in keeping compensation as quiet as possible. Even buyside shops don't regularly publish details. No one knew what MDs at banks made until they went public and were forced to disclose.

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9/29/10

My friend's dad is a Director at McKinsey. If I were to guess I'd say he is pulling in at least 5MM/year. He's an incredibly nice guy and easy to chat with but he has a thing against helping out his son;s friends. Too bad, you can make it rain after leaving McK.

3/16/11

I'd guess ~750 at most

Fact 1:
Mr. Kumar is a senior partner McK that founded the Silicon Valley and India office

Fact 2:
Mr. Kumar testified Monday that he gave "super confidential" information about McKinsey client AMD and other companies, to Mr. Rajaratnam in exchange for payments totaling $2 million that were made through offshore accounts to an account in his housekeeper's name.

His reaction to getting paid $1MM to pass illegal M&A tips to Galleon:
"At the end of 2006, Mr. Kumar testified, Mr. Rajaratnam said he was so pleased with Mr. Kumar's work that he would pay him $1 million for the year.

When he heard that, Mr. Kumar said: "I almost fell off my chair." "

Conclusion:
You are only impressed with $1M a year then your comp is not super high - won't get into risk/reward either.

In reply to friendofblue
3/16/11
friendofblue:

I'd guess ~750 at most

Fact 1:
Mr. Kumar is a senior partner McK that founded the Silicon Valley and India office

Fact 2:
Mr. Kumar testified Monday that he gave "super confidential" information about McKinsey client AMD and other companies, to Mr. Rajaratnam in exchange for payments totaling $2 million that were made through offshore accounts to an account in his housekeeper's name.

His reaction to getting paid $1MM to pass illegal M&A tips to Galleon:
"At the end of 2006, Mr. Kumar testified, Mr. Rajaratnam said he was so pleased with Mr. Kumar's work that he would pay him $1 million for the year.

When he heard that, Mr. Kumar said: "I almost fell off my chair." "

Conclusion:
You are only impressed with $1M a year then your comp is not super high - won't get into risk/reward either.

Impossible. Average partners at my firm clear 750 after 5-6 years of making partner. Whether or not you're making 3MM$ a year, if you get a 2MM$ check for doing 5 minutes of work, when you were only expecting $1MM, I think you would fall off your chair too.

-MBP

3/18/11

Yeah it's definitely over 750. Manbearpig got it right, Kumar was astounded because a million bucks is a lot of money, even for someone that brings in 3mil a year. Think about it: if you're a junior person making 100K and someone handed you a check for 33K, that would seem like a lot, no? Just because you make a couple mil a year doesn't mean that a million dollars becomes chump change.

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In reply to 2x2Matrix
10/25/11
2x2Matrix:

Yeah it's definitely over 750. Manbearpig got it right, Kumar was astounded because a million bucks is a lot of money, even for someone that brings in 3mil a year. Think about it: if you're a junior person making 100K and someone handed you a check for 33K, that would seem like a lot, no? Just because you make a couple mil a year doesn't mean that a million dollars becomes chump change.

Exactly.... I think the comment MBP responded to was someone who doesn't quite understand the value of money.... someone handing you a check for a million dollars unless you were making a many million dollars a year is a lot of money

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In reply to bfin
10/25/11
blackfinancier:
2x2Matrix:

Yeah it's definitely over 750. Manbearpig got it right, Kumar was astounded because a million bucks is a lot of money, even for someone that brings in 3mil a year. Think about it: if you're a junior person making 100K and someone handed you a check for 33K, that would seem like a lot, no? Just because you make a couple mil a year doesn't mean that a million dollars becomes chump change.

Exactly.... I think the comment MBP responded to was someone who doesn't quite understand the value of money.... someone handing you a check for a million dollars unless you were making a many million dollars a year is a lot of money

Why rekindle a 7 month old thread...

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In reply to happypantsmcgee
10/25/11
happypantsmcgee:
blackfinancier:
2x2Matrix:

Yeah it's definitely over 750. Manbearpig got it right, Kumar was astounded because a million bucks is a lot of money, even for someone that brings in 3mil a year. Think about it: if you're a junior person making 100K and someone handed you a check for 33K, that would seem like a lot, no? Just because you make a couple mil a year doesn't mean that a million dollars becomes chump change.

Exactly.... I think the comment MBP responded to was someone who doesn't quite understand the value of money.... someone handing you a check for a million dollars unless you were making a many million dollars a year is a lot of money

Why rekindle a 7 month old thread...

I didn't just post that it was more of an edit...

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In reply to manbearpig
1/5/12

Well I wasn't saying Kumar earned 750, just saying based on what he seemed to have earned (it didn't seem like 25 million a year), the average partner makes 750. Which seems to line up with your numbers, do you work at a MBB?

In contrast, a 2nd year VP (EM equivalent) probably earns that much at a large PE shop. 1st year associates earn 300+

manbearpig:
friendofblue:

I'd guess ~750 at most

Fact 1:
Mr. Kumar is a senior partner McK that founded the Silicon Valley and India office

Fact 2:
Mr. Kumar testified Monday that he gave "super confidential" information about McKinsey client AMD and other companies, to Mr. Rajaratnam in exchange for payments totaling $2 million that were made through offshore accounts to an account in his housekeeper's name.

His reaction to getting paid $1MM to pass illegal M&A tips to Galleon:
"At the end of 2006, Mr. Kumar testified, Mr. Rajaratnam said he was so pleased with Mr. Kumar's work that he would pay him $1 million for the year.

When he heard that, Mr. Kumar said: "I almost fell off my chair." "

Conclusion:
You are only impressed with $1M a year then your comp is not super high - won't get into risk/reward either.

Impossible. Average partners at my firm clear 750 after 5-6 years of making partner. Whether or not you're making 3MM$ a year, if you get a 2MM$ check for doing 5 minutes of work, when you were only expecting $1MM, I think you would fall off your chair too.

1/5/12

range is 1mm to 8-10mm (might not happen every year)

80% range would be 2-4mm

1/9/12

Issued from time to time even if the buyer shops for more information. No one knows what the Bank of MDS, and until they are forced to disclose to the public.

1/18/12

I can confirm 7S's comment: "range is 1mm to 8-10mm; 80% range would be 2-4mm" and also that gupta+kumar were at the higher end of the range (7-10mm).

12/28/13

I'm very curious on what are the reasons for not paying based on how much business each partner bring in? Why can't a partner be paid more if he brings me much more revenue to the firm than other partners?

12/28/13

xmasboy this is a question bigger than just consulting. It's a general incentive question that many, many organizations face. This topic is addressed in business schools, and the recent popular well reviewed business book 'The Org' also addresses it

Basically, there is no perfect incentive system.

Problems with incentives based only on revenue include:
* You motivate partners to steal work from other partners
* You don't motivate partners to provide knowledge or "expertise" to projects that aren't their own
* You under motivate partners to do thought leadership that helps the firm e.g. publishing in Harvard Business Review or similar. Anything with a "positive externality" (google it) is under motivated.
* You may make partners risk averse. It's hard to get a partner away from their tried-and-true client, but you may need their expertise to try to get that new, golden-egg client. Or, you may want someone to go help jump-start another region in a developing economy. This is good for the firm, but if they are rewarded only on revenue, and they know the first year or two in the new region would be low revenue, why would they go?

On the plus side, basing incentives purely on personal revenue is very high powered and motivating to increase your personal revenue.

Anything you do that addresses the bullets above (did they format as bullets?) weakens the power of the personal incentives, but, of course, it helps fix the issues described in the bullets. It's always a trade-off.

In reply to friendofblue
4/30/14

friendofblue:

You are only impressed with $1M a year then your comp is not super high - won't get into risk/reward either.

That would be $1M for less than 1m(inute) of effort though. Plus the risk of consequences of breaking the law.

5/2/14
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