Is expert partner at McKinsey a second class citizen?

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The answer to that question is embedded within the answer to the question “Why do we need a separate role / title for Partners whose value proposition is being a subject matter expert”?


And all are moving to one track. So the title causing different treatment will go away.

“Separate but equal” is the term I think


Most definitely not. I’ve worked with enough Expert Partners and the value proposition is wel recognized in terms of the depth they bring to some topics.

The challenge is usually with former integrative colleagues who become Expert Partners. There’s always a risk of a hit or miss in those cases but the Firm’s election process keeps those errors low.


Fair point. You can ignore my thread in that case

What’s the comp for expert partners like?

Expert Master Consultant

What are the characteristics of an “expert partner”?

Unique expertise relevant to a sector (e.g., nuclear power operations), function (e.g., analytics), or, everyone’s favorite: being strong but not making SP on the integrative path and declaring your real love has always been knowledge of the sector/function you’ve been in for years as an integrative person without realizing it. 😉



What is integrative partner?

We use “integrative” in lieu of “generalist” these days to describe traditional McK consultants. “Integrative partners” are those generalists post election and the only kind of true partner there would have been 25 years ago. “Expert partner” exists as a term because we’ve going through a journey for our one firm partnership to truly be one partnership. We’re so much closer than we were even 5 years ago, with attitudes and emotions left more than any real difference (pay has aligned, everyone is an equity partner with the same equity, etc).

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