How did your adventure with McKinsey start and develop?
I've been with McKinsey's EMEA Shared Services since its beginning in 2011, starting as a Visual Communications specialist. At that time I became interested in request intake and moved into a coordinator role. After 1.5 years I successfully applied to become the leader of coordinator’s team. Recently I moved into a position in the project management office. I never felt a moment of stagnation here, and not just because I have changed roles: I also helped to organize our Christmas party and Values Day celebration and took part in many soft skills training programs, IT initiatives, recruiting activities, the Business Run, and more.
What responsibilities and challenges does your role involve?
I currently manage and work on projects as a member of PMO (Project Management Office). The challenging part is that no single project is similar to another: each brings its own learning opportunities and requires me to get new perspective and engage with different groups of colleagues, both at the local office and globally.
What do you like the most about working at EMEA Shared Services?
People here really care about their work, are professional, and take full ownership of their tasks. Everyone might have better and worse days, but in general whenever I approach someone with a request to collaborate on an important topic, my colleagues commit their time and interest and share their knowledge. I've never experienced mediocrity or doing things halfway when working with people at McKinsey. Instead I can really feel that people care about delivering best possible outcomes, even in challenging conditions.
I like the variety my role offers. Every project and the various workstreams within projects are different and make me face new challenges: using and expanding my knowledge of Visual Communications services and our consultants' work, IT tools and databases, or functional specifics of other McKinsey departments globally. I feel I can never arrive at the moment when I can say "I already know everything about this project, this work, this process, this function…" And above all, working on diverse projects allows me to collaborate with colleagues from many departments across all functions and see how diverse and professional people at McKinsey are.
Can you share an interesting fact or observation about the local office and your role in it?
I have had the opportunity to co-create collaboration models with Warsaw, Moscow, and Benelux office and to expand collaboration with functions in other Visual Communications support centres in India and Costa Rica. Due to my interest in IT topics, I was able to work on developing tools and applications used both within and beyond Visual Communications.