I remember when I was a poly sci undergrad, and all my friends who were not going to law school or academia but destined to go on and be suit types were all applying to McKinsey- it was kind of the gold standard for them all. They all wanted to work there, because it was the place and it seemed to have a sterling reputation. This was the early 90’s, and maybe they were hacks then, but that was the perception and I generally never paid enough attention to change my opinion about them. If you had asked me about them, I would have told you I really don’t know about them, but my general understanding is that they were reputable.
At any rate, if you have been following this ridiculous mess they seem to have gotten themselves into, you have to wonder how much money they were paid to just trash their reputation like this doing the bidding of their Galtian paymasters? I’ll never think of the same way, that is for sure. They’ve damaged their brand, and you can’t buy that back for a few coins.
Just horrible judgment. I wonder if they will ever come clean with the study internals, and I wonder if anyone will get fired?
*** Update ***
A quick perusal of Wikipedia shows me my perceptions about McKinsey were wrong. They look rotten to the core.