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PA Consulting Overview

London, England
1001 to 5000 employees
1943
Company - Private
Consulting
£100 to £500 million (GBP) per year
An innovation and transformation consultancy, we believe in the power of ingenuity to build a positive human future in a technology-driven world.

As strategies, technologies and innovation collide, we turn complexity into ... Read more

Mission: Our clients recognise we’re different. We’re different in ‘what’ we do, and even more in ‘how’ we do it. Our strategy work helps clients deliver innovation into the real world. At the heart of our business are our ... Read more


Glassdoor Awards

Best Places to Work: 2015 (#11)

Company Updates

  • We’re delighted to welcome Panos Kakoullis as our CEO-Elect, as we continue our journey of bringing ingenuity to life. “I’m really excited to be joining PA Consulting at such a pivotal time,” says Panos. “PA occupies a unique place in the market with its exceptional record of delivering smart, world changing innovation for its clients for over 75 years.” Panos brings a wealth of industry experience and an outstanding track-record of leading within professional services firms > > https://www.paconsulting.com/newsroom/releases/pa-consulting-announces-the-appointment-of-panos-kakoullis-as-ceo-elect-12-february-2020/

    PA Consulting announces the appointment of Panos Kakoullis as CEO-Elect

    PA Consulting, the consultancy that's bringing ingenuity to life, today announced the appointment of Panos Kakoullis as CEO-Elect. Panos has over 30 years industry experience with Deloitte and most recently served as Managing Director - Global Audit & Assurance Business Leader, leading the transformation and innovation of the business using the latest digital technologies to improve quality and value to clients and investors.

  • We’re excited to announce that we’re growing our digital team and expanding our capabilities with the creation of 400 jobs in Belfast over the next five years. Find out more: http://glassdoor.com/slink.htm?key=vQMEg

    Global innovation and transformation consultancy firm PA Consulting expands digital team, creating 400 jobs in major NI investment

    PA Consulting, a global innovation and transformation consultancy with over 2,600 specialists worldwide, is continuing to expand and enhance its digital expertise with the creation of 400 jobs in Belfast over the next five years.

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PA Consulting – Why Work With Us?


About PA.

An innovation and transformation consultancy, we believe in the power of ingenuity to build a positive human future in a technology-driven world.  

As strategies, technologies and innovation collide, we turn complexity into opportunity.  

Our diverse teams of experts combine innovative thinking and breakthrough technologies to progress further, faster. Our clients adapt and transform, and together we achieve enduring results.

We are over 2,850 specialists in consumer, defence and security, energy and utilities, financial services, government, healthcare, life sciences, manufacturing, and transport, travel and logistics. And we operate globally from offices across the Americas, Europe, the Nordics and the Gulf.  

Bringing Ingenuity to Life. 

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 Did you know we...?

  • have three growing diversity networks our  people can join: PA Pride, BAME (Black, Asian,  Minority Ethnic) and our Women’s Network 
  • are committed to tackling the stigma around mental health in the workplace and signed the Time to Change Employer Pledge in 2018
  • have a network of over 90 Mental Health  Champions raising awareness of our wellbeing and mental health agenda
  • have an internal coaching network, with qualified coaches all of our people can work with
  • worked on the first major new mode of  transport in a century – Virgin Hyperloop One 
  • inspire students through our Raspberry Pi competition, challenging the next generation  of innovators.

Our People Say

“The variety of projects you can work on really keeps things interesting. The projects yield real tangible changes that directly affect people’s lives.”

PRINCIPAL CONSULTANT, INNOVATION, LONDON

“Working at PA gives me the chance to deliver complex projects and solutions to our amazing clients in a fast-moving world – this truly is the power of ingenuity!”

PARTNER, TRANSFORMATION, OSLO

“The diverse nature of the work is great – it’s like starting a new job every time I’m on a new project!   I work in a fast-paced team, developing and   implementing transformational and innovative   strategies. At PA, I get to work with intelligent people who I can learn from every day. They always take the time to teach and develop those at more junior ranks, which is invaluable.”

ANALYST, INNOVATION, LONDON

“ There’s an organisation-wide commitment to inclusion and diversity that I’ve loved getting involved in. Everyone I’ve engaged with as part of this is passionate about making PA a more inclusive, supportive place to work.”

CONSULTANT ANALYST, TRANSFORMATION, LONDON

“ There isn’t a ‘PA-type person’, everyone comes here for different reasons and leads our organisation in their own way.”

CONSULTANT, HEALTHCARE, LONDON

 

Everything we work on at PA matters. We are one company with one goal – to make the world a better place through our bold, unconstrained thinking. With our history for successful innovation, we’re trusted with opportunities to transform, improve and even save lives. Our Work

To protect soldiers in Afghanistan, the UK Ministry of Defence (MOD) urgently needed a vehicle-based system to detect improvised explosive devices hidden below road surfaces. Off-the-shelf solutions existed but were considered unsatisfactory. Customising a solution, however, would extend the timescale and leave soldiers at risk for longer. PA resolved the MOD’s dilemma, meeting urgent timescales and finding a middle path between an off-the-shelf solution and a full development programme. It took just 11 months to move from investment decision to operational use. The system has been saving lives since early 2011. And the procurement approach saved an estimated £9 million of upfront costs plus projected lifetime costs of a further £8 million. 

The way physicians care for patients is changing. Today, specialists are more likely to work in teams with other clinicians, rather than independently, to deliver the best care for patients. PA experts in the US joined CHEST for an intensive eight-week project to develop a new strategy to support these changes. We worked closely with CHEST leaders to refine their ideas, encourage innovative thinking and gain consensus around a structured set of recommendations. With PA’s support, CHEST has established a clear strategy for the future. It has also started on a journey to ensure that, in years to come, it will still be helping its members to provide the best possible care for the millions of people who suffer from pulmonary disease worldwide. 

The Danish government is in the process of driving the largest rail investment in the country’s history, with the procurement of up to 275 state-of-the-art electric trains. Drawing on our team’s procurement, rolling stock and rail sector expertise, we conducted in-depth technical analyses over a 10-month period and prepared 10 technical reports that explored crucial aspects of the procurement including market state, maintenance requirements and programme execution. By providing deep technical insight and programme management expertise, our people helped establish confidence in the Transport Ministry that they would be capable of carrying out the changes in a reliable and cost-effective way.

 

At our Cambridge Technology Centre, we’re pushing the boundaries of what technological innovation has to offer. These innovations aren’t dreamt up to just sit on the shelf either – our diverse team of passionate problem-solvers have the capabilities to see a project through, all under one roof. Few projects truly showcase our end-to-end processes quite like our work with Ora kitchen towels.

Innovative, environmentally friendly and more efficient than any other towel on the market, the development of this revolutionary consumer product was driven by our TI experts from the very start. Bringing together expertise across packaging, new product development and manufacturing meant PA could deliver from concept to launch within 12 months – including the creation of a completely new manufacturing process. The combination of a great concept, a great team and ultimately a great product has resulted in almost 60% of consumers’ surveyed saying they would switch brands and buy Ora. The towel is currently available in selected UK Tesco stores.

 

There really has never been a better time to join us. We’re experiencing a new period of exciting growth, with our portfolio of clients introducing even more inspiring opportunities in new and emerging markets. We’re looking further ahead than ever before – and that makes it a fantastic place to launch any career. For graduates, interns, industrial placement students and those at school looking for work experience, it’s a chance to provide a fresh take on our business and be part of the team that continues our legacy. It’s a clear career path supported by excellent training, with real responsibility early on and rapid progression for high performers – giving you the perfect platform to achieve brilliant things.

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PA Consulting Reviews

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    "Great company to work for"

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    Current Employee - Principal Consultant in London, England
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    I have been working at PA Consulting full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Strong brand in the market with a diverse range of projects. PA has a great track record in innovation and very good relationships with clients. There is a focus on learning and development of staff.

    Cons

    Some efforts to improve culture but this is not consistent across teams and it relies heavily on local leadership. As any other consultancy you will need put in the extra hours outside projects to grow and develop yourself.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in people culture

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PA Consulting Interviews

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    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 3+ months. I interviewed at PA Consulting (London, England) in August 2017.

    Interview

    4 stages: 1) Telephone interview for basic screening to discuss CV and experience, 2) PAPI intelligence test online 3) Assessment day (involving case study and presentation to a senior manager, group case study, interview), 4) final stage interview with senior partner

    Interview Questions

    • Questions related to experience and dealing with clients   1 Answer
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PA Consulting Awards & Accolades

  • Top Companies to Work For, The Job Crowd, 2014
  • UK 300 top employer, Guardian, 2014
  • #12 Best Large Consulting Firms to Work for, Ivy Exec, 2016
  • Partner Change Management Excellence Award, Google, 2014
  • Premier 100 Technology Leaders Winner, ComputerWorld, 2015
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