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PA Consulting Group 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

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Best Places to Work: 2015 (#11)

Company Updates

  • 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.

  • What is ingenuity? It can mean a lot of things but we've distilled it into 9 great stories about our clients and work. Watch our film to learn what ingenuity is for us… http://glassdoor.com/slink.htm?key=vQMED #PowerOfIngenuity

    What is Ingenuity? | PA. Bringing Ingenuity to Life

    What is Ingenuity? Insight, Authority. Invention, Fun, Tenacity, Impact, Boldness, Endurance, Inclusivity, Ambition It can mean lots of things. For us, ingenuity is... Re-defining how we travel: developing the complex systems for Virgin Hyperloop One making totally new technology a reality in our world.

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PA Consulting Group – Why Work For 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 2,600 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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The Carlyle Partnership

Since partnering with The Carlyle Group, we’ve gained access to new opportunities – accelerating our development and the development of our people. We’re pushing boundaries and challenging markets more than ever before. And it’s created an environment that enables each of our people to grow, achieve and succeed.

If your ambitions are as bold as ours, this is the perfect time to join PA. We celebrate diverse, unconstrained thinking that challenges convention. If you want to drive through innovative ideas that create a real world legacy, we can offer unlimited opportunity to grow your career. We’re perfectly positioned to give our people the freedom to do brilliant things.

PA Consulting Group places a premium on deep expertise, bringing together a diverse collection of brilliant people. That creates a liberating environment for our employees that allows them to challenge convention and take satisfaction from the real world results that actually matter.

Unconstrained thinking

Our application of fresh thinking and new approaches challenge conventions for our clients.

Exceptional results

Our practical experience and determination mean we can be proud of the exceptional results we deliver.

Lasting impact

Our work goes beyond getting the job done, we share our knowledge to create real improvements with lasting impact.

The right team

We work with a diverse collection of brilliant people and place a premium on deep expertise.

Platform to perform

Our inspiring people, projects and ideas encourage us to take every opportunity to perform at our best.



 
 
Passionate about people

We are proud to be part of a team of brilliant people – our firm's most prized asset. We are passionate about supporting each other in our continued growth to fulfil our ambitions.

Inspired by client value

We are committed to creating visible and sustained value for our clients. We are proud of our clients and what they think of us; we build long lasting relationships with them, responding to and anticipating their needs.

Achieving success through shared endeavours

We work collaboratively in diverse teams, shoulder-to-shoulder with our clients. We achieve more together than we could alone.

Prizing our ethical approach

We are independent and prize our integrity and honesty. We strive to do "the right thing" rather than "the easy thing" which guides us through the responsibility of day-to-day activities, and through our most difficult challenges.

Seeking to excel

We seek to excel in everything we do. We aspire to continually enhance our learning; we are ambitious to grow our innovation and insight.

Creating commercial success

We are employee-owned and proud of what we are worth to our clients. We take personal responsibility for our commercial success, sharing and reinvesting our rewards.

By developing our people while remaining committed to our core values, we create a brighter future for our people, our organisation and our clients.

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. Our recent partnership with the Carlyle Group has meant we’ve experienced 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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    "Exciting opportunities and a great culture"

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    Pros

    As someone who is new to consulting but experienced in software engineering, PA has been a breath of fresh air. I have had opportunities in my first months here that I never had after years elsewhere. Some of the unique pros for me are:
    - Collaborative culture
    - Ability to influence the working environment
    - Transparent career path
    - Management are hands on and approachable
    - Travel opportunities (depending on project)
    - Communication from senior management is frequent and transparent
    - Variable technology stack and ability for teams to decide on their own technologies to use

    Cons

    - Some projects can be a bit hectic
    - Some projects are not as exciting as others

    Advice to Management

    As Digital grows, try to preserve the current culture. In my experience, communication has been excellent and the collaborative culture across all of PA is something i've never come across before.

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PA Consulting Group Interviews

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    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at PA Consulting Group (London, England) in January 2016.

    Interview

    Process followed an online application, telephone interview and assessment centre. It took place over December - January for a Summer Internship beginning in July. Only one position was available on the scheme.

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PA Consulting Group 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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