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L.E.K. Consulting Reviews

Updated 11 October 2017
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Pros
  • Firm efforts to support work-life balance despite the high demands of management consultants (e (in 14 reviews)

  • You will learn a lot, through sheer blunt force of hours invested (in 13 reviews)

Cons
  • Work-life balance could be better (in 50 reviews)

  • It can be a bit of a sweat shop; management has focused largely on growth via increased reliance on due diligences which necessitate long hours (in 64 reviews)

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  1. "L.E.K. was a fantastic first experience into the consulting world!"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Well-paid internship that gave a valuable insight into the company and the tasks that an associate consultant tackles on a day to day basis

    Cons

    No insight into the workings of training and overall overview.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Mostly toxic, good junior staff"

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    Current Employee - Associate Consultant in London, England
    Current Employee - Associate Consultant in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at L.E.K. Consulting full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Junior level staff (not partners, (most) managers, principles) are really good - smart, fun, good to work with
    Handful of good partners and managers

    Cons

    Terrible hours
    Menial tasks in first few years
    Very little focus on staff development
    Micromanagement from many senior staff who think junior staff are idiots
    Most staff treated as commodities
    Below average compensation and looks like it's tracking the wrong way

    Advice to Management

    If you continue to value profit over employees there's no way decent people will want to stay


  3. Helpful (1)

    "LEK"

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    Former Employee - Research Analyst in London, England
    Former Employee - Research Analyst in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great work environment, people are nice and relaxed really.

    Cons

    Office is very big and you dont really know who is who. Long working hours.

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up


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  5. Helpful (4)

    "Terrible culture"

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    Current Employee - Associate in London, England
    Current Employee - Associate in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at L.E.K. Consulting full-time

    Pros

    The people working there are truly talented and smart, too bad senior management doesn't value them
    Great environment between associates, active social committee
    Possibility to swap to another office for 6 months
    Used to be very office-based, now a lot more on-site projects
    You get a lot of recruiter calls after your first year in so at least it seems to be good for your job prospects

    Cons

    No life, it's apparently acceptable to work 80, 90, even 100 hours a week and demand employees not to sleep; there are initiatives in place to "give employees a break" like you get one day off if you work over 70 hours a week, but really, when you're this overworked you'll spend that day sleeping, not recovering the social life you lost
    Culture is terrible, senior management doesn't care at all about junior employees and their personal development (with a few exceptions of course)
    Way too much time spent doing menial tasks in the first years (cold calling, interview scheduling, note taking); very slow progression and almost non-existent client exposure until you're a consultant (4 years in), unless you're lucky enough to land an onsite project
    Bottom line: yes, maybe hours are similar to other consulting companies, but at least in other big consultancies the projects are more interesting and senior management might push you but also care a bit more about your professional development - this is just not worth it. I wouldn't recommend it to anyone I know.

    Advice to Management

    It's not enough to have rules to promote staff well-being, you have to actually care about your staff if you're going to have a half-decent company culture. Everyone wants to quit.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "consultant"

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    Current Employee - Strategy Consultant in London, England
    Current Employee - Strategy Consultant in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at L.E.K. Consulting (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good mix of projects
    Not sure about anything else
    There was email before that urge people to write positively on glass door

    Cons

    Super long hours
    Micro management from partner level
    Choose somewhere else and save yourself
    Inexperienced senior staff, projects go I circles


  7. Helpful (3)

    "sweat shop"

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    Current Employee - Consultant in London, England
    Current Employee - Consultant in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at L.E.K. Consulting full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Get called by headhunter quite a lot after two years, as they know you are miserable and want to go somewhere else

    Cons

    Agree with all previous reviews:
    1.wrong side of 80:20
    2. 18 hours days are norm
    3. culture issues


  8. "Associate"

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    Current Employee - Associate in London, England
    Current Employee - Associate in London, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at L.E.K. Consulting full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The work is interesting and you are given responsibility early on
    The office is social and fun - there are lots of social events, the beer trolley every Friday is a definite perk and everyone is really nice
    The traffic light system ensures you usually know when you'll have late nights and getting time off in lieu after a busy case allows you to rest and recover

    Cons

    Working hours can be intense and allocation of busy cases can be quite uneven so you could have a really bad few months at a time
    There is little consistency in how case teams are organised and so can be quite hierarchical, as a result, associates have little control over their work schedules

    Advice to Management

    Often case teams will be very busy while there are several people allocated to the pool- it would be good to draw from the pool to ease pressure from busy cases and balance working hours


  9. "Great place to start a career"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate in London, England
    Current Employee - Associate in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at L.E.K. Consulting full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    - Exciting strategy cases; range of industries
    - Friendly and supportive environment, e.g. buddy and mentor system
    - High quality training programme and fast learning curve
    - Ability to be an important part of the team and shape the overall story from your very first case
    - Very good industry reputation and great career prospects
    - Well-compensated
    - Initiatives to improve work-life balance - e.g. 'traffic light' system to give early warning of nights you will be expected to work late
    - Ability, to some extent, to fit work around family/extracurricular commitments

    Cons

    - Hours can be long, as can be expected for the industry (staying until/after 12 several days a week is not uncommon if you are on a time-pressured case, but other cases have more friendly hours (out by 7/8pm))
    - High proportion of short (2-4 week) cases, which tends to mean longer hours

    Advice to Management

    Continue encouraging senior employees to take into account employees' work-life balance, in order to reduce associate burn-out and enhance positivity in the office


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Surprisingly good"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England

    I have been working at L.E.K. Consulting full-time

    Pros

    Before I came here, I read lots of the Glassdoor reviews and worried about it being a really horrible place to work. That might have been true in the past but it is really clear it has changed. Things like a day off when you work over 70 hours in a week/ 65 hours for two weeks, managers having more of a focus on permitting evening commitments and a community atmosphere (including a social committee with a budget) means that it is a world away from what I expected.

    Cons

    Still long hours, sometimes quite hectic but no different from other consulting firms.


  11. Helpful (9)

    "Good school, but you live only once"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate Consultant in London, England
    Former Employee - Associate Consultant in London, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at L.E.K. Consulting full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Strong business tools that will help you in your career. You will develop:
    Analytical rigour in structuring and delivering analysis
    Ability to develop and validate business cases
    Ability to craft facts and figures into a "story" to tell the client

    On the personal side of things, you will:
    Have 10-15 people in your intake which will make your journey exciting
    Develop a lot of connections and friends made for life

    Advice to new joiners:
    Make sure you plan your career in the firm from day 1. You need to be clear when to "jump off the boat"

    Cons

    Work-life balance:
    Almost complete inability to plan your evenings during the week. You can end up working 3 nights a week until midnight (and beyond) for months
    There is no limit to what you can be expected to deliver, even if that means working until 6am or week ends
    Over-delivering mentality and culture, even when it brings negative value add

    Professional:
    No control on the cases you are staffed on so you can't really choose
    Most partners are completely uninspiring (there are valid exceptions)
    A lot of due diligence work - which means you often do not get client exposure or attend final presentations as an associate. Do not expect to be presenting to the client until you are 4 years in!
    Limited impact. Recommendations are often not impactful and clients do not necessarily push ahead with them

    Advice to Management

    Managers and partners need to be ambassadors of the firm


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