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PA Consulting Group London Reviews

Updated 11 July 2018
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  • "If you look for work -life balance, this is the place" (in 44 reviews)

  • "Great people and excellent work environment" (in 43 reviews)

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  1. "Pa"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Principal Consultant in London, England
    Current Employee - Principal Consultant in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at PA Consulting Group full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great company to work for.

    Cons

    There is some travel involved for assignments.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "okay"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at PA Consulting Group full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Gain lots of experience very quickly , a chance to try out a number of roles or sectors. Can choose the direction of your career but lots of public sector

    Cons

    Values and environment not for everyone - promotion inside the company can be difficult
    Can be hard to gain any career focus - way too much public sector work over the years

    Advice to Management

    Keep sales and delivery separate - combining them does not create excellence in delivery . Pay your consultants what they deserve

  3. Helpful (3)

    "Don’t work for this company"

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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in London, England
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at PA Consulting Group full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Lovely people that’s all I can say

    Cons

    Incompetent managers and do not trust HR

    Advice to Management

    Pathetic


  4. "Good company with opportunities"

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

    I have been working at PA Consulting Group full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Gives you a lot of opportunities to grow and try things. Freedom basically. If you up to it, you can advance rapidly.

    Cons

    Not that much support and sometimes the company lacks a good vision and understanding of who it is

    Advice to Management

    Focus more on treating your employees better. Improve the offices.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Some good, some not so good - training is terrible!"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Managing Consultant in London, England
    Current Employee - Managing Consultant in London, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at PA Consulting Group full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    As a smaller consultancy, offers a wider variety of work across sectors, as a Consultant, you are more exposed to a higher level of client and get some great experience.
    New offices are great.
    Bonuses and salary are good, providing you perform but that is the model and it works providing you follow it.
    Good work life balance, you work hard but you are not expected to put in 70 hour weeks.

    Cons

    Training! Completely non existent. An online system called 'the academy' was introduced a few years ago, clearly by someone who doesn't understand the business at all. No organised training, you are expected to sit at your desk and watch videos, it seems like someone likes to spend lots of money of pretty pictures. No one seems to understand what the point of it is or how it can actually convert to knowledge and development. Very strange.

    Advice to Management

    Stop the weird videos and bring back proper learning.


  6. "PA"

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

    I have been working at PA Consulting Group full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Work life balance and flexibility

    Cons

    Leadership and development opportunities

    Advice to Management

    Diversity and inclusion. Very white male british


  7. Helpful (7)

    "Great flexibility, not so great leadership"

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

    I have been working at PA Consulting Group full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    -Flexible working and working from home
    - Good pay and bonus
    -Interesting clients with international work if you are interested in travelling

    Cons

    - This business cares only about sales; the people are irrelevant and uncared for. Top talent is always leaving for this reason.
    - Promotions are based solely on utilisation score (all the way up to senior manager / managing consultant level!). Client feedback and glowing reviews are irrelevant.
    - Management really don’t know what they’re doing.
    - Maternity leave pay is rubbish in comparison to other companies (3 months full pay only)
    - Leaders are not empowered
    - Diversity and inclusion is a tick box activity rather than something that leaders truly care about
    - Uninspiring leaders
    - Nothing new to say in terms of thought leadership and always behind in the marketplace.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in leadership development and in more inspiring leaders who provide direction and vision

  8. "Good could be better"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Principal Consultant in London, England
    Current Employee - Principal Consultant in London, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at PA Consulting Group full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Opportunity to progress quickly up the ranks, huge variety of assignments, decent expenses policy, IT pretty good, new offices impressive

    Cons

    Requirement to undertake corporate overhead work in own time if you want to progress, undisclosed pay bands so unclear where you rank against peers, siloed approach to business development, constant reframing of internal teams.

    Advice to Management

    Implement stable internal teams, publish pay bands, provide corporate code to 'charge' internal work.


  9. "Management Consultant"

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

    I have been working at PA Consulting Group full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Variety of potential work is excellent

    Cons

    Hard work, 3 months notice for MC


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Solution Architect"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Solutions Architect in London, England
    Current Employee - Solutions Architect in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at PA Consulting Group full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    1. Excellent people to work with and challenging assignments
    2. Good work life balance
    3. Good career opportunities

    Cons

    1. Compensation could be better


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