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PA Consulting Group London Reviews

Updated 15 January 2018
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London, England

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PA Consulting Group CEO and Director Alan Middleton
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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (1)

    "Open and Collegiate with Lovely Staff"

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

    Pros

    A very collaborative company with a "high energy low ego" ethos. Has a great open-plan office and quite a flat structure. Development is available for staff. Carlyle investment has been quite positive too, adding an extra sales-focus to the mix. Good opportunities to work from home - employees are trusted to get the job done.

    Cons

    Whilst there has been some work on improving Diversity and Inclusion, more needs to be done - there needs to be more emphasis on it.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to build on some of the good D&I work that others are doing within the firm. Emphasise it's importance and encourage participation.


  2. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Industrial Placement Student in London, England
    Current Employee - Industrial Placement Student in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Meritocratic and dynamic workplace, with a startup culture

    Cons

    Not as big as some other consultancies


  3. "Struggling to keep pace with the market"

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    Current Employee - Principal Consultant in London, England
    Current Employee - Principal Consultant in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good expenses policy
    Fair amount of autonomy
    No "up or out" culture
    Good bonus
    Most people friendly and helpful

    Cons

    Excessive travel - most work outside London but all social and community focus is mid-week and London focussed. Waste of time.
    Stagnant and uninspiring pipeline of work
    Most Partners useless - bonus mechanisms encourage self-preservation over the best interests of the firm
    Prohibitively expensive - you'll take home circa 10% of what you bill with Partners taking a large chunk of the rest
    Not innovative at all. They really advertise themselves as this but its utter nonsense.
    Limited account support beyond pressure to sell more work.
    Lots of internal work - you'll lose lots of weekends and evenings to pointless internal work. If you do it, no one cares - but if you don't do it, youll get criticised and financially penalised at bonus time.
    Strategy changes every year - Partners just squabble about CEO driven changes for a year before anything actually happens - and by then, another strategy gets wheeled out.

    Advice to Management

    Remove Partners from the internal roles of driving forward PA's strategy. They have a vested financial interest in the status quo rather than embracing potentially disruptive change. Get them out of the office and on the road winning new work. They need to find new clients and not just squeeze the ones they've got. This just produces an uninteresting portfolio of work with ever decreasing opportunities for the consultants on the ground.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    "Exciting company"

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    Current Employee - Managing Consultant in London, England
    Current Employee - Managing Consultant in London, England
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Exciting projects shaping future technologies, products and business models. Entrepreneurial and network based organisation. Brilliant people, often world class. The global technology centre is truly unique - we really create unique inventions shaping entire industries, develop and build world first devices and machines.

    Cons

    Innovation culture concentrated in one area of the business, suboptimal travel policy for international flights, relatively low salaries, relatively unknown brand. Uncertainty for future developments and strategy.

    Advice to Management

    Truly integrate technology and innovation cross all services and sectors. This is a key differentiator which could be developed and used more across the company. Reduce the amount and increase the quality of the internal change initiatives. Clarify future strategy and direction.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Do not recommend"

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

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

    Pros

    Exciting work opportunities, great colleagues, nice new offices.

    Cons

    The management team are waiting until the end of the Carlyle era and simply adding to their enormous wealth without investing in the growth of the company or caring about the staff.
    The company was in the papers fairly recently about a questionable commercial agreement with the Government. This was certainly not the first time they have done this, they are unscrupulous.
    The company lacks strategy and drive and treats its employees badly.

    Advice to Management

    Time to move on, most have only ever worked at PA and they really need someone new to lead.


  7. "An informative and well-paid internship"

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    Former Intern - Implementation in London, England
    Former Intern - Implementation in London, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at PA Consulting Group as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good pay, central London location, variety of tasks worked on, opportunity to visit client sites, opportunity to work at Technology Centre.

    Cons

    Poor organisation before arrival, lack of information about working offsite (had to spend a lot of time in a different city), lack of information as to what the service line actually does.

    Advice to Management

    Plan intern's arrival and initial activities well in advance.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Great people, not sure about management"

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    Former Employee - Recruiter in London, England
    Former Employee - Recruiter in London, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The people at PA are absolutely amazing and they are what make the firm what it is. Everyone is friendly and it is a pleasure to see everyone at work. There is agile working which is a massive pro as well. Great tech

    Cons

    Management is not as great. It is difficult to move up within the company and a lot of people stay in the same role for a long time.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Great people badly organised"

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

    Some genuine genius to be found

    Cons

    complicated structure and random bonus model, oversold at point of joining

    Advice to Management

    act on why so many people give up and leave


  10. Helpful (7)

    "Great individuals to work with, not so great culture and not developer friendly"

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    Former Employee - Consultant in London, England
    Former Employee - Consultant in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at PA Consulting Group full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - People are great, you learn a lot from people who come from different backgrounds and how you can work together to succeed.

    - You learn the meaning of true patience when you have to jump through many hoops just go get one thing.

    - Some opportunities for training.

    - Great way to expose yourself to different sectors if you want to learn more about setting up your career path.

    Cons

    - Not developer friendly, the IT systems there are dinosaur age systems. IT services treat you like a complete idiot and you are locked down to a system that you have to fight to get approval to do something. No administrator rights for a developer.

    - When a lot of people were leaving, management just mishandled the whole situation.

    - No exit interview, HR decided to send over a "survey monkey" form instead of taking initiative to organise a 1 on 1 interview.

    - You are given mediocre hardware, as well as when requesting a license for software, you have to send several emails just so management will say yes. (Even though we pride ourselves on innovation)

    - Mostly public sector jobs, if you get stuck in a certain public sector job, you're probably going to stay there until you hand in your resignation.

    - To get promoted you need to brown nose a lot and show off as possible, doing a good job and going over and beyond doesn't just cut it.

    - Company tends to play catch up instead of trying to lead.

    Advice to Management

    -Consider treating your employees as people and not the same way you treat a laptop.

    -In order to promote people look for the defining factors that make a person good, not just use a general framework.

    -When an employee asks for something, you just give it to them, not ask a million questions and try make their life hard.


  11. "Good place to work - however progression can be slow"

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    Current Employee - Analyst in London, England
    Current Employee - Analyst in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Development focused. Steep learning curve. Good support network

    Cons

    Promotion cycle can be quite slow with mid-year promotions being awarded by exception only. This means if your business area in under plan in terms of profitability it can be difficult to move up when you're ready.


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