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PA Consulting Group London Reviews

Updated 28 March 2018
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London, England

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PA Consulting Group CEO and Director Alan Middleton
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Pros
  • Nice smart people, potential for good work life balance, clear expectations, you can search out exactly the work that interests you (in 41 reviews)

  • Great people, interesting work, good offices (in 41 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (3)

    "Open and Collegiate with Lovely Staff"

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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

    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. Helpful (2)

    "Solution Architect"

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    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

  3. "Good could be better"

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    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.


  4. Helpful (4)

    "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


  5. "Management Consultant"

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    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


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Lacking direction"

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

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

    Pros

    Really great work, intelligent people and the company is doing well and could have an exciting future.

    Cons

    Doesn’t seem to know it’s identity or direction.
    Rubbish expenses policy.
    Not diverse but more than that, it is the sort of place where it is common for male members of the Board to be in relationships with junior female staff members or their PA’s and it is very open and innapropriate. There is supposed to be a strict conflict of interest policy but it clearly doesn’t apply to Senior Leaders!

    Advice to Management

    Have a clear strategy and communicate it.
    Stop inappropriate behaviour in the workplace!


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Analyst"

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

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

    Pros

    Exciting company that is growing very fast
    Wide range of projects
    Strong on technology and innovation
    Good exposure to senior staff
    Reasonable working hours
    Challenging and satisfying career

    Cons

    Less recognisable brand compared to big 4 and strategy houses

  8. Helpful (6)

    "Zero out of Five"

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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 a year)

    Pros

    In all fairness, there are some super people working here. They tend to be at the younger end of the spectrum and are possibly the ones doing the most interesting work.

    Cons

    But the leadership is woeful, even less visible after a high profile departure at Christmas. Most seem to be hanging on in case there is another equity event when Carlyle move it on to another investor who can't work out why PA's model guarantees zero real terms growth in perpetuity.

    Advice to Management

    Invest properly in new talent, not just recruit it and then warn it against doing anything to upset the old gaurd's status quo.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "No london-based work for consultants"

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

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

    Pros

    Decent compensation + travel allowance
    Friendly people
    beautiful new office (if you ever go in)

    Cons

    Very few London based clients so lots of travel
    Still very male dominated


  10. Helpful (7)

    "Struggling to keep pace with the market"

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    • Senior Management
    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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