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PA Consulting Group Managing Consultant Reviews

Updated 30 May 2017
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Depends hugely on which practice you are in"

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    Current Employee - Managing Consultant in Birmingham, England
    Current Employee - Managing Consultant in Birmingham, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    More of a federation of niche consulatancies than somethign larger. Some exodus of long-serving and experienced people post Carlyle deal. Mostly truly great ppl to work with.

    Cons

    Salariues not great. Unclear performance system. Some partner behaviours poor


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Its not about the people"

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

    I worked at PA Consulting Group (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Some excellent and very bright and dedicated people with whom to work

    Cons

    Spends heaps of money to recruit people then does very little to mentor or train them. Makes people feel like failures then criticises them for not succeeding. No longer a "people" based organisation


  3. Helpful (8)

    "It could be much better"

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

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

    Pros

    - interesting diverse people
    - several opportunities for training
    - freedom to do what you want ...if it sells

    Cons

    - glorified body shop at best
    - lack of a long term strategy in favour of an opportunistic approach in chasing opportunities and clients.
    - current commission scheme does not promote collaborations resulting in a competitive enviroment which does not feel justified
    - relying too much on the pubblic sector and on existing clients

    Advice to Management

    They should address all above cons. However, given the recent aquisition, I have my doubts Pa has actually much freedom left.

    PA Consulting Group Response

    18 Apr 2017 – Talent Acquisition Specialist

    We’re sorry to hear that you are disconnected with the PA strategy. We would very much like to encourage you to raise these concerns with your line manager or mentor in confidence so we can work with... More


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "A good choice of consultancy"

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    Former Employee - Managing Consultant in London, England
    Former Employee - Managing Consultant in London, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at PA Consulting Group full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Brilliant people
    Good reputation in clients

    Cons

    No growth strategy (focus on profit rather than risky growth)

    Advice to Management

    Take more risks


  6. "Managing Consultant"

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    Current Employee - Managing Consultant in London, England
    Current Employee - Managing Consultant in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    The people here are great

    Cons

    Work life balance is poor

    Advice to Management

    :-)


  7. "Brilliiant Place to Build A Career"

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    Current Employee - Managing Consultant in London, England
    Current Employee - Managing 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

    Perfect size; big enough to provide global interesting career opportunities; small enough to make you feel like an individual and that you can progress your career accordingly.
    Carlyle investment in 2015 has helped to supercharge the management strategy - real buzz about the firm.

    Cons

    Brand is less well known than some of our competitors and so we need to explain who are to new clients.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to be proud of the brilliant firm that we have all created and continue to push our brand globally. Some great leaders in the firm - let's celebrate them


  8. "Managing Consultant"

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    Former Employee - Managing Consultant in London, England
    Former Employee - Managing Consultant in London, England

    Pros

    Relaxed atmosphere. great clients and really bright colleagues

    Cons

    Working away from home sucks


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Potential"

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    Current Employee - Managing Consultant in London, England
    Current Employee - Managing Consultant in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice, smart people, doing interesting work. Appears to be decent life-work balance and recent Carlyle investment shows faith in potential of firm and its brand.

    Cons

    knowledge management and sharing is dreadful. don't get a strong sense of team (that could just be my part of the business) or a clear sense of direction for the future.

    Advice to Management

    Be clearer on implications of new strategy for individual recognition and reward.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Best consultancy to work for"

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    Former Employee - Managing Consultant in London, England
    Former Employee - Managing Consultant in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at PA Consulting Group full-time

    Pros

    You have autonomy to build your own business

    Leadership

    Cons

    Bonus flows can drive bad behaviour amongst certain partners

    Base pay not the best. But package overall is okay

    Advice to Management

    Let individuals grow at own pace. Not all analysts need to be promoted at same time.


  11. "PA"

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    Current Employee - Managing Consultant in London, England
    Current Employee - Managing Consultant in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    My pros would be the people, the type and quality of work/ clients.

    Cons

    benefits package is a bit old fashioned but still competitive

    Advice to Management

    none