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PA Consulting Group Reviews

Updated 22 January 2018
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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (2)

    "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. "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. "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


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  5. "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.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "High staff turnover"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at PA Consulting Group full-time

    Pros

    Opportunity to get involved in different tasks
    Some really smart people work here

    Cons

    Poor staff retention
    Repetitive tasks
    Concerns are not taken seriously by HR


  7. 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.


  8. 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.


  9. "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


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Interesting Work, Great Colleagues, Funny Business Model"

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

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

    Pros

    The people here are generally legitimate experts in their fields. At most levels the employees need to work collaboratively, so there is a collegial atmosphere. Also, there is a fair degree of autonomy, so it's possible to migrate to projects that one might find interesting.

    Cons

    The "partner-as-business-unit" model creates a number of perverse incentives. Unlike law firms where billable hours are the target, here it's project profitability. As a result, there can be pressure not to bill hours, but to do the work anyway.

    Advice to Management

    Rethink the metrics that are used to judge people to capture the true costs of a project (and of selling a project!). Also, recognise that current incentives do not encourage employees to stretch to new (risky) business areas or to large projects for which extensive time may be spent on bids.


  11. 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.


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