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PA Consulting Group Reviews

Updated 11 February 2018
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  • Great company that strives for a work-life balance while promoting an extreme merit-based culture (in 40 reviews)

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

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  1. "Great place to work"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Interesting Work, Great Colleagues, Funny Business Model"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Great people, not sure about management"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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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  5. Helpful (3)

    "Great people badly organised"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


  6. Helpful (10)

    "No longer the premium consultancy it once was"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at PA Consulting Group full-time

    Pros

    Some great people working on some interesting projects

    Cons

    New ownership has led to a dogged race for growth and wealth generation at the expense of the staff
    Staff seem to be leaving in large numbers, but there seems to be no care for staff anymore, or it seems a desire to improve things (not even an exit interview on leaving)
    A number of legal threats on staff as they leave the door is generating a very bad impression of the company

    Advice to Management

    Focus on what made you great and what got you here - fantastic work and a reputation as a great place to work. All made possible by a vibrant, motivated workforce.


  7. "The best learning experience you'll ever have..."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Smart people who take time to help you develop.
    Interesting projects that will stretch your intellect.
    Great financial rewards for people that are results driven.

    Cons

    To succeed you need to put your personal life on hold - work comes first.
    Nowhere to hide - produce poor quality work and you won't last long.
    Get ready to fight for every piece of business - it's a small company.

    Advice to Management

    Invest to grow - compared to other firms, the investment to develop new accounts and break open new doors is poor. There is massive potential out there but you have to fight harder to get access.


  8. "Great"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at PA Consulting Group full-time

    Pros

    Good progression and well paid

    Cons

    Poor development opportunities and lots of politics


  9. Helpful (9)

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

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


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

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  11. "Great place to work"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at PA Consulting Group full-time

    Pros

    Strong innovation and technology capabilities, fun, smart, real people. Fantastic new offices.

    Cons

    Emphasis on utilisation (should be on excellence on delivery).


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