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PA Consulting Group Reviews

Updated 10 October 2017
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  1. Helpful (3)

    "Its not about the people"

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


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Account Administrator at PA Consulting"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Administrator in London, England
    Current Employee - Account Administrator in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Interesting industry - lots of interesting projects
    - Great people
    - Nice Office
    - Good perks

    Cons

    This is a reflection on corporate rather than front-line consultancy

    - The team I was in seems to be completed neglected
    - No progression whatsoever
    - Do not allow you to drive your career, and as such, you are categorised into an area
    - Bonus was abysmal (although this was mainly to do with external factors)

    Altogether, I enjoyed some of my time in the role, but after PA had a 'capital injection' (aka majority buy out), they have since become more cut-throat and people have become less and less happy. Unfortunately, you can sense this in the atmosphere at the office.

    Advice to Management

    For this role - value your employees. You have unnecessary filters that actively stop people progressing in the role. It is a complete dead end.

    For PA in general - you seem to have lost sight of progressiveness and have become completely corporate. Understandably budgets are tight, revenue was impacted last year from the political environment, but ultimately, you sell people. Value all of them.


  3. Helpful (9)

    "Avoid - definitely in the short term"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at PA Consulting Group full-time

    Pros

    Good people.
    Decent work-life balance.
    Some real good intellectual property - albeit mismanaged.

    Cons

    PA is struggling whether due to its senior management or due to external influence from the new shareholder.
    Utilisation has been extremely poor and this has a cascading impact.
    Morale is very bad (except for the few favourites that are hand-picked by Partners to go from job to job).
    People aren't utilised for their skills - they are put on "the first project".
    Consultant pricing is extremely high even when utilisation is low as partners are more interested in their profit margin than developing people and getting them on jobs.
    Bonuses are therefore terrible. Except if you are a partner in which case the year has been "Fantastic".
    You are blamed for not being sold.
    When on the bench, you are given mind-numbing tasks to pretend you are busy.
    There is no effort to preserve or build intellectual property. You constantly find yourself searching for basic info.

    Advice to Management

    Quit. I have never seen or heard from the CEO.

    Some of the senior partners need to step up and get the partners to work together - at the moment none of them really work together.


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  5. "Open and Collegiate with Lovely Staff"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Varied and interesting place to work with talented people"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at PA Consulting Group full-time

    Pros

    Recruitment is carefully done and brings in very talented individuals
    You are your own person and get to grow and work your 'brand' in the business - it can be very empowering
    A wide range of technology work in a variety of sectors but with the benefit of being able to work with the wider consultancy services to really broaden your career
    A meritocratic culture which drives the right behaviors, If you work hard you will be rewarded
    As a software engineer I have been able to branch into a wide range of roles, doing high-end rewarding work - far from just being a monkey at keyboard
    Light touch and flat management structure

    Cons

    Work-life balance could be better


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Principal Consultant"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Quality and culture of the people

    Cons

    Management is ultra traditional and not moving with the times, nor looking after its people


  8. Helpful (4)

    "Interesting projects - Great talent - Strange Internal Management Practices"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Principal Consultant in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Former Employee - Principal Consultant in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at PA Consulting Group full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The variety of interesting new product development jobs are brilliant - across FMCG, consumer electronics, healthcare, and defence.
    The package offered is competitive within the Cambridge area, but with a lot of emphasis put on bonus remuneration.
    PA attracts the best software, mechanical, electronic engineers, applied scientists and industrial designers all under one roof in Cambridge.

    Cons

    The outright emphasis on "utilisation" is forced in to consultants at all ranks across the business. This leads to very strange behaviours at all ranks within the company. Front end work seems to take the largest hit, with junior consultants not being rewarded for efforts that lead on to large projects for others later on.

    The appraisal system is flawed. Bad feedback is frowned upon - not used to help people.

    Senior staff seem disconnected from the day-to-day project work going on.

    If you want to succeed you need to sell sell sell...

    Advice to Management

    Reduce the emphasis on "utilisation" - concentrate on our people doing the best job possible!

    Be strategic with front end projects - allow more time to focus on pitching and selling great work and then opening up projects properly.

    Put less emphasis on bonus remuneration. Employees don't want this - raise salaries and be more fair with remuneration across the ranks. This is not the 1980's.


  9. "good place to work"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at PA Consulting Group full-time

    Pros

    - good people
    - good benefits
    -lots of freedom

    Cons

    - pay structure encourages bad behaviour from seniors


  10. 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


  11. "Principle Consultant"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Principal Consultant in London, England
    Current Employee - Principal Consultant in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - The people
    - Interesting and varied work
    - Investment in development
    - Central London office
    - Competitive salary
    - Private healthcare

    Cons

    - Client location can vary significantly
    - Lack of routine
    - Working hours


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