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PA Consulting Group Reviews

Updated 10 December 2017
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  1. "A PC makes around 50-60K AED per month"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Good work life balance and training

    Cons

    senior management changes and uncertainty


  2. Helpful (5)

    "Good once you have found your niche"

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    Current Employee - Management Consultant in London, England
    Current Employee - Management Consultant in London, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very flat hierarchy (outside of Corporate)
    Familial atmosphere
    Encouraged to take on responsibility early
    Great training courses
    Training and personal development is encouraged (although self directed)

    Cons

    Lack of diversity
    The way assignments are allocated is on a "who you know" basis, and so often are not given to the most appropriate people
    You need to win the trust of each member of the senior team individually in order to do well
    Paternalistic approach taken by Partners can lead to an "Us vs. Them" view of Corporate leadership

    Advice to Management

    Implement a new system of resource allocation
    Increase Diversity
    Improve recruitment
    Make Corporate more visible and open


  3. Helpful (3)

    "unprofessional"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    office politics training experience game of thrones work

    Cons

    discrimination positive discrimination game of thrones working environment


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Great company"

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    Former Employee - Principal Consultant in London, England
    Former Employee - Principal Consultant in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at PA Consulting Group full-time

    Pros

    Great company, employee ownership creates collegiate atmosphere. Smart, commercial but also ethical people.

    Cons

    Sometimes reluctant to invest where it is needed to grow the business.


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Remember what made you great"

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    Former Employee - Principal Consultant in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Former Employee - Principal Consultant in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people,
    Great clients with some superb projects
    Did I mention great people?

    Cons

    Work-life balance is poor if you want to make it too the top
    No care for employees health - HR non existent when it goes wrong
    Going backwards since the new investors arrived

    Advice to Management

    Be brave - in hiring the right people and not being scared to have them out of work - use this time to develop the culture and new IP.
    Reward the staff by improving the work conditions - keep your employees happy day to day


  7. "PA Review"

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

    Pros

    Great people, fun environment, inspiring place to work

    Cons

    Career development could be better


  8. "Consultant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at PA Consulting Group full-time

    Pros

    Great training and Client base Colleagues were diverse and location of office - London based ideal

    Cons

    Share options and reward package poor Utilisation could be better balanced across teams

    Advice to Management

    Focus on client service balanced by providing opportunities for all consultants


  9. Helpful (1)

    "They are great!"

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    • 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 (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good work, colleges, and projects.

    Cons

    Some times a lot of travel

    Advice to Management

    Keep on working together to bring in the big projects.


  10. 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


  11. Helpful (10)

    "Avoid - definitely in the short term"

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    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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