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PA Consulting Group Reviews

Updated 21 November 2017
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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Varied and interesting place to work with talented people"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • 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


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Principal Consultant"

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


  3. Helpful (4)

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

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


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  5. "good place to work"

    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
    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


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to stretch yourself"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • 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 3 years)

    Pros

    Thrown in to tackle the challenges that clients can't do on their own
    Allowed to drive own career
    Great colleagues and support within the company

    Cons

    Reliance on networking for internal resourcing
    You're expected to push yourself to select training and assignments

    Advice to Management

    Work out the balance between utilisation and growth to keep people engaged and profitability at expected levels. The recent investment in growth should start to pay off.


  7. 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


  8. "Principle Consultant"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • 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


  9. Helpful (3)

    "badly thought out reward scheme is the last bastion of feudalism in the country"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Principal Consultant in London, England
    Current Employee - Principal Consultant in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    a few good people, and some practices have a familial atmosphere

    Cons

    profit is king. PArtners and MCs are directly in competition, but Partners get a slice of the MC's sales regardless of involvement. Lots of bad behaviours driven by chasing profits.

    Advice to Management

    rework the sales incentives so that Partners are responsible for the performance of the business/practice rather than it being "everyone for themselves"


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Needs a change for success"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Flexible; some pockets of interesting work; some very good people but you really have to seek them out

    Cons

    Very white, male middle class. Really changed since Carlyle takeover. Feels like old boys club.

    Advice to Management

    Needs a change and some new ideas.


  11. Helpful (12)

    "Not improving"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Consultant in London, England
    Current Employee - Consultant in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    * Good expenses policy
    * Good remuneration but heavily dependent on bonus
    * People on the whole are very nice.
    * Independence and empowerment to get your job done.

    Cons

    * Diversity is poor - very stale pale male. Recruit people with the same backgrounds and the same education and then wonder why those people are not able or willing to transition from delivery roles to sales/account mgmt roles. Hiring people of a different race or gender won't make a difference if they keep hiring the same personalities and capabilities.
    * Lack of identity - seems like there's a new strategic direction in some practices every 5 minutes. Most other management consultancies have a clearer identity.
    * Because the partners are so difficult and selfish to work with, they tend to articulate a strategy/vision which aligns with what they already have rather than create a little upheaval and initiate some change for the greater good by creating a proper strategy shaped by the market.
    * Claim to be innovative and make a big fuss about all their exciting cutting edge projects but 90% of the work is just body shopping for a client with a difficult and boring IT project that no one else wants/is able to do. It's fine - but the marketing and onboarding process leads you to believe its an innovative firm when in reality its the opposite. Manage expectations better here.
    * The work is boring. Unless youre lucky, you won't be able to tell your friends and family about what you do and have them be interested.
    * Heavy focus on revenue targets and they achieve this by repeating the same work over and over again for the same/similar clients. This is at the expense of doing the kind of work with the kind of clients they need to fulfil their marketing promises of being innovative and making a difference.
    * Partner group unwilling to take risks. Frequent change over the last few years has paralysed the leadership team - none of the Partners seem willing to stick their neck out and make the new strategies work. They're happy to sit back and milk their existing clients in the same way they have done for years.
    * London office telephony and IT infrastructure is bad. Clients complain about the quality of audio on tele conferences. Use horrible collaboration software by Cisco that doesn't integrate with any of the hardware and is not supported by any clients. At least 6-7 years behind here but new offices on the horizon so this may improve.
    * Big emphasis on internal work even if you're 100% utilised and on a client site 200 miles away. Leadership team too London focused despite a massive % of the work taking place outside London. i.e. social events or practice meetings in London in the middle of the week but you're criticised for not attending when you're working 12 hours a day in the middle of Yorkshire or something.
    * No one wants to do TL because of how painful the Partners make it. They'll take a good idea and spend 4 months turning it in to another boring article saying the same thing to the same audience - and nothing will come of it.

    Advice to Management

    * Bigger emphasis on securing new clients - a different team in the same client shouldn't count towards this target.
    * Partner group needs to focus on sales and account management. The implementation and definition of strategy/change/innovation needs to be removed from them and escalated higher up to someone without a personal financial interest in the way things currently work.
    * Higher junior ranks with a background in sales and business development. Don't keep thinking that someone who has spent their entire career in delivery will suddenly begin exhibiting business development behaviours when they're pushed towards MC.
    * Reward innovation. Encourage the partners to support people trying new things. Their bonus enourages them to behave and do the same things in the same way and despite it not being in the best interests of the team or firm, they won't change unless their bonus depends on it.


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