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PA Consulting Group Reviews

Updated 13 September 2018
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  • "If you look for work -life balance, this is the place" (in 45 reviews)

  • "Great people and excellent work environment" (in 45 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (3)

    "Not what it use to be"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - AS2 in Melbourn, England
    Current Employee - AS2 in Melbourn, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Local
    Good people (although fewer since redundancy)
    Private healthcare scheme and dental scheme
    Open plan offices in easily accessible village
    Lifts
    Fantastic company doctor

    Cons

    Lack of progression
    Lack of leadership
    No flexibility or support from line manager
    Poor maternity offering
    Lack of on site facilities. Supply own tea bags etc! No plastic cups even to drink from.
    Cut costs at every opportunity without care for staff.
    Lack of trust, in office politics.
    Appraisal system isn’t tangible and feels pointless
    Expensive canteen
    Stuffy office - either to hot or to cold. No fresh air

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your staff. Appreciation goes along way.
    Trust!
    Train your managers


  2. Helpful (7)

    "Great flexibility, not so great leadership"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Consultant in London, England
    Current Employee - Consultant 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

    -Flexible working and working from home
    - Good pay and bonus
    -Interesting clients with international work if you are interested in travelling

    Cons

    - This business cares only about sales; the people are irrelevant and uncared for. Top talent is always leaving for this reason.
    - Promotions are based solely on utilisation score (all the way up to senior manager / managing consultant level!). Client feedback and glowing reviews are irrelevant.
    - Management really don’t know what they’re doing.
    - Maternity leave pay is rubbish in comparison to other companies (3 months full pay only)
    - Leaders are not empowered
    - Diversity and inclusion is a tick box activity rather than something that leaders truly care about
    - Uninspiring leaders
    - Nothing new to say in terms of thought leadership and always behind in the marketplace.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in leadership development and in more inspiring leaders who provide direction and vision

  3. "Good could be better"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • 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
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Opportunity to progress quickly up the ranks, huge variety of assignments, decent expenses policy, IT pretty good, new offices impressive

    Cons

    Requirement to undertake corporate overhead work in own time if you want to progress, undisclosed pay bands so unclear where you rank against peers, siloed approach to business development, constant reframing of internal teams.

    Advice to Management

    Implement stable internal teams, publish pay bands, provide corporate code to 'charge' internal work.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Good structure and a wealth of talent & knowledge, but the corporate message can seem disingenuous"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Principal Consultant in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Current Employee - Principal Consultant in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Extensive internal training programmes, big budgets, opportunity to progress. Relaxed working environment and flexible approach are great. Good salaries compared to smaller consultancies.

    Cons

    Fractured projects, odd approach to resourcing, and a general suspicion of the corporate direction amongst the staff. General lack of direction and most tasks are motivated solely by profit.

    Advice to Management

    Be honest with the staff, the consulting BS from management is very rarely genuine and people see through it immediately. It simply erodes confidence in the company. Being up front and plain speaking would speak volumes.


  5. "Management Consultant"

    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
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at PA Consulting Group full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Variety of potential work is excellent

    Cons

    Hard work, 3 months notice for MC


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Not a bad company, but not a keeper"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at PA Consulting Group full-time

    Pros

    Control over your day to day work
    Good, committed people
    Flexible working

    Cons

    Poor internal systems
    Lack of investment in G&A functions
    Bonus not where they should be for industry

    Advice to Management

    Invest in your back office


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Lack of trust and too many in-company processes spoil a very good place to work"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Consultant in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Current Employee - Consultant in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Friendly knowledgeable and interesting colleagues to work with.
    Challenging projects with lots of responsibility given at an early stage to shape future outcomes.
    Training budgets are large and training is encouraged and made time for.
    Excellent testing and prototyping facilities with helpful workshop and laboratory staff

    Cons

    IT support is bad and border line un-helpful making it much harder to perform the job. One has to violate IT policy repeatedly in order to complete work on time. 4 weeks to put a sticker on a piece of hardware in order to use it and 8 weeks to get a new computer for a test machine is completely unacceptable.

    Many of the company's processes are laborious and do not translate into real-life.

    High utilisation targets (relative to other Cambridge consultancies) means that achieving objectives is difficult and requires many hours of unpaid over-time to achieve them. There is not much time left for managing internal projects or doing sales related work. Note sales work does not count towards utilisation.

    Poor employee non-salary benefits. eg. Kitchens contain no cutlery or crockery. There is not even a washing up bowl! Provide your own milk. The canteen is not subsidised and is expensive. It serves small portions, typically £4.50 for a main meal.

    All the company's processes are setup to make life harder, but a "we're in it together" attitude and challenging work, makes for an exciting place to work in.

    Advice to Management

    Give everyone Admin rights and trust your employees not to abuse them.

    Stop under-selling projects. Most projects do not have enough time or budget to finish them adequately and require long hours that do not contribute to utilisation to be worked by many project members.

    Be truthful with offer letters (with regard to bonuses) to better manage staff expectations and moral.

  8. "Great place to work if you're a self-starter with initiative"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Consultant in Cam, England
    Current Employee - Consultant in Cam, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice smart people, potential for good work life balance, clear expectations, you can search out exactly the work that interests you

    Cons

    Can be somewhat bureaucratic, no room to hide if you miss targets, little scope to change the system if you don't like it

    Advice to Management

    Be wary of (further) eroding staff benefits


  9. Helpful (8)

    "Terrible, old boys club"

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

    I worked at PA Consulting Group full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Back office Junior level staff are amazing-but are underpaid by about 40%.

    Cons

    Awful internal politics. Old boys club. 80% white men. No D+I policies. Staff unaware of flexible working rights. No reasonable adjustments made for disabilities. Partners actively work to get those with health problems or who work part time to quit.


  10. "Outstanding consulting"

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

    I worked at PA Consulting Group full-time

    Pros

    Outstanding people, projects and clients

    Cons

    Big firm so some of the negatives that come with that.


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