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PA Consulting Group Reviews

Updated 10 October 2017
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  1. "Great place to develop general consulting skills"

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

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

    Pros

    Having been mainly motivated to join a consultancy to enrich my level of skills and experience, PA have delivered in this respect. The recruitment process was professional and hospitable (in comparison to other processes I've been through). On joining I was able to attend several courses on business analysis, systems engineering, and stakeholder management to name a few. Now I'm working with clients where I'm able to apply my new skills (as well as utilise my previous experience) and learn on the job. Overall, a positive incline for personal development and a good place to enhance experience in this field.

    Cons

    As a newcomer to consulting, the utilisation process was unclear to me. This should be articulated a bit clearer before joining (although it is the norm in most big consultancies).

    Advice to Management

    Although the company is purported to be a flat, non-hierarchical structure, this isn't demonstrated enough in practice. It's a fantastic claim to be had, so I'd like to see it emphasised more in practice.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Can be a great place to work, but depends on the practice you're in"

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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
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - PA has a great culture, people are supportive and overall very bright.
    - There is flexibility to work cross different services and sectors.
    - Decent work life balance, on some jobs.
    - Probably a better place to work for an experienced hire more so than as a graduate entrant (me), as there can be little structure to your professional development.
    - Training is very good.

    Cons

    - Not all of the work is interesting or at the forefront of consulting.
    - You're often sold outside of your practice when your practice isn't selling the right kind of work. As such, you often you depart from your career alignment and goals, just to keep your utilisation high.
    - Poor and confusing communication from the top during recent PE takeover.
    - Siloed practice culture, reflected in remuneration, despite the fact that nearly all consultants work between different sector and service practices.
    - You get the feeling as the years go on that PA was once a better place to work than it is today, direction is lacking as is performance within some practices.

    Advice to Management

    - Be clear about the future direction of the firm following the recent PE investment.
    - Increase sales activity within certain practices, and overall across the firm.
    - Don't lose the great culture that has made PA a desirable place to work.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work"

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    • 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
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    - Huge amount of variation, if desired
    - Access to a group of talented scientists and engineers with a diversity in skillsets the like of which I have never seen before
    - Possible to combine engineering with core consulting
    - Salary and rewards are good relative to engineering industry

    Cons

    - Work load can be daunting
    - Heavy weighting on Utilisation doesn't leave much time for personal development
    - Assignment managers are brutally lean with their project planning (good for the client, bruising for junior staff)

    Advice to Management

    - Encourage/reward collaboration between London and Cambridge offices
    - Provide junior staff with outlets to learn and grow


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  5. Helpful (6)

    "Some good areas, but on the whole its an mess"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Consultant in London, England
    Current Employee - Consultant in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at PA Consulting Group full-time

    Pros

    Can be given responsibility irrespective of rank
    Flexible on working from home or from the office (though dependant on client also)
    Can be lots of travel (good or bad depending on where)
    Good internal training on offer
    Has some very nice people working there

    Cons

    Ran by a very middle class, white old boys club (CEO etc. and senior partners)
    Overtime is expected, not rewarded
    Full of nepotism and 'who you know' mentalities
    Complete lack of diversity in race/sex/types of thinking
    Utilisation is the only rewarded metric, so if you are on the bench and do some great TL, internal intiatives or account management it counts for nothing
    Internal processes and work are a shambles
    Do not sponsor external training
    All business units are ran as independent areas, with little crossover and collaboration

    Advice to Management

    Stop only rewarding utilisation, or your internal procesess, account management and TL will never improve.
    Promote diversity at all levels of the firm.

    PA Consulting Group Response

    18 Apr 2017 – Talent Acquisition Specialist

    This is disappointing to hear. As an employee of PA we know you are talented and have great potential to grow and develop. We would very much like to encourage you to raise these concerns with your... More


  6. Helpful (6)

    "Terrible place to work"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Consultant in London, England
    Former Employee - Consultant in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Progression can be quick at junior ranks.

    Cons

    Do not consider working here unless you are a public school educated male.


  7. "A good company"

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

    I have been working at PA Consulting Group full-time

    Pros

    Varied work, a strong team

    Cons

    Long hours to prove your worth

    Advice to Management

    Career support follows a single process across the firm, if it were more dynamic at junior levels, the firm would benefit from greater retention


  8. Helpful (3)

    "Very hit & miss"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Principal Consultant in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Current Employee - Principal Consultant in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of clever people, lots of interesting work (if you are allowed to be involved)

    Cons

    Very cliquey, most MC's have ego's to match their inflated salaries. You have to be a big brown-nosed to succeed in this company

    Advice to Management

    Look beyond your friends for the real talent


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Difficult to find your "place""

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    Current Employee - Consulting Analyst in Royston, East of England, England
    Current Employee - Consulting Analyst in Royston, East of England, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Some good benefits but these are at the expense of an average salary. Nice location and varied work if you can get exposure to it.

    Cons

    Long hours expected by some managers. Difficult to progress if in "wrong" department. Consultant style of work isn't right for some roles, and makes it difficult to obtain utilisation. Lack of a family feel, and more dog-eat-dog.

    Advice to Management

    Structure the salary and bonus more fairly. PC and above seem to take the majority of the salary pot. Partners need to learn the value of a verbal "thanks"


  10. "Good employer overall"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Consultant Analyst in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Current Employee - Consultant Analyst 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

    Nice and talented people to work with. Good variety and interesting projects. Compensation is competitive.

    Cons

    Career progression can be slow if not working with the right people.
    Teamwork is not always part of the mix, and few people will work longer than the majority to deliver on projects without any specific reward.


  11. "Good company, with changes occuring since takeover by PE firm"

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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
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at PA Consulting Group full-time

    Pros

    People are very friendly and approachable. Good company to work for as personal development is valued.

    Cons

    Interesting to note changes in company culture and targets as expected following "takeover"/ownership by Carlyle Group


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