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PA Consulting Group Reviews

Updated 10 December 2017
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  1. 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.


  2. 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.


  3. "Great environment - but you do have to make the most of it"

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

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

    Pros

    - Interesting projects
    - Super smart people, with great expertise
    - You can define so much of what you do - job descriptions matter little vs what value you can offer the business
    - This means if you have a specific skill or expertise this is an amazing place to refine, commercialise and build on it

    Cons

    - If you want process driven, straight line, hierarchical orgs, this is not the place for you!
    - Helps if you have a clear idea of what you want to do with your career - there are so many resources and people here that can support you with that - but do not set others to set direction for you
    - Like many Consultancies it needs to work on its diversity, however it looks as though there are plans afoot to address this

    Advice to Management

    Try and think a bit more globally in terms of comms, events etc in what we do internally - we can be very UK/London focused.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    "Consulting with a technical edge"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • 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

    Cambridge innovation centre and solid client base, with trusted relationships, there are some great Partners in some sectors and services. Plus you are given plenty of autonomy and responsibility if you want it

    Cons

    You are mainly given opportunity to operate on assignments in your service / sector alignment only. Greater opportunities or external training (MBAs etc) would be welcome.

    Advice to Management

    Achieve a greater balance between growth ambition and current work


  6. "Principal Consultant (PST)"

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    Current Employee - Principal Consultant
    Current Employee - Principal Consultant

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

    Pros

    Genuinely good if you are unwell

    Cons

    Lack of transparency around salaries


  7. Helpful (4)

    "Dissapointing"

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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

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

    Pros

    Flexible working hours, interesting people

    Cons

    No long term strategy. Management team made by public school men who only cares about their bonuses, share values and ego's.

    Advice to Management

    Acknowledging diversity is not enough, you need inclusion


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Ambitious"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Ambitious plans to achieve market leadership across different services and markets.

    Global culture and networks.

    Cons

    Spread too thin leading to lack of focus on market themes.

    Career progression and paths could be better defined.

    Utilisation is the only metric staff are measured against.


  9. "Consultant Analyst"

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

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

    Pros

    people, work, partners, access and advise from senior consultants

    Cons

    corporate, enjoyment and success depends on which sector/service you are in


  10. "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.


  11. 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.


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