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PA Consulting Group Reviews

Updated 15 July 2018
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  • "If you look for work -life balance, this is the place" (in 44 reviews)

  • "Great people and excellent work environment" (in 43 reviews)

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  1. "Great"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at PA Consulting Group full-time

    Pros

    Good progression and well paid

    Cons

    Poor development opportunities and lots of politics


  2. Helpful (10)

    "Great individuals to work with, not so great culture and not developer friendly"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Consultant in London, England
    Former Employee - Consultant in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at PA Consulting Group full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - People are great, you learn a lot from people who come from different backgrounds and how you can work together to succeed.

    - You learn the meaning of true patience when you have to jump through many hoops just go get one thing.

    - Some opportunities for training.

    - Great way to expose yourself to different sectors if you want to learn more about setting up your career path.

    Cons

    - Not developer friendly, the IT systems there are dinosaur age systems. IT services treat you like a complete idiot and you are locked down to a system that you have to fight to get approval to do something. No administrator rights for a developer.

    - When a lot of people were leaving, management just mishandled the whole situation.

    - No exit interview, HR decided to send over a "survey monkey" form instead of taking initiative to organise a 1 on 1 interview.

    - You are given mediocre hardware, as well as when requesting a license for software, you have to send several emails just so management will say yes. (Even though we pride ourselves on innovation)

    - Mostly public sector jobs, if you get stuck in a certain public sector job, you're probably going to stay there until you hand in your resignation.

    - To get promoted you need to brown nose a lot and show off as possible, doing a good job and going over and beyond doesn't just cut it.

    - Company tends to play catch up instead of trying to lead.

    Advice to Management

    -Consider treating your employees as people and not the same way you treat a laptop.

    -In order to promote people look for the defining factors that make a person good, not just use a general framework.

    -When an employee asks for something, you just give it to them, not ask a million questions and try make their life hard.

  3. "Good place to work - however progression can be slow"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Analyst in London, England
    Current Employee - Analyst in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Development focused. Steep learning curve. Good support network

    Cons

    Promotion cycle can be quite slow with mid-year promotions being awarded by exception only. This means if your business area in under plan in terms of profitability it can be difficult to move up when you're ready.


  4. "Managing Consultant"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at PA Consulting Group full-time

    Pros

    Great people, good clients, exciting wotk

    Cons

    Long hours when there are client deadlines


  5. Helpful (6)

    "Don't Believe The Hype"

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    • 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

    Fair pay for sector but relies heavily on bonus which can be difficult to achieve if unutilised due to no fault of your own.

    Cons

    Top level managers are almost unknown to staff. Work is very much on a feed and famine basis. Utilisation does not encourage fairness.

    Advice to Management

    Need to totally rethink how the company operates, and review why people are leaving in droves.


  6. "Consultant"

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    • 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

    Great training and smart people

    Cons

    Projects are in Reg/Public sector space


  7. Helpful (4)

    "Good - Getting Better"

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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
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at PA Consulting Group full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The people are fantastic, the work is varied, clients are challenging and rightfully so, the Learning Academy is brilliant and you will get to work on projects that are cutting edge. There will always be someone at PA that knows the answer to a question that is troubling you - just ask.

    Cons

    Communication could be better, bonus needs to be shared better.

    Advice to Management

    Sort out the infrastructure - do unto us as you would do for clients!

  8. Helpful (3)

    "Old School but solid"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Consultant in London, England
    Former Employee - Consultant in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at PA Consulting Group full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Solid pipeline of contracts, due to 70 years' history in business
    R&D and Tech center, unusually advanced for a consulting company

    Cons

    Old school when it comes to managerial practices

    Advice to Management

    Break the rule that only Partners and MCs can sell new projects. Everybody should be taught to sell new projects from the beginning of their careers.


  9. "Friendly Environment"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Friendly Environment
    Team Work is valued
    Health Care package

    Cons

    Salary
    Opportunities are limited
    Usual situation of Admin being overlooked/ unappreciated

    Advice to Management

    Be more appreciative of supportive staff and recognise the worth of their contribution to the business


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Lots of potential to make your own career"

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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 (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Implicit trust to make your own career, with support from a range of people. The firm is very open and introductions can be made in your behalf or you can do it yourself.

    Cons

    It can feel like you are left alone, which can be hard if new to consulting. There could be more structure around post on boarding.

    Advice to Management

    As the firm grows, it is vital to focus on growing a strong community of consultants for the future senior roles


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