PA Consulting Reviews

Updated 2 Mar 2021

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PA Consulting CEO Ken Toombs
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  • "Work life balance is dictated by the project/client(in 38 reviews)

  • "Like all premium consultancy companies you will have to bring personal drive to be successful(in 32 reviews)

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  1. COVID-19

    "Interesting and variable career"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Diversity & Inclusion
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Melbourn, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at PA Consulting full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Breadth of work and great team

    Cons

    no significant cons, pandemic has introduced managing program delivery in a virtual world

  2. "So impressed with the people and culture at PA"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Diversity & Inclusion
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Principal Consultant in Manchester, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at PA Consulting full-time

    Pros

    Truly inclusive and supportive culture Depth of expertise and professionalism Plenty of opportunities for education (high training budget) Breadth of interesting roles and client work No trace of toxicity and no expectation to work beyond normal work hours

    Cons

    Although you are given a grace period to bed in you are expected to pitch in and add value as soon as possible. You should be proactive and a confident self-starter.


  3. "Great place to work"

    5.0
    Current Employee - Analyst in London, England

    I have been working at PA Consulting full-time

    Pros

    Collaborative working, opportunity to progress, and good working hours

    Cons

    Having to find own work, sometimes busy working hours

  4. "Good"

    5.0
    Current Employee - Consultant 

    I have been working at PA Consulting full-time

    Pros

    Interesting work, good work-life balance

    Cons

    mostly focused on public sector

  5. "Excellent company to work for"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Diversity & Inclusion
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Principal Consultant in Bristol, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at PA Consulting full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Employee friendly, Variety of jobs

    Cons

    None to share at the moment

  6. COVID-19

    "Principal Consultant"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Diversity & Inclusion
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Principal Consultant in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at PA Consulting full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Really people orientated. High levels of collaboration. Coaching available. Support for self development. Has been very supportive during COVID-19. Certain parts of the business are highly innovative.

    Cons

    Working out the latest strategy.

  7. "Brilliant company to work for"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Diversity & Inclusion
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Management Consultant in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at PA Consulting full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Culture, people and working on interesting projects

    Cons

    could get higher base salary elsewhere

  8. "Good job"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Diversity & Inclusion
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Analyst in London, England

    I have been working at PA Consulting full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good work-life balance, Pays well

    Cons

    Can be long hours, stressful

  9. Helpful (1)

    "Super smart people and great culture however systemic issues in performance appraisal and reward."

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Diversity & Inclusion
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Analyst in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at PA Consulting full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Very smart, capable and friendly colleagues. Good work-life balance. No expectation to work late but will do if necessary. Some very high-impact, important and interesting work. Lots of training opportunities available.

    Cons

    PA has a significant systemic issue in how it appraises its consultants. Due to the staffing model being almost entirely driven by partners rather than resource managers, consultants who are not yet partner favourites, such as new joiners, typically get much less client work. This issue is compounded by 70% of annual performance appraisal being dictated by 'utilisation' (how much client work you do). The result is a reward system of favouritism rather than performance. An additional issue at PA is the lack of separation between capability groups. Strategy consultants will be asked to do PMO work, business designers asked to do change management etc. The last primary issue is lack of commitment from line managers. Many line managers at PA view their job as simply being 'available' and that all consultants should essentially 'self-manage'. Although leading to great autonomy, this means that line managers will not be proactive at all in the relationship and will have to be nagged to complete basic responsibilities such as year-end reviews, promotion cases etc.

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  10. "The people make the firm brilliant"

    4.0
    Current Employee - Analyst in London, England

    I have been working at PA Consulting full-time

    Pros

    Really supportive, smart and hard working people

    Cons

    Corporate side is not very transparent

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