PA Consulting Reviews

Updated Jul 31, 2021

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3.6
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PA Consulting CEO Ken Toombs
Ken Toombs
82 Ratings
Pros
  • "Great people who want to make a positive impact(in 72 reviews)

  • "mostly work-life balance is good(in 67 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "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. 5.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      Genuine innovation

      Jul 5, 2021 - Partner in London, England, England
      Recommend
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      Pros

      A great place to actually make a difference. And everyone gets the chance to buy into the shares, which means everyone shares in the value, not just the partners

      Cons

      Some legacy systems slow things down, but they are being phased out

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    2. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

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

      Feb 14, 2021 - Analyst in London, England, England
      Recommend
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      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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      12 people found this review helpful
    3. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Good Culture

      Jul 29, 2021 - Consultant Analyst in Cambridge, East of England, England, England
      Recommend
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      Pros

      pa has awesome support from peers. career development is good, diverse bunch of people. awesome career development path. Lax on working from home.

      Cons

      There is a lot of weight on utilisation. As a consultant analysts this is ok. If you are after a promotion

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    4. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Friendly colleagues but lack of concern over staff retention

      Jul 28, 2021 - Consultant Analyst in London, England, England
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Friendly team to work with Very knowlegdeable individuals Ability to move around industries/capabilities

      Cons

      Lack of a social culture Salaries are lower than other consulting firms Limited training available Little choice in projects

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    5. 3.0
      Former Employee

      Solid consulting firm - with a growing list of potentially terminal issues

      Jul 16, 2021 - Management Consultant in London, England, England
      Recommend
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      Pros

      - A lot of good people, who are hugely talented and friendly - Good back catalogue of consulting experience and knowledge - Large customer base, especially in the (UK) public sector, with access to some fairly senior levels of leadership

      Cons

      - A handful of not so good people, mainly at the top of the organisation, who display highly toxic behaviours that have far-reaching impacts across the organisation. - The performance management and career development processes are beyond appalling and have hugely negative impacts on both staff and the organisation as a whole. - Zero technological capabilities (despite what their marketing says) and likewise, there is virtually no investment in any form of RnD - leaving products and services increasingly outdated and ineffective.

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    6. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 10 years

      I like it

      Jul 19, 2021 - Principal Consultant in Belfast City Centre, Northern Ireland, Northern Ireland
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Very supportive and generally good people to work with

      Cons

      Is getting better at supporting flexible working but losing a lot of high quality female colleagues

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    7. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Promotion process is awful - even though I was promoted

      Feb 9, 2021 - Consultant Analyst in London, England, England
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      Pros

      If you work hard and perform you can be promoted to consultant within a year. Lots of great client projects you can get involved in company is not too big, so you can become well known by senior members of the organisation Office location is good long distance travel perks are As a female, the company runs lots of events to help women break through the glass ceiling in technology. The company are very good for that, plus its work with LBGTQ and BAME networks.

      Cons

      Long hours - but this is expected at consultancy firms Promotion should be done on merit, but it seems to be done on popularity and contributing to extra curricular activities such as socials. I personally was on an extremely difficult project and received promotion for the work I delivered and standards I set. However, others who were on less demanding projects were promoted also. This is something that will frustrate any new employee as management do not appreciate the difference in project difficulties or time demands. Therefore, i believe the promotion process is awful and needs to be improved. In theory you can get on an easy project and then find time to do extra curricular activities and still get the same outcome.

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    8. 4.0
      Current Employee

      Ok

      Jul 27, 2021 - Director in Manchester, England, England
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Good company to work for overall

      Cons

      Not easy career progression overall

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    9. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Good work, good people, poor corporate structure and management

      Jun 16, 2021 - Consultant in London, England, England
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      Pros

      - Interesting work, with great exposure for junior members of staff - A great place to learn and grow - Time spent here will open up your career options later down the line - Generally positive bonuses - (Generally) lovely people, who are passionate and want to do the right thing for the client - Prompt promotion if you fit the bill, although sadly this has now moved to annually rather than twice a year - You’ll thrive if you’re a proactive person with passion

      Cons

      - Lip service to I&D, very few female or BAME partners and senior roles, most stop at PC level as the sacrifice to obtain sales targets are too challenging. Saying your diverse isn’t the same as being diverse. - Resourcing is who you know, not the experience or skills you have - Pay increases are apparently ‘capped’ at 10% when you get promoted, so make sure you get a high offer when joining- it’s the biggest salary rise you’ll get. - Really large sales targets which can be off putting e.g. 750k per year as an MC is standard, as you won’t get all the sales credit for the work you win, this equates to 1.5m+ sales every year, when the job you just had before had a sales target of £0, it’s a big leap. - Your ‘team’ or capability is likely to have 100+ people in it, as is your industry team. This makes it not feel like a team at all if you’re more junior, you’re a single person in a crowd. - Terrible, slow response to the pandemic, leaving employees with little understanding of whether the office is open and if you can go in.

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      3 people found this review helpful
    10. 3.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Mixed bag

      Jul 31, 2021 - Analyst in London, England, England
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Nice people to work with Relatively chilled out Not much accounting Office location is ok in Victoria

      Cons

      Poor non-wage benefits Overcrowded office Stingy expenses Boring clients Wage progression is quite low Bit of a hamster wheel

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