PA Consulting Employee Reviews about "consultancy"

Updated 22 Jan 2021

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Great company to work for"

    5.0
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    • Diversity & Inclusion
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - 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

    Love working here. - mostly work-life balance is good - great career progression. Promotion based on merit, rather than there only being a set number of spaces for promotion like at other consultancies. This means no competition (that I’ve experienced) between peers, and people are willing to support and help each other - great colleagues!

    Cons

    Can be long hours if you’re working full time on a client at the same time as working on bids and proposals. But this is only occasionally, and not really a big con...

  2. "Good alternative to the bigger consultancies"

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Consultant in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    You get to control your own career path, picking and choosing projects more than other consultancies.

    Cons

    Salary and benefits package lacking behind other consultancies.


  3. "Good career move"

    4.0
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    • Diversity & Inclusion
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Consultant Analyst in Manchester, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at PA Consulting full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Actually work with clients, build bespoke solutions (not an off-the-shelf stock answer), employee shares

    Cons

    Personal life can be impacted by travel needs (standard for consultancy)

  4. COVID-19
    Helpful (9)

    "A fast track to a diverse career in digital engineering"

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

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

    Pros

    - PA has a fascinating company heritage and history, which you learn about during an on boarding trip to Cambridge (pre-COVID!) - For the last year, the Belfast office has grown in size and capability, and so too has our London office, which is continually winning new contracts. These contracts bring projects spanning a wide variety of sectors and are often large multi-national companies you will be familiar with. - The work is exciting, engaging and challenging through a variety of contexts from rescuing an existing software development project gone wrong, to a green fields venture, or general consulting and providing advice to client's own development teams. - If you put the work in, the bonus can be exceptional. Higher than the 10% that is advertised as part of the renumeration package when joining. This is of course subject to the business performing well. - The opportunity exists to grow into much more than just a software developer. You can quickly become involved in bids and pitches in between billed assignments where you develop your writing and communication and presentation skills. - While the hierarchy/ranking is fairly linear, in the past year, this has started to change and there are opportunities to be very senior while primarily being software developer. There is also the opportunity to move into other disciplines such as project delivery and more general consultancy including sales. - PA is a large organisation with a number of offices around the World and everyone is very welcoming. It feels like you could walk into any office and immediately strike a conversation with anyone. (As long as you have your ID :P) - The included private healthcare cover is hassle free and invaluable if you have a family. - On top of that, there is a decent tier of dental insurance available for approx £4 per month. - (Before COVID) If you are required to travel for business, the daily expenses are extremely generous compared to other firms and there are generally no questions asked or need to keep receipts as it is a fixed amount regardless of whether you spend it or not. - In general you have complete control over your own performance and career progression. It's all about doing good work, networking, and making sure people know what achievements you have made. There is an incredible amount of autonomy, awesome in this line of work. - During COVID, there was a persistence of a strong community with engaging peer run competitions, quizzes and town halls. There was also additional support provided through mental health initiatives, and H&S was a top priority with self performed risk assessments for working at home. Throughout this strange period of time, there were no issues in getting any equipment required to work from home safely.

    Cons

    - PA Consulting is not just a typical software development house and brings with it a requirement to understand market engagement and client delivery more broadly especially as you rise in seniority. If you are not prepared to be flexible and versatile as a professional, or are adverse to being anything other than an SME in a single subject area, then PA and in general, consulting is probably not for you. A wide range of skillsets, and an open mind are key to success here. - At certain times of the year, there is the inevitable admin work to get through, particularly if you are a line manager. There is no way of controlling how this coincides with your active project work, so it can spill into your personal time. I would argue however that some of the admin work is regarding career development and objective setting, which someone career driven likely undertakes in their own time anyway. - Every project does not always go smoothly. With great challenge, comes stress if things are not moving in a positive trajectory. However, there are mechanisms in place to seek support and by persevering through the difficult times, you will learn and grow at an accelerated pace.

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  5. Helpful (2)

    "Great times ahead"

    5.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Partner in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Interesting work Great people Great purpose Exciting prospects A bit different from other consultancies

    Cons

    Base salaries are lower than some other competitors But you can make up on bonus And equity looks like it could be good too - prove that PE is good for us

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  6. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work"

    5.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - AS400 Administrator in Melbourn, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Busy working environment and management try hard to do the right thing for staff.

    Cons

    Inevitably the consultancy teams and people selling work get more attention than the admin side of the business

  7. Helpful (10)

    "Lovely, extremely talented people, stale senior leadership"

    3.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Principal Consultant in London, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Marvellous people in P&T. The projects can be really interesting too. Work life balance is infinitely better than the bigger consultancies, so great if you've got kids, pets, are introverted or have ASD (P&T leaders are very understanding and flexible) .

    Cons

    The very senior leadership are the very definition of pale, male and stale. They won't even update the archaic maternity policy, despite having it pointed out to them that it's making women leave. I don't think they realise the message it screams to female employees.

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  8. "People at PA are phenomenal"

    5.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Industrial Placement in London, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The people, the flat management hierarchy and the innovative edge in everything PA does

    Cons

    Due to the smaller size of PA relative to other management consultancies, there is a more limited range of projects to get involved with

  9. Helpful (9)

    "Too sales dominated"

    2.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Principal Consultant in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very capable colleagues, good pay and benefits.

    Cons

    If you don't want to be a salesperson, there is nowhere to progress. Excellence in client delivery is belittled vs. sales generation. Not unlike most consultancies, you can never work enough hours - there's always more demand and more expectation. Senior management like to talk about work/life balance, and personal development but actions don't back it up.

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  10. "Great place to work"

    5.0
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Strategy Consultant 

    I have been working at PA Consulting full-time

    Pros

    Interesting projects and good people

    Cons

    Not as well paid as other consultancies

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