PA Consulting Employee Reviews about "work life balance"

Updated 14 May 2020

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  1. "Great exposure and experience"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Industrial Placement Student in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Got stuck in straight away

    Cons

    Work-life balance at times is difficult on intense projects

  2. Helpful (2)

    "Good mix of business and technology. Clever people."

    3.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Principal Consultant in London, England

    I have been working at PA Consulting full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Usually good work / life balance; interesting projects; good value package

    Cons

    Frequent reorganisations; lip service to trendy fads like diversity, mental health etc

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  3. "Great place to work"

    4.0
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    Current Employee - Air Traffic Control Specialist in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at PA Consulting full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Excellent work life balance and excellent projects

    Cons

    Minimal career structure and unclear career progression

  4. Helpful (14)

    "Something rotten in the Belfast office"

    1.0
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    Current Employee - Consultant in Belfast, Northern Ireland
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice modern office in Belfast but half empty thanks to people leaving Compensation is ok relative to market but not worth the stress Some of the people are lovely (not management) Free water, all the spins on office chairs you can ask for

    Cons

    Still can't believe the disparity between what I got told at the interview and what working here actually entails! I got the vibe that this was a lively expanding organization in Belfast with a great culture that cared about employees and their personal development. The reality is just completely different. My first few weeks from starting employment here had me un-allocated. The next few weeks I spent as a glorified secretary writing up documents and doing reporting nonsense. I basically spent months doing nothing. When I finally got put onto a project, it was so awful, I could only wish I was back to writing up pointless documents. The project I got assigned to was already on fire and I was thrown in completely at the deep end and expected to fix in a few weeks what someone had been given months to do previously. Manager did not care that I was slogging my guts on a lost cause. I got no support at all and was expected to come up to speed in an area I was completely unfamiliar with in no time. The icing on the cake was a bad feedback despite me working well above my 40 hours a week trying to put things right and giving a 100% honest effort. It's very cowardly for a project manager to pin the blame on a project to a person who has come on mid way, but yet that is where I was. My experience seems to be quite typical. Other people I have talked to have expressed the same feelings about clueless management who do not know how to run projects and who couldn't care less about their employees. There is no time for personal development. There is no work life balance. There was no care for my personal well being even when I was clearly struggling.

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    "Poor support for personal development"

    1.0
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    Former Employee - Consultant Analyst 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    HQ in London, good base salary

    Cons

    Work-life balance, support in finding client work

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  6. Helpful (8)

    "Lovely, extremely talented people, stale senior leadership"

    3.0
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    • 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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  7. Helpful (7)

    "Too sales dominated"

    2.0
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    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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    "Don't believe the interview spiel or reviews by management"

    1.0
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    Former Employee - Developer in Belfast, Northern Ireland
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at PA Consulting full-time

    Pros

    Some of the people are great. Everyone below management are really helpful and friendly. Convenient location and nice office.

    Cons

    Where to start? Interviewees are sold a lie by management. They mention loads of good work but some of the stuff is blatant lies. Ask current employees about the projects everyone is told about in the interview and you'll soon find out how bad they were. Not just bad but actual failures. You'll be told there is loads of great work but soon find yourself spending time with no project assignments with the promise that a great one is just around the corner, just like 20 other people. When you're unassigned you'll find yourself doing fun work like filling out documents for bids or gathering feedback for someone in London. The majority of work in Belfast is support work. The projects that the Belfast office do have involve awful work and long hours. Work life balance can be awful. In one meeting we were told that we shouldn't feel pressurised into answering emails outside of hours and if we need to work from home then that's no issue. This was quickly followed up by an email from the Belfast manager saying working from home impacts performance and it should be limited. Hours are not that flexible. We were often given one message by London and then another from local management. Management have obvious favourites in the office. If you weren't one of the first employees in Belfast then you will struggle to break into that club. Belfast management have no idea how to motivate. There is no protection and poor leadership from assignment managers on projects. It's all about utilisation and revenue. If you are not utilized you are nothing to this company and your bonus will suffer. If you want promoted you have to make yourself known to the London office. It's all about getting your face out there. Doing good work is not enough in here. It needs to be good and someone in London has to know about it. The Belfast manager constantly bangs on about how revenue is so good compared to other branches and companies that PA have acquired. This only feeds into the us Vs them divide between London and Belfast. Belfast opinion in work is often looked down upon. Particularly when teams are split across multiple locations. Travel is a must if you want good work in here. Don't believe the minimal travel tripe in the interview. If you do like travel though then you can find yourself in exotic environments such as Dundee or Croydon. Every cloud eh? Year end and mid year reviews are awful. If you find yourself underutilized through no fault of your own then expect an awful score. It never fails to amaze how many ways this company and management can demotivate. There are loads of great companies in Belfast. Give them a go. You'll be so much happier.

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  9. Helpful (6)

    "Avoid this company like the plague"

    1.0
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    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Some good people in the companies that have been purchased. Government contacts keep some people safe in their jobs.

    Cons

    Terrible work life balance. Terrible attitude to work. Horrible treatment of staff. No managerial support / interest in employees. Everyone out for themselves. People with limited to no expertise put on jobs they have no ability to do. Career progression is through nepotism only. Company values are a facade.

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  10. "Can sometimes feel like a contractor but great or progression"

    4.0
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Consultant in London, England

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

    Pros

    Good pay, work life balance, good if you want to transition into industry, great progression

    Cons

    If you like pure consulting, then this may not work

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