PA Consulting
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www.paconsulting.com London, United Kingdom 1000 to 5000 Employees

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A very good lesson

Consultant Analyst (Former Employee)
London, England (UK)

ProsInteracted with amazing people at Consultant analyst, consultant and principal consultant level. The international element of the work force makes it a wonderful place to be.

Initial feeling is of a welcoming, flexible, innovative firm.

Great learning opportunities

ConsVery pervasive 'pesonal networks' attitude. Internal job market requires one to 'become liked' by those who are in charge. This is not necessarily correlated to ability or productivity. It also makes it difficult for new entrants as they need to break into the established networks.

Direct and indirect bullying is common across the hierarchy but especially at the Consultant and above level.

Politics (links with 'personal networks' above) are often very nasty. One needs to be careful what to say, when and how. Politics are of course part of every organisation but the degree to which they rule PA Consulting's employee life is quite bad.

Divisions and sub-cultures: Depending on the team, the perception of PA's culture will differ. Some teams are open, welcoming, constructive, information sharing, supportive. Others are militaristic, autocratic, need to know basis, unconstructive. It is up to luck where one finds themselves.

Considerable % of employees are ex military personnel / officers. That is not a negative per se. What is damaging is the carry-over of military style politics and attitudes.

Advice to Senior ManagementRecognise and deal with cultural disparity.
Recognise that conflicting political agendas at Managing consultant level and above lead to work duplication and even conflicts.
Help people feel less threatened by buyllying.
Help those who bully in changing their behaviour.
Introduce measures that help new employees with finding projects (utilisation)
Foster openness and inclusion vs. exclusion and favouritism

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    Very Lethargic and disinterested people

    Consultant (Former Employee)
    Bangalore (India)

    I worked at PA Consulting


    Pros: - Laptops for everyone, Except GS - Annual day celebrations. But, this is again… Cons: - Horrible Work - Life balance. People working on week-ends are very common. - No respect for employees, Derogatory remarks are very common in S &… Advice to Senior Management: - Eject middle management. - improve accessibility to middle/top management. - Address… No, I would not recommend this company to a friend More
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    "The corporate civil servants"

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    I worked at PA Consulting


    Pros: Flexibility Some good generalist consultants with mainly soft consulting skills Few good… Cons: Bring the worst of corporate and civil service environments. Very political, lack of communication from management, lack of strategy and brand, ready to do anything… Advice to Senior Management: Why bother they don't listen No, I would not recommend this company to a friend More
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