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Excellent company: interesting and fun, but inflexible culture

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Former Employee - Principal Consultant  in  Denver, CO
Former Employee - Principal Consultant in Denver, CO

I worked at PA Consulting

Pros

PA has a very unique culture and approach to consulting. They pay very well and the benefits were great, especially for the US. Very talented people that provide high-value consulting services.

Cons

Their business model is inflexible and it was difficult to find and stay engaged on projects. Consulting gigs have to meet criteria set by the parent company and they are very proud of their brand (expensive) and risk adverse. Due to their high cost and inflexible engagement criteria, it was difficult to find and stay engaged on projects. When on assignment the work was fun and challenging, but they price themselves out of too many opportunities.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Need the flexibility to compete in good or bad times and to be more price competitive in the US market. PA would be a top-tier consulting firm in the US if they were competitive on price and less risk adverse. You can maintain a strong brand and still engage in a mix of high / lower value work. PA should be killing the competition, the only thing holding them back is PA.

Recommends
Disapproves of CEO

Other Reviews for PA Consulting

  1.  

    Great company for progression

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Managing Consultant  in  Princeton, NJ
    Current Employee - Managing Consultant in Princeton, NJ

    I have been working at PA Consulting

    Pros

    1. Opportunity to progress at your own pace

    2. It's a small company with the potential to get noticed and take on extra responsibility quickly

    3. PA is fair and rewards well for good performance

    Cons

    1. You have to be flexible and wear many hats

    2. Expectation of travel

    3. Team spirit is not what it used to be as the recession continues to bite

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take time to motivate junior staff

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great place to work for the motivated, entrepreneurial consultant

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Principal Consultant  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Principal Consultant in New York, NY

    I have been working at PA Consulting

    Pros

    Entrepreneurial environment; you can do pretty much anything you want to do in terms of focus - the challenge will be for generalists trying to find their "brand" or niche
    Colleagues are for the most part collaborative
    Great opportunities to learn

    Cons

    Still very much a British company. Not enough American leadership in the US.
    Could do more marketing to get the company's name out
    Consultants have so many responsibilities it is easy to take on too much

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No advice

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
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