L.E.K. Consulting Reviews

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L.E.K. Consulting Global Managing Partner Stuart Jackson
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Pros
  • Improving attempts to manage work/life balance compared to the past (in 8 reviews)

  • Great people to work with at the consultant and associate level (in 13 reviews)

Cons
  • Obviously work/life balance is tough but better than competitors due to no travel (in 35 reviews)

  • Long hours (but typical of other consulting firms, as I understand it) (in 33 reviews)

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  1. Fast-paced, great opportunities to learn and develop

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    Current Employee - Consultant
    Current Employee - Consultant

    I have been working at L.E.K. Consulting full-time

    Pros

    Quick responsibility, extremely talented colleagues, interesting projects with a lot of diversity, emphasis on skills development

    Cons

    Burn out very possible from short time frame of cases, sometimes hard to get cases in the industries you want (depending on the office)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Where are the female managers and partners? This is a definite area for improvement.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. Stimulating work in a high-achieving and collegial environment

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    Current Employee - Consultant in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Consultant in Boston, MA

    I have been working at L.E.K. Consulting full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Diverse types of work - short cases mean you can get exposed to a lot of different sectors and business issues in the space of a very short time. It's a great way to figure out what you like, and also a way of interacting with a lot of different partners, managers, and associates. You're never stuck on just one case for 6+ months.

    Also, the no travel is a huge plus. A bit of travel from time to time is fine, but L.E.K. is really one of the only top-tier consulting firms where you get to come how and sleep in your own bed at night. This also allows you to actually meet and get to know your colleagues in your own office, which just doesn't happen if you're on the road all the time.

    Finally, the comp is excellent. Of course it is in all of the major consulting firms, but L.E.K. is always either at or usually above MBB etc.

    Cons

    Long hours of course (but that comes with the industry).

    The L.E.K. name doesn't have the same cachet or prestige as some of the bigger ones, but anyone who's in consulting or strategy knows that the firm is absolutely part of the same tier.

    The firm has 20+ offices, but is heavily concentrated in a few of the bigger ones. In the US, Boston is the mother ship, and so has most of the partners, most of the work, and the most diversity of work. The other offices in NY, LA, SF, and Chicago, being much smaller, just don't have quite the same scope for variety and are generally more specialized.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Brand recognition is still not quite where it should be. But it's moving in the right direction.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. Top consulting firm, great experience for first job

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    Current Employee - Associate in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Associate in Boston, MA

    I have been working at L.E.K. Consulting full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Very interesting strategy cases with potential for high impact

    Cons

    Certain casework can be monotonous, but this decreases as you gain tenure

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. Interesting work, great colleagues - highly recommend working here!

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    Current Employee - First Year Associate in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - First Year Associate in Boston, MA

    I have been working at L.E.K. Consulting

    Pros

    Low-travel / office model is great for building community around the office, and coworkers are incredibly friendly and smart. You get exposure to a variety of casework across different industries in a fast-paced, supportive environment. Definitely would recommend others to join the firm - the "people" factor is truly what sets this firm apart!

    Cons

    Long hours can definitely be tough, but being surrounded by great colleagues definitely makes those hours more bearable.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. Challenging workplace that is a great place to start a career with a surprising amount of responsibility

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    Current Employee - Associate in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Associate in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at L.E.K. Consulting full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Lots of responsibility/expectations to contribute right away, plenty of support from consultants and managers, and short cases with minimal travel, opportunity to work abroad for 6 months. Chicago office culture is excellent among associates/consultants

    Cons

    Sourcing people on Monster/LinkedIn gets tedious, sometimes partners are totally detached/inaccessible for cases, takes 4 years to get to post-MBA role (consultant) compared to 2 or 3 for other firms

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Earlier and more often engagement from partners on cases makes a lot less busy work for associates. Sourcing is a pain but seems to be just part of the job.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. Fast-paced, challenging environment. You'll work hard but it's a great place to start a career

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Associate in Boston, MA

    I have been working at L.E.K. Consulting full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Very challenging and interesting work. The company's structure means that you're changing projects frequently, which is great if you're looking to get a cross-sector understanding of the business world. Additionally, L.E.K.'s work is almost entirely (>95%) strategy and due dilligence, meaning you don't get stuck on some dead-end 9 month long implementation project.

    Cons

    The hours are definitely longer than most other consulting firms. Be prepared to work 60 hour weeks. That said, weekends are sacred at L.E.K., which makes a big difference in quality of life.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep the interesting cases coming! Don't lose focus on selling strategy work.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. Strong development and comp. Firm requires some work around the edges

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    Current Employee - Consultant in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Consultant in Boston, MA

    I have been working at L.E.K. Consulting full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    -low travel reqs
    -good compensation
    -high development opportunities
    -great management opportunities
    -New management is an upgrade
    -Growing business

    Cons

    -unpredictability of hrs
    -unpredictability in sector dedication
    -IT issues especially when traveling
    -more CD/beach time between longer/tougher cases

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow sector dedication earlier in careers. Upgrade IT (hardware)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. Great place to learn

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at L.E.K. Consulting full-time

    Pros

    Rapid learning curve and given a lot of responsibility early on. Get a lot of constructive feedback and reps to improve. Find the right ones and managers and partners are actively invested in your development from the beginning.

    Cons

    Hours are unpredictable and can be long. Teams are generally lean which can be positive and negative. The atmosphere can be hierarchical, especially working with certain senior leaders, but this varies.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. Fantastic learning opportunity ; unpredictable work hours

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Associate in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at L.E.K. Consulting

    Pros

    - L.E.K. provides Associates with the opportunity to rapidly gain experience across a variety of industries and business applications, from due diligence to corporate strategy and strategy activation.
    - L.E.K. creates a fun and non-hierarchical environment built on teamwork. A key benefit of the low travel policy is the strong office culture and close connection that is built with colleagues.

    Cons

    - Work hours can be long and unpredictable. L.E.K. has a number of initiatives in place with the goal of reducing hours, and it is clearly a priority for the firm. While this is evident, there are still large strides that can be made towards maximizing impact and efficiency.
    - There is a large variance in work at the Associate level. Some tasks are intellectually stimulating and others are more administrative. Some of this is to be expected, as this is a position for fresh college graduates, but the balance between these two types of work could be improved.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue improving work hours and reducing the amount of administrative work completed by Associates.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. Good first job out of college

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate Consultant in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Associate Consultant in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at L.E.K. Consulting

    Pros

    good professional development, good culture and people

    Cons

    lack of diversity in casework, especially in smaller offices.

    Hours

    No 401K matching

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay more attention to your associates' needs

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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