PA Consulting

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Updated Jul 16, 2014

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3.1 151 reviews

68% Approve of the CEO

PA Consulting CEO and Director Alan Middleton

Alan Middleton

(57 ratings)

63% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work life balance better than most in this sector (still a little taxing, particularly with travel)(in 19 reviews)

  • Great people; great sectoral expertise; supportive culture(in 13 reviews)


Cons
  • the work life balance can be terrible (depending on the job)(in 13 reviews)

  • No international travel, very public sector UK focussed(in 9 reviews)

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    An exciting range of client assignments and opportunity to effect change and influence management decisions.

    Managing Consultant (Former Employee)

    ProsThe PA team draws from a variety of backgrounds and works well globally, so a multinational client, for example, can be served cross-border.

    ConsSometimes longer assignments can become tiresome, especially if extensive travel is involved to remote locations.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsOpportunity to work across in the Europe if you like. Opportunity to work in energy/utilities, pharma ; If you are inexperienced, this is a good place to start - as you quickly get pulled into everything, all kinds of proposals and analysis

    ConsStruggling brand, no depth, very limited IP, low pay, bad place to join at a mid-career level

    Advice to Senior ManagementPartner with an established brand to build market reputation in the US; Focus on delivery quality - though you may be tempted to focus entirely on sales, recognize that you are not growing even after being around for several decades because your delivery is mediocre

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Pretentious

    Consultant (Current Employee) New York, NY

    ProsAura of self importance comes with the job

    ConsAura of self importance translates to smugness

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    A great consulting firm with a conservative culture

    Principal Consultant (Former Employee) New York, NY

    ProsMany PA projects were Global 100 clienteles with substantial senior management interaction.

    Excellent training opportunities (outside project works).

    Most peers and partners were very nice and helpful.

    ConsThe firm culture was generally less aggressive than others and overly focused on bottom line.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    This company is a joke!

    Managing Consultant (Former Employee) New York, NY

    ProsCompensation is ok but model benefits senior partners
    Some level of transparency

    ConsZero intellectual capital
    Territorial partners with some of the worst values you'll ever encounter
    Passive aggressive culture

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great if you are British and a partner

    Partner (Former Employee) New York, NY

    ProsMidsize consultancy, fair HR policies, and some very smart people (heavy MIT recruiting). Leeway to be innovative. Good compensation.

    ConsThe whole company is based on elaborate financials that essentially boil down to ever-growing annuities for the partners. If someones leaves their PA shares revert back to the partner body -- so the best get-rich path is to make partner and hang on. You are better served by having your buddies fail and get a piece of their shares than you are by helping them to sell. New US partners don't have a chance and the attrition rate is very high here -- that's because the managers and lower ranks are heavily indebted to partners for assignments and they reciprocate by selling on behalf of their "feudal lords". If you don't have such a team below you there is very little chance of competing.

    Note that people don't care if new partners and sellers churn out as they leave profits behind to be divvied up. Its a good company with a very cut-throat bonus/equity scheme. Be warned.

    Advice to Senior ManagementHire professional management with knowledge of the local customs and leave the consultants to do consulting.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great place to work, global culture, and interesting projects

    Consultant (Current Employee) New York, NY

    ProsInteresting projects, great people, chances to travel globally, variety of opportunities, great office location, training is available to those that want it

    ConsNot all projects are exciting, sometimes travel can be exhausting, heavy emphasis on utilization

    Advice to Senior ManagementUS management feels a bit disconnected from the UK management and improve the proposal process

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Some interesting opportunities but depend on industry and location

    Managing Consultant (Former Employee) New York, NY

    Pros- Medium size firm with real international work / transfer opportunities, especially good for someone starting a career
    - Good interview process with rather professional recruiting manager that appears to be well organized, albeit an often long process
    - Very cost conscious management which serves them well in slow times

    Cons- Management: most of its management decisions made in the UK; many layers with line management structure - more like corporate environment than a professional services firm
    - IP: limited intellectual capital despite its long history; often using very generic methodologies that affects win rates on bids; mostly 2nd tier consulting firm with a few exceptions
    - Projects: lack of brand awareness and senior relationships in clients' organizations, as a result, projects are generally small and mostly in execution roles
    - Travel: office locations are not aligned with client jobs; coast-to-coast travel are very common
    - Leadership: sales-driven culture and poor /no leadership skills at junior partner levels
    - Talent: hard time hiring and retaining talent in the US, especially at senior levels; junior levels pay 20% below market; for senior hires, its tricky to master the sales credit sharing system to grab shares on project by project basis

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe firm needs vision, flexibility and ability to attract top talent to grow; a less UK-centric approach should serve the market, like the US, better.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Fantastic consulting firm

    Managing Consultant (Current Employee) New York, NY

    ProsGreat freedom to progress career at your own pace and in any direction. Good compensation and exciting work. Great people, with a small team feel. Different from other firms.

    ConsSmall footprint in the US and size of client assignments here is small. Weaker brand in the US. Very risk averse. Company has not grown in last 10 years.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBe less risk averse and try to grow the business, especially in the US. Get better networked in the US at the board level of large companies. Employ more local sales people.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great work/life balance

    Consultant Analyst (Current Employee)

    Pros- great work/life balance
    - flexibility in working from any location
    - depending on how you position yourself, could get on really interesting assignments you want
    - majority of colleagues are friendly and collaborative
    - many opportunities to get involved internally

    Cons- low brand recognition in US
    - you could get stuck on a long-term, monotonous project
    - high importance on utilization

    Advice to Senior Managementpublish more, be more active in conferences, get the PA name out

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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