PA Consulting Reviews

Updated August 31, 2015
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PA Consulting CEO and Director Alan Middleton
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Pros
  • good work life balance if you are a PA Partner and in the club (in 20 reviews)

  • Great people; great sectoral expertise; supportive culture (in 14 reviews)

Cons
  • Despite the big sell on work/life balance, PA is no different to any other consultancy if you want to get on and move your career forward (in 13 reviews)

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

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  1. An established yet growing firm

    Current Employee - Analyst
    Current Employee - Analyst

    I have been working at PA Consulting full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    British company translates to British benefits. Very comprehensive, total package worth is on par with Bain and McKinsey. Established, smart people, innovative culture. Don't sense overwhelming competition whatsoever.

    Cons

    Lacking brand in the U.S. given its prestige (based on recruitment criteria, backgrounds of employees, and rates charged to clients compared to competition).

    Advice to Management

    Build the brand in a US-centric way. PLEASE recognize that half your workforce is from a different work culture. Also, reexamine the fairness of bonuses throughout the organization.


  2. Think twice before saying yes to the Denver office

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Ok place to work...not that great!!

    Cons

    Lack of management in the Denver office Lack of respect for new and junior employees

    Advice to Management

    Not a good place to start your career


  3. Good company overall

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Principal Consultant in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Principal Consultant in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Very smart colleagues. Nice people. Not many sharp elbows.

    Cons

    US feels like an output - UK is the mothership. Business is run from UK perspective and the model doesn't work in the US

    Advice to Management

    Pay better salaries - being below average isn't good enough


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  5. Great Company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Really enjoyable environment and great job opportuntites

    Cons

    Nothing that comes to mind


  6. Helpful (1)

    Good work, below market compensation

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at PA Consulting full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good colleagues, clients and projects. Good level of independence. Significant opportunity for international work though no requirement to do that. The level of people and quality of projects is excellent with lots of opportunity for personal growth. Benefits are pretty good.

    Cons

    Compensation is below market level and does not grow. Bonus is highly dependent on your country and your practice, so you if either or both of those factors don't measure up it doesn't matter all that much how well you do yourself. Most operational decisions made by UK based people with little understanding and appreciation for international working or US type travel.

    Advice to Management

    Get a more international outlook and correct the compensation levels, rather than bringing in new people at salaries that are higher than those of your current associates.


  7. Great place to work

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at PA Consulting full-time

    Pros

    Great leave policy and benefits. Very little micro managing and good flexibility.

    Cons

    Being able to work with management oversees could be difficult at times purely because of the time difference, but a great experience to work with so many people overseas.


  8. Not a good place to start. Come back in 10 years

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Analyst in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Analyst in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Cutting edge work. Good hours.

    Cons

    Little support for younger staff. No formal expectations or learning program. Disorganized. You can slip through the cracks.

    Advice to Management

    Work harder to retain younger staff. Discord between partners is very clear.


  9. Overall Review

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at PA Consulting full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    People focused, good work life balance

    Cons

    Limited opportunity to move to projects within your area of interest, depending on market


  10. Helpful (1)

    Okay company to start out in consulting

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good place to start in consulting - as you get pulled into proposal work and all kinds of analysis work all the time, and the MC(their equivalent of Senior Managers) and Partners are always excited to leverage any contacts, relationships or ideas you have, as they are always looking for another sales lead (as they should be!) and you have plenty of opportunities to get engaged.

    Cons

    While there is plenty of opportunities to be engaged, its often driven by the desperate need to find work. They have not been very successful in converting their success in the UK market to wins in the US market. There is a tendency to over-analyze and theorize (in managing their business - i.e client project delivery and sometimes proposals, and lot of it centers around people and personalities). However, there are exceptions to that culture, a couple of senior folks I had worked with were very pragmatic, and bright, and I would certainly welcome an opportunity to work with them elsewhere, or in a 'transformed' PA.

    Advice to Management

    While understanding client personalities is extremely important, a more simplistic approach, trusting your people, who work hard to win and deliver work, might help turn things around, especially in the US market.


  11. great place for the ambitious go-getter who doesn't mind fending for themselves

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    smart people and great leadership team, great place for ambitious, self starters who like doing interesting, demanding work

    Cons

    lack of brand awareness in US, lack of work in local markets, lack of training/professional development

    Advice to Management

    invest more in the development of your people - the limited internal training is not enough. identify and incent your top talent, make the path to promotion/advancement clearer



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