PA Consulting Reviews

Updated June 17, 2015
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  1. Good company, great colleagues

    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Principal Consultant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Principal Consultant in New York, NY

    I have been working at PA Consulting full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good colleagues, international work opportunities, rapid career advancement, very smart co-workers

    Cons

    Low pay, not awareness of this firm in the marketplace, small firm so not same number of colleagues as at the bigger firms

    Advice to Management

    Pay your people better. Need better IT


  2. Needs more transparency in renumeration

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Princeton, NJ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Princeton, NJ

    I have been working at PA Consulting

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Nice people to work with in general
    As Senior Management are rewarded for $ sales this "clouds" their judgement on approaching work on a number of fronts
    Good verity of training offered, however....

    Cons

    A bit English and "clicky"
    To small in the US to be effective and can't recruit the right people to grow the business
    Training seem to be to much role playing and " This is how you did it wrong" after the fact.


  3. Helpful (2)

    A great place for senior partners

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Partner in Princeton, NJ
    Former Employee - Partner in Princeton, NJ

    I worked at PA Consulting

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Interesting work. Some top people. Very cost concsious management systems which serve them well in slow periods. A large number of offices provides some international insight.

    Cons

    Technically a second-rate consulting firm with a few exceptions. The best predictor of success at PA is learning to manage to the complex financial and performance systems and learning to share/grab sales and operations credit on a job by job basis. The place is a money making machine for senior partners, not a client-focused business. That's lip service. I've seen many partners gouge clients and pad bills because their bonus was calculated on above the line profitabilily. So overcharging (above published rates) is highly profitable.

    Advice to Management

    Reward merit rather than rewarding those who play the game well and develop credit-sharing arrangements. Note that new partners, despite industry expertise and past success always fail at PA because they do not have these in-place support groups.


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  5. PA is a terrific place to work!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at PA Consulting

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Variety of work experiences available

    Cons

    Some incentives are mis-aligned, so that employees are able to game the system and make poor choices.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Great benefit package, with little to no advancement or promotion mobility

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA

    I have been working at PA Consulting

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    great benefit health, dental, vision, 401-k package, 3-4 week vacation paid, 10 sick days, 2 floating days plus any holiday time paid off.

    Cons

    less chance of carrier mobility and promotion, company does not give more than the average on annual review ratings.

    Advice to Management

    Train top management on how to be more strong leaders and train lower level admins and workers.


  7. Helpful (2)

    Excellent company: interesting and fun, but inflexible culture

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Principal Consultant in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Principal Consultant in Denver, CO

    I worked at PA Consulting

    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  8. Great company for progression

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

    I have been working at PA Consulting

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    Take time to motivate junior staff


  9. Great place to work for the motivated, entrepreneurial consultant

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

    I have been working at PA Consulting

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    No advice


  10. Helpful (2)

    Good place to learn the 'ropes' but you have to be proactive to shape your own career

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Principal Consultant in Princeton, NJ
    Current Employee - Principal Consultant in Princeton, NJ

    I have been working at PA Consulting

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Small firm culture in the the US which makes it easy to network with in the company and find projects in areas you want to work in.

    Cons

    Low brand equity which makes it very hard to do business development which is needed to move up the ranks.

    Advice to Management

    Need to attract US based talent and leaders if you really want to be successful in the US rather than moving folks from UK!


  11. Great company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at PA Consulting

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Management truly support people
    Entrepreneurial spirit
    Reasonable compensation model
    Benefits are excellent (22 days vacation, very good medical, etc)

    Cons

    Travel expectations
    Difficult to become a specialist as short-term utilization takes precedence
    There is too much focus on the bottom line, without taking into consideration impact on staff moral
    Company is becoming SOP centric

    Advice to Management

    Keep focusing on making PA a great place to work and we will be successful



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