PA Consulting Reviews

Updated April 19, 2015
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  1. Excellent in every aspect except pay level and management

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Finance Administrator in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Finance Administrator in London, England (UK)

    I worked at PA Consulting full-time (more than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Great benefits
    Great office environment
    Friendly people in a relaxed atmosphere
    Work is varied
    IT facilities are excellent

    Cons

    Pay is poor for admin, when compared to other companies
    Management incapable of noticing insufficient staffing in the admin teams

    Advice to Management

    I would say "listen to your staff when they are complaining", but after six months of eventually doing that, nothing has changed (I've been keeping in touch with colleagues). I'm not sure what else to tell you.

  2. Average management consulting firm with some good people.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Consultant in London, England (UK)

    I worked at PA Consulting

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Work life balance is very good as the culture is relatively relaxed and the office empties out by 630 pm.

    Cons

    Senior people spend too much time dividing up the pie rather than attempting to grow it, which leads to some ridiculous behavior.

  3. Helpful (3)

    Stepping stone

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Analyst in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Analyst in London, England (UK)

    I worked at PA Consulting

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    PANI - good opportunities to network with people outside of firm
    Generally nice and intelligent colleagues
    Good exposure to senior execs both inside PA and at client organisations

    Cons

    Virtually completely reliant on public sector work
    Significant brown-nosing required
    Expert BS preferred
    Internal IT and HR functions are weak
    Compulsory training required after hours, putting work-life balance and client commitments to the side

    Advice to Management

    Invest in your staff and devote time to train them instead of doing it out of hours.
    More cross-functional collaboration
    Develop more recent and relevant track record rather than relying on project from over a decade ago

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  5. Helpful (1)

    Great consultancy that focusses on people

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Consultant in London, England (UK)

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    There work is varied and, if you want, you get a lot of say in what sorts of projects you work on. Office culture is very open and friendly. Decent training, and good for those who have a lot of initiative

    Cons

    Can be sent to projects that are far away and long commutes. You need to do a lot of work outside of your 9-5 client work to make career progress.

    Advice to Management

    It would be good to have better facilities in the main offices - like better coffee

  6. Helpful (3)

    PA can be average

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Very interesting contracts
    Great people on the shop floor

    Cons

    In terms of ethos, not everybody in PA walks the talk
    There is no pressure on line managers to fulfill their brief
    Opaque appraisal and promotion

    Advice to Management

    Irecommend that line managers are judged for their performance as LMs. Mine has been very poor and has lied to me repeatedly about checking on my progress, when I know she has not.

  7. Registration

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Independent firm with wide ranging expertise

    Cons

    struggle to deal with regional businesses in business model

    growth is difiicult

  8. Helpful (3)

    Good place to start or finish your career

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Managing Consultant in Birmingham, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Managing Consultant in Birmingham, England (UK)

    I have been working at PA Consulting full-time (more than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Great people, interesting work - opportunities to progress and training.
    Travel if you want it

    Cons

    Some mundane jobs and at times heavily public sector focused
    Can be a lot of travel
    Excessive profit focus drives some appalling behaviours and actions - mainly by the partner group that are too infrequently challenged

    Advice to Management

    There is so much that needs to change, it's hard to know where to start.
    There are a number of partners who should just be sacked for their behaviours towards junior consultants and repetitive game playing of the system

  9. Consultant Analyst

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Consultant Analyst in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Consultant Analyst in London, England (UK)

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The projects are always varied, nteresting and challanging
    There are a lot of people in PA who are very good and extremly knowlegable in their fields giving fantastic opportunities for self development..
    The training offered is extremely good.
    Hard work and achievement is rewarded.

    Cons

    The travelling can become tiresome and you will spend a lot of time away from home and at the lower grades there is little say in what roles you take.

  10. Great rewarding career

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Principal Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Principal Consultant in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at PA Consulting full-time (more than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Variety of work, progressive pay, very employee share plan, great people to work with

    Cons

    Can be hard to rotate off some government work, there can be a lot of travel depending on client

  11. Helpful (1)

    Arrival Tips - Be humble yet assertive and get networking quickly across the firm once you arrive.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Consultant in London, England (UK)

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    A lot of very intelligent experienced people work at the firm, impressive backgrounds across multiple sectors. Finding the best and brightest people who have done some amazing things is important

    Cons

    You are given some support on arrival, but you must think quickly on your feet and get networking early on. It can be a tough environment (like any consultancy) but better than many of the others in the sector - being time efficient and sensible about projects you get engaged in order to learn and add the most value is very important -you may to just suck it up and do some stuff that is not necessarily your bag early on.

    Advice to Management

    Take the company fully off the 90s emergency survival mode footing and engender a more confident and reassuring culture.

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