PA Consulting Reviews

Updated July 12, 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. Second tier consultancy with ambitious future plans

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

    I have been working at PA Consulting

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

    Pros

    Great access to senior managers Genuine chance of advancement Hard work is recognised and rewarded

    Cons

    Crowded office space IT systems could be better


  2. Helpful (3)

    Forced Normal Distribution Is Killing the Firm

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great people, all immensely talented Sometimes the work is interesting

    Cons

    Forced Normal Distribution that can be influenced by people gaming the system is putting lots of people that live in the Hump from seeking to excel Being on an assignment away from core team is very isolating The first few days/weeks are quite lonely

    Advice to Management

    Remove the forced normal distribution and soften up the culture - we ask too much too often


  3. Helpful (5)

    Good employer.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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

    Culture and people Open about profit / reward / attribution Open about means for progression. Support progression. Small enough to not restrict access to senior mgmt.

    Cons

    Poor/restrictive expenses policy. Increase in churn possibly currently due to PA going through another corporate strategy update currently, aligning to sectors and services.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    It was great, but then...

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

    I have been working at PA Consulting full-time

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

    Pros

    Skilled and inspiring colleagues and also some great leaders. I loved working here the first 6 years...

    Cons

    The company is struggling to hold onto its niche, and has recently started a strategic turn around where technology and innovation plays a significant role. Sadly this also means that a rather large part of the consultants will have difficulties fitting in to the future PA. Being on a market where experienced advisor skills are highly priced, I fear that some of the greatest consultants will be tempted to seek other opportunities, thus draining the company for talent. PA seems to be a in a strategic flux, which also implies that there currently is no common goal. Instead there are many hollow ambitions of growth, with no real actions behind them.

    Advice to Management

    Having worked for PA for about a decade, I know that PA consultant are committed to delivering great work for their clients. If only the management could share the same respect and dedication for their employees, the company would be a great.place to work. I know It used to be.


  6. Helpful (2)

    Great opportunities - up to you what you make of them

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

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

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

    Pros

    good overall reward package interesting client work (highlights of my career) really smart people senior leaders CEO + COO are inspiring

    Cons

    partners are often not good leaders (or good 'people people') London office is short of space performance management system forces a profile (so top 10% always get a 4 and bottom 10% get a 1)


  7. Great internship, great introduction to science & tech consulting

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Intern in Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)
    Former Intern - Intern in Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)

    I worked at PA Consulting as an intern (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Really enjoyed my time here; I got to work with a wide range of people from all disciplines, and hear about current projects in all sorts of areas. The project I was assigned was interesting with lots of different angles to work on, so that I always had something interesting to switch to. I was on a joint project with another intern, which brought together two different areas of the business - so I was constantly learning new things. The other interns were great to work with, as well as the analysts and consultants. The focus on presentation and the underlying business model as much as the technical aspects was good, and has really made me look at consulting as a possible career, when previously I'd ignored it. Highly recommend.

    Cons

    The site isn't city central - finding short-term accommodation for an internship can be tricky. However, I can see this would be great for a full-time job, so take your pick.

    Advice to Management

    Help interns get in contact well before the start date - it would've been great to flatshare or something similar with other interns during the internship.


  8. Great people doing interesting work.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 a year)

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

    Pros

    Working with smart, motivated people makes the job hugely enjoyable. Also getting to do interesting work solving client's toughest challenges.

    Cons

    There is an expectation to do work outside the 9-5 if you want to progress. Smart work is rewarded.

    Advice to Management

    Now's a good time to invest in growth. Sometimes consider following our own advice around Business Change more.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Best company worked for so far

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at PA Consulting full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great company, smart people, varied work, great benefits

    Cons

    Need to work hard over beyond normal work to progress

    Advice to Management

    Focus on markets outside of public sector


  10. Excellent start for any graduate

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

    I worked at PA Consulting full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Very supportive company that encourage you to take ownership of your personal development

    Cons

    Office space was cut down making it quite cramped in the head office however most of the time you are on client site anyway.


  11. Excellent in every aspect except pay level and management

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.



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