PA Consulting Reviews

Updated April 22, 2015
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  1. Great internship, great introduction to science & tech consulting

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

  2. Great opportunities - up to you what you make of them

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

  3. Great people doing interesting work.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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 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.

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  5. 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

  6. Excellent start for any graduate

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 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.

  7. Excellent in every aspect except pay level and management

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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.

  8. Average management consulting firm with some good people.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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.

  9. Helpful (3)

    Stepping stone

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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

  10. Helpful (1)

    Great consultancy that focusses on people

    • 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 (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

  11. Helpful (3)

    PA can be average

    • 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 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.

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