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PA Consulting Reviews in United Kingdom

Updated January 13, 2015
Updated January 13, 2015
165 Reviews
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Pros
  • good work life balance if you are a PA Partner and in the club (in 20 reviews)

  • Variety of work, progressive pay, very employee share plan, great people to work with (in 14 reviews)


Cons
  • the work life balance can be terrible (depending on the job) (in 13 reviews)

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

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  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 an year)

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    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)

    Pros

    Independent firm with wide ranging expertise

    Cons

    struggle to deal with regional businesses in business model

    growth is difiicult

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  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 an year)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good place to start or finish your career

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  6.  

    Consultant Analyst

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 an year)

    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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    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 an year)

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great rewarding career

    • 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 8 years)

    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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Varied

    • 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 3 years)

    Pros

    Entrepreneurial, Friendly, Opportunistic, Talented, Collaborative approach

    Cons

    Talent Management
    Consistency
    Cross Practice collaboration
    Training and Development
    Salary

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on your talent

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Thoughtful and friendly firm

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

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

    Pros

    Really strong teams, collaborative approach to help clients as individuals. Focus on getting the job done and having a happy client, no need to work late all the time.

    Cons

    Lack of transparency on reward which can result in lots of hard work with little gain. Also, there is a 3 month delay between promotion /bonus decisions and pay rises, even at junior grades.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 6 people found this helpful  

    Think carefully - V good people at consultancy level - but very poor mgnt and people skills at Partner level

    • 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 3 years)

    Pros

    - good people in the mid and lower levels of the consultancy organisation
    - good if you live in Gloucestershire
    - good if you are into small app development -and mobile apps
    - good work life balance if you are a PA Partner and in the club
    - good for a few years experience for graduates
    - internal training quality is good largely due to to the fact the trainers generally get all their yearly bonuses and it's a stable life/work lifestyle so it's better than trying to get utilised as a consultant

    Cons

    - basic pay is (10%) below others in the top consultancy market however PA make a big thing about bonuses and share options - but beware - what is promised at interview never materialises - I had 96% + plus utilisation one year (working away from home) and still got a poor bonus because I was 9 or 10 th in the queue in my group - this is because there are people sitting on Government projects (for years 8 to 10 in some cases )in the West Country who are billing at 120% utilisation !!! (overtime billing or some other call out con) and they are living up the road in Gloucestershire so still get back home at 6/7 pm. - you cannot win as these guys get all the bonus pool every year whilst living like an employee and not a consultant.

    - the general personnel management - ie at the designated Management Consultant and Partner level is appalling - I had more personal management skills than these guys but because I was below these grades I could not provide official management direction or support - crazy

    - the attrition rate is mega - recently the whole Business Intelligence team below Partner went to Accenture. Reason: poor Partner Leadership and lack of funding and investment in the group. Other groups in PA are not dissimilar

    - the Partner Group are a club - any new dynamic partners get frozen out and given insufficient support - their ideas, vision etc get squashed - and then they leave for a more dynamic enterprises.

    - PA have been squeezed out of big IT transformation projects - they will have few a consultants dotted around but fail to secure big contracts ( apart from government ) - so often chasing £50- 200k engagements at best.

    - office culture is dismal - physically battery hen comes to mind - toilets too few so disgusting not sure how they get away with this maybe because they say to governing officials that all employees should be at client site ? - culturally they make a big thing about networking - great - however in reality everybody just pays lip service to this 'core' philosophy - it is in the HR tick list to get a good yearly score - however it does not come from the heart neither is it part of the undermining culture ethos of the organisation - Partners are worst at this - try first to get them to meet with you and next when they do they mostly offer no value. The Partners mostly lack any charisma inside/outside the workplace - creatives stay away !

    - PA confidence in their employees to work from home is none existent. I've run two of my own businesses from home so am used to the home ethic when not on client site and yet they still they insist I travel up to 2hrs to their offices when i'm not with a client ??

    - HR worst I've ever come in contact with - it's an upward or out culture - please Google the PIP process for PA Consulting - it's their method of getting rid of older/expensive employees or people they have recruited by mistake .
    without providing a financial exit package - it's unbelievable and immoral.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you had it in the heart to be a great Organisation you would have done it already sadly you are are all self concerned and will struggle to achieve greatness.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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