PA Consulting Reviews

Updated June 17, 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. Great place to work

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at PA Consulting full-time

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

    Pros

    Great leave policy and benefits. Very little micro managing and good flexibility.

    Cons

    Being able to work with management oversees could be difficult at times purely because of the time difference, but a great experience to work with so many people overseas.


  2. Not a good place to start. Come back in 10 years

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

    I have been working at PA Consulting

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Cutting edge work. Good hours.

    Cons

    Little support for younger staff. No formal expectations or learning program. Disorganized. You can slip through the cracks.

    Advice to Management

    Work harder to retain younger staff. Discord between partners is very clear.


  3. Overall Review

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

    I have been working at PA Consulting full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    People focused, good work life balance

    Cons

    Limited opportunity to move to projects within your area of interest, depending on market


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Okay company to start out in consulting

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

    I worked at PA Consulting

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

    Pros

    Good place to start in consulting - as you get pulled into proposal work and all kinds of analysis work all the time, and the MC(their equivalent of Senior Managers) and Partners are always excited to leverage any contacts, relationships or ideas you have, as they are always looking for another sales lead (as they should be!) and you have plenty of opportunities to get engaged.

    Cons

    While there is plenty of opportunities to be engaged, its often driven by the desperate need to find work. They have not been very successful in converting their success in the UK market to wins in the US market. There is a tendency to over-analyze and theorize (in managing their business - i.e client project delivery and sometimes proposals, and lot of it centers around people and personalities). However, there are exceptions to that culture, a couple of senior folks I had worked with were very pragmatic, and bright, and I would certainly welcome an opportunity to work with them elsewhere, or in a 'transformed' PA.

    Advice to Management

    While understanding client personalities is extremely important, a more simplistic approach, trusting your people, who work hard to win and deliver work, might help turn things around, especially in the US market.


  6. great place for the ambitious go-getter who doesn't mind fending for themselves

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

    I have been working at PA Consulting

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

    Pros

    smart people and great leadership team, great place for ambitious, self starters who like doing interesting, demanding work

    Cons

    lack of brand awareness in US, lack of work in local markets, lack of training/professional development

    Advice to Management

    invest more in the development of your people - the limited internal training is not enough. identify and incent your top talent, make the path to promotion/advancement clearer


  7. Helpful (1)

    A great consulting career if you can stomach the corporate aspects

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • 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 full-time (More than 5 years)

    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Intelligent, motivated and friendly colleagues
    Good variety of projects
    Flat hierarchy enables access to all levels of consulting
    Excellent training and development courses delivered by active consultants and partners

    Cons

    Bonuses poor for non-partners
    Performance management is inconsistent, subjective and obsessed with utilisation vs. other measures
    Expense reimbursment is complex, manual and not arcane

    Advice to Management

    Change business model to remove barriers to collaboration and investment in growth
    Knowledge worker productivity...?
    Be more visible and open with staff - C-level is often invisible and detached


  8. Amazing people, operations lean more towards the archaic, old-white-guy paternalism.

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    • Culture & Values
    • 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 full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    The people I work with are truly brilliant and experienced professionals. I continuously find myself building both sector and service knowledge and skills. It's a fun place to work and has an office that is much more collegial than I'd expect in a consulting firm.

    Cons

    Operationally, PA takes a command and control approach. New tools are developed, for example, but the company doesn't apply basic change management techniques and wonder why staff don't use their new tools. The operations group VERY RARELY asks for user input. Regular consultants aren't even informed that major projects are under way that will affect day-to-day activities. Changes are announced, but with little reason as to why or how the decision came about.

    Advice to Management

    Seek out consultants opinions and expertise for operational aspects. We are all shareholders, yet we are only indirectly asked for help to improve how it's run. Be sensitive that the US business is very different from the UK. Applying the same business model to both will inevitably lead to inefficiency, disgruntled staff, and missed commercial opportunities. The truth is that people love PA and want to make it the best company it can, but are not included nor asked to participate in that process.


  9. An exciting range of client assignments and opportunity to effect change and influence management decisions.

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

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

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

    Pros

    The PA team draws from a variety of backgrounds and works well globally, so a multinational client, for example, can be served cross-border.

    Cons

    Sometimes longer assignments can become tiresome, especially if extensive travel is involved to remote locations.


  10. Pretentious

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

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

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

    Pros

    Aura of self importance comes with the job

    Cons

    Aura of self importance translates to smugness


  11. A great consulting firm with a conservative culture

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

    I worked at PA Consulting full-time (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Many PA projects were Global 100 clienteles with substantial senior management interaction.

    Excellent training opportunities (outside project works).

    Most peers and partners were very nice and helpful.

    Cons

    The firm culture was generally less aggressive than others and overly focused on bottom line.



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