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Updated March 9, 2017
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Pros
  • Firm efforts to support work-life balance despite the high demands of management consultants (e (in 14 reviews)

  • You will learn a lot, through sheer blunt force of hours invested (in 13 reviews)

Cons
  • Work/life balance hard to handle (in 51 reviews)

  • Still long hours, sometimes quite hectic but no different from other consulting firms (in 58 reviews)

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  1. "Great Associate Consultant Program from Top Firm"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate Consultant in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Associate Consultant in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at L.E.K. Consulting full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Excellent learning environment particularly for strategy and private equity at a truly top-tier firm that often wins business from Bain, McKinsey, BCG

    Cons

    Intense casework and long hours

    Advice to Management

    Continue working with entry-level employees on smart ways to help them increase their leverage on research projects


  2. Helpful (4)

    "Don't do it"

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    Former Employee - Associate
    Former Employee - Associate
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at L.E.K. Consulting full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Really great culture at least among the associates, people seem to really like eachother for the most part.

    Cons

    First and foremost your entire first year is spent basically as a receptionist / telemarketer - your responsibilities include and are essentially completely limited to: cold calling and emailing people to the point where you're annoying them to obtain and schedule interviews. You'll do a ton of 2-week due diligences on industries you've never heard of with 50+ interviews, pulling 80+ hour weeks (packed in 5 days, because the firm tries to pretend to care and gives you your weekends usually) and not getting even one day in between to rest. Everyone is so stressed all the time because projects are constantly understaffed in order to allow partners to bring home the most money possible (this is part of the reason why you don't see that many employees at recruiting events - everyone else is too busy), and partners are always pushing for "step-up opportunities" which otherwise means you're just getting paid less to perform the same function for them. Zero control over your staffing - it's a black box and no one knows how you get allocated. You're getting paid less than you would be at other firms and NO 401K MATCH.

    Advice to Management

    Stop being so greedy. You all act like you don't know how bad it is for those underneath you but we know you do, you just don't do anything about it.


  3. "Great place to start off"

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    Current Employee - Associate in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Associate in Boston, MA

    I have been working at L.E.K. Consulting full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Very strong team and collaborative culture. Lots of sincere and meaningful efforts to help manage work / life balance

    Cons

    Very structured environment which has its advantages and drawbacks. Perks like swap, secondment etc. are more difficult to arrange than advertised.


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  5. "Excellent working experience"

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    Current Employee - Manager in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Manager in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at L.E.K. Consulting full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Very interesting work, great team, low travel, very fast promotions

    Cons

    Hours can be long and sometimes unpredictable


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Smart people, long hours, terrible management culture"

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    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at L.E.K. Consulting full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    -Really bright staff hired from top schools
    -Good exit opportunities for junior staff to B-School, PE, or industry. Exit opportunities diminish up the ranks.
    -High performance culture (see cons). You will learn a lot, through sheer blunt force of hours invested.

    Cons

    -Overworked all the way through the Partner ranks, driven very senior partners driving very aggressive revenue growth targets. Be prepared to deal with burnout, even in the Partner ranks.
    -Many partners want nothing to do with project teams after a project is sold, treating case team meetings like an annoyance. This is especially obvious with most senior partners. There is very limited collaboration, brainstorming or general thought development with Partners. Instead, a culture of fear surrounds most Partner meetings. Fear of saying something half-baked and being aggressively torn down drives many staff to stay quiet, suppressing ideas and leading to worse case outcomes. There are a few amazing Partners that seem to care about team development, learning, and knowledge sharing. Unfortunately, they were few and far-between in my experience.
    -Very high utilization on high-intensity projects (i.e., back-to-back-to-back PE CDD work, especially in Chicago/Boston offices)
    -Very few industry-leading, innovative company clients (some exceptions in the Life Sciences and Aviation practices). A lot of mid-market work or second-tier projects outside the C-suite at larger clients.
    -A general lack of LEK brand awareness hurts job prospecting outside a few key industries.

    Advice to Management

    -Demand partners (especially senior partners, who drive the culture) take a more-active role in mentoring staff and driving collaboration.
    -Give staff a break (even if just a few days) between CDDs. Don't keep the same staff on CDDs for extended periods.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Do your homework and know what you're getting into"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at L.E.K. Consulting full-time

    Pros

    Highly collaborative environment with incredibly bright colleagues

    Cons

    Highly unpredictable schedule, little control over work-life balance, lower impact at the pre-MBA level

    Advice to Management

    Find a way to make it sustainable because right now it just isn't - people get burnt out so quickly from the hours and lack of appreciation


  8. "Associate Consultant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at L.E.K. Consulting full-time

    Pros

    Very good training & salary

    Cons

    Long hours; Significant time spent on administrative tasks


  9. "Solid Place to Start"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    - Great experience
    - Wide range of case work
    - Learn quickly

    Cons

    - Unpredictable hours
    - Unmanageable work-life balance


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Not for everyone"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate
    Current Employee - Associate
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at L.E.K. Consulting full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great salary and way to learn a lot right out of college. Fun, collegial atmosphere. Strong in airlines, retail, and industrials

    Cons

    A certain type of robot succeeds at LEK. Mere mortals or extraordinary individuals will likely not be suited for the job. Considers profit share to be sufficient in place of 401k matching

    Advice to Management

    Value your employees, even if they don't have MBAs. We will do better as a firm if we can retain more, happier consulting staff


  11. "Fantastic place to start a career"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Consultant in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Associate Consultant in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at L.E.K. Consulting (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    You develop an impressive skill set and, more importantly, work with fantastic people. We do interesting work for a wide array of clients and industries.

    Cons

    It's hard, but worth it

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up. Lot of lifestyle improvements over the last few years (which is impressive given we have been selling projects like hot cakes for 3 years)

    Maybe hire a few more folks each go-round



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