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L.E.K. Consulting Reviews

Updated January 21, 2019
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  • "Work life balance becomes an issue at times" (in 64 reviews)

  • "Long hours (but it's expected of consulting)" (in 75 reviews)

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  1. "Associate"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Really friendly people
    Lots of fun events planned throughout the year (Christmas Party, Halloween)

    Cons

    Long hours (but it's expected of consulting)
    Not as much travel as MBB


  2. "Strong career accelerator"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Good pay, minimal travel, fast paced, early management experience

    Cons

    Long hours, limited project diversity

  3. "Tons of opportunity and learning, but tough culture"

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    Current Employee - Senior Associate Consultant
    Current Employee - Senior Associate Consultant
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    A ton of opportunity to learn
    Exposure to many industries and teams
    Constantly being challenged

    Cons

    Difficult lifestyle that inevitably leads to burnout


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Associate"

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

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

    Pros

    - Fun, social colleagues
    - Steep learning curve and will come out with more technical skills than other other consulting firms

    Cons

    - COMPENSATION, without a doubt. We are not competitive with other consulting firms and management tries to lie to themselves that we are but open your eyes because we have problems with recruiting top talent because our compensation is not competitive. Promotion raises are minimal as well as, and a major factor for our retention problem

    -HR is terrible, they don't care about the needs of the employees

    - Allocations

    - Upper management does not seem to care about any of their Associates, who are the driving force behind this organization

    - No work life balance

    Advice to Management

    Pay your employees more and actually take into consideration their needs


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Great consulting staff but HR has real problems"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Short cases = Fast growth, Partners and Managers are really effective

    Cons

    U.S. HR and allocations play favorites and can be extremely tedious and painful to work with

    Advice to Management

    Change people in HR and allocations


  6. "Consultant"

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    Current Employee - Senior Consultant
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Steep learning curve prepares you to solve strategic business problems and manage talented, intelligent teams

    Interesting, impactful cases using traditional and novel market research and analytical tools

    Early and broad client exposure at the C level

    Cons

    Long hours and high expectations

    Advice to Management

    Be more transparent of the challenges and expectations of direct from MBA hires.


  7. "XX"

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    Current Employee - Summer Associate in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Summer Associate in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at L.E.K. Consulting (Less than a year)

    Pros

    - good salary
    -industry exposure
    -constant review
    -no travel

    Cons

    -high burn
    -not a ton of responsibility early
    - primary research heavy

  8. Helpful (3)

    "Experience is luck of the draw"

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    Former Employee - Associate in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Associate in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Incredibly talented and intelligent associates and consultants, reasonable pay, nice offices

    Cons

    Sweatshop, extremely long hours (16+ commonly), arbitrary review cycle, very low retention rate

    Advice to Management

    The tendency to oversell and staff cases with minimal staffing kills employee morale. The Chicago office does not take this into account during reviews, effectively punishing employees for the cases they are allocated to.


  9. Helpful (10)

    "Post-MBA role is terrible"

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    Current Employee - Consultant in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Consultant in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Some smart and friendly colleagues, especially the Associates
    -A few great Managing Directors (but few and far between)

    Cons

    -Terrible, terrible hours with no sympathy for life. It's part of the culture.
    -Long times between promotions and 'next step up' often doesn't change job
    -Below market compensation
    -Limited exit options
    -U.S. HR is abysmal but seems to run the company

    Advice to Management

    Be kind to your people and staff cases properly. You are stuck in a cycle of recruiting worse and worse people and running teams leaner and leaner. Invest in your people and they'll stop leaving.


  10. "Associate"

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    Current Employee - Associate in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Associate in Los Angeles, CA

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

    Pros

    No travel and short cases for additional exposure to multiple industries

    Cons

    Long hours
    Associates are giving some mundane tasks