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L.E.K. Consulting Reviews

Updated July 8, 2018
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Pros
  • "Continued efforts to manage staff work-life-balance" (in 16 reviews)

  • "You learn a lot in a very short amount of time" (in 15 reviews)

Cons
  • "Projects are demanding and its it hard to maintain work life balance" (in 61 reviews)

  • "Long hours; Significant time spent on administrative tasks" (in 67 reviews)

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  1. "Associate Consultant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    The people are nice and generally smart

    Cons

    The hours can get long


  2. "Great exit options, but be prepared to prioritize work above all else - still a lot of growing pains"

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    Current Employee - Associate
    Current Employee - Associate
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great exit options - constantly contacted by recruiters, learn valuable and marketable hard and soft skills at an incredible pace

    Cons

    Burnout due to zero personal life (e.g., 1-2 months straight of consistent 2 am + nights on bad cases), and unpredictability (e.g., find out Monday morning when you are on said bad case, with not even weekend to mentally prepare). Inadequate back-office support staff makes the job more difficult (e.g., IT, poor I.P. retention systems). Generally, L.E.K. pinches pennies in the wrong places, leading to sense that you are number in their sweatshop. Mentors are hard to find. Limited client exposure - do not come to L.E.K if client interaction is what you are working for, and be aware your first 1-2 years will be spent in a phone booth

    Advice to Management

    Beef up core services, especially knowledge management and IT.

  3. "Challenging hours"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Interesting work, great learning experience, and smart coworkers

    Cons

    Most weeks are ~60 hours. Gradually wears down your health, relationships, and happiness


  4. "Tough post-MBA role"

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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

    Pros

    You can see a number of industries quickly. People are driven to do their best work and to be challenged.

    Cons

    Hours are rough. Obviously, it's consulting, but there is not much of an ebb or flow, just constant heavy workweeks and the long hours don't seem to contribute to a better deliverable or answer.
    Little to no coaching. Lots of what "you're not doing," but no real collaboration on how to improve in those areas. It doesn't seem that greater effort contributes to better results. Few partners that a career-switching MBA can relate to.

    Advice to Management

    I would like to see a partner that has some level of compassion for their people and for their development.


  5. "Senior Associate"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good pay (Same as MBB)
    Great learning (Excel analysis, strategic thinking)
    Fast pace (Average case length ~4 weeks)
    No travel
    Very marketable after you leave

    Cons

    Partners-Won't know who you are (even if you're a top performer)
    No work-life balance (70-80 hour weeks, much higher than MBB)
    Not a lot of investment-training is on an as-needed basis given the time constraint of working so many hours
    No client visibility
    90% private equity projects (Longer hours, less interesting)
    Understaffed projects-Partners prefer burning employees for higher margins
    High turnover

    Advice to Management

    Invest and care for your employees.
    The root of almost all the problems mentioned above can be fixed with hiring more staff, and focusing on retention (addresses under-staffing issues, improves learning opportunities work-life balance > retention)


  6. "Good paycheck, no work life balance"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    No travel, good paycheck (same as MBB), diversity of projects.

    Cons

    No exposure to the clients (which limits your exit options), very hierarchical culture, no life work balance (70-80 hours per week).


  7. "Business Development Manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great place to work, intellectually challenging....

    Cons

    View of hours worked is misguided

  8. "Associate"

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

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

    Pros

    Employees learn a lot very quickly.

    Cons

    The hours are very high, particularly in spring and summer, as many employees have quit as a result of the total lack of work-life balance, yet the partners continue to sell projects as if the firm is fully staffed. Very few people stay at the firm long term as a result.

    Advice to Management

    Make limiting the hours of employees a priority; it currently does not seem to be one.


  9. "Engagement Manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fast paced, dynamic, work environment
    Highly motivated colleagues
    Interesting high impact projects
    Young and fun culture

    Cons

    Projects are demanding and its it hard to maintain work life balance
    Standards are set extremely high and there is little tolerance for sub-par workproduct

    Advice to Management

    Can continue to invest in creating a sustainable work environment
    Should look for ways to ensure teams are not overworked, as high performers often burn out


  10. "not a great atmosphere to work in"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Nice office, small tight knit feel

    Cons

    sweat shop, don't get paid enough, very hierarchical


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