L.E.K. Consulting Reviews

Updated Jul 8, 2020

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L.E.K. Consulting Global Managing Partner Stuart Jackson
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194 Ratings
Pros
  • "Great people - especially at the associate level(in 28 reviews)

  • "Steep learning curve with responsibilities from day 1(in 25 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    "Great Place to learn and have fun while work!"

    5.0
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Innovation Consultant in Lindau (Bodensee)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at L.E.K. Consulting part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Always open for improvements Fun Team Great support from Management

    Cons

    Small company, not the financial power to pay the big salaries.

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  2. "Great place to start career and build skills"

    5.0
    Current Employee - Associate 

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

    Pros

    - Competitive pay - Exposure to PE work

    Cons

    - 4 Years to MBA track is longer than other consulting firms

  3. COVID-19
    Helpful (1)

    "Challenging work, good people"

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at L.E.K. Consulting full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    -lots of learning & development in a short amount of time -sense of camaraderie in associates

    Cons

    -high hours, poor work life balance - wfh during COVID is difficult

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  4. Helpful (1)

    "Diminishing Returns After A2 Year"

    3.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate 
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great initial exposure to lots of different industries, lots of opportunities to develop quant skills and communication skills

    Cons

    If you don't enjoy the job, it's a really bad place to be at. L.E.K. is really only sustainable if you *really* love L.E.K. a lot.

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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Great career opportunity"

    5.0
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Consultant in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at L.E.K. Consulting full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Peers and colleagues, office culture, fast pace, pay, no Mon-Thurs travel so hours are the same as the consulting average but you go home at night

    Cons

    unpredictability of hours, lean teams, short timelines

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  6. Helpful (2)

    "Gained consulting skills but horrible work environment"

    1.0
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    Former Employee - Consultant in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at L.E.K. Consulting full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    - Definitely built core consulting skills - Coworkers are motivated and smart

    Cons

    - Vast majority of projects are churn and burn due diligences - Managers aren't taught to manage and are generally incredibly stressed, so they are harsh and critical. You get a win, and the topic is immediately "how do we get the next win?" There is no acknowledgement of good work. - Partners are INCREDIBLY biased and pick their favorites, sometimes un-deserved, generally focused on if you fit the culture. There is definitely a gender and racial bias. No question. - No real training or development. You either figure it out yourself or you don't succeed - You are randomly put on projects without regard for your personal development or schedule. You need to develop your analytical skills? Tough luck, someone else is staffed to do the model (and they're on a time crunch so you have no time to shadow them to learn). You have a week-long vacation in week 2 of a 4-week project? You're still staffed during it so you're stressed about falling behind in understanding what's going on while you're on "vacation". There's also a chance you're working on vacation. - I've seen a non-negligible amount of people get health problems related to stress and there is no mechanism in place for people to take time off without going on disability.

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  7. Helpful (3)

    "Associate"

    2.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at L.E.K. Consulting full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Quick paced learning about how obscure markets work, short cases

    Cons

    Industry exposure is fairly limited, nature of the work mainly involves due diligence research, work life balance is nonexistent, strict hierarchical culture, lack of diversity among senior leadership

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  8. Helpful (1)

    "Tasks are interesting, but office culture is toxic and unsupportive"

    2.0
    Former Employee - Associate 

    I worked at L.E.K. Consulting full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    manageable hours, friendly colleagues, little to no travel requirements

    Cons

    high turnover rates, misogynistic/predatory culture, lack of training/investment into staff, understaffed

  9. "Difficult work environment, smart people, high pressure"

    2.0
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    Former Employee - Consultant in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at L.E.K. Consulting full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Intense work style; Quantitative Projects; Excel skills will be built; Heavy responsibility and Interaction with Internal Stakeholders (although not External); PowerPoint Skills; Diligence Work (If that is what you want); People are smart and talented, although minimal time will be spent networking, socializing, or doing tasks that are non-work related,

    Cons

    Cons Long Hours, Intense speed on projects, High expectations, Lack of feedback on cases, Cases are extremely short and very similar in style (either diligence, strategy work which is very diligence like), Minimal to zero client interaction, Work is repetitive and job can be repetitive (Projects mirror each other, minimal beach time, 2,3,4 week DDs are sold), Training is shorter than it should be, Alumni network is not that strong and you will be required to build your departure on your own terms, Hours can be long, Firm pride and camaraderie is low because your value is in execution and in getting the work done (think a lot of slide output in a short amount of time is expected), Firm will cut people every 6 months if performance is not up to expectations . Training is short and after the 1 week orientation all training will be not a full week and you will likely be staffed on a case concurrently.

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  10. "Great place to learn, long hours"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Consultant in Boston, MA

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

    Pros

    - Friendly, collaborative atmosphere - Fast-paced

    Cons

    - Long hours - Fewer "perks" than some other consulting firms

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