L.E.K. Consulting Reviews

Updated May 16, 2021

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L.E.K. Consulting Global Managing Partner Stuart Jackson
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Pros
  • "good learning experience, character building, meet great people(in 35 reviews)

  • "Steep learning curve and interesting niche sectors(in 28 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "Long hours, people would usually be working long into the evening(in 122 reviews)

  • "long working hours but nothing out of the ordinary for consulting(in 43 reviews)

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    1. 5.0
      Current Employee

      Great culture, opportunities

      May 1, 2021 - Associate in Los Angeles, CA
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      Pros

      Good working culture, WLB, protected weekends, summer fridays and off by 6 one day a week.

      Cons

      can only get up to 20% of salary as profit share, long hours

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    2. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      The reason to join... is to exit

      May 8, 2021 - Associate Consultant 
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      Pros

      I only rate LEK highly because of the strength of the exit opps. The opportunities are great if you reach for them. After my two year mark I would get interesting opportunities in PE, PE ops, VC, Strategy, and (oddly) data science teams in my inbox and LinkedIn every week. When I started to actively recruit I was able to get interviews in the industry and function of my choice with ease. My thinking is... treat the company like it treats its employees. Extract what value you can, then leave.

      Cons

      Partners and managers are incentivized to extract every bit of productive work out of As and Cs. This leads to high hours - 60-70 hour weeks for most. Not all ~65 hour weeks are created equally. At LEK the intensity of each hour is high, there's rarely a moment for a breather, I'm grateful if I can catch a 15-30 minute lunch and a 30 minute dinner before working til midnight or later. I am not one to get burnt out, but most As would complain to me about their feelings of burnout, which I definitely sympathize with. With hours and intensity at such high levels, the compensation feels low, especially when normalized for hours. After 1 year, the absolute comp and $/hr that you can get in industry is greater, and depending on the company, the trajectory can be just as fast.

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    3. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Great learning opp., room for improvement in company culture

      Jan 12, 2021 - Senior Associate Consultant 
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      Pros

      Very smart associates; interesting work; great learning opportunities for leading teams, strategy work, PE exposure, etc.

      Cons

      Large lack of diversity in the firm, especially above manager level; hard to manage work life balance for years on end without a break; leadership acknowledges a need to improve culture (e.g., to be more inclusive, to be closer to social issues), but leadership as a whole seems to lack internal motivation to change things (saying without doing, promoting the wrong people)

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    4. 4.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Great place to start

      Nov 5, 2020 - Associate Consultant in Boston, MA
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      Pros

      As with other consulting companies, L.E.K. is a wonderful place to begin your career. The breadth and depth of the content you are exposed to, as well as the diverse skill set you acquire, effectively set you up for almost anything you want to do. The newer generation of partners (i.e., the ones with kids) seem to have found a better balance between taking care of their case teams and providing a good product for clients. Many were very accessible, and happy to serve as mentors in the capacity they were able to.

      Cons

      At L.E.K., you could draw a few good cases and work 50-55 hours / week for a while, or you could get thrown on a string of Due Diligences and get crushed with 70 hour weeks for a month- its really about the case, the competence of the manager, and the competence of the Consultant (for Associates) The Consultant issue is the biggest systemic problem at L.E.K.. The company, in an effort to get top talent out of business schools, effectively throws recently graduated MBA's who can barely tie their shoes into a position of enormous responsibility. While many learn quickly, some never do, and they spend two years torturing Associates until they're finally fired.

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    5. 4.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Great team dynamics, feedback loop with leadership could be improved

      Apr 8, 2021 - Associate 
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      Pros

      Great mentoring If you're really driven, you can take on additional growth opportunities, but this takes a lot of extra effort on top of an already-demanding job

      Cons

      Really slow to implement changes Feedback goes into a bit of a black box - MDs say they can't make process changes at the office level Very poor D&I when I was there, but they've since hired a D&I coordinator at the national level

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    6. 2.0
      Current Employee

      Sweat Shop, but decent exit opportunities

      May 12, 2021 - Consultant in Chicago, IL
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      Pros

      Pay, prestige, and can get alot of experience very quickly as projects only last about ~5-6 weeks on average

      Cons

      Long hours, MDs play favorites with staff and hardly no diversity whatsoever

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    7. 2.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      You will learn a lot at LEK but consider your options before taking that offer!

      Jan 23, 2021 - Associate Consultant in Boston, MA
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      Pros

      1) You would learn a lot! 2) The pay is OK ( relative to other career paths but lower than what you'll get at other consulting firms for a similar amount of work )

      Cons

      1) Hours are really long. You have no life outside of work 2) Expectations are unreasonable 3) HR is absolutely unhelpful and employees are treated like they do not matter 4) Really can't trust anyone 5) Turnover is unbelievable 6) Lower pay relative to other consulting firms. You are likely to receive only 30% of the stated bonus on your offer letter. No 401k matching

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    8. 5.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      Great camaraderie and learning

      Mar 25, 2021 - Associate Consultant in New York, NY
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      Pros

      Great people, great mentorship, fast exposure to fast-paced and high profile projects, strong support from senior staff (e.g., partners)

      Cons

      Long- hours, little break between projects, due diligence projects lacked post-merger integration aspects, may be hard to get on projects that are not VDDs and CDDs

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    9. 5.0
      Former Employee

      Case Team

      Apr 12, 2021 - Case Team 
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      Pros

      The culture and pay was really good

      Cons

      The hours were really long

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    10. 4.0
      Current Employee

      great learning environment

      Apr 7, 2021 - Associate in Chicago, IL
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      Pros

      Awesome culture, down to earth people, interesting problems to tackle

      Cons

      Work life balance is non-existent

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