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L.E.K. Consulting Reviews

Updated April 19, 2018
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  • Work / life balance seems worse at L (in 57 reviews)

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

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  1. "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


  2. "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

  3. "Consultant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great People to work with

    Cons

    Sweat Shop and the hours can be long

    Advice to Management

    Continue to do the great work, but find a way to help work/life


  4. "Good"

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

    Pros

    Good challenging job, don't mind it most of the time

    Cons

    Longer hours can become a drag


  5. "Great people"

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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 (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Amazing people who will challenge you to develop, coach you along the way, and toast your successes.

    Cons

    Same as any strategy consulting firm... your hours can be at the mercy of the client or project, although LEK tries to shield teams from the worst of the excesses.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to draw the same caliber of people as you continue to grow and expand.


  6. "review"

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

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

    Pros

    L.E.K. runs teams lean compared to other consulting firms, meaning all team members will have meaningful step-up opportunities and more responsibility / ownership relative to their peers at other firms, earlier in their careers. The work is generally interesting, and the learning curve is steep. This job will keep you learning and challenged.

    Cons

    Work / life balance seems worse at L.E.K. relative to other firms,because of the lean structure. Most projects are under-staffed. There is almost zero time on the beach in between intense projects (maybe a day or two... a week max if you're very lucky, vs. other firms seem to have longer / more consistent stretches). In addition, L.E.K. does more due diligences than other consulting firms, contributing to more intense / short projects with worse work / life balance. In addition, there are no systems / processes in place to retain talent that is burned out. Staff can go part-time or on sabbatical, but that is not an attractive or long-term solution.

    Advice to Management

    Staff the teams with more associates. It will slightly eat at your margins in the short-term but do wonders for staff retention, team productivity, and client output.


  7. "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

    Diverse set of projects to work on
    Smart, talented, and fun group of employees
    Great post-consulting career opportunities
    Dynamic work environment that allows you to constantly grow and learn
    Extensive professional development trainings

    Cons

    Work/life balance is virtually non-existent, with typical work hours between 65 and 70 hours a week. While LEK is looking to improve these hours, it is difficult to do so given project under-staffing, reluctance to push back on ad-hoc client requests , and a firm-wide mentality that midnight is a reasonable hour to still be working. There is also a fair amount of networking necessary to be staffed on projects in certain industries

    Advice to Management

    Dedicate resources to improve work/life balance, as well as to ensure employees are staffed on projects that match their career interests (in line with offerings of other consulting firms)

  8. "Awful work life balance, good exit opportunties"

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    Former Employee - Associate in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Associate in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Truly drink from a fire-hose
    You learn a lot in a very short amount of time
    You will learn how to build slides, conduct rigorous analysis, be very organized

    Cons

    Terrible terrible terrible work life balance

    Advice to Management

    Look out for your people


  9. "Great place to start a career"

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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

    Great training in modeling and slide building. Light travel. Great office culture.

    Cons

    Long and unpredictable hours because of staffing. Low client interaction as a junior team member.

    Advice to Management

    Invite Associate-level team members to present findings to client, rather than just senior team members


  10. "good place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    lots of hard charging partners. great opportunity to learn

    Cons

    a bit of a sweat shop


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