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L.E.K. Consulting Reviews

Updated December 5, 2017
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Pros
  • You can reach more meaningful work life balance once you (in 15 reviews)

  • You will learn a lot, through sheer blunt force of hours invested (in 13 reviews)

Cons
  • Work-life balance could be better (in 51 reviews)

  • It can be a bit of a sweat shop; management has focused largely on growth via increased reliance on due diligences which necessitate long hours (in 65 reviews)

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  1. "Associate Consultant"

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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

    Very good training & salary

    Cons

    Long hours; Significant time spent on administrative tasks


  2. "Solid Place to Start"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    - Great experience
    - Wide range of case work
    - Learn quickly

    Cons

    - Unpredictable hours
    - Unmanageable work-life balance

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Not for everyone"

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

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

    Pros

    Great salary and way to learn a lot right out of college. Fun, collegial atmosphere. Strong in airlines, retail, and industrials

    Cons

    A certain type of robot succeeds at LEK. Mere mortals or extraordinary individuals will likely not be suited for the job. Considers profit share to be sufficient in place of 401k matching

    Advice to Management

    Value your employees, even if they don't have MBAs. We will do better as a firm if we can retain more, happier consulting staff


  4. "Fantastic place to start a career"

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    Current Employee - Associate Consultant in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Associate Consultant in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    You develop an impressive skill set and, more importantly, work with fantastic people. We do interesting work for a wide array of clients and industries.

    Cons

    It's hard, but worth it

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up. Lot of lifestyle improvements over the last few years (which is impressive given we have been selling projects like hot cakes for 3 years)

    Maybe hire a few more folks each go-round


  5. "Lek"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    I like working here a lot.

    Cons

    The hours can be long.


  6. "Good firm"

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    Former Employee - Consultant in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Consultant in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people, interesting projects, and excellent pay

    Cons

    Long hours, very rigid culture and management


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Consultant"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    -good work life balance
    -get to stay home
    -all about strategy
    -breadth of cases, focus on strategy, the people, the work ethic

    Cons

    -not as well known compared to McKinsey, Bain, or BCG
    -projects are shorter than other consultancies so exposure to companies is less

    Advice to Management

    You should focus on pushing forward as a top management consultancy because your Firm is doing very well, and will continue to do so.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work at"

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    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Very stimulating work environment. Fast paced, genuinely good people, and with very high ethical standards. Team oriented culture, willing to develop its employees.

    Cons

    Hours can be tough at times. High standards translate into stressful situations, though not the norm. Experiences vary depending on case and client.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Amazing company with extremely smart people and leadership"

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

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

    Pros

    Smart colleagues and leadership. Great exposure across industries. Early leadership opportunities and quick growth through rigorous performance reviews. Collegiate work environment with lots of fun activities

    Cons

    Lacks with life balance. Sometimes can get grueling to the point where your brain may stop working due to fatigue. Very little tolerance / leeway for off days or performance issues


  10. Helpful (7)

    "Non-consulting staff"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    LEK has a demanding culture that weeds out people who can't keep up.
    They have a good social dynamic and there is a focus on office events, happy hours and giving back to the community

    Cons

    While LEK is a great learning environment for consulting staff and a great place to fast-track to a career in business prior to getting an MBA, the corporate culture for non-consulting staff is a big negative. This review is aimed at anyone interested in a non-consulting role. The pay is sub-par, management is catty and super political, and non-consulting staff isnt afforded the same benefits or opportunities as consulting staff. This creates a culture of division where non-consulting staff are looked down upon and frankly made fun of in some cases. The admin staff, HR, marketing, and even accounting folks are considered 2nd class citizens and the HR team specifically has made a name for itself within the organization as being particularly difficult to work with. The non-consulting staff is micro-managed and rife with pointless drama. The leader of the HR team at this company makes it harder for people to do their work, get promotions or pursue their interests, rather than the other way around.

    Advice to Management

    Stop micro managing your employees and actually listen to their ideas instead of berating them.


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