PA Consulting Group Reviews in London, England | Glassdoor

PA Consulting Group London Reviews

Updated May 7, 2017
134 reviews

Filter

Filter

London, England (UK)

3.3
Star Star Star Star Star
Rating Trends Rating Trends
Recommend to a friend
Approve of CEO
PA Consulting Group CEO and Director Alan Middleton
Alan Middleton
61 Ratings

134 Employee Reviews

Sort: Popular Rating Date

Pros
  • Great company that strives for a work-life balance while promoting an extreme merit-based culture (in 35 reviews)

  • Great variety of work and some great people to deliver it with (in 34 reviews)

Cons
  • Work-life balance could be better (in 16 reviews)

  • Virtually completely reliant on public sector work (in 11 reviews)

More Pros and Cons

  1. "Open and Collegiate with Lovely Staff"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    A very collaborative company with a "high energy low ego" ethos. Has a great open-plan office and quite a flat structure. Development is available for staff. Carlyle investment has been quite positive too, adding an extra sales-focus to the mix. Good opportunities to work from home - employees are trusted to get the job done.

    Cons

    Whilst there has been some work on improving Diversity and Inclusion, more needs to be done - there needs to be more emphasis on it.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to build on some of the good D&I work that others are doing within the firm. Emphasise it's importance and encourage participation.


  2. "good place to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at PA Consulting Group full-time

    Pros

    - good people
    - good benefits
    -lots of freedom

    Cons

    - pay structure encourages bad behaviour from seniors


  3. "Great place to stretch yourself"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Principal Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Principal Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at PA Consulting Group full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Thrown in to tackle the challenges that clients can't do on their own
    Allowed to drive own career
    Great colleagues and support within the company

    Cons

    Reliance on networking for internal resourcing
    You're expected to push yourself to select training and assignments

    Advice to Management

    Work out the balance between utilisation and growth to keep people engaged and profitability at expected levels. The recent investment in growth should start to pay off.


  4. Is this helpful? The community relies on everyone sharing – Add Anonymous Review


  5. "Principle Consultant"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Principal Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Principal Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at PA Consulting Group full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    - The people
    - Interesting and varied work
    - Investment in development
    - Central London office
    - Competitive salary
    - Private healthcare

    Cons

    - Client location can vary significantly
    - Lack of routine
    - Working hours


  6. Helpful (4)

    "It could be much better"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Managing Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Managing Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at PA Consulting Group full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - interesting diverse people
    - several opportunities for training
    - freedom to do what you want ...if it sells

    Cons

    - glorified body shop at best
    - lack of a long term strategy in favour of an opportunistic approach in chasing opportunities and clients.
    - current commission scheme does not promote collaborations resulting in a competitive enviroment which does not feel justified
    - relying too much on the pubblic sector and on existing clients

    Advice to Management

    They should address all above cons. However, given the recent aquisition, I have my doubts Pa has actually much freedom left.

    PA Consulting Group Response

    Apr 18, 2017 – Talent Acquisition Specialist

    We’re sorry to hear that you are disconnected with the PA strategy. We would very much like to encourage you to raise these concerns with your line manager or mentor in confidence so we can work with ... More


  7. Helpful (1)

    "badly thought out reward scheme is the last bastion of feudalism in the country"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Principal Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Principal Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    a few good people, and some practices have a familial atmosphere

    Cons

    profit is king. PArtners and MCs are directly in competition, but Partners get a slice of the MC's sales regardless of involvement. Lots of bad behaviours driven by chasing profits.

    Advice to Management

    rework the sales incentives so that Partners are responsible for the performance of the business/practice rather than it being "everyone for themselves"


  8. "Great environment - but you do have to make the most of it"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Corporate in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Corporate in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at PA Consulting Group full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Interesting projects
    - Super smart people, with great expertise
    - You can define so much of what you do - job descriptions matter little vs what value you can offer the business
    - This means if you have a specific skill or expertise this is an amazing place to refine, commercialise and build on it

    Cons

    - If you want process driven, straight line, hierarchical orgs, this is not the place for you!
    - Helps if you have a clear idea of what you want to do with your career - there are so many resources and people here that can support you with that - but do not set others to set direction for you
    - Like many Consultancies it needs to work on its diversity, however it looks as though there are plans afoot to address this

    Advice to Management

    Try and think a bit more globally in terms of comms, events etc in what we do internally - we can be very UK/London focused.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Consulting with a technical edge"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Principal Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Principal Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at PA Consulting Group full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Cambridge innovation centre and solid client base, with trusted relationships, there are some great Partners in some sectors and services. Plus you are given plenty of autonomy and responsibility if you want it

    Cons

    You are mainly given opportunity to operate on assignments in your service / sector alignment only. Greater opportunities or external training (MBAs etc) would be welcome.

    Advice to Management

    Achieve a greater balance between growth ambition and current work


  10. Helpful (10)

    "Not improving"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at PA Consulting Group full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    * Good expenses policy
    * Good remuneration but heavily dependent on bonus
    * People on the whole are very nice.
    * Independence and empowerment to get your job done.

    Cons

    * Diversity is poor - very stale pale male. Recruit people with the same backgrounds and the same education and then wonder why those people are not able or willing to transition from delivery roles to sales/account mgmt roles. Hiring people of a different race or gender won't make a difference if they keep hiring the same personalities and capabilities.
    * Lack of identity - seems like there's a new strategic direction in some practices every 5 minutes. Most other management consultancies have a clearer identity.
    * Because the partners are so difficult and selfish to work with, they tend to articulate a strategy/vision which aligns with what they already have rather than create a little upheaval and initiate some change for the greater good by creating a proper strategy shaped by the market.
    * Claim to be innovative and make a big fuss about all their exciting cutting edge projects but 90% of the work is just body shopping for a client with a difficult and boring IT project that no one else wants/is able to do. It's fine - but the marketing and onboarding process leads you to believe its an innovative firm when in reality its the opposite. Manage expectations better here.
    * The work is boring. Unless youre lucky, you won't be able to tell your friends and family about what you do and have them be interested.
    * Heavy focus on revenue targets and they achieve this by repeating the same work over and over again for the same/similar clients. This is at the expense of doing the kind of work with the kind of clients they need to fulfil their marketing promises of being innovative and making a difference.
    * Partner group unwilling to take risks. Frequent change over the last few years has paralysed the leadership team - none of the Partners seem willing to stick their neck out and make the new strategies work. They're happy to sit back and milk their existing clients in the same way they have done for years.
    * London office telephony and IT infrastructure is bad. Clients complain about the quality of audio on tele conferences. Use horrible collaboration software by Cisco that doesn't integrate with any of the hardware and is not supported by any clients. At least 6-7 years behind here but new offices on the horizon so this may improve.
    * Big emphasis on internal work even if you're 100% utilised and on a client site 200 miles away. Leadership team too London focused despite a massive % of the work taking place outside London. i.e. social events or practice meetings in London in the middle of the week but you're criticised for not attending when you're working 12 hours a day in the middle of Yorkshire or something.
    * No one wants to do TL because of how painful the Partners make it. They'll take a good idea and spend 4 months turning it in to another boring article saying the same thing to the same audience - and nothing will come of it.

    Advice to Management

    * Bigger emphasis on securing new clients - a different team in the same client shouldn't count towards this target.
    * Partner group needs to focus on sales and account management. The implementation and definition of strategy/change/innovation needs to be removed from them and escalated higher up to someone without a personal financial interest in the way things currently work.
    * Higher junior ranks with a background in sales and business development. Don't keep thinking that someone who has spent their entire career in delivery will suddenly begin exhibiting business development behaviours when they're pushed towards MC.
    * Reward innovation. Encourage the partners to support people trying new things. Their bonus enourages them to behave and do the same things in the same way and despite it not being in the best interests of the team or firm, they won't change unless their bonus depends on it.


  11. "Consultant Analyst"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Consultant Analyst in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Consultant Analyst in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at PA Consulting Group (More than a year)

    Pros

    people, work, partners, access and advise from senior consultants

    Cons

    corporate, enjoyment and success depends on which sector/service you are in


Showing 134 of 324 reviews
Reset Filters