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PA Consulting Group Reviews

Updated June 25, 2017
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Pros
  • Great company that strives for a work-life balance while promoting an extreme merit-based culture (in 36 reviews)

  • Great variety of work and some great people to deliver it with (in 37 reviews)

Cons
  • Work-life balance could be better (in 17 reviews)

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

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "A great consulting firm with a conservative culture"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Principal Consultant in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Principal Consultant in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at PA Consulting Group full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Many PA projects were Global 100 clienteles with substantial senior management interaction.

    Excellent training opportunities (outside project works).

    Most peers and partners were very nice and helpful.

    Cons

    The firm culture was generally less aggressive than others and overly focused on bottom line.


  2. Helpful (5)

    "This company is a joke!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Managing Consultant in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Managing Consultant in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at PA Consulting Group full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Compensation is ok but model benefits senior partners
    Some level of transparency

    Cons

    Zero intellectual capital
    Territorial partners with some of the worst values you'll ever encounter
    Passive aggressive culture

  3. Helpful (4)

    "Great if you are British and a partner"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Partner in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Partner in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at PA Consulting Group full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Midsize consultancy, fair HR policies, and some very smart people (heavy MIT recruiting). Leeway to be innovative. Good compensation.

    Cons

    The whole company is based on elaborate financials that essentially boil down to ever-growing annuities for the partners. If someones leaves their PA shares revert back to the partner body -- so the best get-rich path is to make partner and hang on. You are better served by having your buddies fail and get a piece of their shares than you are by helping them to sell. New US partners don't have a chance and the attrition rate is very high here -- that's because the managers and lower ranks are heavily indebted to partners for assignments and they reciprocate by selling on behalf of their "feudal lords". If you don't have such a team below you there is very little chance of competing.

    Note that people don't care if new partners and sellers churn out as they leave profits behind to be divvied up. Its a good company with a very cut-throat bonus/equity scheme. Be warned.

    Advice to Management

    Hire professional management with knowledge of the local customs and leave the consultants to do consulting.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work, global culture, and interesting projects"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Consultant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Consultant in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Interesting projects, great people, chances to travel globally, variety of opportunities, great office location, training is available to those that want it

    Cons

    Not all projects are exciting, sometimes travel can be exhausting, heavy emphasis on utilization

    Advice to Management

    US management feels a bit disconnected from the UK management and improve the proposal process


  5. Helpful (3)

    "Some interesting opportunities but depend on industry and location"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Managing Consultant in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Managing Consultant in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at PA Consulting Group full-time

    Pros

    - Medium size firm with real international work / transfer opportunities, especially good for someone starting a career
    - Good interview process with rather professional recruiting manager that appears to be well organized, albeit an often long process
    - Very cost conscious management which serves them well in slow times

    Cons

    - Management: most of its management decisions made in the UK; many layers with line management structure - more like corporate environment than a professional services firm
    - IP: limited intellectual capital despite its long history; often using very generic methodologies that affects win rates on bids; mostly 2nd tier consulting firm with a few exceptions
    - Projects: lack of brand awareness and senior relationships in clients' organizations, as a result, projects are generally small and mostly in execution roles
    - Travel: office locations are not aligned with client jobs; coast-to-coast travel are very common
    - Leadership: sales-driven culture and poor /no leadership skills at junior partner levels
    - Talent: hard time hiring and retaining talent in the US, especially at senior levels; junior levels pay 20% below market; for senior hires, its tricky to master the sales credit sharing system to grab shares on project by project basis

    Advice to Management

    The firm needs vision, flexibility and ability to attract top talent to grow; a less UK-centric approach should serve the market, like the US, better.


  6. "Fantastic consulting firm"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Managing Consultant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Managing Consultant in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at PA Consulting Group full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great freedom to progress career at your own pace and in any direction. Good compensation and exciting work. Great people, with a small team feel. Different from other firms.

    Cons

    Small footprint in the US and size of client assignments here is small. Weaker brand in the US. Very risk averse. Company has not grown in last 10 years.

    Advice to Management

    Be less risk averse and try to grow the business, especially in the US. Get better networked in the US at the board level of large companies. Employ more local sales people.


  7. "PA is a good company to start a career. People working here are very intelligent and fun to work with."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Analyst in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Analyst in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people, good working environment, interesting projects going on.

    Cons

    Lack of quick promotion path for outstanding individuals.

    Advice to Management

    Pay more attention to US market.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "PA, an excellent Firm"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Managing Consultant in Princeton, NJ
    Former Employee - Managing Consultant in Princeton, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at PA Consulting Group full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Entrapreneurial
    Talented staff
    Opportunity for growth limited only by your ambition

    Cons

    Small boutique with little brand awareness in U.S.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to build brand awareness
    Adjust rates to be more competitive with major big 4 competitors


  9. "Alan please make real investments in the firm we love rather than squander all the cash"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Principal Consultant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Principal Consultant in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Smart people, one global culture, holds on to talent in down times, shows caring and compassion for people

    Cons

    Why pa is continually giving money back to shareholders is beyond my comprehension. Is this just a way to keep the cash out of chairman Jon's hands because he will waste it on another silly venture? That's it isn't it, that's the only way to keep the cash safe? Distribute it. Why couldnt we invest it in growing the core business?

    Advice to Management

    Stop managing for dissolution of the company. It feels like we're waiting for somebody to turn the lights off and we all go home. Couldn't we think of useful ways to spend 100mm GNP?


  10. "Great people and interesting place to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Consultant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Consultant in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    interesting work, lots of variety, organic

    Cons

    some practices are run differently hard to know your trajectory

    Advice to Management

    more interaction with academic experts is needed


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