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Updated July 12, 2017
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  • Great company that strives for a work-life balance while promoting an extreme merit-based culture (in 38 reviews)

  • Great variety of work and some great people to deliver it with (in 38 reviews)

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  1. "Lots of potential to make your own career"

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    • 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 (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Implicit trust to make your own career, with support from a range of people. The firm is very open and introductions can be made in your behalf or you can do it yourself.

    Cons

    It can feel like you are left alone, which can be hard if new to consulting. There could be more structure around post on boarding.

    Advice to Management

    As the firm grows, it is vital to focus on growing a strong community of consultants for the future senior roles


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Excellent firm with some niggles"

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    • 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
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Autonomy of work, broad, interesting projects with real impact to our clients. Every employee has a really interesting back story, they are of the highest caliber and genuinely excellent people to work with

    Cons

    too mechanical in performance reviews, only based on mathematical calculation of utilisaiton with business development (sales), Thought Leadership, soft skills only playing a minuscule proportion of performance. You are higher rewarded for doing a long, tedious low profit job over smaller, more profitable pieces of work until you are at MC rank

    Advice to Management

    Push back to the new owners over the mechanical calculation of grading. Partners should have freedom to issue their genuine feedback. Targeting utilization is old hat and isn't working!

  3. "Great company"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Principal Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Principal Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at PA Consulting Group full-time

    Pros

    Great company, employee ownership creates collegiate atmosphere. Smart, commercial but also ethical people.

    Cons

    Sometimes reluctant to invest where it is needed to grow the business.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Good once you have found your niche"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Management Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Management Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very flat hierarchy (outside of Corporate)
    Familial atmosphere
    Encouraged to take on responsibility early
    Great training courses
    Training and personal development is encouraged (although self directed)

    Cons

    Lack of diversity
    The way assignments are allocated is on a "who you know" basis, and so often are not given to the most appropriate people
    You need to win the trust of each member of the senior team individually in order to do well
    Paternalistic approach taken by Partners can lead to an "Us vs. Them" view of Corporate leadership

    Advice to Management

    Implement a new system of resource allocation
    Increase Diversity
    Improve recruitment
    Make Corporate more visible and open


  5. "PA Review"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Consultant Analyst in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Consultant Analyst in London, England (UK)

    Pros

    Great people, fun environment, inspiring place to work

    Cons

    Career development could be better


  6. "Remember what made you great"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Principal Consultant in Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Principal Consultant in Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at PA Consulting Group full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great people,
    Great clients with some superb projects
    Did I mention great people?

    Cons

    Work-life balance is poor if you want to make it too the top
    No care for employees health - HR non existent when it goes wrong
    Going backwards since the new investors arrived

    Advice to Management

    Be brave - in hiring the right people and not being scared to have them out of work - use this time to develop the culture and new IP.
    Reward the staff by improving the work conditions - keep your employees happy day to day


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Its not about the people"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Managing Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Managing Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at PA Consulting Group (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Some excellent and very bright and dedicated people with whom to work

    Cons

    Spends heaps of money to recruit people then does very little to mentor or train them. Makes people feel like failures then criticises them for not succeeding. No longer a "people" based organisation

  8. Helpful (7)

    "Avoid - definitely in the short term"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at PA Consulting Group full-time

    Pros

    Good people.
    Decent work-life balance.
    Some real good intellectual property - albeit mismanaged.

    Cons

    PA is struggling whether due to its senior management or due to external influence from the new shareholder.
    Utilisation has been extremely poor and this has a cascading impact.
    Morale is very bad (except for the few favourites that are hand-picked by Partners to go from job to job).
    People aren't utilised for their skills - they are put on "the first project".
    Consultant pricing is extremely high even when utilisation is low as partners are more interested in their profit margin than developing people and getting them on jobs.
    Bonuses are therefore terrible. Except if you are a partner in which case the year has been "Fantastic".
    You are blamed for not being sold.
    When on the bench, you are given mind-numbing tasks to pretend you are busy.
    There is no effort to preserve or build intellectual property. You constantly find yourself searching for basic info.

    Advice to Management

    Quit. I have never seen or heard from the CEO.

    Some of the senior partners need to step up and get the partners to work together - at the moment none of them really work together.


  9. "Account Administrator at PA Consulting"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Administrator in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Account Administrator in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Interesting industry - lots of interesting projects
    - Great people
    - Nice Office
    - Good perks

    Cons

    This is a reflection on corporate rather than front-line consultancy

    - The team I was in seems to be completed neglected
    - No progression whatsoever
    - Do not allow you to drive your career, and as such, you are categorised into an area
    - Bonus was abysmal (although this was mainly to do with external factors)

    Altogether, I enjoyed some of my time in the role, but after PA had a 'capital injection' (aka majority buy out), they have since become more cut-throat and people have become less and less happy. Unfortunately, you can sense this in the atmosphere at the office.

    Advice to Management

    For this role - value your employees. You have unnecessary filters that actively stop people progressing in the role. It is a complete dead end.

    For PA in general - you seem to have lost sight of progressiveness and have become completely corporate. Understandably budgets are tight, revenue was impacted last year from the political environment, but ultimately, you sell people. Value all of them.


  10. "Open and Collegiate with Lovely Staff"

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    • 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.


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