I have been working at PA Consulting Group full-time (More than 3 years)
Opportunity to progress quickly up the ranks, huge variety of assignments, decent expenses policy, IT pretty good, new offices impressive
Requirement to undertake corporate overhead work in own time if you want to progress, undisclosed pay bands so unclear where you rank against peers, siloed approach to business development, constant reframing of internal teams.
Advice to Management
Implement stable internal teams, publish pay bands, provide corporate code to 'charge' internal work.
I applied online. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at PA Consulting Group (London, England (UK)) in March-2018.
Stage 1 - Phone Interview: Competency based interview given by HR.
Stage 2 - AC: Assessment centre one week later. First part of AC is reading a case study which you summarise and create a presentation concerning the main problems. You then present this presentation to an analyst. Following this is another 1 to 1 interview where you have to talk about your experiences, linking them to skills needed for the role. Lastly, there is a group exercise where you have to rank three potential acquisitions for a company (whilst being silently examined), your group then presents their recommendations to three analysts who role play as the senior leadership team of the purchasing company.
Final interview: Interview with partner of service line, where he/she goes through your CV. Very relaxed, if you get to this stage you’re very likely to get an offer.