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L.E.K. Consulting Associate Consultant Reviews

Updated Sep 4, 2019

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L.E.K. Consulting CEO Stuart Jackson
Stuart Jackson
24 Ratings
  1. Helpful (2)

    "Good place to start your career - but very draining"

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    Former Employee - Associate Consultant in London, England
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at L.E.K. Consulting full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    - Diverse range of projects - Very competent management who invest in your development - Good leaving opportunities and transferable skills

    Cons

    - Extremely unpredictable hours. Expect 70+ hour weeks every now and then - Not enough respect for work/life balance and resulting impact on mental health

    L.E.K. Consulting2019-09-04
  2. Helpful (2)

    "Been here 3 years, planning on more!"

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

    I have been working at L.E.K. Consulting full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Low travel Interesting work MDs invest in you (once you show interest, and commitment) All growth strategy and commercial due diligences Never have to sit in useless meetings Pay is well above most other consulting shops (ex-MBB)

    Cons

    A1 year is rough - little control over your life, and lots of grunt work - but it gets better! Long hours Some projects just suck Promote through timeline is way too long

    L.E.K. Consulting2019-02-05
  3. "Tons of opportunity and learning, but tough culture"

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    Current Employee - Senior Associate Consultant 
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    A ton of opportunity to learn Exposure to many industries and teams Constantly being challenged

    Cons

    Difficult lifestyle that inevitably leads to burnout

    L.E.K. Consulting2019-01-16
  4. "Fast-paced, high intensity"

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    Current Employee - Associate Consultant in Seoul
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at L.E.K. Consulting full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    High pay, work with smart people, challenging tasks

    Cons

    Long work-hours, little downtime and inefficient work process with little guidance

    L.E.K. Consulting2018-11-06
  5. Helpful (9)

    "Dysfunctional office with low morale"

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    Former Employee - Associate Consultant in Tokyo
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at L.E.K. Consulting full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Company conversations are all in english Company is between two stations, which are convenient Several opportunities for global cases to come in contact with colleagues abroad

    Cons

    Management may listen to the comments by associate levels, but no major changes have been implemented. Turnover is exceptionally high even compared to the consulting industry — more than half of the office has left this year. HR function is done by one person and needs significant revision and improvement. There are limited contacts or helplines to report harassments or unfair practices. One may need to solve it... by contacting outside parties. Low payout compared to industry competitors.

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    L.E.K. Consulting2018-10-08
  6. Helpful (7)

    "Senior Associate Consultant"

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    Former Employee - Senior Associate Consultant in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at L.E.K. Consulting full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Interesting work, challenging, develop great skill-set, surrounded by incredible minds.

    Cons

    Incredibly bad hours & working environment, unsympathetic partners, high churn, low company morale

    Advice to Management

    Look after your employees better. The number of people who have left due to burnout / breakdown is outrageous and shameful.

    L.E.K. Consulting2018-10-04
  7. Helpful (1)

    ""Challenging" in every way, not a bad thing if that is what you want"

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    Former Employee - Associate Consultant in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at L.E.K. Consulting full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    I did ~3 years here post undergrad (Associate -> Associate Consultant) and am very glad I did, learned shed loads and jump started my career. Challenging in a good way: great learning opportunities, thrown in the deep end, chances to work across a big range of projects and grow a broad range of very useful skills. People as a whole very nice and supportive, rarely worked with people I didn't get on with... and have good support from team members. Good investment in social aspects, monthly funded events are good, plus big annual events.

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    Cons

    Worked too hard, often for the wrong reasons - median week is >60 hours, working past 11pm on at least 2 days. Worst week was ~75 hours, working past 3am on 3 days. Most common reasons for working late: project understaffed / over scoped for the time frame; clients being unreasonable; data issues (difficult to control for this); culture (definitely some of management who have the mindset of "we should be... working 65+ hours weeks to produce good work and impress clients") Some changes being made in the right directions on these things, but some of the older cohort of management seem very stuck in their ways, and whilst the office is busy (has been for a while), cannot see this changing quickly Training was poor: learn on the job great, personal development sessions too infrequent and often poor quality with out of date materials Profit share is also stingy - when there is a big uplift in profits for the company, should be better shared throughout company

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    Advice to Management

    Build culture of people first, not profit and clients first. That is what will increase quality of work, improve client satisfaction and improve profits. Motivation levels on unnecessarily tough projects drops very quickly, and so does the quality of the work as a result. That means compromising on quantity and accuracy (actually do 80-20) in favour of protecting evenings and weekends of the team

    L.E.K. Consulting2018-07-27
  8. "Menial, non-challenging tasks as a junior"

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    Former Employee - Associate Consultant in Sydney
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at L.E.K. Consulting full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Decent case mix, some interesting projects Most people, especially juniors, are fun to be around Good social events, emphasis on company culture

    Cons

    Menial work for juniors, especially in their first year (lots of phone interviewing and extremely basic secondary research. Too often a very boring job. Very basic / boring personal development sessions - content learned at uni. Pay is below average compared with competitors. Partners minimise costs to max profits and aren't great with benefits

    Advice to Management

    Attract and retain the best people with a more competitive salary and more emphasis on challenging employees rather than boring bright people.

    L.E.K. Consulting2018-06-10
  9. "Amazing Firm as an associate"

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

    I worked at L.E.K. Consulting full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Collaborative culture, broad exposure to industries and types of projects, no travel!

    Cons

    Higher focus on diligence projects

    L.E.K. Consulting2018-01-22
  10. Helpful (14)

    "Mostly toxic, good junior staff"

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    Current Employee - Associate Consultant in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at L.E.K. Consulting full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Junior level staff (not partners, (most) managers, principles) are really good - smart, fun, good to work with Handful of good partners and managers

    Cons

    Terrible hours Menial tasks in first few years Very little focus on staff development Micromanagement from many senior staff who think junior staff are idiots Most staff treated as commodities Below average compensation and looks like it's tracking the wrong way

    Advice to Management

    If you continue to value profit over employees there's no way decent people will want to stay

    L.E.K. Consulting2017-08-31
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