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L.E.K. Consulting Associate Reviews

Updated Oct 23, 2019

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3.3
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L.E.K. Consulting CEO Stuart Jackson
Stuart Jackson
74 Ratings
  1. "Great first job!"

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    Former Employee - Associate in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    You learn quite a bit in a short period of time.

    Cons

    Very very VERY long hours.

    L.E.K. Consulting2019-10-18
  2. "boring"

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

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

    Pros

    nice office in town. interesting diverse colleagues

    Cons

    stupid hours, boring clients, mostly transport logistics

    L.E.K. Consulting2019-10-23
  3. Helpful (4)

    "Poor culture, long hours, grossly understaffed"

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    Current Employee - Associate 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good exit opportunities but much worse than MBB

    Cons

    No internal support, no company vision, HEAVY focus on DDs, Grossly under-resourced compared to competitors

    L.E.K. Consulting2019-09-12
  4. "Associate"

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    Current Employee - Associate in Mumbai

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

    Pros

    Good working environment Nice location

    Cons

    Less salary Perks received are less

    L.E.K. Consulting2019-08-26
  5. 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
  6. Helpful (2)

    "Learn a lot quickly, expect to work hard"

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    Current Employee - Associate 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - The people: truly, my coworkers (esp. Associates and Consultants) are some of the most down-to-earth consultants I have met; not as cutthroat of a culture as other firms - Casework focused on strategy rather than implementation - Little to no travel

    Cons

    - Little in-person client interaction (due to little to no travel) - Difficulty getting on projects that you want unless you are dedicated to a sector

    L.E.K. Consulting2019-08-10
  7. Helpful (6)

    "Sweat shop"

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    Former Employee - Associate in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Relatively good pay. But at what cost?

    Cons

    Beware: They work you to the bone and do not appreciate you. Turnover rate is high. The list is endless.

    L.E.K. Consulting2019-09-09
  8. Helpful (12)

    "Stay away"

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    Current Employee - Associate 

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

    Pros

    Other associates are generally pretty good

    Cons

    Inhumanely long hours and understaffed teams Lots of remote staffing / working with people in other offices Mean people Low retention. If you're recruiting as an experienced hire, it's because other people have been leaving early because they don't like it here. A lot of consultants who join LEK from other firms regret taking this job

    Advice to Management

    I don't think management will listen - they just want to make more money selling understaffed 2 week dd's

    L.E.K. Consulting2019-07-08
  9. Helpful (8)

    "L.E.K. will get you from point A to point B, but don't expect to be happy during the process"

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    Current Employee - Associate 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    L.E.K.'s cheapness can work in your favor. You won't be overnighting your slides to design teams or sending client data to an offsite analytics team; all of the work (good and bad) will be done by the team that you're staffed on. Exit options at the associate level are pretty good No travel

    Cons

    No time off between cases Though you don't travel, being staffed across offices is extremely common and managers and partners travel frequently, so face to face interaction with the senior members of your team is often very rare. I've spent about half of my time at L.E.K. on teams where the majority of my team (including who I was reporting to) was in a different office Most people above the associate level just... simply aren't friendly and/or are extremely judgmental. Expect to be walking on eggshells frequently Recruiting lies about what the associate level job is. You will be doing 80% due diligence projects for PE firms and most "modeling" experience won't come until you're 18-24 months in to L.E.K., by which time most people are looking to leave. You'll really be googling, setting up phone calls with industry "experts" (think messaging people on LinkedIn to set up phone calls until you have ~30 phone calls set up in 3 weeks), and taking verbatim notes on every call. So not only are you setting up 30 phone calls, you're also taking 30 hours worth of notes as fast as you can type while someone more senior leads the phone call Most core services teams are wildly incompetent, from IT to HR 0 diversity. Women's network is gaining traction, but groups for POCs and LGBT employees are basically nonexistent / set up within the last year or two solely as a recruiting device

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    Advice to Management

    Revamp the A1 role - not only do many A1s not like the grunt work, but it's extremely inefficient to pay people $77k to schedule phone calls and send LinkedIn messages Revamp the C1 role - many new MBA hires aren't well equipped for how demanding the role is. 6 months in, several MBA hires are usually fired each year Add more CD/recruiting/time off between cases Scope projects reasonably and rely more heavily on... Guidepoint/expert networks to fill primary research campaigns rather than having an A1 send LinkedIn messages until midnight every night

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    L.E.K. Consulting2019-05-04
  10. Helpful (3)

    "Management - listen to your staff"

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    Current Employee - Associate in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people - especially at the associate level Low-travel model is great, even though it often results in longer hours compared to other consulting firms

    Cons

    Slower to change and adapt than other firms - archaic staffing methods, fewer employee benefits, etc. Pay is beginning to slip compared to it's competitors and management doesn't seem to mind Longer hours in general - sometimes a result of poor case management, other times cases are poorly scoped Management's apathy to staff complaints has taken a serious toll on morale Overall, L.E.K. is growing very quickly,... but with a lot of growing pains. Address the issues quickly in order to capitalize on the growth.

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    Advice to Management

    Management - PLEASE listen to your staff and take a note from these reviews - they aren't just disgruntled former employees. They're people who are invested in the success of the firm and often bring you very valid complaints and issues. We're feeling ignored and undervalued - you're going to continue to lose great people until you make us feel like you care about us as much as your bottom line.

    L.E.K. Consulting2019-04-21
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