L.E.K. Consulting Reviews

Updated May 8, 2021

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L.E.K. Consulting Global Managing Partner Stuart Jackson
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245 Ratings
Pros
  • "good learning experience, character building, meet great people(in 35 reviews)

  • "Steep learning curve and interesting niche sectors(in 28 reviews)

Cons
  • "Long hours, people would usually be working long into the evening(in 122 reviews)

  • "long working hours but nothing out of the ordinary for consulting(in 43 reviews)

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  1. "Senior Associate"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Data driven process gives great grounding in excel and PowerPoint for future roles; Great opportunities to travel within the company. Great place to start career

    Cons

    Long hours could be avoided with better upfront preparation; Can feel like a resource rather than an employee when office is busy

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  2. "Good place to build your career"

    4.0
    Former Employee - Associate Consultant 
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at L.E.K. Consulting full-time

    Pros

    Interesting projects, well organized internal processes, flexible staffing model, minimum traveling for junior associates

    Cons

    Too many short due diligence projects


  3. Helpful (1)

    "The reason to join... is to exit"

    4.0
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    Current Employee - Associate Consultant 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I only rate LEK highly because of the strength of the exit opps. The opportunities are great if you reach for them. After my two year mark I would get interesting opportunities in PE, PE ops, VC, Strategy, and (oddly) data science teams in my inbox and LinkedIn every week. When I started to actively recruit I was able to get interviews in the industry and function of my choice with ease. My thinking is... treat the company like it treats its employees. Extract what value you can, then leave.

    Cons

    Partners and managers are incentivized to extract every bit of productive work out of As and Cs. This leads to high hours - 60-70 hour weeks for most. Not all ~65 hour weeks are created equally. At LEK the intensity of each hour is high, there's rarely a moment for a breather, I'm grateful if I can catch a 15-30 minute lunch and a 30 minute dinner before working til midnight or later. I am not one to get burnt out, but most As would complain to me about their feelings of burnout, which I definitely sympathize with. With hours and intensity at such high levels, the compensation feels low, especially when normalized for hours. After 1 year, the absolute comp and $/hr that you can get in industry is greater, and depending on the company, the trajectory can be just as fast.

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  4. "Highly recommend L.E.K. for anyone looking for the best professional and personal growth"

    5.0
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    Former Employee - Consultant in Mumbai
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    1. Approachable, impressive and AWARE leadership 2. High levels of responsibility 3. Culture of uplifting everyone, not pitting you against your cohort 4. Lots of travel (in a non-pandemic environment)

    Cons

    Not many that come to mind

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  5. "Great culture, opportunities"

    5.0
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    Current Employee - Associate in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good working culture, WLB, protected weekends, summer fridays and off by 6 one day a week.

    Cons

    can only get up to 20% of salary as profit share, long hours

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  6. "Great learning opp., room for improvement in company culture"

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Associate Consultant 
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very smart associates; interesting work; great learning opportunities for leading teams, strategy work, PE exposure, etc.

    Cons

    Large lack of diversity in the firm, especially above manager level; hard to manage work life balance for years on end without a break; leadership acknowledges a need to improve culture (e.g., to be more inclusive, to be closer to social issues), but leadership as a whole seems to lack internal motivation to change things (saying without doing, promoting the wrong people)

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  7. "Great place to work"

    5.0
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great culture, appreciative, merit based, opportunities to grow

    Cons

    Could pay more, Core services treated differently

  8. "Great place to start your career"

    4.0
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    Former Employee - Associate Consultant in Paris
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The training is genuinely great, you learn how to think not just how to apply framework. Really great ambiance

    Cons

    Too many calls in the early years

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    "Great place to start"

    4.0
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    Former Employee - 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

    As with other consulting companies, L.E.K. is a wonderful place to begin your career. The breadth and depth of the content you are exposed to, as well as the diverse skill set you acquire, effectively set you up for almost anything you want to do. The newer generation of partners (i.e., the ones with kids) seem to have found a better balance between taking care of their case teams and providing a good product for clients. Many were very accessible, and happy to serve as mentors in the capacity they were able to.

    Cons

    At L.E.K., you could draw a few good cases and work 50-55 hours / week for a while, or you could get thrown on a string of Due Diligences and get crushed with 70 hour weeks for a month- its really about the case, the competence of the manager, and the competence of the Consultant (for Associates) The Consultant issue is the biggest systemic problem at L.E.K.. The company, in an effort to get top talent out of business schools, effectively throws recently graduated MBA's who can barely tie their shoes into a position of enormous responsibility. While many learn quickly, some never do, and they spend two years torturing Associates until they're finally fired.

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  10. Helpful (9)

    "Tough but rewarding"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Consultant in London, England, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Exposure to senior (C-Suite) management from day 1, (even if not directly until a year or so in). - Highly analytical: good opportunity to develop the most useful and employable analytical skills. Data drives decisions - Short projects so interesting mix of work - Pay is great and increases exponentially with tenure - VERY smart people - Meritocratic, to an extent (early promotion system is still very opaque) - Chance to build a well rounded business skillset, roughly equivalent to MBA, in a few years - Relatively good exit ops

    Cons

    - Lack of morale. Associates don't drink the coolade as they would at other MBB. Some people have a chip on their shoulder - High pressure: often thrown in the deep end. Can be easy to get overwhelmed. There are efforts to support staff as much as possible but the reality is that this is a tough job. If you are consistently feeling stressed, please realise that there is more to life - Hours are bad. No getting around it. Average around 55-60 with some 70+ weeks (maybe 4-5 times a year). Pay is appropriate given the hours. - Trust in leadership is questionable... I think it's better in UK than US, but extra transparency would be appreciated - WFH is challenging: lose the comradery of the office, there's very limited replacement for social events that used to be regular - Not as diverse as it could be in terms of socioeconomic backgrounds. Very high proportion of Oxbridge grads from "traditional" backgrounds - Some partners seem to have low EQ

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