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L.E.K. Consulting Reviews

Updated 15 September, 2018
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L.E.K. Consulting Global Managing Partner Stuart Jackson
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  • "Work life balance becomes an issue at times" (in 62 reviews)

  • "Long hours; Significant time spent on administrative tasks" (in 69 reviews)

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  1. "Senior Associate"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Advice to Management

    Good luck


  2. "Associate"

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    Current Employee - Associate in Los Angeles, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Associate in Los Angeles, CA (US)

    I have been working at L.E.K. Consulting full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    No travel and short cases for additional exposure to multiple industries

    Cons

    Long hours
    Associates are giving some mundane tasks

  3. Helpful (3)

    "Post-MBA role is terrible"

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    Current Employee - Consultant in Boston, MA (US)
    Current Employee - Consultant in Boston, MA (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at L.E.K. Consulting full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    -Some smart and friendly colleagues, especially the Associates
    -A few great Managing Directors (but few and far between)

    Cons

    -Terrible, terrible hours with no sympathy for life. It's part of the culture.
    -Long times between promotions and 'next step up' often doesn't change job
    -Below market compensation
    -Limited exit options
    -U.S. HR is abysmal but seems to run the company

    Advice to Management

    Be kind to your people and staff cases properly. You are stuck in a cycle of recruiting worse and worse people and running teams leaner and leaner. Invest in your people and they'll stop leaving.


  4. "Manager"

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    Current Employee - Manager in Mumbai (India)
    Current Employee - Manager in Mumbai (India)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at L.E.K. Consulting full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great people and global exposure.

    Cons

    Work life balance becomes an issue at times.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Amazing people, interesting projects"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Melbourne (Australia)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Melbourne (Australia)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Amazing colleagues who you will enjoy spending time with at and outside of work
    - Interesting projects which you will see garner media attention
    - Emphasis on work - life balance. It's consulting, so be realistic, but the firm does have policies in place to try and achieve a balance

    Cons

    - As with all consulting firms, hours can be difficult and challenging
    - Compensation could be a bit more competitive


  6. "Consulting Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA (US)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at L.E.K. Consulting part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Brilliant people and colleague to work with, taught so much by the supervisors.

    Cons

    Will be working really late to catch up with the schedule.


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

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

    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

    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

  8. "Hard - but you learn quick and are rewarded well"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Hard - but you learn quick and are rewarded well. Great career prospects

    Cons

    Hard work definitely required !


  9. "Pays fine, but should get paid more. Limited flexibility in corporate structure."

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    Former Employee - Associate in Tokyo (Japan)
    Former Employee - Associate in Tokyo (Japan)

    I worked at L.E.K. Consulting full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Get to experience many projects, with many step up opportunities

    Cons

    Limited flexibility in incentives system


  10. Helpful (6)

    "Don’t join post-MBA"

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    Former Employee - Consultant
    Former Employee - Consultant
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at L.E.K. Consulting full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - You learn a LOT, in a very short amount of time
    - As a Consultant, you are given direct responsibilities of a Manager / Case Team Leader at other firms (although paid as a Consultant); so you need to learn how to manage a team quickly
    - You will meet some really smart and driven (and some fun) co-workers (especially the Associates)
    - Pretty good exit opportunities at Associate level (including LSS); not as much at Consultant level and above

    Cons

    - The company culture is toxic. There is no "care" from the top. Most Partners genuinely don't know or care about how their teams are doing or how to make your life better at the firm. If they can understaff and shorten the timeline, they will always do that - at your expense
    - Consistently long hours - for Consultants, 65-70h / week is the norm
    - No training / mentoring / helping you get better at work. You are there on your own, left to dry, and figuring things out by your sheer willpower. If you do, great - be better and faster; if you don't, sorry, your bad
    - There is a culture of "work hard" but not "work smart". No push back on project scope or cut down unnecessary work. Most of the time is spent trying to please Partners (because of the unhealthy culture of fear)
    - Support functions (HR / security / market research) are NOT helpful. In many cases you would wonder if their existence was just to simply make your life more miserable
    - No leadership. The quality of managers varies greatly and that dictates your hours, quality of life, and pretty much your reviews. Most Partners (with a few exceptions) are not inspiring leaders with no leadership skills. Role models? Look somewhere else
    - Diversity is also alarmingly bad. No women in the leadership team. Poor POC representation. Poor LGBT representation. No actions have been taken to change anything

    Advice to Management

    - Have empathy, treat your Consultants as humans not robots
    - Don't understaff; push back on scope / ad-hoc requests
    - Diversify your cases and stop selling so many DDs
    - Spend more time leading, listening, mentoring, rather than selling and telling
    - Focus on making your team happy and the job sustainable - if you can't retain your best people, the company is doomed to fail
    - More diverse and inclusive recruiting - seriously it is the year of 2018!


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