L.E.K. Consulting Reviews

Updated Aug 7, 2020

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L.E.K. Consulting Global Managing Partner Stuart Jackson
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197 Ratings
  1. Helpful (8)

    "Gained consulting skills but horrible work environment"

    1.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Consultant in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Definitely built core consulting skills - Coworkers are motivated and smart

    Cons

    - Vast majority of projects are churn and burn due diligences - Managers aren't taught to manage and are generally incredibly stressed, so they are harsh and critical. You get a win, and the topic is immediately "how do we get the next win?" There is no acknowledgement of good work. - Partners are INCREDIBLY biased and pick their favorites, sometimes un-deserved, generally focused on if you fit the culture. There is definitely a gender and racial bias. No question. - No real training or development. You either figure it out yourself or you don't succeed - You are randomly put on projects without regard for your personal development or schedule. You need to develop your analytical skills? Tough luck, someone else is staffed to do the model (and they're on a time crunch so you have no time to shadow them to learn). You have a week-long vacation in week 2 of a 4-week project? You're still staffed during it so you're stressed about falling behind in understanding what's going on while you're on "vacation". There's also a chance you're working on vacation. - I've seen a non-negligible amount of people get health problems related to stress and there is no mechanism in place for people to take time off without going on disability.

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  2. Helpful (6)

    "Associate"

    2.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Quick paced learning about how obscure markets work, short cases

    Cons

    Industry exposure is fairly limited, nature of the work mainly involves due diligence research, work life balance is nonexistent, strict hierarchical culture, lack of diversity among senior leadership

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  3. Helpful (3)

    "Difficult work environment, smart people, high pressure"

    2.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Consultant in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Intense work style; Quantitative Projects; Excel skills will be built; Heavy responsibility and Interaction with Internal Stakeholders (although not External); PowerPoint Skills; Diligence Work (If that is what you want); People are smart and talented, although minimal time will be spent networking, socializing, or doing tasks that are non-work related,

    Cons

    Cons Long Hours, Intense speed on projects, High expectations, Lack of feedback on cases, Cases are extremely short and very similar in style (either diligence, strategy work which is very diligence like), Minimal to zero client interaction, Work is repetitive and job can be repetitive (Projects mirror each other, minimal beach time, 2,3,4 week DDs are sold), Training is shorter than it should be, Alumni network is not that strong and you will be required to build your departure on your own terms, Hours can be long, Firm pride and camaraderie is low because your value is in execution and in getting the work done (think a lot of slide output in a short amount of time is expected), Firm will cut people every 6 months if performance is not up to expectations . Training is short and after the 1 week orientation all training will be not a full week and you will likely be staffed on a case concurrently.

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  4. Helpful (3)

    "Tasks are interesting, but office culture is toxic and unsupportive"

    2.0
    Former Employee - Associate 

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

    Pros

    manageable hours, friendly colleagues, little to no travel requirements

    Cons

    high turnover rates, misogynistic/predatory culture, lack of training/investment into staff, understaffed

  5. Helpful (8)

    "The ugly truth about LEK that recruiters don't tell you about"

    1.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Strong office culture (compared to other consulting firms) due to no-travel model. There are many social events that foster strong relationships with coworkers. - Brilliant people that you can learn from. Challenging environment that motivates you to be better. - Fast learning. Once you get past your first year as an Associate, you have opportunity to learn lots of hard and soft skills (modeling, data analytics, story-telling, etc.). - Exit opps are decent. Better at the Associate level than Consultant. Many Associates leave for corporate. A few popular "LEK retirement homes" include Uber, Wayfair, and LinkedIn.

    Cons

    - Hours are inhumane, worse than competitors. Very common to be staffed on multiple due diligence (DD) projects back-to-back that average 70 hours per week (keep in mind this is spread over 5 days only because weekends are protected). LEK wins projects on low-cost model and have many repeat customers (PE firms), so incentivized to keep teams lean and keep costs consistent. Therefore, as much as management talks about improving staffing, it's all lip service. They will never do this because it works against the LEK business model. - Interesting projects are few and far in between. Unless you're in the life science practice, you'll likely have a project mix of 80% DDs and 20% strategy projects. That 20% may be a longer project (3 months) with decent hours, but you'll get 10 DDs crammed into the other 9 months of the year - yes, they are 3-4 weeks on average. - Toxic culture with no diversity. Partners are overwhelmingly white males who could care less about making real changes on diversity and inclusion. Comical that LEK issued a statement amidst recent BLM protests, because you can count on one hand the number of BIPOC employees in my office. - Some Partners and Managers are plain horrible human beings. Most lack any empathy, some are blatantly disrespectful. I've heard multiple anecdotes of Managers making Associates cry.

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  6. "Great place to learn, long hours"

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Consultant in Boston, MA

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

    Pros

    - Friendly, collaborative atmosphere - Fast-paced

    Cons

    - Long hours - Fewer "perks" than some other consulting firms

  7. "Good place to learn"

    3.0
    Current Employee - Senior Associate Consultant in Singapore

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

    Pros

    Travel, fast growing, autonomy, small team

    Cons

    Long hours and high workload

  8. "A good life science focused consulting"

    4.0
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    Current Employee - Consultant in Shanghai, Shanghai
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Impact with insights Solid analytics Smart and friendly colleagues

    Cons

    Project type and industry focus are a bit limited

  9. "Good work environment. Good exit options"

    5.0
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    Current Employee - Associate Consultant in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Friendly, Diverse, Less travel, Positive environment, Great exposure

    Cons

    Limited exposure to variety of industries, Can be touchy-feely

  10. Helpful (2)

    "not fun"

    2.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Co Op in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    not many, nice office space

    Cons

    too many to think about

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