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Updated 5 June, 2018
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  • "If you look for work -life balance, this is the place" (in 44 reviews)

  • "Great people and excellent work environment" (in 43 reviews)

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  1. "Good place with great work culture"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Consultant in Bengaluru (India)
    Former Employee - Consultant in Bengaluru (India)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at PA Consulting Group full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Very professional and works mostly on agile based projects
    Great people and excellent work environment
    Frequent onsite opportunities to UK

    Cons

    None I could think off


  2. "Pa"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Principal Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Principal Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at PA Consulting Group full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great company to work for.

    Cons

    There is some travel involved for assignments.

  3. "Good company with opportunities"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Principal Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Principal Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at PA Consulting Group full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Gives you a lot of opportunities to grow and try things. Freedom basically. If you up to it, you can advance rapidly.

    Cons

    Not that much support and sometimes the company lacks a good vision and understanding of who it is

    Advice to Management

    Focus more on treating your employees better. Improve the offices.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Some good, some not so good - training is terrible!"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Managing Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Managing Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at PA Consulting Group full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    As a smaller consultancy, offers a wider variety of work across sectors, as a Consultant, you are more exposed to a higher level of client and get some great experience.
    New offices are great.
    Bonuses and salary are good, providing you perform but that is the model and it works providing you follow it.
    Good work life balance, you work hard but you are not expected to put in 70 hour weeks.

    Cons

    Training! Completely non existent. An online system called 'the academy' was introduced a few years ago, clearly by someone who doesn't understand the business at all. No organised training, you are expected to sit at your desk and watch videos, it seems like someone likes to spend lots of money of pretty pictures. No one seems to understand what the point of it is or how it can actually convert to knowledge and development. Very strange.

    Advice to Management

    Stop the weird videos and bring back proper learning.


  5. Helpful (4)

    "Middle of the road"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Consultant in Royston, East of England, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Consultant in Royston, East of England, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at PA Consulting Group full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Large (10-25%) pay rises reward upward movement

    Offices in many major cities across the world

    Wide range of work gives plenty of opportunity for lateral career movement

    Sabbaticals offered every few years where you can work elsewhere and remember the horrors of industry to prevent consulting burnout

    Obvious effort directed to internal communications

    Newer offices (e.g. London) are quite nice

    Health and safety in the Melbourn site is gradually improving after a very worrying period caused by an inappropriate head of health and safety

    Cons

    Poor annual pay rises (inflation only)

    Mixed staff quality from uncertain recruitment

    Older offices (e.g. Cambridge) are grim

    A reluctance to acknowledge the existence of internal sales roles that can lead to staff being pulled in multiple directions unnecessarily

    No culture of innovation. This is somewhat ironic given that PA claims to do three things: (consulting, technology and innovation)

    Dated internal systems. E.g. timesheets and job statistics are generated by hand by a department rather than by software which is inefficient and ineffective

    No internal reviews resulting in occasional very poor quality output being delivered to clients

    Annual staff review process is incredibly heavy handed and labour intensive for no obvious benefit

    One size fits all expenses policy only works for staff who are body shopped. Short periods of international travel routinely leave staff significantly out of pocket

    Quality systems are poorly understood intrrnally and not enforced. This raises questions about how the company maintains ISO 9001 or 13485

    Advice to Management

    It's silly not to let Innovation and People and Talent perform some internal work to deal with the myriad but very easily fixable problems

    Have some vision!


  6. Helpful (6)

    "Great flexibility, not so great leadership"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at PA Consulting Group full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    -Flexible working and working from home
    - Good pay and bonus
    -Interesting clients with international work if you are interested in travelling

    Cons

    - This business cares only about sales; the people are irrelevant and uncared for. Top talent is always leaving for this reason.
    - Promotions are based solely on utilisation score (all the way up to senior manager / managing consultant level!). Client feedback and glowing reviews are irrelevant.
    - Management really don’t know what they’re doing.
    - Maternity leave pay is rubbish in comparison to other companies (3 months full pay only)
    - Leaders are not empowered
    - Diversity and inclusion is a tick box activity rather than something that leaders truly care about
    - Uninspiring leaders
    - Nothing new to say in terms of thought leadership and always behind in the marketplace.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in leadership development and in more inspiring leaders who provide direction and vision


  7. "Good could be better"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Principal Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Principal Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at PA Consulting Group full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Opportunity to progress quickly up the ranks, huge variety of assignments, decent expenses policy, IT pretty good, new offices impressive

    Cons

    Requirement to undertake corporate overhead work in own time if you want to progress, undisclosed pay bands so unclear where you rank against peers, siloed approach to business development, constant reframing of internal teams.

    Advice to Management

    Implement stable internal teams, publish pay bands, provide corporate code to 'charge' internal work.

  8. "Good structure and a wealth of talent & knowledge, but the corporate message can seem disingenuous"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Principal Consultant in Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Principal Consultant in Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at PA Consulting Group full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Extensive internal training programmes, big budgets, opportunity to progress. Relaxed working environment and flexible approach are great. Good salaries compared to smaller consultancies.

    Cons

    Fractured projects, odd approach to resourcing, and a general suspicion of the corporate direction amongst the staff. General lack of direction and most tasks are motivated solely by profit.

    Advice to Management

    Be honest with the staff, the consulting BS from management is very rarely genuine and people see through it immediately. It simply erodes confidence in the company. Being up front and plain speaking would speak volumes.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Lack of trust and too many in-company processes spoil a very good place to work"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Consultant in Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Consultant in Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at PA Consulting Group full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Friendly knowledgeable and interesting colleagues to work with.
    Challenging projects with lots of responsibility given at an early stage to shape future outcomes.
    Training budgets are large and training is encouraged and made time for.
    Excellent testing and prototyping facilities with helpful workshop and laboratory staff

    Cons

    IT support is bad and border line un-helpful making it much harder to perform the job. One has to violate IT policy repeatedly in order to complete work on time. 4 weeks to put a sticker on a piece of hardware in order to use it and 8 weeks to get a new computer for a test machine is completely unacceptable.

    Many of the company's processes are laborious and do not translate into real-life.

    High utilisation targets (relative to other Cambridge consultancies) means that achieving objectives is difficult and requires many hours of unpaid over-time to achieve them. There is not much time left for managing internal projects or doing sales related work. Note sales work does not count towards utilisation.

    Poor employee non-salary benefits. eg. Kitchens contain no cutlery or crockery. There is not even a washing up bowl! Provide your own milk. The canteen is not subsidised and is expensive. It serves small portions, typically £4.50 for a main meal.

    All the company's processes are setup to make life harder, but a "we're in it together" attitude and challenging work, makes for an exciting place to work in.

    Advice to Management

    Give everyone Admin rights and trust your employees not to abuse them.

    Stop under-selling projects. Most projects do not have enough time or budget to finish them adequately and require long hours that do not contribute to utilisation to be worked by many project members.

    Be truthful with offer letters (with regard to bonuses) to better manage staff expectations and moral.


  10. "Consultant"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Consultant in Dubai (United Arab Emirates)
    Former Employee - Consultant in Dubai (United Arab Emirates)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at PA Consulting Group full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    A good blend of Management and Technology consulting for those joining PA's UK Offices.

    Cons

    No career advancement plans. Managing consultants work in silos, therefore no room for collaborations. Salary scale disparities based on nationality.

    Advice to Management

    Bring focus to the MENA practice