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  1. Helpful (3)

    "Clear signs of decline"

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    Current Employee - Partner in Copenhagen (Denmark)
    Current Employee - Partner in Copenhagen (Denmark)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Trainings and onboarding is good
    People seem friendly

    Cons

    Skills are outdated, extremely poor in digital capabilities
    Horrendous management : partners are out killing each other
    Culture is toxic
    Sales is chocking
    Utilization is driving everyone mad

    Advice to Management

    Please just step aside and sell this firm before its worth a lot less


  2. Helpful (6)

    "Time to sell out!"

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    Former Employee - Partner in London, OH (US)
    Former Employee - Partner in London, OH (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great company especially when it comes to technology and innovation
    Values and mutual respect seem to matter (atleast on surface)
    Good balance of risk averse when engaging with clients

    Cons

    1) Too slow: Extremely risk averse and too slow in new and existing client acquisitions
    2) Sales dropping: Losing steam and losing revenues as key players - both existing and new leaving
    3) Dog eat dog world: Bonus and remuneration schemes end up alienating colleagues thereby making it a harsh place in no time
    4) Huge disconnect between innovation labs and mainstream consulting : This just doesn't seem to work
    5) Pressure from American Private Equity majority shareholder Carlyle Group: This is becoming increasingly obvious and will lead to very painful situation.
    6) Disconnect with what market is asking: Consulting market is hard and even harder for PA since it has kept itself
    7) Disconnect / loss of connection with their key sales channels: As clients take more control of their finances, key business partners to PA within client orgs lose their budgeting power and thereby leading to sales depletion.
    8) Losing major key clients: This is very alarming and can be observed all over the place.

    Advice to Management

    Start selling your assets that are performing well in time
    Try to strike a deal with a firm now before valuation sinks way too below the expected returns
    Time to exit is NOW!

    PA Consulting Group Response

    9 Dec, 2016 – Talent Acquisition Specialist

    Thank you for your comments about PA. We are sorry to see that your experience whilst with us was mixed. Since entering into a partnership with Carlyle at the end of 2015, we are continuing to build... More


  3. Helpful (4)

    "Great if you are British and a partner"

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    Former Employee - Partner in New York, NY (US)
    Former Employee - Partner in New York, NY (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at PA Consulting Group full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Midsize consultancy, fair HR policies, and some very smart people (heavy MIT recruiting). Leeway to be innovative. Good compensation.

    Cons

    The whole company is based on elaborate financials that essentially boil down to ever-growing annuities for the partners. If someones leaves their PA shares revert back to the partner body -- so the best get-rich path is to make partner and hang on. You are better served by having your buddies fail and get a piece of their shares than you are by helping them to sell. New US partners don't have a chance and the attrition rate is very high here -- that's because the managers and lower ranks are heavily indebted to partners for assignments and they reciprocate by selling on behalf of their "feudal lords". If you don't have such a team below you there is very little chance of competing.

    Note that people don't care if new partners and sellers churn out as they leave profits behind to be divvied up. Its a good company with a very cut-throat bonus/equity scheme. Be warned.

    Advice to Management

    Hire professional management with knowledge of the local customs and leave the consultants to do consulting.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    "Unambitious company with little room for new senior entrants"

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    Former Employee - Partner in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Partner in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice people who know what they are talking about

    Cons

    Extremely risk averse, little scope for successful entry above graduate level. VERY political environment

    Advice to Management

    Take you money, leave and let new blood into the company


  6. Helpful (2)

    "A great place for senior partners"

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    Former Employee - Partner in Princeton, NJ (US)
    Former Employee - Partner in Princeton, NJ (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Interesting work. Some top people. Very cost concsious management systems which serve them well in slow periods. A large number of offices provides some international insight.

    Cons

    Technically a second-rate consulting firm with a few exceptions. The best predictor of success at PA is learning to manage to the complex financial and performance systems and learning to share/grab sales and operations credit on a job by job basis. The place is a money making machine for senior partners, not a client-focused business. That's lip service. I've seen many partners gouge clients and pad bills because their bonus was calculated on above the line profitabilily. So overcharging (above published rates) is highly profitable.

    Advice to Management

    Reward merit rather than rewarding those who play the game well and develop credit-sharing arrangements. Note that new partners, despite industry expertise and past success always fail at PA because they do not have these in-place support groups.