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Updated 11 February, 2018
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  • Great company that strives for a work-life balance while promoting an extreme merit-based culture (in 40 reviews)

  • Great people, interesting work, good offices (in 41 reviews)

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  1. "Outstanding consulting"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at PA Consulting Group full-time

    Pros

    Outstanding people, projects and clients

    Cons

    Big firm so some of the negatives that come with that.


  2. "Nice company shame about Carlyle"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at PA Consulting Group full-time

    Pros

    Great people, interesting work, good offices

    Cons

    Leadership, reward model, Carlyle investment


  3. Helpful (2)

    "Solution Architect"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Solutions Architect in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Solutions Architect 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

    1. Excellent people to work with and challenging assignments
    2. Good work life balance
    3. Good career opportunities

    Cons

    1. Compensation could be better


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    "Analyst"

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    Current Employee - Analyst in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Analyst in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Exciting company that is growing very fast
    Wide range of projects
    Strong on technology and innovation
    Good exposure to senior staff
    Reasonable working hours
    Challenging and satisfying career

    Cons

    Less recognisable brand compared to big 4 and strategy houses


  6. "No london-based work for consultants"

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    Current Employee - Consulting Analyst in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Consulting Analyst in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Decent compensation + travel allowance
    Friendly people
    beautiful new office (if you ever go in)

    Cons

    Very few London based clients so lots of travel
    Still very male dominated


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Struggling to keep pace with the market"

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    Current Employee - Principal Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Principal Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at PA Consulting Group full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good expenses policy
    Fair amount of autonomy
    No "up or out" culture
    Good bonus
    Most people friendly and helpful

    Cons

    Excessive travel - most work outside London but all social and community focus is mid-week and London focussed. Waste of time.
    Stagnant and uninspiring pipeline of work
    Most Partners useless - bonus mechanisms encourage self-preservation over the best interests of the firm
    Prohibitively expensive - you'll take home circa 10% of what you bill with Partners taking a large chunk of the rest
    Not innovative at all. They really advertise themselves as this but its utter nonsense.
    Limited account support beyond pressure to sell more work.
    Lots of internal work - you'll lose lots of weekends and evenings to pointless internal work. If you do it, no one cares - but if you don't do it, youll get criticised and financially penalised at bonus time.
    Strategy changes every year - Partners just squabble about CEO driven changes for a year before anything actually happens - and by then, another strategy gets wheeled out.

    Advice to Management

    Remove Partners from the internal roles of driving forward PA's strategy. They have a vested financial interest in the status quo rather than embracing potentially disruptive change. Get them out of the office and on the road winning new work. They need to find new clients and not just squeeze the ones they've got. This just produces an uninteresting portfolio of work with ever decreasing opportunities for the consultants on the ground.


  8. "Impressed!"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Analyst in Stockholm, Stockholm (Sweden)
    Current Employee - Analyst in Stockholm, Stockholm (Sweden)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Culture, bonus, opportunity to work with experienced consultants for day one. Very nice introduction programme in Cambridge. Opportunity to develop your skills

    Cons

    Base salary is slightly below average of firms like Accenture. However PA offer a good bonus, stock options etc. np


  9. Helpful (2)

    "High staff turnover"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at PA Consulting Group full-time

    Pros

    Opportunity to get involved in different tasks
    Some really smart people work here

    Cons

    Poor staff retention
    Repetitive tasks
    Concerns are not taken seriously by HR


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Exciting company"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Managing Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Managing Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at PA Consulting Group full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Exciting projects shaping future technologies, products and business models. Entrepreneurial and network based organisation. Brilliant people, often world class. The global technology centre is truly unique - we really create unique inventions shaping entire industries, develop and build world first devices and machines.

    Cons

    Innovation culture concentrated in one area of the business, suboptimal travel policy for international flights, relatively low salaries, relatively unknown brand. Uncertainty for future developments and strategy.

    Advice to Management

    Truly integrate technology and innovation cross all services and sectors. This is a key differentiator which could be developed and used more across the company. Reduce the amount and increase the quality of the internal change initiatives. Clarify future strategy and direction.


  11. Helpful (6)

    "Do not recommend"

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    Current Employee - Corporate in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Corporate in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Exciting work opportunities, great colleagues, nice new offices.

    Cons

    The management team are waiting until the end of the Carlyle era and simply adding to their enormous wealth without investing in the growth of the company or caring about the staff.
    The company was in the papers fairly recently about a questionable commercial agreement with the Government. This was certainly not the first time they have done this, they are unscrupulous.
    The company lacks strategy and drive and treats its employees badly.

    Advice to Management

    Time to move on, most have only ever worked at PA and they really need someone new to lead.


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