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PA Consulting Group Reviews

Updated 19 October, 2017
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  1. "Great company"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Principal Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Principal Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at PA Consulting Group full-time

    Pros

    Great company, employee ownership creates collegiate atmosphere. Smart, commercial but also ethical people.

    Cons

    Sometimes reluctant to invest where it is needed to grow the business.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "poor communication"

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    Former Employee - Consultant
    Former Employee - Consultant
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at PA Consulting Group full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    working with terrific clients, great colleagues. nice office locations.

    Cons

    the biggest issue i had working at PA was the poor communication between teams - and country managements. this led to may misunderstandings that were completely unnecessary. Working with the clients was great but the internal politics was a mess.


  3. "PA Review"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Consultant Analyst in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Consultant Analyst in London, England (UK)

    Pros

    Great people, fun environment, inspiring place to work

    Cons

    Career development could be better


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Remember what made you great"

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    Former Employee - Principal Consultant in Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Principal Consultant in Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people,
    Great clients with some superb projects
    Did I mention great people?

    Cons

    Work-life balance is poor if you want to make it too the top
    No care for employees health - HR non existent when it goes wrong
    Going backwards since the new investors arrived

    Advice to Management

    Be brave - in hiring the right people and not being scared to have them out of work - use this time to develop the culture and new IP.
    Reward the staff by improving the work conditions - keep your employees happy day to day


  6. "Consultant"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at PA Consulting Group full-time

    Pros

    Great training and Client base Colleagues were diverse and location of office - London based ideal

    Cons

    Share options and reward package poor Utilisation could be better balanced across teams

    Advice to Management

    Focus on client service balanced by providing opportunities for all consultants


  7. Helpful (1)

    "They are great!"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good work, colleges, and projects.

    Cons

    Some times a lot of travel

    Advice to Management

    Keep on working together to bring in the big projects.


  8. Helpful (3)

    "Its not about the people"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Managing Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Managing Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at PA Consulting Group (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Some excellent and very bright and dedicated people with whom to work

    Cons

    Spends heaps of money to recruit people then does very little to mentor or train them. Makes people feel like failures then criticises them for not succeeding. No longer a "people" based organisation


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Account Administrator at PA Consulting"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Administrator in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Account Administrator 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

    - Interesting industry - lots of interesting projects
    - Great people
    - Nice Office
    - Good perks

    Cons

    This is a reflection on corporate rather than front-line consultancy

    - The team I was in seems to be completed neglected
    - No progression whatsoever
    - Do not allow you to drive your career, and as such, you are categorised into an area
    - Bonus was abysmal (although this was mainly to do with external factors)

    Altogether, I enjoyed some of my time in the role, but after PA had a 'capital injection' (aka majority buy out), they have since become more cut-throat and people have become less and less happy. Unfortunately, you can sense this in the atmosphere at the office.

    Advice to Management

    For this role - value your employees. You have unnecessary filters that actively stop people progressing in the role. It is a complete dead end.

    For PA in general - you seem to have lost sight of progressiveness and have become completely corporate. Understandably budgets are tight, revenue was impacted last year from the political environment, but ultimately, you sell people. Value all of them.


  10. Helpful (9)

    "Avoid - definitely in the short term"

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

    I worked at PA Consulting Group full-time

    Pros

    Good people.
    Decent work-life balance.
    Some real good intellectual property - albeit mismanaged.

    Cons

    PA is struggling whether due to its senior management or due to external influence from the new shareholder.
    Utilisation has been extremely poor and this has a cascading impact.
    Morale is very bad (except for the few favourites that are hand-picked by Partners to go from job to job).
    People aren't utilised for their skills - they are put on "the first project".
    Consultant pricing is extremely high even when utilisation is low as partners are more interested in their profit margin than developing people and getting them on jobs.
    Bonuses are therefore terrible. Except if you are a partner in which case the year has been "Fantastic".
    You are blamed for not being sold.
    When on the bench, you are given mind-numbing tasks to pretend you are busy.
    There is no effort to preserve or build intellectual property. You constantly find yourself searching for basic info.

    Advice to Management

    Quit. I have never seen or heard from the CEO.

    Some of the senior partners need to step up and get the partners to work together - at the moment none of them really work together.


  11. "Great Company, has management challanges"

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    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Healthcare Consultant in New York, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Healthcare Consultant in New York, NY (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people, strong opportunities and ability to grow

    Cons

    Poor senior management in some areas of the business is limiting growth


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