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Great colleagues but company only cares about shareholders

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Was amazing, love everyone there. They are super friendly and I had some great opportunities. Middle management really care but upper management only care about share price and this has become increasingly apparent in recent months. Theyre still hiring after letting people go and there are people who have been projectless for months.


Great work life balance, healthy environment, big focus on upskilling


Heavy focus on utilisation, not enough jobs to go around, once youve been off a project for a while you get overlooked for work
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Good place to work

Good place to work, flexible working conditions. Like all consultancy it’s all about billable hours and getting on to a project. Promotion cycles are once per year and not frequent enough which leads to a loss of talent
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Based on 5 survey responses
What people like
  • Time and location flexibility
  • Ability to meet personal goals
  • Ability to learn new things
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  • General feeling of work happiness
  • Supportive environment
  • Trust in colleagues

Productive and fun workplace

Productive and fun workplace, always opportunity to develop and grow skills, very supportive partners and exposure to different clients in different sectors
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Great people but too much focus on utilisation

The people are great. They really care about you and want you to succeed. One of the smartest and friendliest people out there. But it can be hard to get on projects. Too many people on the bench
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A good place to work

Overall a good place to work. They support their people to build skills and develop. There is a lot of autonomy over your own career. Progression requires tough choices around work life balance though. They try to present a family vibe to the workplace and culture but profit will always come first before people.


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Long hours
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This was a highly stressful environment

I felt the group were more focused on winning jobs than placing the right consultants with the right skill sets in the job.The work was relentless with long hours under a significant amount of stress to hit extremely challenging deadlines.The workplace culture is a dog eat dog culture where everyone is trying to win bids even if it means riding rough shod over others


Long hours and general culture.
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Amazing culture, great people

Supportive and collaborative culture, not hierarchical. People want you to learn and always put in the effort even if they are a lot more senior than you. The only two downsides I see is the pay and promotion cycle. PA is going through a growth phase and there is work being conducted at the moment on these aspects so hopefully it will improve soon. All in all, best place to start your career, work on really interesting projects that all have innovation at the core! We work in a wide range of industries so there is the possibility to tailor your experience at PA. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time so far and have met so many wonderful and intelligent people who make the projects even more interesting!
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Cut-throat and stressful

Very long hours No work-life balanceVery stressful Not a fun placeNot an inclusive placePartners do not care about the staff and ask for work during evenings and weekends


Long hours
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Innovative, supportive, high striving culture

PA is not the highest paying consultancy but a good employer.Most importantly, the culture is supportive, innovative and high energy.An assignment cannot be a success for the client if someone in the PA team is not at their best, so (in 9 out of 10 cases), there is a supportive culture of improving and helping each other.




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Great people but poorly run company

Entrenched culture, with no willingness or capacity to change. Too many vested interests among partners who had their own domains, were making big money and did not want to work with others, fearing dliuting their earnings, instead of thinking about the broader opportunities for growth


Some great colleagues


Management system means everyone looks after themselves
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Regret leaving

I joined PA in Sep 2020 during covid lockdown. After 10 months was head hunted to join a "Startup-up". Having been there for a month, I started to miss my work and the culture which I enjoyed at PA. I felt I missed the outstanding support line managers, MCs and partners provided. It was like a big family and everyday it grew or found someone new to collaborate with. PA is truly an amazing consultancy firm and the vast industries they serve is a testament to their thought leadership and capabilities. Wish I could turn the time to that day I was head hunted, certainly would have made a different call. However didn't walk away with no experience still learned and gain some experience working in a startup environment.


Very employee wellbeing focus and yearly PDP review not just dont as a tick box excercise.


Remote onboarding should be related to the role/position rather than the over GTM/capability.
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Productive and growth led

Good working bunch and with real career opportunities. Working hours and typical of consulting organisations but people are flexible and try to look out for you.
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Unsustainable Business Model

Pros: - Good work-life balance - Great location - Variety of work Cons: - Salary increases fall below market averages - Difficult to get onto projects with little experience
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Nice people dreadful management

I was laid off as soon as the coronavirus lockdown started. I had a difficult account requiring a significant amount of work to establish PA as a preferred supplier. PA decided as I was not able to sell a significant piece of work I was surplus to requirements. I was disappointed how quickly they ditched me and felt the decision was rushed and Covid was simply seen as an opportunity to get rid of people.


Nice people, interesting work


Targets are difficult to achieve if working on a new account
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Great interview experience

Great people are working at PA. Nice culture and lots of new challenges. I enjoyed working together with different diversified people. The team was very professional.
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Great colleagues, poor management

PA claims to be a leader in innovation (or "ingenuity" more recently), but they cannot break with their own conservative business model. It's a great place to work and advance as a junior consultant or analyst. However, advancement opportunities evaporate just below Partner level. Also, as a point of caution, almost no one who is hired in as a Managing Consultant or Partner lasts more than 2 years.
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Great place to work

All good, with a lovely culture. All co-workers are team players and are always willing to help where necessary. Work is generally varied and interesting.
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Enjoyed working with PA

Was well lead and supported and empowered to get on with the job. Appreciated the confidence in my skillset and ability to manage the work in a mature and effective way. Grown up organisation that deserves to succeed.
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Great people to work with

Management Consulting firm with focus on delivery for clients. Great people to work with. Fast paced and demanding Working across lots of different organisations
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Productive workspace with excellent work-life balance

Productive workspace with excellent work-life balance. People-friendly environment. Highly technical IT team. Effective management. Great place to work.
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Adept at cutting edge technology deployment

It is an excellent place to work and opportunity to work with cutting edge technologies. Friendly colleagues, excellent management. Opportunity to learn and contribute. Excellent work life balance.
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Overall rating

Based on 95 reviews

Ratings by category

3.6 out of 5 stars for Work/Life Balance
3.5 out of 5 stars for Salary/Benefits
3.1 out of 5 stars for Job security/advancement
3.2 out of 5 stars for Management
3.5 out of 5 stars for Culture

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