PA Consulting Group
3.9 out of 5 stars.
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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.
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Nice people, interesting work
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Targets are difficult to achieve if working on a new account
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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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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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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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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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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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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. People-friendly environment. Highly technical IT team. Effective management. Great place to work.
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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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Pros -Some interesting work, large programmes -Working with experts in their field -Flat structure Cons -Sometimes assigned to client jobs and you don’t have a say -You got to to work for your promotion and push the right people. You have no hand to hold.
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Good variety of projects, a great place to work. Good benefits (decent salary, pension and health care) and flexible working. Good central London location
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It allowed me to make a lot of progress in the industry I wanted to partake in, while also proving challenging to my skill set. It's certainly a good place to start at.
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The company has a great history and is a wonderful place to learn and collaborate. I learnt a lot about putting clients and there needs at the center of every bid and assignment.
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people and culture
Cons
too much focus on utilisation
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Do not join this company, they're like a large recruitement company they will hire anyone with set expertise and force them to clients which doens't meet your skills. They also prioritize diveristy rather than hiring people for their skills/expertise, their whole model is confusing. E.g. I interviewed as a full stack developer using node js and react for front end, once i joined for few months I had no project - I was forced to do proposals for other clients lying how great PA is for certain services. Then a project was offered to me which didn't meet my expertise, I was then told either I had to do proposals for them or join a client whom I wish I didn't work for. Avoid at all cost.
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Everything
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Great place to work, fantastic culture. Hard work pays. I would highly recommend working at PA Consulting. Management really care about your career development.
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Working for PA is very enjoyable. Busy environment and fantastic mix of people. Employees are well looked after and achieving healthy work/life balance is possible and encouraged.
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I was able to do a week of work experience with PA and given the chance I would do another. It was great to be able to go around every department and broaden my horizons on what jobs a business was made up of.
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A company that puts value in people. Amazing colleagues and fair management. Everyone in the company had a good work ethic. There were many opportunities to advance if you work hard. IT equipment is modern and always being upgraded. I would still be with them if not for life circumstances. Only critcism is that the salary for IT/Systems is below average for the desired skillsets, however raises are annual if you perform well.
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Amazing people, Successful company, Good job quality, Advancement opportunities
Cons
Lower than average salary for IT
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I recently joined Group IT Services. After my interview they very quickly made me a job offer, knowing I was also interviewing for other roles. After joining the company, I have found the culture to be good and people are helpful and happy to assist you as a new person. Getting access to the systems I need access to has been a bit of hurdle and perhaps PA's new joiner process could be better if systems a new employee would need were identified and accounts set up beforehand. Other than that, no real issues and I feel I am settling into my new job well.
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Nice location, nice office, friendly people
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Getting system accesses you need can be a hurdle
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The company was heavily biased to the benefit of the partners. this has improved. Better external training required to ensure skills are kept up to date.
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A typical day at work for me would consist of sonic welding plastic to construct packages for consumables in solid form. I learnt that some plastics wouldn't weld properly and needed another form of joining them. The management was too technical for me to understand The hardest part of the job was to measure to the exact size. This was done to the exact millimetre. Too big and the packaging would be too loose and would fall apart. Too small and the packaging would split and wouldn't fit the necessary jig that was used. The most enjoyable part of the day at work was knowing that you was able to have a lot of freedom, as long as the work specified was done on time and accurate.
Pros
Free tea and coffee
Cons
loneliness
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