L.E.K. Consulting Employee Reviews about "working hours"

Updated 6 Dec 2020

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L.E.K. Consulting Global Managing Partner Stuart Jackson
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227 Ratings
Pros
  • "Great people to work with, interesting and dynamic projects(in 31 reviews)

  • "Steep learning curve with responsibilities from day 1(in 25 reviews)

Cons
  • "Poor work-life balance due to long-hours(in 118 reviews)

  • "long working hours but nothing out of the ordinary for consulting(in 41 reviews)

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  1. "Good for PE / Strategy"

    3.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate in London, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at L.E.K. Consulting full-time

    Pros

    Good exposure to multiple sectors; cases are short; focus on mid-term strategy and PE buy/sell transactions Strong quantitative focus; generally quite rigorous analysis

    Cons

    Can be (very) long working hours, and variable management among partners

  2. Helpful (1)

    "Excellent Time"

    5.0
    Former Employee - Graduate Investment Analyst in London, England

    I worked at L.E.K. Consulting part-time

    Pros

    Broad range of client. Driven culture.

    Cons

    Occasional long working hours. Too detail-driven.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Fantastic company"

    5.0
    Former Employee - Associate 

    I worked at L.E.K. Consulting full-time

    Pros

    -interesting work -kind, effective people -great office

    Cons

    -long working hours but nothing out of the ordinary for consulting

  4. "Positives and Negatives"

    2.0
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    Current Employee - Consultant 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at L.E.K. Consulting full-time

    Pros

    No travel, associated are smart and fun to work with

    Cons

    working hours, culture, lack of leadership

  5. Helpful (2)

    "Great place to build a career in healthcare"

    4.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tokyo
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at L.E.K. Consulting full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    - Very strong in healthcare and lifesciences; doing truly strategic and transformative work and supporting very innovative companies with their Japan strategy - Very international, diverse environment - Flat hierarchy - Transparent, sincere culture - Smart and hardworking team members - Offers pathways to a range of other good opportunities, including good grad school options, marketing / strategy roles at leading healthcare and tech companies, private equity and equity research, etc. - Global brand that is recognized in US, EU and beyond

    Cons

    - Some projects have long working hours - Healthcare focus isn't for some - International environment may not be so good for people who want too immerse themselves in Japanese corporate culture

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    "Brutal hours and thankless culture. Avoid at all costs"

    1.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Consultant in Tokyo
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at L.E.K. Consulting full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    - Handfull of intelligent colleagues - Opportunity to engage with overseas offices - Pay comparable with industry competitors

    Cons

    - Poor talent retention. More than 50% of the office resigned in 2018 - Terrible working hours, even by industry standards. Expect to finish 3 to 4 in the morning, with constant weekend work - Dysfunctional pyramid structure, with insufficient number of middle level staffs, - Thankless and toxic culture, driven by leadership. Avoid at all costs at any position / level here. Find something else, and you will not regret.

  7. "The pay compensates for the long working hours"

    3.0
    Former Contractor - Contractor in London, England

    I worked at L.E.K. Consulting for less than a year

    Pros

    Very young and dynamic working atmosphere. Good pay.

    Cons

    I agree to some extent that the company is a research sweatshop. Working hours are definitely long. Sometimes you would also want to have a more diverse task and more say than just doing due diligence research. You don't feel like you're learning anything new except for doing more hardcore research.

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  8. "Manager"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at L.E.K. Consulting full-time

    Pros

    Challenging and varied work Great people Friendly environment

    Cons

    Work hours from time to time

  9. "Great career starting point"

    5.0
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor 

    I have been working at L.E.K. Consulting

    Pros

    - Steep learning curve with responsibilities from day 1 - Colleagues are very well educated and clever boosting the quality of work produced - Promotions can be quick

    Cons

    - Late working hours and life/work balance

  10. "Fast-paced, high intensity"

    4.0
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    Current Employee - Associate Consultant in Seoul
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at L.E.K. Consulting full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    High pay, work with smart people, challenging tasks

    Cons

    Long work-hours, little downtime and inefficient work process with little guidance

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