PA Consulting Reviews

Updated 6 May 2021

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  1. "Great place to start your career"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Research Associate in Bangalore
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at PA Consulting full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    good office space back then great team to work n learn from

    Cons

    UK based and we were backend KPO org could close anytime

  2. Helpful (1)

    "Good company"

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

    I worked at PA Consulting full-time

    Pros

    Good work environment and flexibility

    Cons

    this is a one of best global multinational company

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  3. Helpful (1)

    "Research Analyst"

    2.0
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Market Research Analyst in Bangalore

    I worked at PA Consulting full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Complacent work environment. work life balance.

    Cons

    Very poor career progression. Not a good company to start your career

  4. "consultant"

    4.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I worked at PA Consulting full-time

    Pros

    work life balance, good consulting assignments

    Cons

    promotion criteria not upto mark

  5. Helpful (1)

    "Mecca for freshers"

    2.0
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Analyst With Knowledge Division in Bangalore
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at PA Consulting

    Pros

    Bonus alone. Fixed component less than the market offer Good for freshers alone Monthly free lunch

    Cons

    1)Lack of vision at top management 2)0% travel for employees below top management level 3)Lower ranks to support the top management travel by preparing report,data sheets and ppts. 4)Salary disparity at it's high within memebers of a team 5)Lack of efficient HR department owing to frequest resignations at HR manager level 6)Government offices ar much better when it comes to an approval,sanction,decision of any business relevent issue/matter 7)Not a great place to work for working mothers as work life balance wouldn't be met most of the times 8)Day in and day out it's always secondary research.No scope or thoughts at key menegement level to move into other areas apart from Sec.Research 9)Referred emloyees tend to receive outstanding gains when it comes to salary. Salary depends on key contacts that one has with the current employees at the firm and the referrers internal marketing capability 10)Have stock investments? You could some expert advices from seniors who only do that in office day in and out 11)"it's my least priority" kind of an attitude when it comes to employee career goals,progress and grievences 12)Lap top and Blackberries issued to senior most people who don't now how to operate them and who have no use of the same owing to nature of work. 13)Incapable and lethargic people at top management who are at their early 40's who have the ambition to retire from KPC alone.So not the right place for one who has the urge to learn new things and build a career for self

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    "Very Lethargic and disinterested people"

    1.0
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Consultant in Bangalore
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at PA Consulting

    Pros

    - Laptops for everyone, Except GS - Annual day celebrations. But, this is again coming under cost cutting - Monthly free lunch - Bonus is not part of your CTC.

    Cons

    - Horrible Work - Life balance. People working on week-ends are very common. - No respect for employees, Derogatory remarks are very common in S & I, openly. - Career Development Plan is just to Show - Off. Nothing is done about it. And they are not eve bothered about it. - Promotions are based on personal relationships with top management. - No focus. Too much body shopping lately. - No process. - Highly incompetent Middle management. - Gradually moving from IT Consulting to Service based. - Working hours form 9.30 - 6. But imposed too much on few people and few are let go, not even asking a question. - Everything else is important, except the work you are supposed to do. - Majority people are so low motivated. Management doesn't even try to address this. - Heaven for people with own business(@ Middle Management level). They spend almost entire day spekaing to their stock brokers or real estate brokers.

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  7. "Nice company to work for at junior levels."

    4.0
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Consultant Analyst in Bangalore
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at PA Consulting full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    attractive salary structure. good perks and facilities.

    Cons

    -No career growth for technical people, one has to keep on working on the same level year after year, may be forever. -lack of leadership from the partner group -company feels like a pension scheme for the majority shareholder

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Good For Freshers"

    2.0
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
     in Bangalore
    Doesn't Recommend
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at PA Consulting

    Pros

    Working environment conducive with colleagues who are ambitious, skilled, experienced Net speed quite good as it's a critical factor for secondary research Work From Home for people with laptops Annual leave days and medical insurance coverage etc. Monthly briefing sessions and getogether follwed by lunch/snacks etc; Yearly conducted fun days

    Cons

    Not quite bright future for KPC as it is still stuck with Secondary Reserach alone Not all consulting departments with PA quite supporting KPC with sufficient engagements Poor support from consulting practices within PA in terms of client facing work/sold jobs 0% travel for middle management seniors(AS2 cadre) Less than market average fixed salary component Salary disparity with memebers of same team. This relates to the fact that referred employees and ex collegues tend to earn more money irrespective of the total experience in hand, when compared to employess who have been in roles for more than 2 years within KPC Great place to settle down for people in late 30's and above.Focus on some less value add work on a day to day basis and one can retire with some good fortunes in hand Provision of lap tops and black berries only to key specific individuals. There are people(married and un married individuals, mothers etc;) within a team who from 2007 haven't had a lap top. On the other hand there are peole who have been issued laptops from the first month they had joined. Top management not so keen on taking the KPC to next level inspite of key inputs from it's key employees. Management of KPC needs to see around and understand where they are placed amongst it's competitors and where the other KPO's are moving to. Most of the KPO's in Bangalore, Noida, Hyderabad (captives and 3rd parties) that support consulting are well ahead of PA's KPC catering to multple areas apart from Secondary Research alone.Focus on Secondary reserach alone would tend to be factor to abitious employees who wanna look at careers outside PA owing to the reason that the demand for people with secondary research skill sets alone is very miniscule. Lack of clarity around roles and responsibilty prevails. One could find peole at different designations doing the same job at the end of the day.Senior research analyst(SRA),Principal Analyst, Team lead all do the same job at the end of the day.There is no differentiating factor between different roles and responsibilties with respect to an employee's designation. Opportunirty to travel is granted to levels above Manager and above and the lower levels are expected to feed them with inputs lke power point presentations, key contact details, meeting arrangements, key dashboard details etc. Higher cadre emloyees especially the head of division with other personal interests(family owned business) and stock/share investments find KPC a great place to work owing to minimal control over these within office environment. While lower level employees are nailed down for indulging with their personal matters. Some low level employees were even asked to resign owing to the above related issues as unfortunately their performance was portrayed to be coming down Improper behaviour of the top management people, use of abusive language during meetings and employee briefings.

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  9. "Analyst"

    5.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at PA Consulting full-time

    Pros

    Excellent work life balance Very professional environment

    Cons

    Need to be cautious about your own career and skills development

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  10. "One of the most Proffessional Organization I worked for..."

    5.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Principal Consultant in New Delhi
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at PA Consulting

    Pros

    Whole some growth, a lot of importance on Training and Development.

    Cons

    Very Europe Centric approach, Focus on Emerging Markets is less

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