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8.6 / 10

(based on 15 ratings in 2018)

2018

"It feels like there is a lot of personal control over how far you want to progress depending on your career aspirations. There is a clear framework as to what is required at each level of the organisation so understanding whether you are ready to progress is quite easy."
Entry level, London
"Promotion is done on merit and there is a clear structure to PA so it's clear and transparent what roles people have."
Graduate, London
"The promotion process was explained to me from the beginning and it is clear that management has a focus on moving grads up the ranks quickly so we can get an increasing amount of responsibility fast. PA seems to retain almost all of its graduates too, so graduates from five years ago are already in very senior roles within the team, which is inspiring and motivating to see when joining."
Graduate, London
"They're very transparent on what it takes to be promoted and the majority of the firm is in the middle so I'm very satisfied with my ability to move up."
Graduate, London
"You can go for promotion when you feel ready. There is a lot of information on what is required of different ranks and you will be given support from your line manager and mentors on how to move up the ranks and set a long term career development plan."
Graduate, London
"There are lots of promotion opportunities based on merit, which is very different to what happens in the Big 4. There's no pressure to move up until you are ready to take on the next challenge."
Graduate, London

2016

"Promotion is discussed very openly and the culture is very meritocratic. The process favours extroverts who are good networkers."
Graduate, London
"The promotion process is clear and you know that working hard will be rewarded."
Graduate, London
"You drive your career at your own pace, but it is easy to progress quickly. Promotions are based on your own merit."
Graduate, London
"PA's promotion policy is fair. It very much feels that, if you meet the requirements of the next rank, you should get promoted. However, it can sometimes feel like utilisation and your numbers play a large part of promotion cases, which can make you feel as if you have less control."
Graduate, London
"There is nothing stopping you being promoted up the first few ranks, except you. There are boxes that you need to tick to be promoted and everyone usually ticks them within the first few years. This means that promotion, at the start, is a question of when rather than if."
Graduate, London
"Promotions are meritocratic and based on your performance. We have regular performance reviews and discussions with our line managers."
Graduate, London
"I have heard cases of graduates progressing fairly quickly, but this is all down to you making the most of your time at PA by meeting people and being proactive about where you want to take your career. PA wants you to succeed."
Graduate, London

2015

"PA Consulting offers the opportunity to get a lot of great experience and is definitely a good name to have on your CV."
Graduate, London
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