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8.9 / 10

(based on 15 ratings in 2018)

2018

"It depends on the project. I've worked with some managers who are more hierarchical than others and can limit the work of junior consultants. However, I've also worked with others who treat you as if you are just as experienced as they are. The culture is changing and there is a push towards a flat structure, but it will take time. There are loads of opportunities to socialise outside of working hours but not in a way where you feel pressured."
Entry level, London
"The culture at PA is great. Everyone is super friendly and helpful and I know I can rely on my colleagues to be accommodating if I need a bit more time while I am still gaining experience. We have plenty of meet ups for all grad analysts too, which help us all to keep in contact with each other, so we can share our experiences. I was given lots of training and get plenty of attention from my line manager and resource manager to help me forge my path in PA."
Graduate, London
"The culture and social opportunities are good. PA needs to improve its diversity, but it is good that things are being done to address this."
Graduate, London
"The culture in the office is very open and relaxed and very non-hierarchical because you see and work with very senior people on a daily basis. People seem to be very cooperative and willing to help when needed as well."
Graduate, London
"PA is a genuine meritocracy. I work closely alongside far more senior clients and am listened to and encouraged to contribute in meetings with them. Colleagues are very collaborative and there is a big focus on cooperation and teamwork on projects. The social life at PA is great. When we're away on projects, teams tend to be social with dinner and drinks frequently organised. My business unit back in London also makes a real effort to host all kinds of social events including lunch & learns, monthly drinks, a great summer and winter party, coffee/croissant catch-ups, escape room events and treasure hunts etc. Most projects also allow you to work from the office on Friday, which means you still get to see friends who aren't working on your current project. Upon joining, you are given a buddy who can help with any 'settling in' needs. You will also attend onboarding training in a cohort of new joiners creating a nice pre-made group of friends and it's very easy to get along with anyone in the office or on projects."
Graduate, London
"It is a very flat culture where you can easily contact, and interact with, senior members. The atmosphere is very collaborative and you are encouraged to expand your own network and interact with new people constantly."
Graduate, London

2016

"Very flat office culture; everyone is willing to learn from one another. People are willing to take time out to teach you and help you. They recognise how doing this helps everyone in the long term."
Graduate, Cambridge
"The culture is very open and there are more opportunities for flexible working than in other organisations. The hierarchy is very flat and senior management are happy to spend time discussing your career progression. It's also a very friendly and competent workforce."
Graduate, London
"A very warm and welcoming culture, it encourages staff to help each other and there isn't a feeling of competing with your peers. Promotion is based on merit so if you work hard it will be recognised and rewarded."
Graduate, London
"The culture is open and friendly – everyone in the organisation is more than willing to help and support you if needed. Furthermore, there is no sense of hierarchy – everyone is viewed as equal, which is really nice as a new starter. People tend to be efficient and smart with their time, so there is certainly no expectation to work late into the night (although from time to time we do need to finish slightly later if on a tight deadline). It's very easy to get to know people from across the whole organisation because we are not too large. People tend to be really social and I have made some great friends here. However, as consultants are often on client sites, it can be easy to lose touch with people."
Graduate, London
"PA's culture is enjoyable, particularly because it is a flat organisation. It's a firm where junior members of the organisation can have regular in-depth interactions with senior colleagues. People within PA are willing to give up their time to have engaging discussions irrespective of rank."
Graduate, London
"The hierarchies within PA are quite flat. We obviously have our ranks but you are encouraged to speak up and make yourself heard from any level in the organisation. The nature of consulting always connects you with different people and everyone is very open and approachable."
Entry level, London
"The culture is quite casual despite appearances. You can talk to anyone from a graduate to a senior partner and there is a flat structure meaning that your opinion is always heard. There is a good after-work culture between graduates with regular socials and trips to the pub after work."
Graduate, London
"The culture in the office is very friendly, but also focused. Don't expect to be mulling around – you have to get stuck in and help out in order to do well. The culture helps you to develop quickly in your career. Out of office hours there are some socials with your department and drinks after work. Regular socials with other graduates are self-generated, so make sure you are proactive in networking with them too."
Graduate, London

2015

"One of the best things about PA Consulting, for me, is that it is a very flat organisation. People are very generous with their time. I emailed a partner in another practice today who I have never met, because I am interested in the work he does, and now we're meeting for coffee next week. People here are intelligent, driven and fun."
Graduate, London
"The office space is shared by analysts and partners alike, which gives a good indication of the (basically) collaborative culture and the lack of obstructive hierarchy (although there's plenty of ambition and motivation!)."
Entry level, Leicester
"The culture is friendly and ambitious. I have found that the culture after-hours varies depending on your office location, but the company has a flat hierarchy so it's easy to work/socialise with everyone, regardless of their rank."
Graduate, Cambridge/Melbourn
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