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2018

"Working for a consultancy brings very varied and interesting work. I will be doing very different things day to day and get to travel around a lot rather than just being stuck in the same office every day. Graduates have the opportunity to decide what they want to do pretty freely. The people at PA are very friendly and approachable and really want to help you use your skills and expand them while getting plenty of varied experience."
Graduate, London
"How interesting the work and people you work with are. I'm working in an area that I'm really interested in (healthcare) and PA allows graduates to specialise in an area they are passionate about straight away, rather than having to work in lots of random jobs and industries. I feel like the work I'm doing is at the forefront of the industry, extremely important and so stimulating. This is complemented by the calibre of my teammates, who are all incredibly intelligent, knowledgeable and all-around fun people to be around as well."
Graduate, London
"The variety of work you can get involved with at such an early stage, the flexibility in working and the freedom and trust you're given."
Graduate, London
"There are great learning experiences at every step, amazing people to work with and a huge range of industries and jobs to choose from within a well-defined structure. There are also great benefits and great training courses are provided for free."
Graduate, London
"We have a relaxed atmosphere where we focus on personal development. Everyone is happy to help out and there's a great culture."
Graduate,
"There is a lot of freedom to make an impact and build your own brand. If you want to develop a new capability, or expand a current capability by putting your own twist on things, there are people there to support you."
Graduate, London

2016

"Very supportive culture and plenty of opportunities to work on high-profile projects with early responsibility."
Graduate, London
"The people are amazing! Everyone's so friendly and willing to help you out. Just because you're junior, it doesn't mean you're not important. If you have something interesting to say, people will want to hear it. As a graduate, you get to go on a two-week training course and meet other grads and build a community of friends within the organisation. My cohort have gone for after-work drinks every Friday since we started. The work/life balance is great compared with other consultancies, although this will depend on your project. The projects are interesting and you get to engage with senior client stakeholders within your first few months."
Graduate, London
"There's a big emphasis on networking and building connections at PA, which means it's really easy to meet all the friendly and interesting people who work here. Our consultants are contributors at all levels of our community and take time out of their diaries to run training sessions for colleagues and organise community events, which means it's easy to meet people outside of your usual networks. Moreover, PA's flat structure and lack of hierarchy means that you are encouraged to get to know people at all levels of the organisation. Partners are also willing to take time out of their day to grab coffee and give advice."
Graduate, London
"The flexibility. There's an emphasis on network building so it's very sociable. We get good pay, lots of opportunities and freedom over our own careers."
Graduate, London
"The high levels of responsibility awarded to even junior roles. You are expected to represent both yourself and PA to the highest standards and are given interesting and challenging assignments from the start."
Graduate, London
"Everyone in the company is extremely welcoming and friendly. There are great opportunities in a wide range of projects to gain experience in skills you might want to build on. The salary is extremely competitive."
Graduate, London
"The lack of hierarchy and bureaucracy is something that is immediately noticeable. From day one, you are working with very senior people – meaning you learn quickly."
Graduate, London
"You get amazing opportunities to meet clients and huge amounts of freedom and responsibility early on. You also get the freedom to choose exactly what you want to do and where you want to go (you'll never get assigned to a project you don't want to do)."
Graduate, London

2015

"There are lots of opportunities to work on interesting and varied projects here."
Midlevel, London
"I have great colleagues here, and there are good training and development opportunities."
Graduate, London
"The ability to specialise immediately in my chosen field really benefited me, as did having a lot of flexibility."
Graduate, London
"The friendly and supportive atmosphere among colleagues was great."
Entry level, Leicester
"Pluses for me include the flexibility of work, variety of projects I can get involved in and the great people I work with."
Graduate, London
"The best thing about working here is the flexibility to work in many areas of interest and the ability to develop/learn."
Graduate, Cambridge/Melbourn
"I have good benefits and salary here, and I work with great people."
Graduate, London
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