L.E.K. Consulting Associate Reviews

Updated 7 Jul 2020

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L.E.K. Consulting Global Managing Partner Stuart Jackson
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84 Ratings
  1. Helpful (1)

    "Outstanding Company, Unique Culture, Best Possible 1st Job"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate in Sydney
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    L.E.K. has a unique low-ego, collaborative culture. L.E.K.ers are smart, driven and creative broad thinkers. Pay is in the top 25% compared to competitors. L.E.K. have a focus on PE and strategic projects rather than implementation work.

    Cons

    Hours can be long at times, particularly when working on PE projects (60+ per week). Average hours are 55 per week. However, this is no longer than the industry average.

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  2. "Hard work but rewarding culture"

    4.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Associate Consultant in Sydney
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at L.E.K. Consulting full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great people, fast progression, fun culture

    Cons

    Long, draining hours with an obsessive work culture

  3. Helpful (3)

    "Fantastic leadership; lifelong friends; more personal support in skills acquisition desired"

    4.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate in Sydney
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I have taken a large number of lifelong (and international) friends from working at LEK. High performing environment, with super smart people from whom you will learn so much. Great, principled leaders. Fantastic exposure to high-level professionals across a diversity of industries. Very stimulating work, for which you could see the impact.

    Cons

    More personalized professional development support would have been great. You're thrown in the deep end and can feel isolated and on your own for skills acquisition. There was sometimes a lack of 'caring personally' from managers; although, peer support was amazing.

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  4. Helpful (1)

    "Menial, non-challenging tasks as a junior"

    1.0
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate Consultant in Sydney
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at L.E.K. Consulting full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Decent case mix, some interesting projects Most people, especially juniors, are fun to be around Good social events, emphasis on company culture

    Cons

    Menial work for juniors, especially in their first year (lots of phone interviewing and extremely basic secondary research. Too often a very boring job. Very basic / boring personal development sessions - content learned at uni. Pay is below average compared with competitors. Partners minimise costs to max profits and aren't great with benefits

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  5. Helpful (3)

    "Great pay, dull work"

    5.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate Consultant in Melbourne
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at L.E.K. Consulting full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Excellent pay. Company culture is generally friendly. Great colleagues.

    Cons

    Uninteresting work. Some senior staff refer to being a junior employee as "doing time". Poor opportunities to excel. Progression is largely luck of the draw. Opaque, poorly-designed review system.

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  6. "Senior associate consultant"

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Associate Consultant in Sydney
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good perks, good communal feel, nice CBD location, great learning opportunities

    Cons

    Long hours, high expectation to perform

  7. Helpful (8)

    "Excellent business experience. Best first job out of university"

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Associate Consultant in Sydney
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at L.E.K. Consulting full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    - Excellent training ground: L.E.K. has what can loosely be considered a 3-year training program. At the associate entry level (first 1-2 years) you pick up core quantitative skills (financial modelling) and qualitative skills (primary/secondary research, analysis and synthesis of information). At the AC/SAC level, you will pick up very valuable high-level strategic/commercial thinking and problem solving skills. AC/SACs will also take on junior management responsibilities. It's a lot to learn in 3 years but there's typically pretty good support from senior team members as this progression is pretty well-ingrained - Generalist approach (apart from life sciences specialists): I was there for a bit over 3 years and worked on over 22 projects across a large number of industries. I worked on projects in technology, media, general industrials, healthcare, pharma, and private equity. - Swap (L.E.K.'s 6 month international secondment program): I was able to swap to both New York and London. This isn't typical but it was possible because the Partners are supportive of the swap program. - People: Everyone is very very bright. Fantastic place to learn from very analytical and very commercially savvy consultants, managers, and partners. Most people are also generally down-to-earth and very approachable. - Business school: L.E.K. are supportive of those wishing to pursue an MBA and have a good track record of alum getting into the top schools, both in the US and Europe. The firm also sponsors (cover tuition fees and a living stipend). - Exit opportunities: Exit opportunities in the UK as well as Australia are very comparable with MBB. Successful placement in blue-chip corporate strategy is common. PE opportunities are also a plus given transaction work has traditionally been a big L.E.K. strength. - Other: There is less travel than other consulting firms, which 1) allows for better work/life balance and 2) creates a tight-knit culture especially at the junior levels. This may be changing as the firm moves into more strategy activation/project implementation and management work. Overall, this was the best first job to have out of university (same can be said of other top strategy consulting firms). I had previously interned in a large investment bank but had nowhere near the same level of exposure to high-level strategy and commercial issues, which (in my opinion anyway) is ultimately what's most important.

    Cons

    - Uneven quality of senior management: Some posts have alluded to very negative experiences with people at the partner-level (especially in London). I would sympathise with some of those comments but I would say that from my own experience, those negative experiences are generally the exception, not the rule. It's true that Partners who are poor managers can make a huge difference to team morale and the quality of the experience on the project. Having been on the negative side of this experience before, it's very unpleasant when your time is being wasted in an entirely avoidable way. It's clearly something the firm is trying hard to get right (especially in London) which is encouraging. However, it's not there yet so there is still the off chance you will be staffed on a project which is not being managed well and the job feels like a terrible chore for that period of time. - "Luck of the draw" project staffing: I want to preface this by saying that I suspect this is the same at many other consulting firms as well. Project allocation can come down to luck, although you can influence the type of project you want to be staffed on to some extent. This can result in being staffed on projects in industries you have absolutely no interest in or on projects with Partners that are bad to work for. - Low-key brand internationally: Although exit opportunities are comparable to MBB, MBB alum definitely have higher visibility so you may need to work a little harder to get the quality of your experience across to headhunters, recruiters and even business school admissions officers.

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  8. COVID-19
    Helpful (1)

    "Challenging work, good people"

    4.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    -lots of learning & development in a short amount of time -sense of camaraderie in associates

    Cons

    -high hours, poor work life balance - wfh during COVID is difficult

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  9. "Great place to start career and build skills"

    5.0
    Current Employee - Associate 

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

    Pros

    - Competitive pay - Exposure to PE work

    Cons

    - 4 Years to MBA track is longer than other consulting firms

  10. Helpful (1)

    "Diminishing Returns After A2 Year"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate 
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great initial exposure to lots of different industries, lots of opportunities to develop quant skills and communication skills

    Cons

    If you don't enjoy the job, it's a really bad place to be at. L.E.K. is really only sustainable if you *really* love L.E.K. a lot.

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