L.E.K. Consulting Life Science Specialist Reviews

Updated 21 Dec 2019

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

    "Nice people, Interesting work, long hours"

    4.0
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    Current Employee - Life Science Specialist in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Broadly interesting work Nice, intelligent co workers Great team environment, very little if any politics going on You're seen as very employable

    Cons

    Hours - eventually it will break you, or you're one of those people who make it to partner

  2. Helpful (1)

    "Great experience, but wouldn't go back"

    4.0
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    Former Employee - Senior Life Sciences Specialist 

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

    Pros

    Diversity of work, great colleagues

    Cons

    Sweat shop, high turn around creates staffing problems

  3. Helpful (4)

    "Great experience, learning a lot"

    5.0
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    Current Employee - Life Science Specialist in Boston, MA
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great experience, lots of exposure to many aspects of life science consulting. Great benefits, good work environment. Great coworkers to work with, close interaction with upper management. Good opportunities for advancement. Some client interaction. Weekends are typically free from work, you have time to travel if you'd like then.

    Cons

    Long hours, working over 60 hours per week. Although you don't work weekends, some week nights can be late.

  4. Helpful (2)

    "Decent training, good culture among junior ranks"

    3.0
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    Senior Life Sciences Specialist in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at L.E.K. Consulting

    Pros

    Great training in pharma and biotech

    Cons

    Poor work hours, limited resources

  5. Helpful (4)

    "Interesting work, excellent colleagues"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Life Science Specialist in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Interesting cases (all strategy, at least 4 weeks per case) -Broad client range: Fortune 500 to small biotechs -Minimal travel -Smart, helpful colleagues -Protected weekends -Steep learning curve

    Cons

    -Long hours (but not by industry standards) -Few female partners -Work-life balance is tough M-F

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  6. Helpful (4)

    "Unsurpassed access to innovative biotech companies"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Life Science Specialist 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    As a life science PhD entering into consulting, you'd be hard-pressed to find a substantially better opportunity than L.E.K., which punches above its weight class in the biotech, diagnostics, and increasingly pharmaceutical spaces. And given that biotech is increasingly the engine driving pharmaceutical innovation, the importance of having exposure to innovative companies in this industry is becoming even more magnified.

    Cons

    -Low degree of autonomy when first starting out (probably similar across firms, though). -Starting salary is slightly lower (5-15%) than McBain Group (but still more than comfortable), although responsibilities are similar (keep in mind LEK Consultant is more akin to McKinsey Engagement Manager). -Comparatively less client exposure (more work done in the office as opposed to on site)---however the flip side is that it decreases the time spent eating peanuts with zero legroom.

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