L.E.K. Consulting Senior Associate Consultant Reviews

Updated 5 Jun 2020

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L.E.K. Consulting Global Managing Partner Stuart Jackson
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10 Ratings
  1. "Hard work but rewarding culture"

    4.0
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    • 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

  2. "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

  3. Helpful (8)

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

    4.0
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    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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  4. "Good place to learn"

    3.0
    Current Employee - Senior Associate Consultant in Singapore

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

    Pros

    Travel, fast growing, autonomy, small team

    Cons

    Long hours and high workload

  5. Helpful (2)

    "Been here 3 years, planning on more!"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Associate Consultant in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Low travel Interesting work MDs invest in you (once you show interest, and commitment) All growth strategy and commercial due diligences Never have to sit in useless meetings Pay is well above most other consulting shops (ex-MBB)

    Cons

    A1 year is rough - little control over your life, and lots of grunt work - but it gets better! Long hours Some projects just suck Promote through timeline is way too long

  6. "Tons of opportunity and learning, but tough culture"

    3.0
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    Current Employee - Senior Associate Consultant 
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    A ton of opportunity to learn Exposure to many industries and teams Constantly being challenged

    Cons

    Difficult lifestyle that inevitably leads to burnout

  7. Helpful (9)

    "Senior Associate Consultant"

    1.0
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    Former Employee - Senior Associate Consultant in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Interesting work, challenging, develop great skill-set, surrounded by incredible minds.

    Cons

    Incredibly bad hours & working environment, unsympathetic partners, high churn, low company morale

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  8. "Amazing Firm as an associate"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Associate Consultant in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Collaborative culture, broad exposure to industries and types of projects, no travel!

    Cons

    Higher focus on diligence projects

  9. Helpful (1)

    "Work, learn, play"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Senior Associate Consultant 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Fun yet focused culture (weekly beer cart, social coworkers, good office parties) - Intellectually stimulating casework (there are exceptions of course) - Limited travel for non-managers (travel might sound like a good thing) - Lots of learning through casework, training and your coworkers

    Cons

    - Variable nature of the work and long hours make weekday evening plans challenging (this is standard across the industry and is the price you pay for getting to work on high-level strategic problems)

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  10. Helpful (4)

    "Outstanding experience for gaining skills quickly"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Associate Consultant in Tokyo
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fast-paced work environment where you learn a lot in a very short time. Coming in as an associate I quickly gained gain hard skills and experience that allowed me to grow as a professional. A few years here gives you the ability to think and analyze a problem better and the skills to get you to where you ultimately want to go.

    Cons

    Sometimes tough hours, clients, and partners, but it's consulting - no way around it. Also LEK's projects tend to be on the short side (4-8 weeks) and usually focus on strategic market entry / due diligence so they can get boring after while. Unless you want to climb the ladder 2-3 years as an associate is good, then get out to industry

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