L.E.K. Consulting Employee Reviews about "learning curve"

Updated 10 Jan 2019

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L.E.K. Consulting Global Managing Partner Stuart Jackson
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199 Ratings
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  • "Great people - especially at the associate level(in 28 reviews)

  • "Steep learning curve with responsibilities from day 1(in 25 reviews)

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  1. "Great career starting point"

    5.0
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor 

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

    Pros

    - Steep learning curve with responsibilities from day 1 - Colleagues are very well educated and clever boosting the quality of work produced - Promotions can be quick

    Cons

    - Late working hours and life/work balance

  2. "Analyst"

    4.0
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    Former Employee - Analyst in Paris
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Competitive salary Diversity of sectors Very strong learning curve

    Cons

    Life/work balance is not manageable on the long run

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  3. Helpful (5)

    "Associate"

    2.0
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    Current Employee - Associate 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Fun, social colleagues - Steep learning curve and will come out with more technical skills than other other consulting firms

    Cons

    - COMPENSATION, without a doubt. We are not competitive with other consulting firms and management tries to lie to themselves that we are but open your eyes because we have problems with recruiting top talent because our compensation is not competitive. Promotion raises are minimal as well as, and a major factor for our retention problem -HR is terrible, they don't care about the needs of the employees - Allocations - Upper management does not seem to care about any of their Associates, who are the driving force behind this organization - No work life balance

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  4. Helpful (2)

    "Exceeds expectations"

    5.0
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    Current Employee - Associate in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Genuine strategy work across a diverse range of industries with household name companies - Reputation for producing some of the best Associates in the consulting industry - Great exposure to partners and senior management - Surrounded by extremely smart people. - Very steep learning curve with big focus on data&analytics. - Office medium sized, which allows you meet with most people in the office, incl. senior management. Allows you to have bi-monthly office events/outings. - Very friendly office culture. No arrogance and great sense of team-play. - London office located in Victoria, which is extremely convenient to access. No horror commutes. - International opportunities within first 2/3 years with SWAP programme - Very well paid - Fast growing company

    Cons

    - Long hours, but industry wide. If the work is interesting this can be okay. - Prestigious but not yet a big name outside consulting/financial circles.

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  5. "Consultant"

    5.0
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    Current Employee - Senior Consultant 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Steep learning curve prepares you to solve strategic business problems and manage talented, intelligent teams Interesting, impactful cases using traditional and novel market research and analytical tools Early and broad client exposure at the C level

    Cons

    Long hours and high expectations

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    "Associates are sometimes given very mechanical tasks"

    2.0
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    Current Employee - Associate in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The learning curve is steep, and if you overperform, you will be given more and more responsibility

    Cons

    The mechanical work never entirely goes away, work-life balance is not great

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    "review"

    3.0
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    L.E.K. runs teams lean compared to other consulting firms, meaning all team members will have meaningful step-up opportunities and more responsibility / ownership relative to their peers at other firms, earlier in their careers. The work is generally interesting, and the learning curve is steep. This job will keep you learning and challenged.

    Cons

    Work / life balance seems worse at L.E.K. relative to other firms,because of the lean structure. Most projects are under-staffed. There is almost zero time on the beach in between intense projects (maybe a day or two... a week max if you're very lucky, vs. other firms seem to have longer / more consistent stretches). In addition, L.E.K. does more due diligences than other consulting firms, contributing to more intense / short projects with worse work / life balance. In addition, there are no systems / processes in place to retain talent that is burned out. Staff can go part-time or on sabbatical, but that is not an attractive or long-term solution.

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    "A fair firm"

    2.0
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    Current Employee - Associate in São Paulo, São Paulo
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - At L.E.K. you will find the classic consulting learning curve which is really fast - L.E.K. Partners state L.E.K. is much more focused in strategy projects than other firms, that is not so easy to confirm because data is not open though - L.E.K. has a benefit of compensating with extra 1 days of vacation the weeks when hours are too long (85+ hours), Some employees get close to a month of extra vacations because of that - Travelling is not frequent, which is a plus for this industry

    Cons

    - Frequent long hours, - You'll frequently need to work during holidays and weekends - Even though São Paulo is a 4 year old office growth in revenues was not high last year - L.E.K.'s salary is comparable to Mckinsey and BCG for pre-MBA employees but lower than other small firms and Bain. Also L.E.K. is not the firm at the forefront of updating salaries to become more competitive with the market, it will take lots of conversations with partners and time for the compensation to be more attractive - Benefits are not comparable to other firms -Healthcare: L.E.K. does not have a plan for paying medicine to employee and even though payer is premium the refunds for private consultation are not as high as in other firms -Housing: L.E.K. does not have the benefit of paying a flat or hotel to the new employee while he looks for a new apartment in town -Events: Budget for happy hours will usually be used in the first couple hours -Leave policy: L.E.K. does not have a policy to let interns choose whether they want to continue working for the firm or just come back the next year when they receive the proposal to become associates. L.E.K. does not have a policy for third year out or working at another place after 2 years of associate -MBA sponsorship: the time to get a proposal for MBA sponsorship is 2,5 years if you do not decide to do the swap program or 3,5 years of time if you decide to do the swap program working as a full-time employee to get the MBA sponsorship, the policy is worse than in other firms -Private pension fund benefit: There is no benefit for private pension

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  9. "Intern"

    4.0
    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern 
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great experience, was given real work that mattered and really felt a part of the office. Really learned so much with a steep learning curve.

    Cons

    Very quiet office usually, wish people were more social

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    "Good company to start a career"

    3.0
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    Former Employee - Associate in Tokyo
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Competitive salary, steep learning curve, growing responsibility

    Cons

    Long hours, unequal treatment of employees, highly subjective evaluation, unwise hiring

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