Port Jackson Partners Reviews

Updated 29 Jan 2020

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  1. "Top Tier strategy consulting firm"

    5.0
    Current Employee - Associate in Sydney
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Port Jackson Partners full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    High quality client base with a truly low leverage model which enables junior consultants to work closely with world class partners Excellent workplace culture

    Cons

    Limited overseas transfer opportunities Lacking some non-salary benefits of larger firms

  2. "Australia's most reputable strategy consultancy"

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

    I have been working at Port Jackson Partners full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    - PJP work on the problems which keep senior management up at night. The projects are high stakes and the team needs to drive to quality insights and actions in short space of time. It's rare that a fresh grad will ever touch these kinds of projects, but you do at PJP - Top-tier strategy-only focus; I haven't touched a reorganisation, procurement / sourcing, or PMO-style project since I've been here (thank God!) - Partner's are not interested in doing crap projects for the sake of making money; they refer other firms to do that - The people are extremely intelligent and there are no jerks. All employees seem to form incredibly close relationships with each other. - Extremely flexible work/life balance where most people have various side hustles on the go

    Cons

    Given the firm was established nearly 30 years ago and some of the partners have been here since the start, the culture can be a little traditional and stale. Only recently has there been a HR/Culture function which is currently shaking things up and introducing new events and activities (e.g. boat parties, office podcasts, social societies)

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  3. "Top-tier and great place to work"

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

    I have been working at Port Jackson Partners full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    - High proportion of strategy projects: Opportunity to work on complex and interesting problems. This combined with the low leverage model of being able to work directly with partners in a small team (typically 2-4 people)means fantastic exposure and learning development. - Broad range of industries: Typically ASX 100 and expansion into public sector - Fantastic colleagues: High calibre, genuine and supportive colleagues - Great work life balance: Able to meet commitments outside of work most nights of the week and work from home if need be. Staffing is also supportive of project preferences (e.g, travel etc.) - Strong brand: Well-recognised particularly among Australian senior executives - International work: Avaliable for those inclined. International projects have ranged from US, London, China, Singapore and NZ in the past 2-3 years. An opportunity to do an exchange with Qvartz is also available for consultants 2-4 years in.

    Cons

    - Long hours for consulting but better than most

  4. "Boutique top tier strategy firm"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends

    I have been working at Port Jackson Partners full-time

    Pros

    High end strategy projects are almost all PJP does (only about 20-30% of MBB projects) Experience partners (many with MBB pedigree) who spend a lot of time actually problem solving with the team (rather than just relationship managing) Friendly small firm culture (more supportive than MBB) and better work life balance (than MBB) but working with the same calibre of people

    Cons

    Limited opportunities for overseas transfers (though there is an alliance with Qvartz in Copenhagen - and if you are doing well you can almost certainly do a 6 months transfer with them) Less structured training (but way more time learning directly from partners) Lacks an internationally recognised brand

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  5. "Top-tier work, clients, and colleagues"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Port Jackson Partners full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Interesting and important work across a wide range of topics/industries, including corporate and government. Most projects address major strategic questions that are top priorities for CEOs, boards, or government bodies Teams are small (typically 2-4 people), meaning significant exposure to partners and senior clients, and usually insight into the whole project rather than just a small section (as is typical at larger firms) Genuinely interesting and interested colleagues, and a strong focus on firm culture. No quotas for promotions like some companies… you’re only measured against your own development, and supported where needed. Non-traditional backgrounds (e.g. PhD, medicine, engineering) are common at all levels Every effort made to accommodate project preferences (e.g. wanting to work overseas, or needing to avoid long-term travel projects) Relatively flat hierarchy and lack of bureaucracy mean there are real opportunities to personally make an impact

    Cons

    Working on critical problems for clients can sometimes demand more than standard 9-5 hours and/or work intensity Small teams (and boutique firm) mean that there can be some extra ‘legwork’ required (e.g. research, formatting charts). However, you will become an Excel/PowerPoint ninja

  6. "Reconsider an offer if you have other options"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Analyst in Sydney
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Port Jackson Partners full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    - PJP probably does more pure strategy projects than a lot of the larger firms. MBB probably only does 20% pure strategy. Tier 2 firms and Big 4 probably more like 5-10% - Impressive alumni (Rod Simms and Angus Taylor)

    Cons

    - Partners are disturbingly flippant about client confidentiality - The brand has zero recognition outside of Australia which limits future job seeking opps. in the US and Europe - Training is ‘slap dash’ and despite there being a lot of young talent the emphasis is not on people development. Its sink or swim. - It’s a “boutique” and the place is held together by duct tape; no global funds, network or IP to draw on - Weird, masculine, conservative culture

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  7. "Genuinely top-tier, not just resting on a brand. Wouldn't want to learn strategy consulting anywhere else."

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sydney
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Port Jackson Partners full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Top-tier boutique strategy firm, with purest focus on CEO/board-level strategy (>70%) of all the top-tier firms (McKinsey, BCG and Bain). The work is incredibly interesting and delivered with exceptionally high quality. Increasingly performing impactful and interesting government work. Fantastic opportunities to work closely with senior directors and clients. Teams are typically only 2-4 people, so far less chance of being drowned out in a team of 10-15 typical of the global firms. Solid investment (talent, time + money) in people and culture, some outstanding and unique leadership in this respect. Culture is quite supportive and collaborative, not hyper-competitive and ruthless. Brand new technologically-enabled office with stunning Sydney harbour views. Extensive international exposure for those who want it. About 30% of the work is international, and there are longer-term exchange opportunities with Scandinavian boutique top-tier firm QVARTZ. Not stifling and bureaucratic in the slightest.

    Cons

    Mostly typical consulting cons - client service can be challenging and demanding at times. Smaller scale means some 'nice' corporate support goes wanting (e.g. research or production support), but you quickly realise this isn't a big deal. No internationally recognised brand name (although the brand is very strong in senior executive circles in Australia).

  8. "Highly recommend!"

    5.0
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Sydney

    I have been working at Port Jackson Partners full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    The office atmosphere is very friendly and I have found the environment to be very supportive. I enjoy the opportunity to work on challenging projects and think about complex problems. Typically projects are run with small teams which gives junior people exposure to interesting problems and ideas. Very high quality of consultants and clients.

    Cons

    Often a steep learning curve after first joining, because people join from a diverse range of backgrounds and have to pick up technical skills quite quickly.

  9. "Great place to work - extremely high quality colleagues and Partners"

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

    I worked at Port Jackson Partners full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    There is a high proportion of strategy projects. Gain experience across a range of industries and problems. International project experience is common.

    Cons

    Projects can be demanding in terms of hours. Culture is relatively corporate and traditional. Limited brand value overseas limits exit opportunities.

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  10. "Business Analyst"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Port Jackson Partners full-time

    Pros

    Excellent coverage across multiple industries, really interesting strategy projects at the heart of clients' core issues. Being surrounded by very talented, experienced and driven peers and partners make for a excellent working environment.

    Cons

    At times the long hours and demanding projects can be all consuming. Compared with some of the other top tier consulting firms it doesn't have quite the same brand strength in the market for post-consulting opportunities.

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