Getting to like L.E.K.
Founded in London in 1983, L.E.K. Consulting is a global
strategy consulting firm with 21 offices across 13 countries.
It offers five major capabilities to its clients: strategy, mergers
and acquisitions, operations and organizational development,
shareholder value management, and marketing and sales
consulting. L.E.K.'s clients are drawn from a wide variety of
industries and include FTSE 100, Eurotop 300 and Fortune 500
members, major central government departments and smaller more
entrepreneurial businesses. In Europe, the firm has strength in a
number of major industries, including biopharma and life sciences,
retail and consumer products, healthcare, financial services,
industrial products and services, media and entertainment,
aerospace and defence, transport, energy and private equity.
Underscoring all its services, says L.E.K., are its data-driven
research capabilities. "We confront each challenge or opportunity
without preconceived notions, and our recommendations are based on
facts rather than assumptions. Every solution we propose is
informed by a combination of in-depth research and rigorous
analysis." The most valuable service that L.E.K. provides, the firm
says, is "helping companies to achieve tangible, high-impact
results by combining industry experience with sophisticated
analysis of complex issues. Our solutions give executives the tools
they need to make critical business decisions with greater
Offering a helping hand
L.E.K. takes its responsibilities-especially its social
responsibilities-seriously. As part of its environmental and
social responsibility program, the firm works with charitable
organizations on projects to improve the environment and local
communities. For example, the Social Mobility Foundation
(SMF) in the UK aims to help 'A' Level students from
less-privileged backgrounds to realise their potential by helping
them enter university and progress on to a challenging career.
L.E.K. participates in the SMF placement program, which matches
students to internships within leading UK businesses. L.E.K.
London also works closely with a local secondary school to mentor
pupils and give them the opportunity to work at L.E.K., either as a
regular part-time employee, or on short temporary work
And, when it comes to going green, L.E.K. is more than just
talk, working with clients on issues related to climate change,
such as policy and regulation, green investments and developing
low-carbon business strategies. In January 2008, L.E.K.
became carbon neutral, making it the first major consultancy to
implement such a policy across its global operations.
The firm's outreach doesn't stop there, either. In 2011, it
began publishing a blog, written by current L.E.K. consultants.
Called the L.E.K. Advisor (http://ask.lek.com), the blog serves
as a window into both the company and the consulting profession for
those who may be considering applying.