PPC
2.5 of 5 43 reviews
www.ppc.com McLean, VA 150 to 499 Employees

PPC Reviews

Updated May 7, 2014
PPC – McLean – “Annual Turkey Drive”

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2.5 43 reviews

                             

38% Approve of the CEO

PPC President & CEO Harry C. Thornsvard

Harry C. Thornsvard

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32% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Lots of problems

    Analyst (Current Employee)
    McLean, VA

    ProsGood salary and benefits. Pretty good times if enough clients are coming in.

    ConsPurchased for the third time in like five years. I was downsized the same time our vice president was. Outlook is not very good.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDo not hire more staff until you know you have enough clients to keep them afloat.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Stepping stone at most

    Senior Analyst (Former Employee)

    ProsThey offer decent salaries. If you are a self-starter and seem like you know what you are talking about, you have ability to be creative and put your stamp on projects. Provides a good stepping stone - but not a long term career.

    ConsThe mindset of 100% billability is unrealistic. The company acts like a big player, but without the experience or clout. Until pointed out and questioned, HR sneakily tried to do away same-sex partner benefits.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    The company that almost made it.

    Analyst (Current Employee)
    McLean, VA

    ProsIf you're young and this is one of your first jobs as a technical person out of school, this is a wonderful place to work. The CEO is top-notch and the work environment is great.

    ConsThe middle management is out of touch with it's employees. Some of the first level managers are good, but most are not since they get their cues from their bosses. There seems to be a big gulf between the great vision of the highest level management and the managers closest to the employees. There also seems to be somewhat of a double standard when it comes to how individual employees are treated.

    Advice to Senior ManagementJust listen more to the CEO and his immediate lieutenants. And remove the lower lever managers who aren't following the 'program'. This is a great company and has the potential to be a magnificent company, but some of the management need to move on to other (non-management) positions.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Used to be great

    Principal Analyst (Former Employee)

    ProsStill retains excellent resources in the Energy Practice

    ConsToo many changes in the past few years - trying to save money but left the company a shell of its former self with little benefits left for long-time employees
    New senior management lacks the ability to connect with employees
    New HR policies are confusing and not well communicated to employees

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Was Proud to Work There at One Time

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsBefore the management shake up in the Fall of 2011, PPC was a pretty good place to work. I felt that I had a great relationship the Senior Management Team, felt like there was an open door policy, was treated fairly and generally went home feeling like I accomplished something and looked forward (for the most part) to going back to work the next day.

    ConsThe new CEO is completely out of touch with the company and doesn't care about it's history or employees. He wants to change the company culture and it feels like he's driving out all of the people who know PPC best and can help it succeed to bring in his own people. That's his prerogative as the new leader but his blatent disrespect of employees and people who want the company succeed is stressful. In November, 14 people were laid off, including in finance and accounting, now there is a push to re-hire for those positions that were "eliminated" because PPC can't keep up with it's own billing. On top of that, the company has no money and collection calls from vendors to subcontractors is constant. It's a sad place to be and people are running for the hills to get out of there. The new CEO was brought in to make tough changes and turn the company around. However his own employment history shows that he hasn't been at any place long enough to make an impact, what makes AEA think he can do it here?

    Advice to Senior ManagementPPC needs to be folded in with it's sister company or sold. If not that, a new CEO needs to be brought in. PPC was always a place that was proud of it's history and respect for it's employees, leadership should reflect that.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Before AEA it was a great place to work

    Principal Analyst (Current Employee)

    ProsSome departments get to telecommute
    Eco-friendly slant (except for the disparity in telecommuting between departments)
    Good location in northern VA near DC

    ConsThere is no work-life balance
    There is rampant favoritism in certain departments
    People are assigned clients not based on skill-match, but on how it suits a manager
    The same few resumes are used to secure work, then a "bait and switch" is used on the clients with staffing - leaving the onsite staff feeling awkward and having to explain discrepancies
    They go after every opportunity even if it is totally inappropriate, or they cannot staff it, and then the project staff has to attempt miracles to make it successful (then they take the blame when it fails - even if the staff, resources, or other requirements were never provided in the first place, or if the staff, resources, etc. were pulled out from under the team, or if the staff has the completely wrong skill-set to do the work)

    Advice to Senior ManagementPPC used to have values that included: honesty, integrity, being employee-focused, being customer advocates (doing right by the client), and having fun. Now it is just about making a profit so AEA can announce a profit. Get back to caring about the people who do the work - look at the way your middle managers are berating and abusing your employees to eek out every drop of blood, sweat, and tears from them and look at how happy your customers really are - may make this a good place to work again.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    It was great when it was small

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGreat pay-time-off for senior level employees. Allows flexible schedule and work-from-home. Since the company is still relatively small, it is possible to advance from an entry level employee to mid-management within a year or two.

    ConsPPC was acquired by a company twice its size a while back, since then, it has lost a lot of the characters. Gone are the 100% 401K matching, generous health benefits and the performance based bonuses. It also lacks training budget and any kinds of formal career path, which can be really bad for experienced, mid-career people. The performance review process also does not make any sense at all. It is a laborious process that neither employee nor the managers can stand, on top of that, the metrics for the review measures things that make no sense at all.

    Advice to Senior ManagementEstablish career paths that allows people at all levels a clear, defined way to advance their career. Overhaul the performance review process, the current one makes sense to perhaps the person who designed it and no one else.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Had a great promise, not so much now

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsPPC is a pretty company that allows employees a lot of potential rooms to grow. It is possible to move from entry level to mid-management within a few years, because of its size.

    ConsSince the acquisition by a company twice its size, PPC seems to have lost a lot of the personalities that made it unique. A trade off for being part of a public traded company. The lack of a defined career path and training budget could be bad for people in their mid-career, since it seems almost impossible to get training through PPC nowadays (since 2009).

    Advice to Senior ManagementEstablish career paths for employees, create a fair performance review process. The current performance review system simply doesn't gauge anything sensible and is a burden to both managers and the employees.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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