PPC Reviews

Updated July 31, 2014
Updated July 31, 2014
46 Reviews
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  1.  

    Great place to work

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    Current Employee - Software Developer  in  Gurgaon, Haryana (India)
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Gurgaon, Haryana (India)

    I have been working at PPC full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    A good group of professional people.They understand what it means to work hard and what it means to have life i loved working there,the reason for leaving was to start my own business.

    Cons

    My narrow nitch didn't fit into the company's profile,i helped them meet a contract requirement.It is really not a down-side ,but this way it was harder to fit.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to work, but had some growing pains

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    Former Employee - Senior Analyst  in  McLean, VA
    Former Employee - Senior Analyst in McLean, VA

    I worked at PPC full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Friendly co-workers, and mostly surrounded by people who are engaged in their work. Very knowledgeable staff who will help you learn anything you're ambitious towards.

    Cons

    Multiple company sales and restructuring took a toll on the friendly, small-business feel of the company. Loss of several big contracts forced the restructuring of some of the business groups.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great job, but the company was really struggling. That lack of focus was pervasive.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  McLean, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in McLean, VA

    I worked at PPC full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    The interaction with the people was a lot of fun. I had as much latitude to do what I wanted to get done, and a felt that I got a number of things accomplished. In that regard I had a great job.

    Cons

    Unfortunately, management really didn't seem that interested in security. While I knew that I was getting things done, I never got feedback about my work, or the direction in which I was taking some things. Ultimately, my position was eliminated along with a number of other people when the company was sold.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I hope the current crop of managers actually pays attention to some of the security issues that plagued the previous team.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    I worked at PPC

    Pros

    There was great camaraderie among co-workers.

    Cons

    Performing billable work at the same time I was trying to find my next project. Late nights writing proposals.

  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    The best company culture I ever experienced in the beginning, then two sales that changed it forever

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at PPC full-time

    Pros

    Big enough to learn and grow your career but no so big that you are just a number. Amazing culture under prior CEO's, albeit the company was still learning its way and making its fair amount of mistakes they were in it and helped to ride out tough times.

    Cons

    Too many to list. Layoffs, not enough diversity in management (women or minorities) and less than professional business practices. While layoffs will happen, some just didn't make sense. Layoffs were followed by the need to replace resources within months, didn't seem well thought out.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in rebuilding the company culture, stabilize and stop trying to be a jack of all trades. Look at the senior managers and when layoff decisions need to be made, look there first.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Overall not a bad experience

    Former Employee - Business Analyst
    Former Employee - Business Analyst

    I worked at PPC full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good working environment, friendly staff

    Cons

    Career stagnation, poor planning by management

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good experience for a short term, but long-term issues

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    Former Employee - Senior Analyst  in  McLean, VA
    Former Employee - Senior Analyst in McLean, VA

    I worked at PPC full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good opportunities for client experience. Nice people to work with. Was part of the AEG group when I worked there, which seemed to have problems, but now has been spun off, so it should be more focused on its core business. A good place for recent college grads.

    Cons

    High turnover, especially among the project managers, made it difficult to build working relationships. Some project managers did not know enough technically about the services we were providing. Mid-level managers, directors, had been promoted from within, and lack personnel management training. Different consulting group specialty areas don't communicate or cooperate much with each other.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to foster communication and cooperation among different consulting departments and sectors. (That will also promote sales.) Those promoted into supervisory positions need to take training on personnel management if they never managed people before.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Time Will Tell

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at PPC full-time

    Pros

    New corporate ownership and CEO that are committed to developing synergy among the different operational divisions. Re-emergence, albeit slow, of corporate cultural attitudes that are essential to the success of modern consulting organizations.

    Cons

    Still too top heavy in over-compensated VPs and Directors, particularly ones that are carry overs from the former ownership management fiasco, and who are not adding value or strategic vision to the business or willing to break down organizational barriers. Still losing key technical staff who had good organizational (internal) and client (external) institutional knowledge and rapport.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stay on the path you have set, but consider more nipping and tucking at the top end so more focus on growing accounts and fostering cross-organizational collaboration can occur and result in business growth, staff retention and a "One PPC" reality.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 4 people found this helpful  

    Started great, ended grim

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    Former Employee - Analyst  in  McLean, VA
    Former Employee - Analyst in McLean, VA

    I worked at PPC

    Pros

    Pre-acquisition: Great work/life balance, employees were greatest asset, game room, positive attitude of peers, high importance and involvement with community service, enthusiastic and highly competent leadership.
    Post-acquisition: None that I can think of.

    Cons

    Pre-acquisition: Imbalanced pay grades, no bonuses, room for growth was limited.
    Post-acquisition: Incompetent senior management, work/life balance was way off, low employee morale, negative overall atmosphere, very poor communications from top down, emphasis on numbers instead of people.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    PLEASE go back to making your employees your greatest asset! Without them, the company is going to continue to go into a dangerous downward spiral. Turning PEOPLE and SERVICES into "differentiators" has not worked well with any other corporation, what makes you think it'll work here? LISTEN TO YOUR EMPLOYEES AND REWARD THEM FOR THE HARD WORK THEY PUT IN!!!!

    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Great place to start a career.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at PPC

    Pros

    - Lots of learning on the job.
    - Many opportunities to diversify skills.
    - 'Get things done' culture
    - Not much traveling for a consulting company

    Cons

    - Performance appraisal process is flawed
    - Company does not like to spend money on training for all. Free training is always welcome.
    - People used to be the most important asset. No Longer.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - It's the people. Pay attention.
    - Incentives/Bonus suck
    - Clear organization structure is needed. Rank and file is confused

    No opinion of CEO

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