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

PPC Reviews

Updated Jun 9, 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

(8 ratings)

32% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Great place to work, but had some growing pains

    Senior Analyst (Former Employee)
    McLean, VA

    ProsFriendly 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.

    ConsMultiple 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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    McLean, VA

    ProsThe 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.

    ConsUnfortunately, 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 Senior ManagementI hope the current crop of managers actually pays attention to some of the security issues that plagued the previous team.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    PPC was a privately-owned, great company when I started, was sold, and became just another beltway bandit.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsThere was great camaraderie among co-workers.

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

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

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsBig 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.

    ConsToo 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 Senior ManagementInvest 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Overall not a bad experience

    Business Analyst (Former Employee)

    ProsGood working environment, friendly staff

    ConsCareer stagnation, poor planning by management

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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

    Senior Analyst (Former Employee)
    McLean, VA

    ProsGood 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.

    ConsHigh 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 Senior ManagementNeed 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Time Will Tell

    (Current Employee)

    ProsNew 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.

    ConsStill 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 Senior ManagementStay 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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Started great, ended grim

    Analyst (Former Employee)
    McLean, VA

    ProsPre-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.

    ConsPre-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 Senior ManagementPLEASE 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!!!!

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    Great place to start a career.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

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

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    Great Place to launch career, future will be a challenge

    Principal (Current Employee)
    McLean, VA

    ProsNice people, proactive HR, healthy work-life balance for junior staff, collegial atmosphere

    ConsSince the merger with AEA, company has lost it's employee focused culture, which was its differentiator.

    Advice to Senior Managementsuccess does not come from spread sheets, get to know the staff

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