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Updated February 19, 2015
Updated February 19, 2015
48 Reviews
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Public Consulting Group President William S Mosakowski
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Pros
  • This is a great place to build your resume and learn to cover your back (in 11 reviews)

  • The Boston office is in a great location (in 10 reviews)


Cons
  • Little development of skills, and work-life balance does not improve until the senior consultant level (in 19 reviews)

  • No work-life balance for junior staff (in 8 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Poor client/project management for I.T. projects.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Contractor - IT Consultant/Computer Programmer Analyst in Boston, MA
    Former Contractor - IT Consultant/Computer Programmer Analyst in Boston, MA

    I worked at Public Consulting Group as a contractor (more than a year)

    Pros

    Ironically, this is a great place for poor performers. You are pulled in so many different directions there is no way for management to hold most people accountable for what you are asked to do. You always have the excuse of "I was told to stop working on project x and now work on project y".

    Cons

    If you take pride in your work, see above...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop trying to be a software services/product company. You are a consulting organization!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  2.  

    Not a long term employer

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Consultant
    Former Employee - Consultant

    I worked at Public Consulting Group

    Pros

    Great team, work/life pretty flexible, opportunities to branch to several projects.

    Cons

    Management- poor planning strategies
    Management - poor communication
    Management - lack ethics

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Poor planning results in failed New opportunities and loss of talented resources. Train your management team to better at planning rather than micro managers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    Burning out their most talented and promising staff

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Public Consulting Group full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Despite a unilateral lack of appreciation by management, there is a small group of committed, talented individuals here and it is a pleasure to work with them. The support that my peers offer is one of the few things that has kept me here as long as I have been.

    Cons

    Compensation is below market value which is openly acknowledged by senior management. Junior level managers are told to essentially "put their time in" and eventually it will be rewarded. In this case time means 7-10 years. While these junior managers are putting their time in, work/life balance is nonexistent and any effort to push back or to establish boundaries is met with derision by management. This creates a culture where junior staff is afraid to even take the PTO that they have earned, with many of us losing earned time at the end of every year. The overwhelming effect is very demoralizing which is reflected in high staff turnover rates.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn how to incentivize and reward your employees. If you are going to pay below market value, then empower your employees to use their vacation time and achieve work/life balance. Without any of this, you are creating a culture of burnout and you will continue to lose some of your most talented employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    In 20+ years of my career, this is by far the worst company I have worked for.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Manager
    Former Employee - Project Manager

    I worked at Public Consulting Group full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    There are people at this company that are terrific and an absolute pleasure to work with. Terrific place to hide if you can stomach the place. Some of the offices are nice. The company gets 5+ year government contracts which make it a very stable company to work for.

    Cons

    Managers are not trained and most are promoted because they can sell. Most lead from remote locations with little or no hands on supervision. Fly in, say hi and fly out. As a result, good people leave and squatters stay (sorry to all my colleagues). Bonuses are ENTIRELY discretionary. And they will find any reason not to give you the max. Reviews are subjective and inconsistent.

    IT is underfunded and you spend too much time explaining to customers why it is broken. Any money spent has to come out of the manager's pocket (literally) and remember that manager is typically a salesperson.

    There are two tracks: Consulting which is a another term for salesperson and they are given tons of work, and are the only ones who get promoted or bonuses. Technical which is another term for the working class. No promotions, no raises, no bonuses and expected the be professional at all times.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I would give advice, but I know for a fact that Bill neither cares nor will do anything differently.

    I guess one piece of advice would be to not change a thing. By being a really bad place to work, you make it easier to hire your good people and to steal contracts from you so you can chase more.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not a place to stay more than a year...very toxic environment

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Public Consulting Group full-time

    Pros

    The office is small, so it's easy to form strong bonds with coworkers.

    Cons

    Where do I start...
    - very little innovation
    - awful management
    - little concern for work/life balance
    - culture of blaming others
    - boy's club

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Place more supportive leaders in management

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good intentions, no plan, toxic people

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - ITS
    Current Employee - ITS

    I have been working at Public Consulting Group full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    This was a great place to learn and grow as a young IT employee
    Some managers were fantastic and would go out of their way to assist others and grow employees
    Pay was pretty decent

    Cons

    Toxic people, many were in management positions, some have since been demoted but still retained employment here somehow. Culture of blame and jealousy among the IT departments. Company does not seem to have a plan, or seems to change the plan constantly, and this is rarely communicated to the lower levels. Upper level management makes decisions unilaterally and does not seek input or completely ignores input from employees who are going to actually do the work to execute the "vision". In the past two years this company has hired a ton of new managers, directors, and senior level employees, but has done a horrible job of hiring competent lower and mid level employees to actually carry the workload. Lower level employees who are "promoted" are rarely paid significantly more. Change management is running IT into the ground by causing technical people to spend more time filling out paperwork than actually doing something to fix the numerous issues in this company. New directors, at the time that I left, seemed to be pushing the department to implosion.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Clean house! Get rid of these toxic people who start trouble and spread gossip. Communicate with your team more and seek their input. Promote hard workers who prove themselves up from within rather than creating new positions for people who weren't suited for their current position. Current lower level employees in IT have no reason to work harder because there are no positions for them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Really Mediocre Environment

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Operations Analyst
    Current Employee - Operations Analyst

    I have been working at Public Consulting Group full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Office culture is pretty relaxed. When you have down time they don't really care what you do but when it's game time you need to be prepared.

    Cons

    Pay is definitely below industry average. Politics play a huge role in when and if you are promoted. Rarely do you know how well you are doing until your annual review. Good luck trying to use all of your vacation time. Most young people leave after 1-2 years because they find more interesting/ better pay else where.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't isolate your younger employees as they are your biggest asset. Take your hiring more seriously hiring employee's buddies doesn't help the company.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    No structure

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Developer in Clarkston, WA
    Former Employee - Developer in Clarkston, WA

    I worked at Public Consulting Group full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    I loved the group of people in the office. I worked there for over 5 years; started out w/ less than 20 employees & has increased to over 60. Reimbursement for spousal benefits is amazing!

    Cons

    The structure & ladder of acheivements are missing. The Nepotism & favoritism towards co-workers is ridiculous. No acknowledgement for acheiving goals & when something does get done incorrectly then of course you are responsible. Caused burn out. No room to increase in positions when working SSI/SSDI cases either for foster care or adult side. The only growth is to become a team lead/supervisor - which many employees do NOT want to manage. The pay is minimal especially when fast food restaurants are comparible. Getting a $2 increase in 5 years is ridiculous. Turn over is ridiculous also; 7 people leave in 6 months.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create ladder structure & make it comfortable for any employee to come ask questions without them feeling dumb or belittled (even if they just asked that same question yesterday). Stop with the micro-managing - this solves nothing.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    No work / life balance

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Public Consulting Group

    Pros

    Decent starting salary and benefits.

    Cons

    No work / life balance.

  11.  

    Meh.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Specialist in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Specialist in Denver, CO

    I have been working at Public Consulting Group full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    One gets initial work experience then moves on. Bonus structure helps low salaries. Management very buttoned up and parsimonious.

    Cons

    Very low starting salaries and no clear paths set for advancement or movement between the 5 service areas. Heavy emphasis on hiring young, cheap employees, discounting workers over 40. Management provides lip service but is uninterested in mentoring. I have seen managers shrug and turn away, allowing the employee to fail and leave. Turnover is significant- one gets a bit of experience, then looks elsewhere.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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