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I worked at Populus Group full-time (More than a year)
Populus Group has a generally warm atmosphere and a well defined idea of what company culture looks like. I'd say that their vision for culture is tremendous. I was personally devoted to helping PG achieve that culture; feeling fulfilled and learning a ton along the way. Through PG's heavy emphasis on personal development, I learned many skills that I will take with me and practice for the rest of my life. For that, I would suggest Populus Group only to an friend beginning their career. I would not advise more seasoned professionals to pursue a career with Populus Group. I give Populus Group a 3 star overall rating despite 2 star ratings elsewhere because I am a better person for having worked there. My experience with this company is something that can never be taken away. Thank you for that, Populus Group. Populus Group offers few added little perks on top of the minimalist base compensation, including a $1,000 per year "Stress Fund", limited tuition reimbursement, discounted gym membership, and a few other minimal perks.
Were Populus Group able to execute on it's vision for company culture, I would not be writing this. Heck, had you asked me 2 months ago, I would have said that in 2 months time I'd be writing a PG blog about how great PG is. I seriously bought into the philosophy; I still do. Well, here I am on Glassdoor instead. So what is the problem?... Offering sub market-value compensation and benefits, Populus Group has a tough time filling internal job requisitions. Those who do accept positions experience a whirlwind of personal growth... through being forced to constantly deal with a sense of drowning. Some say Populus Group runs lean - what I experienced was "skin and bones". I watched half a dozen of "the good ones" leave the company and see an immidiate raise, a more reasonable workload, and a generally less stressful life. Truth is, I did not want to leave Populus Group...but the reality of it was that leaving was the logical decision to make. Populus Group will not be able to live up to it's promises while the above is true. I wanted to rate "Senior Management" higher because I agree with the company philosophy, but the executive team's seemingly willful ignorance to the company's largest problem was abhorrent. I would have thought the whole experience much better if I wasn't consistently promised that PG was a great place to work. I spent most of my time at Populus Group burning both sides of the candle; savoring the idea that when we 'caught up', we would have the ability to create and work in a cultural utopia. The emphasis on personal development was crowded out by the requirement to get too much work done in too little time. As weeks and months passed, I realized that 'catching up' was simply not on the agenda.
Advice to Management
Keep striving for the great culture. Please choose between the minimal headcount OR paltry compensation. Attempting to reach for both will not work. Capable decision makers will not kill themselves for a fraction of their monetary worth.