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Looking for a respectful, fair workplace with clear & honest communication? This probably isn't the place for you.

  • Comp & Benefits
  • Work/Life Balance
  • Senior Management
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in McLean, VA
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in McLean, VA

I have been working at PPC

Pros

The company is located in a very convenient area (Tyson's Corner). Traffic is horrific there, but at least there's a metro being built nearby.

Cons

- The amount of turnover within the last several months speaks for itself.

- Favoritism runs deep in this workplace.

- No professional training opportunities for "certain" employees, despite the fact that this is advertised as an employee benefit during orientation.

- If you're not liked by certain people, PPC has no money in any budget for you. Lack of training opportunities aside, if you need any basic office supplies that require more than $30, you'll have to obtain "approval". Really??

- Very low salaries compared to other companies in the area.

- The benefits package is practically useless. Better get supplemental coverage when considering working for this company.

- If you have to travel a significant distance to the client site, don't expect to be reimbursed for any cost associated with that travel. There's no money in the budget for that, but it's totally acceptable there to have the employee absorb that cost.

- You can expect a promotion only if the right people "like" you. For example, a particular manager, who was an extremely poor communicator and, at times, dishonest and arrogant, was kicked off of a project by the client, and yet he was miraculously promoted months later.

- There are no minorities in upper management, which speaks volumes about who this company values and who it does not value.

- If you're assigned to a billable project, you are treated like a human being with some level of respect.

- If you need to travel for business purposes, you're paying for it with your personal funds. You will be laughed at if you ask for a corporate card.

- Often engages in creative tactics to win work; makes promises to clients that they are not fully prepared to fulfill, thus putting massive, unnecessary pressure on its employees.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

1. Yes, minorities are competent and can work well in upper management too.
2. Get a new set of senior managers - across the board - who will treat people fairly.
3. Disrespectful behavior should not be tolerated from any level of an organization.
4. Stop offering the cheapest benefits package to employees.
5. Either make professional training available to everyone, or no one. Offering professional training to a "select" few is simply unfair and causes employees to lose respect for managers who do this.
6. End the favoritism.
7. Offer salaries that are comparable to other comapnies in the area.
8. Give promotions based on performance, not the "good old boy" system.

Doesn't Recommend
Disapproves of CEO

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Fun middle size company with great work/life balance

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Developer in McLean, VA
    Current Employee - Developer in McLean, VA

    I have been working at PPC

    Pros

    - Lots of fun company activities to participate in (sports teams, volunteer opportunities)
    - Managers to a good job listening to their employees and trying to keep them satisfied and challenged
    - Young energetic staff
    - Great game room
    - Decent pay
    - I feel pretty good about my job security

    Cons

    - As with most small / midsize companies policies / procedures will be broken in order to satisfy a customer (this may mean occasionally working long hours to reach an unreasonable timeline)
    - Yearly performance reviews have some awkward metrics that may not apply to your specific job role.
    - We do a lot of tech projects, but some of the project managers have no experience managing tech projects. (Need a developer at any requirements meetings)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Create a training program for new project managers instead of promoting them from analyst and assuming they know what they are doing

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Great Place to Work - Work Hard and Be Rewarded

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in McLean, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in McLean, VA

    I have been working at PPC

    Pros

    If you work hard and care about your job you will get great opportunities.
    Management is really good.
    The company is really well respected in both public and private sectors.

    Cons

    The company is experiencing minor growing pains.
    The job is demanding on time and committment. Though it is family friendly, the expectation is that you will put in the time to be successful.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More communication is always valuable, though the company already does a good job at this. It is great to see senior management engaging junior people.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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