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A place to grow

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

I worked at PPC

Pros

It feels like a family when you work at the Headquarters, but when you work out in the satellite offices or on-site I hear you feel disconnected. The 401k plan is pretty good, health care is very reasonable, and all offices are easily accessible by highway or metro. Senior Management and majority of the people are very friendly and approachable.

Cons

The company has changed a lot since it was acquired and with the combination of the "economy" it has been what it once was. The senior management a great but it seems the some of the middle management is not quite there yet. The parent company, AEA, is a publicly traded and integration has gone some what smoothly.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

The People. Don't forget about the people. Leadership is working hard but communication to the company is key so that we know about the progress. I also understand that senior management is busy but having an open forum or Q/A session may be beneficial to the moral. Understand that although PPC/AEA is public, don't become a body shop to meet your numbers or you lose that "entrepreneur spirit" that PPC touts so much.

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to work if you could live with less than industry standard salary.

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    Current Employee - Principal  in  McLean, VA
    Current Employee - Principal in McLean, VA

    I have been working at PPC

    Pros

    - Care for Employees
    - Excellent benefits that in turn compensates some times for less than industry standard salary
    - A decent 401(k) match. Used to be great though
    - Opportunities to rise and get to the management team eventually

    Cons

    Salaries are really disproportionate here. They don't conform with industry standards. They don't conform within the company itself. There is huge difference in salaries at the same level, which results in disappointment among employees and make them dispirited, sometimes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please bring sanity to the way employees ore paid.

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  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    The company that almost made it.

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    Current Employee - Analyst  in  McLean, VA
    Current Employee - Analyst in McLean, VA

    I have been working at PPC

    Pros

    If you're young and this is one of your first jobs as a technical person out of school, this is a wonderful place to work. The CEO is top-notch and the work environment is great.

    Cons

    The middle management is out of touch with it's employees. Some of the first level managers are good, but most are not since they get their cues from their bosses. There seems to be a big gulf between the great vision of the highest level management and the managers closest to the employees. There also seems to be somewhat of a double standard when it comes to how individual employees are treated.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Just listen more to the CEO and his immediate lieutenants. And remove the lower lever managers who aren't following the 'program'. This is a great company and has the potential to be a magnificent company, but some of the management need to move on to other (non-management) positions.

    Doesn't Recommend
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