Penn, Schoen & Berland Associates

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It all depends on your team

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  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Project Manager  in  Washington, DC
Current Employee - Project Manager in Washington, DC

I have been working at Penn, Schoen & Berland Associates full-time for more than a year

Pros

Given a lot of responsibilities from the start and so learn at a quick pace how the research projects work. Can move fairly quickly up the ranks if you're motivated, good at your job, have a good attitude, and are willing to put in the hours.

Cons

Very little training, no consistency across teams (1 team will leave at 5 every day, another will be here til 9 each night). If on a team with a lot of work, you'll be expected nights and weekends to get everything done (at the same salary point as those who are rolling out early each day)

Advice to ManagementAdvice

focus on training lower level staff, as there's a lot of analyst turnover. Try to improve the project loads to make it more equal across teams.

Doesn't Recommend
Positive Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Amazing People; Poor HR and work/life balance

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I worked at Penn, Schoen & Berland Associates full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Work with incredibly smart people on interesting projects for some of the world's top companies. Lots of interaction between employees of all levels - from interns to VPs. Ability to gain exposure to top management from leading companies, even as a junior employee. Will learn a ton in a very short period of time.

    Cons

    HR is basically non-existent; review processes are rare and inconsistent; raises and promotions tend to be distributed only to employees threatening to quit as a last ditch effort to keep them. Hard time retaining strong employees for this reason and departments tend to be permanently understaffed (to be fair, part of this is due to lack of control due to WPP ownership and their tight reins). Internal measurements also do not match company rhetoric (talk about innovation and seeking better work/life balance, but only true measurement is on revenue achieved each month).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Suggest evaluating the business on more than just monthly revenues. If serious about innovation, then time should be allowed for employees to actually pursue innovative ideas. This may also mean taking a hard look at which kinds of projects and clients are really most valuable to the company and not just accepting everything. If serious about employee work/life balance, should also be openly measuring employee satisfaction and retention.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 4 people found this helpful  

    This should be your last option

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

    I have been working at Penn, Schoen & Berland Associates full-time

    Pros

    Many employees are smart and hardworking

    Cons

    Horribly mismanaged, favoritism, nepotism, junior employees are overworked, underpaid, not appreciated. Company often competes on price, position themselves as the vendor for when you need something fast and cheap, quality suffers as a result. Lots of passing the buck when problems arise. Consulting hours without the career exposure and development opportunities you can find at other companies.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Staff projects properly, stop competing on price.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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