P3 North America

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P3 North America Reviews

Updated September 30, 2014
Updated September 30, 2014
27 Reviews
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  1.  

    A great start to career, booster for experienced

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant  in  Detroit, MI
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Detroit, MI

    I have been working at P3 North America full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    - Great career booster
    - Young and enthusiastic company
    - Good opportunities
    - Culture is great
    - Regular team building events
    - Approachable management team
    - If you have the will, company will find a way for you

    Cons

    - Salaries not competitive
    - Work / Life balance can be challenging at times
    - Too much faith in certain people leads to others feeling unheard or not valued
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    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Needs major improvements...

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Troy, MI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Troy, MI

    I have been working at P3 North America full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    1) Flexible hours
    2) Nice coworkers
    3) Nice IT Equipment (New phone and computer)

    Cons

    1) Low Pay
    2) Best managers have stepped down from management because of frustrations.
    3) Communication... any? Some?
    4) Work/life balance, not everyone wants to work 80+ a week.
    5) ...etc. See advice section

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    1) Learn to listen to the ideas of your employees that are not in management. Why hire intelligent people if you will not utilize that intelligence.
    2) Do whatever you can to get solid employees. It should be unacceptable to hire questionable people. Being unable to staff a project with a quality person looks better than filling a spot with an unqualified person.
    3) Improve the variety of employee groups. 20-30 year old single men can only get you so far. There is no reason to avoid other groups.
    4) If someone isn't working up to par, get rid of them. Don't just shuffle them to a different project.
    5) Important departments are missing. HR, and Marketing are missing or unqualified.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Great place to start out after college

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant  in  Troy, MI
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Troy, MI

    I worked at P3 North America full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great culture
    Great training
    Great people
    Great opportunities for continuation within P3 or a career in a variety of fields

    Cons

    Can be taxing / hard work
    Not all projects are going to be equally attractive

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    This company offers opportunities

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at P3 North America full-time

    Pros

    It is what you make of it!
    Since the beginning of the year, there has been a constant flow of new projects for the engineering and consulting teams alike. These projects are challenging in nature and provide learning opportunities for new team members, as well as for more senior employees. P3 is requested to staff them with teams so that less experienced colleagues can learn from more senior staff on the project. Analysts (all minimum Bachelor Degree) and interns take care of internal tasks, research and preparation work for the projects. Very cool setup. The company offers continual opportunities to take the lead in projects, drive the client with full responsibility for the results, and they even expose you to the acquisition and selling process, if you aspire to do so. If you are the type that waits for an invite to do something, this might not be for you. But if you have the inner drive to achieve the goals that P3 has to offer, then you have a lot of freedom with the right guidance and assistance.
    The integration between the engineering and consulting teams, and the company backbone in the various offices has greatly improved.
    The equipment that you get is really cool. The company cares for everyone on the team and you can be assured that there is real interest to find the solution to a problem. Just bring it up and don’t wait for it to be discovered.

    Cons

    The company has worked through some growing pains and is coming out of changes that were implemented in the middle of last year. The current growth and the new projects are something not everyone is comfortable with, so be prepared to work your way through criticism. Some of the IT systems need further overhaul to keep up with the growth. Expect to travel and to show flexibility (new clients, new project content, different locations). Also the demand from clients on some of the Engineering and Consulting projects is challenging which comes with longer hours during peak times offset by a strong learning curve. I guess that is normal in an Engineering Consulting firm.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue with the path that was put forward last year, it bears fruits. Focus on continues growth to offer more project opportunities, leadership opportunities and client experiences. Develop further rotational opportunities to other P3 divisions throughout the world to be able to participate in the global setup.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Low Pay

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Consultant  in  Troy, MI
    Former Employee - Consultant in Troy, MI

    I worked at P3 North America full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Free munchies and potatoe chips :)

    Cons

    - pay scales are well below industry standards
    - One big room which serves as office space for all employees. No stations assigned. No place to keep and manage your files
    - Not structured
    - too many young inexperienced employees... average age mid to late twenties
    - has problems dealing with clients who are more structured and have 20-30 years of exp[erience in the business.
    - no one takes the young employees seriously

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire more seasoned and experienced employees
    structure the company for better accountability
    why no marketing? business development strategy?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Two Jobs, 1 Paycheck

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

    I have been working at P3 North America as an intern for more than a year

    Pros

    Look, in the end, your experience is what you make of it.

    It's refreshing to finally see a wave of honest reviews that are pointing out at least half of the posted reviews are planted by those that spend their bulk of the time in the backoffice.

    Excellent IT Staff. P3 employees are supplied with the most relevant devices, ie. Smartphone (iOS, Android), laptops, back-office servers, to do their work. The IT department are very knowledgeable and willing to help.

    Other reviews have pointed out that you'll be exposed to Auto OEMs/Suppliers as a Pro.

    Cons

    Like the title says, you will pretty much be working two jobs but get ONE paycheck. Like another review pointed out, your Customer will be a de facto Boss that you report to but still be expected to do Internal work. So much for work/life balance. On a similar note, your hard work will in the end only be benefiting someone else as there are limited promotional opportunities.

    You'll be constantly exposed to buzz-words such as "growth", "exciting"...etc. Hearing the same pep talk will get old at some point. But that won't be a problem now with Interns rotating in and out.

    Questions about learning new technology/skills that will benefit your personal skill set are met with evasive answers. My personal experience implies a fear of me either being a viable applicant to a new job or overshadowing an existing lead.

    This review, and other recent ones, will not change how the company operates, but if you want to do work that is meaningful and actually utilize your engineering skills - have an exit plan. But if you're fine with mindlessly pushing buttons on a head unit, creating Powerpoint presentations, taking meeting minutes, getting brainwashed...then keep your blinders on.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Not what I expected

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Manager  in  Costa Mesa, CA
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Costa Mesa, CA

    I worked at P3 North America full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great environment to learn new aspects of consulting business, and many opportunities to learn new skills, and a multitude of training programs. Networking is also highly encouraged and promoted.

    Cons

    Roles & responsibilities not clearly defined, or not what was specified during interview process. Environment also very fluid almost day-to-day, which can be good or bad depending on your perspective. A lot is expected of your time even though not specifically or explicitly stated in terms of work at customer and P3 activities/meetings/travel/training etc. Pay is well below industry standards. P3 is all about the almighty dollar, and not necessarily the well-being, physical or mental, of the employee.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be honest and upfront with employees, don't sugarcoat the truth, or avoid potential "sticky" situations.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Long hours, little pay; That's the P3 way!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineer  in  Troy, MI
    Former Employee - Engineer in Troy, MI

    I worked at P3 North America full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    They'll hire you with almost no experience, and will teach you a ton.
    Frequent project switching, many training opportunities.
    Games in the garage. (Foosball, pingpong, darts)
    Provided snack & drinks. (chips, soda, etc)
    Young, friendly employees. Average age ~28, very friendly environment

    Cons

    There's really no promotion, which is good and bad.
    You'll work. A lot. Everyone is expected 45+ hours. 60+ are not uncommon.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Positive and Very Optimistic

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Test Engineer  in  Troy, MI
    Current Employee - Test Engineer in Troy, MI

    I have been working at P3 North America full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    This is one of the non traditional companies to work with in today's time. They have created a work culture which give a good work-life balance. Once hired, the company treats you like a family and goes out of the way to make your growth as their priority.
    High chances of meeting professionals from various background and gain insight in how the technology industry works.
    It is a fairly young company with majority of professionals between 25 and 40.

    Cons

    With core focus and talent in Engineering solutions, like infotainment and telematics, it leaves a certain paucity with regards to other emerging fields of innovation and product development.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To expand core competencies in areas like navigation, automotive product development solutions and hardware testing.
    Invest in periodic rotations and cross training between competencies (in-house and external).

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Rewarding

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

    I worked at P3 North America full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Outstanding company that provides every opportunity to succeed

    Cons

    Consulting is a difficult career in general, and P3 is no exception

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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