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PCO Innovation Reviews

Updated November 21, 2014
Updated November 21, 2014
9 Reviews
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  1.  

    Good experience but move on for progress

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - PLM Consultant in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Former Employee - PLM Consultant in Montreal, QC (Canada)

    I worked at PCO Innovation full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good to start a career, you travel across the world.
    For north americans, you will visit places you've dreamed
    of, specially in Europe. Pay is excellent well above
    average, specially if you are at the customer site for a long period.
    If your in it for the long haul, gun for the money as career wise there
    no progress, the company has a flat hierarchy. You start as a consultant and
    and end as one as well.
    On the other hand, a strong sense of accomplishment when the system you worked on
    helps a real product goes into production (ex planes, cars).
    To get the most out of the experience, start out young and single with the company(24 years)
    stay on for 6 years and get out at best 30 and at worst 35.

    Cons

    Upon arriving at the client site, the company pays for the hotel
    for only two weeks, after that you are on your own.
    Most of the technologies thet you will work on are large enterprise
    software. They do not reflect the latest technologies.
    Average employe age is around 27, after 30 you start feeling
    disconnected from your younger colleagues.
    Because you might spend more than a year at the client site,
    you build better relationships with client employees then
    with your own colleagues. Most people of you class (hired date)
    leave the company between 2-3 years
    for familly reasons, better lifestyle or girlfriends pressure.
    You might get stuck at a crappy nowhere customer site.
    HR and recruiter turnover is above 75%. You know you've been in the company
    for more than 2 years when you don't recognize HR when you get back.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management should broad company offering to achieve critical scale. A lot of customers do not want to give us projects managements because company lacks project management skills and experience in engineering systems.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2.  

    FRENCH CULTURE BEHIND THE COMPANY

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - PLM Consultant in Everett, WA
    Former Employee - PLM Consultant in Everett, WA

    I worked at PCO Innovation full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    There is not much Pros.
    They simply adjust to the US market.

    Cons

    Management and recruiters are mostly of French Culture, which doesn't mix with our state of law and freedom.
    They will cut you short and give you hard time when you confront about your contract terms.
    Arrogant and Complicated french culture.
    Implemented Expertise looks good but becomes very complicated systems to the End-Client.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Might go back in France instead of trying to do business here.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Nice place to work at but cheap salaries

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - PLM Consultant in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Current Employee - PLM Consultant in Montreal, QC (Canada)

    I have been working at PCO Innovation full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The people you work with and the ambiance is very nice. Very good place to develop your PLM skills

    Cons

    Very low salary and no room for advancement

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Should offer higher salaries to keep their employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    PLM Consultant Review

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Consultant - Technical Expert CAD/PLM in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Consultant - Technical Expert CAD/PLM in Montreal, QC (Canada)

    I worked at PCO Innovation full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Opportunity to work for prestigious accounts
    - Outstanding travel opportunity
    - Fast experience gain
    - Amazing cohesion and atmosphere in the organization

    Cons

    - Stagnant progression due to flat organization
    - Undervalue of credentials
    - Talent retention issues
    - Not a long term option

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Create a partnership approach to help talent retention
    - Have bigger ambitions than constantly tailgating bigger players

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6.  

    Its a hit or miss.

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

    I have been working at PCO Innovation full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Its a great company to kick start your career! For recent grads, It really helps if you come with previous experience in CAD or even PLM if you are lucky enough to have been exposed to it through internships with big name companies. A degree from a recognized school doesn't hurt either since these two things will be your strongest selling points when PCO shows your profile to a client. If you are sent to a long mission away from your base (hometown) you are guaranteed to make a lot of money.Great team effort, and a lot of collaboration among consultants make learning easy. If you're single, like to learn on the go, and don't mind travelling this is the place for you.

    Cons

    If you are starting out fresh out of college with no experience, you are a harder candidate to sell and could be stuck in Montreal months at the time. In between missions, if you are in your home city, your income will be significantly less. When you are sold to a client, PCO expects you to be there yesterday, and they provide no service at all when moving to a new city, except maybe book you a flight, hotel and car rental for the first couple of weeks. The rest is up to you. One of PCO's strong hooks for potential applicants is travelling. They will make you believe that you can go anywhere in the world (in fact they show a map with clients all over the world) to work and travel. The truth is the places you might be sent to work will be restricted by your nationality and the availability of contracts. You can be sent to great places or very undesirable locations. It is not a company for someone who desires long term stability. In fact, it is one of the main reasons people leave the company despite increasing salaries and longer vacations. You might be sold as an expert when in reality you are still a couple of months from being a true master in the subject.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  7.  

    Good for Entry-Level positions, not so good for experienced hires.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - PLM Consultant in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Former Employee - PLM Consultant in Montreal, QC (Canada)

    I worked at PCO Innovation

    Pros

    If you are coming out of University and you have strong french language skills, then this company is a good idea. You'll get the opportunity for International travel. Also, you can learn a lot. The company will sell you to a client as an expert(even though you probably have only a few weeks experience in the software)

    Cons

    If you are an experienced hire, you will lose out on opportunities to inexperienced consultants since the company won't be able to sell you as easily due to PCO trying to maximize their profits. As an experienced hire, you may end up on the bench for extended periods of time with nothing beneficial to advance your career.
    If you do not speak french, your opportunities will also be limited. The company will sell you to a client as an expert(even though you probably have only a few weeks experience in the software). Trial by fire is common.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It will be difficult to retain experienced hires unless the company starts landing contracts with clients that are willing to pay a premium for experience. Unfortunately, I cannot recommend this company if you do no speak french or if you are an experienced hire looking for a challenge.

  8.  

    Great company for managing contract work.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - PLM/CAD Software Development Consultant
    Former Employee - PLM/CAD Software Development Consultant

    I worked at PCO Innovation

    Pros

    - Very responsive managers
    - Great help with administrative paperwork such as travel expense reports
    - Encouraging and supportive communication from management
    - Quick turnaround on contract payments

    Cons

    - No benefits with a contract only position (no option to buy into group benefits, even if at the cost of the employee)

    Recommends
  9.  

    Great if you fit the profile

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Development Consultant in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Software Development Consultant in Montreal, QC (Canada)

    I have been working at PCO Innovation

    Pros

    Great travel opportunities: most assignments are in Europe or in the US. PCO employees have been almost everywhere.
    Potential for great money, once you are sold on a international assignment.
    Friendly colleagues, stimulating multicultural environment. Typical employee has seen many countries/work locations and has many stories to tell. Atmosphere is relax when not on an assignment.
    Great to kick start an engineering career: clients have great name recognition. Opportunities often provide great responsibilities.
    Great independence : Travelling compensation is given as a lump sum of money so it's you who takes care of everything. This can mean great money on long assignments.
    Management believes in its strong assets: can keep consultants for months and months between assignments.

    Cons

    Lowish base salary: management creates incentive to travel by offering great compensation if you are sold on an international assignment. If not, you'll just scrape by.
    Might work on older technology, depending on assignments.
    Pressure from management to travel : local assignments are sometimes rare, so contracts mention you are supposed to travel. People refusing to travel too much without good reason are "offered" unpaid vacation.
    Turning around on a dime: assignments can end abruptly, and you are forced to quickly get rid of your apartment and go back to Montreal.
    Great independence has its con too: lots of fending for yourself when getting to a new city. This can be difficult while working at a new client at the same time.
    Management has exaggerated optimism regarding its consultant capacities to fulfill assignments. It has a culture of "of course you can do it, just read the book on the plane!".

  10.  

    Good for short term position if you need cash

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Consultant in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Consultant in Montreal, QC (Canada)

    I worked at PCO Innovation

    Pros

    Money if you accept being sent abroad. opportunity to travel once at the client's facilities, but be careful, being sent abroad doesn't mean traveling. great atmosphere among colleagues, young & fun ambiance. Opportunity to learn a lot about CAD and PLM softwares. Little knowledge is required to enter, since you are thrown at the clients as an expert already.

    Cons

    They want to grow so fast that they hire anybody. Upper management becomes disconnected with operations and administrative employees that are closer to consultants are subjected to inside political games among themselves. This leads to unfair decisions based on who supports who. Frequent turn over in HR (always resigning).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop hiring just about anybody so as to get contracts. Service quality is declining!! Watch internal political games and stop supporting inside influential leaders without close attention.

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