PPC Reviews

Updated July 23, 2015
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  1. General Office Clerk

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at PPC full-time

    Pros

    A very good work environment. It is very busy and the staff is concerned about providing quality customer service to the general public.

    Cons

    The management should provide the staff with more training and communicate more.


  2. Tech

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible hours, low stress most of the time

    Cons

    hours vary depending on the month


  3. Company was downsizing while I worked there. Wasn't a pleasant experience.

    Former Employee - Business Analyst
    Former Employee - Business Analyst

    I worked at PPC full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    company activities, lots of bright young minds

    Cons

    starting salary was too low.


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  5. A picture of managerial incompetence

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at PPC full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Some good people still work there who are fighting to keep the company and contracts alive. Flexible work schedule.

    Cons

    The management is faltering under its own weight and staggering level of incompetence. Contracts are drying up faster than people are leaving the company (which is an alarming rate). The management to worker ratio has been way off balance for a long time. They never offered competitive wages for entry level workers and survived on desperate college graduates to get their work done to a sub-par standard.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Great place to work, but had some growing pains

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    Former Employee - Senior Analyst in McLean, VA
    Former Employee - Senior Analyst in McLean, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at PPC full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Friendly co-workers, and mostly surrounded by people who are engaged in their work. Very knowledgeable staff who will help you learn anything you're ambitious towards.

    Cons

    Multiple company sales and restructuring took a toll on the friendly, small-business feel of the company. Loss of several big contracts forced the restructuring of some of the business groups.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Great employees and friendly environment. Executive team is untrustworthy and incompetent.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at PPC full-time

    Pros

    95% of the employees are great people and I consider friends.

    Cons

    The executive team is untrustworthy. You may think you are adding value to the organization and the executive team will tell you, you are safe from lay offs. Then out of nowhere they will lay you off. Employees are in shock as to how the executive team still has their jobs. They have lost contracts because of poor performance, they haven't won any new business in years.

    Advice to Management

    Self reflection! Keep the employees that add value and cut the ones that have cost the organization money. Common sense!


  8. Helpful (1)

    Great job, but the company was really struggling. That lack of focus was pervasive.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in McLean, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in McLean, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at PPC full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The interaction with the people was a lot of fun. I had as much latitude to do what I wanted to get done, and a felt that I got a number of things accomplished. In that regard I had a great job.

    Cons

    Unfortunately, management really didn't seem that interested in security. While I knew that I was getting things done, I never got feedback about my work, or the direction in which I was taking some things. Ultimately, my position was eliminated along with a number of other people when the company was sold.

    Advice to Management

    I hope the current crop of managers actually pays attention to some of the security issues that plagued the previous team.


  9. Good company with potential

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good experience and quality people

    Cons

    Workload per person causes extra stress


  10. Helpful (1)

    Lots of problems

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Analyst in McLean, VA
    Current Employee - Analyst in McLean, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at PPC full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good salary and benefits. Pretty good times if enough clients are coming in.

    Cons

    Purchased for the third time in like five years. I was downsized the same time our vice president was. Outlook is not very good.

    Advice to Management

    Do not hire more staff until you know you have enough clients to keep them afloat.


  11. Helpful (2)

    Company Dying a Slow Death

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at PPC full-time

    Pros

    I worked at PPC for many years. In the first part of my employment the company had a very employee friendly culture and had a more egalitarian approach to sharing the companies success as most good employees were rewarded with bonuses. Things were far from perfect but I appreciated the flexibility the company offered. The egalitarian culture changed with time but it was still a good place to work until the sale to AEA in 2008.

    Cons

    When the company was sold to AEA it placed great cash demands on PPC which limited the reward given to employees and created significant issues with paying the company's obligations. The culture of the company changed, good people left, and the company experienced significant fiscal hardship. The company experienced another sale in 2013 and the problems have gotten worse. Along with the fiscal problems and layoffs, the company appears to be blind to the massive incompetence it has in its senior management. This company is dying a slow death.

    Advice to Management

    Either take a hard look and shake up the senior management or just cash in your chips



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