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PPC Reviews

Updated August 4, 2014
Updated August 4, 2014
46 Reviews

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to work, but had some growing pains

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Analyst  in  McLean, VA
    Former Employee - Senior Analyst in McLean, VA

    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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    A picture of managerial incompetence

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

    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.

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

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

    Former Employee - Business Analyst
    Former Employee - Business Analyst

    Pros

    company activities, lots of bright young minds

    Cons

    starting salary was too low.

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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  McLean, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in McLean, VA

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

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

    Good company with potential

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

    Pros

    Good experience and quality people

    Cons

    Workload per person causes extra stress

  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Lots of problems

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Analyst  in  McLean, VA
    Current Employee - Analyst in McLean, VA

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Company Dying a Slow Death

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Terrible Management, Revolving Door of employees

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    They had company happy hours

    Cons

    Management is completely Clueless... I have no idea how they are still around

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Training and listening to your employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Positive for years, then a free-fall and bottom is not yet in sight.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Amazing people...they really believed in the firm. They are mostly gone now.

    Cons

    Once AEA bought PPC, the need for cash on the part of AEA was beyond the ability of PPC to produce...the pressure broke PPC. The CEO brought in for 2012 was a disaster...but to be fair, no one would have succeeded...the firm was broken and he did not have the leadership qualities to rally the troops or authority to create a new business plan. The fire-sale brought in new leadership that has not been able to break the fall and they too are now in trouble (layoffs continue as their business dwindles).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give it up...you are prolonging the inevitable.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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