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PPC Reviews

Updated December 11, 2014
Updated December 11, 2014
47 Reviews
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47 Reviews
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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

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

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    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
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Stepping stone at most

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Analyst
    Former Employee - Senior Analyst

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

    Pros

    They offer decent salaries. If you are a self-starter and seem like you know what you are talking about, you have ability to be creative and put your stamp on projects. Provides a good stepping stone - but not a long term career.

    Cons

    The mindset of 100% billability is unrealistic. The company acts like a big player, but without the experience or clout. Until pointed out and questioned, HR sneakily tried to do away same-sex partner benefits.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    The best company culture I ever experienced in the beginning, then two sales that changed it forever

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

    I worked at PPC full-time

    Pros

    Big enough to learn and grow your career but no so big that you are just a number. Amazing culture under prior CEO's, albeit the company was still learning its way and making its fair amount of mistakes they were in it and helped to ride out tough times.

    Cons

    Too many to list. Layoffs, not enough diversity in management (women or minorities) and less than professional business practices. While layoffs will happen, some just didn't make sense. Layoffs were followed by the need to replace resources within months, didn't seem well thought out.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in rebuilding the company culture, stabilize and stop trying to be a jack of all trades. Look at the senior managers and when layoff decisions need to be made, look there first.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    You'll go far if you're part of the "inner guy circle"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at PPC

    Pros

    Enjoyed working with some coworkers.

    Cons

    The "good-old-boy" style of management isn't exactly ethical.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Overall not a bad experience

    Former Employee - Business Analyst
    Former Employee - Business Analyst

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

    Pros

    Good working environment, friendly staff

    Cons

    Career stagnation, poor planning by management

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Dying company, stay away

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    Former Employee - Manager in McLean, VA
    Former Employee - Manager in McLean, VA

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

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule, good work/life balance

    Cons

    No buy in from senior management. Problems growing faster than resolution.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communication is key

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good experience for a short term, but long-term issues

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Analyst in McLean, VA
    Former Employee - Senior Analyst in McLean, VA

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

    Pros

    Good opportunities for client experience. Nice people to work with. Was part of the AEG group when I worked there, which seemed to have problems, but now has been spun off, so it should be more focused on its core business. A good place for recent college grads.

    Cons

    High turnover, especially among the project managers, made it difficult to build working relationships. Some project managers did not know enough technically about the services we were providing. Mid-level managers, directors, had been promoted from within, and lack personnel management training. Different consulting group specialty areas don't communicate or cooperate much with each other.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to foster communication and cooperation among different consulting departments and sectors. (That will also promote sales.) Those promoted into supervisory positions need to take training on personnel management if they never managed people before.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Time Will Tell

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at PPC full-time

    Pros

    New corporate ownership and CEO that are committed to developing synergy among the different operational divisions. Re-emergence, albeit slow, of corporate cultural attitudes that are essential to the success of modern consulting organizations.

    Cons

    Still too top heavy in over-compensated VPs and Directors, particularly ones that are carry overs from the former ownership management fiasco, and who are not adding value or strategic vision to the business or willing to break down organizational barriers. Still losing key technical staff who had good organizational (internal) and client (external) institutional knowledge and rapport.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stay on the path you have set, but consider more nipping and tucking at the top end so more focus on growing accounts and fostering cross-organizational collaboration can occur and result in business growth, staff retention and a "One PPC" reality.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Stay away from this company

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in McLean, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in McLean, VA

    I have been working at PPC full-time

    Pros

    I loved PPC when I first joined, but not what it has become.

    Cons

    After the purchase by AEA, PPCs core values and its "niceness" went by the wayside. After the acquisition, many good people and dear friends were laid off or left in disgust. AEA's financial troubles caused it to sell off the pieces. In preparation for PPC's sale, there was a another bloodbath of layoffs, including sales, IT, and senior management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It's too late. The new management will be rearranging the deck furniture on the Titanic.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Red flags from the beginning

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Associate in McLean, VA
    Former Employee - Associate in McLean, VA

    I worked at PPC full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    25 cent items in the snack machines. Headquarters in McLean is in a nice facility. Can't think of anything else nice to say.

    Cons

    Management engages in secrecy and downright trickery...I never knew what was going on. Working for a consulting firm, I was surprised how little human interaction I got during the day. PPC isn't winning any new work, and I'm not surprised, considering the way I was treated. Benefits package is almost worthless.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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