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PPC Reviews

Updated December 11, 2014
Updated December 11, 2014
47 Reviews
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PPC President & CEO Harry C. Thornsvard
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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Company is on a free-fall

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

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

    Pros

    25 cent snacks/drinks in snack machines

    Cons

    Company lost it's soul and is on a free fall after it was acquired by AEA.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Raise salaries, stay in touch with employees, win new contracts so that existing employees can keep their jobs.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Great work environment, great people.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Associate in McLean, VA
    Former Employee - Associate in McLean, VA

    I worked at PPC

    Pros

    I loved the building and the people in it. Company events were fun when I went to them, and the work environment was generally relaxed. On my first day, I wore a tie and got several comments about how it wasn't necessary, even from the CEO at the time.

    Cons

    I felt like I had a lack of solid feedback about my job performance on a regular basis. The review process also seemed to not follow a regular schedule.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I do not have much feedback for the management of Project Performance Corp. A little more transparency would have been nice.

    No opinion of CEO
  3. 4 people found this helpful  

    Started great, ended grim

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

    I worked at PPC

    Pros

    Pre-acquisition: Great work/life balance, employees were greatest asset, game room, positive attitude of peers, high importance and involvement with community service, enthusiastic and highly competent leadership.
    Post-acquisition: None that I can think of.

    Cons

    Pre-acquisition: Imbalanced pay grades, no bonuses, room for growth was limited.
    Post-acquisition: Incompetent senior management, work/life balance was way off, low employee morale, negative overall atmosphere, very poor communications from top down, emphasis on numbers instead of people.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    PLEASE go back to making your employees your greatest asset! Without them, the company is going to continue to go into a dangerous downward spiral. Turning PEOPLE and SERVICES into "differentiators" has not worked well with any other corporation, what makes you think it'll work here? LISTEN TO YOUR EMPLOYEES AND REWARD THEM FOR THE HARD WORK THEY PUT IN!!!!

    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 5 people found this helpful  

    You think it can only get better, only to continue to get worse.

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

    I have been working at PPC

    Pros

    -Staff level employees that care about their peers and clients
    -Some flexibility

    Cons

    -Lack of communication/explanation to staff level employees
    -Lack of empathy or encouragement toward the staff
    -Loss of benefits such as personal leave and 401k matching, without explanation
    -Blatant disregard for the truth, senior management is 100% political now, and will say anything to put a positive spin on anything negative
    -Financially unstable
    -Lack of respect to employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    PPC has faced many issues in the past several months. The 100% turnover in the C-suite has really dug a hole for PPC's future success. The changes implemented will only hurt the company in terms of staff-level. Although it is a public company on the UK market, money cannot be the only driver for success. The senior management needs to recognize they will continue to lose revenue if they continue to neglect the staff.

    PPC is not winning any new work. Senior management's approach to "differentiators" will only hurt in the long run, as they cannot change PPC's way of doing business quick enough to save the company.

    The CEO could care less about the employees. The two all-hands he has lead since he joined PPC in November were a joke. The first all hands he could not care less about the staff level employees, saying that they wouldn't be affected by any changes (wrong) and said he could care less about the environmental side of the company (which happens to be the most stable area in the company). The second all hands was a hand holding session about feelings, to a group of well-educated adults (seriously, do you know who you're audience is?). If senior management plans to hold onto any more employees that help make the company successful, then they need to change their attitude, otherwise they will lose more than the high number of people that already left the company since the new CEO started.

    If senior management doesn't start caring about the employees and the image the company is portraying to its employees and clients, then they should lay off the rest of the company and see how successful they will be without the talented staff.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 6 people found this helpful  

    PPC is capable of so much but recent Sr Management changes will destroy the company in months

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in McLean, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in McLean, VA

    I have been working at PPC

    Pros

    Energetic and fun place (or was)
    Great people
    Respected industry leader

    Cons

    New PPC CEO has no clue how to run a company. Has been drummed out of many major companies. New plan is to leave what has built the company to pursue building a piece of software.
    New CTO knows nothing about technology
    New VP of HR wont answer simple questions and treats employees like dirt

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Adive for AEA...either sell PPC or get this new management out of the way. At the current pace the new CEO will destroy the cash cow in a quarter or less.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 6 people found this helpful  

    Looking for a respectful, fair workplace with clear & honest communication? This probably isn't the place for you.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in McLean, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in McLean, VA

    I have been working at PPC

    Pros

    The company is located in a very convenient area (Tyson's Corner). Traffic is horrific there, but at least there's a metro being built nearby.

    Cons

    - The amount of turnover within the last several months speaks for itself.

    - Favoritism runs deep in this workplace.

    - No professional training opportunities for "certain" employees, despite the fact that this is advertised as an employee benefit during orientation.

    - If you're not liked by certain people, PPC has no money in any budget for you. Lack of training opportunities aside, if you need any basic office supplies that require more than $30, you'll have to obtain "approval". Really??

    - Very low salaries compared to other companies in the area.

    - The benefits package is practically useless. Better get supplemental coverage when considering working for this company.

    - If you have to travel a significant distance to the client site, don't expect to be reimbursed for any cost associated with that travel. There's no money in the budget for that, but it's totally acceptable there to have the employee absorb that cost.

    - You can expect a promotion only if the right people "like" you. For example, a particular manager, who was an extremely poor communicator and, at times, dishonest and arrogant, was kicked off of a project by the client, and yet he was miraculously promoted months later.

    - There are no minorities in upper management, which speaks volumes about who this company values and who it does not value.

    - If you're assigned to a billable project, you are treated like a human being with some level of respect.

    - If you need to travel for business purposes, you're paying for it with your personal funds. You will be laughed at if you ask for a corporate card.

    - Often engages in creative tactics to win work; makes promises to clients that they are not fully prepared to fulfill, thus putting massive, unnecessary pressure on its employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    1. Yes, minorities are competent and can work well in upper management too.
    2. Get a new set of senior managers - across the board - who will treat people fairly.
    3. Disrespectful behavior should not be tolerated from any level of an organization.
    4. Stop offering the cheapest benefits package to employees.
    5. Either make professional training available to everyone, or no one. Offering professional training to a "select" few is simply unfair and causes employees to lose respect for managers who do this.
    6. End the favoritism.
    7. Offer salaries that are comparable to other comapnies in the area.
    8. Give promotions based on performance, not the "good old boy" system.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Fun middle size company with great work/life balance

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

    I have been working at PPC

    Pros

    - Lots of fun company activities to participate in (sports teams, volunteer opportunities)
    - Managers to a good job listening to their employees and trying to keep them satisfied and challenged
    - Young energetic staff
    - Great game room
    - Decent pay
    - I feel pretty good about my job security

    Cons

    - As with most small / midsize companies policies / procedures will be broken in order to satisfy a customer (this may mean occasionally working long hours to reach an unreasonable timeline)
    - Yearly performance reviews have some awkward metrics that may not apply to your specific job role.
    - We do a lot of tech projects, but some of the project managers have no experience managing tech projects. (Need a developer at any requirements meetings)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Create a training program for new project managers instead of promoting them from analyst and assuming they know what they are doing

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Great Place to Work - Work Hard and Be Rewarded

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

    I have been working at PPC

    Pros

    If you work hard and care about your job you will get great opportunities.
    Management is really good.
    The company is really well respected in both public and private sectors.

    Cons

    The company is experiencing minor growing pains.
    The job is demanding on time and committment. Though it is family friendly, the expectation is that you will put in the time to be successful.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More communication is always valuable, though the company already does a good job at this. It is great to see senior management engaging junior people.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great Place to launch career, future will be a challenge

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

    I have been working at PPC

    Pros

    Nice people, proactive HR, healthy work-life balance for junior staff, collegial atmosphere

    Cons

    Since the merger with AEA, company has lost it's employee focused culture, which was its differentiator.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    success does not come from spread sheets, get to know the staff

    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Great place to work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Principal Consultant in McLean, VA
    Former Employee - Principal Consultant in McLean, VA

    I worked at PPC

    Pros

    A good group of professional people. They understand what it means to work hard and what it means to have a life. I loved working there, the reason for leaving was to start my own business.

    Cons

    My narrow nitch didn't fit into the company's profile, I helped them meet a contract requirement. It is really not a down-side, but this way it was harder to fit.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management is very competent, I only missed a little more opportunities for advancement.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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