PPC Reviews

Updated December 11, 2014
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  1. Helpful (3)

    Was Proud to Work There at One Time

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at PPC

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Before the management shake up in the Fall of 2011, PPC was a pretty good place to work. I felt that I had a great relationship the Senior Management Team, felt like there was an open door policy, was treated fairly and generally went home feeling like I accomplished something and looked forward (for the most part) to going back to work the next day.

    Cons

    The new CEO is completely out of touch with the company and doesn't care about it's history or employees. He wants to change the company culture and it feels like he's driving out all of the people who know PPC best and can help it succeed to bring in his own people. That's his prerogative as the new leader but his blatent disrespect of employees and people who want the company succeed is stressful. In November, 14 people were laid off, including in finance and accounting, now there is a push to re-hire for those positions that were "eliminated" because PPC can't keep up with it's own billing. On top of that, the company has no money and collection calls from vendors to subcontractors is constant. It's a sad place to be and people are running for the hills to get out of there. The new CEO was brought in to make tough changes and turn the company around. However his own employment history shows that he hasn't been at any place long enough to make an impact, what makes AEA think he can do it here?

    Advice to Management

    PPC needs to be folded in with it's sister company or sold. If not that, a new CEO needs to be brought in. PPC was always a place that was proud of it's history and respect for it's employees, leadership should reflect that.

  2. Overall very positive...if you give help, others help you.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at PPC

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    There is a lot of change going on...some bad, some good. On the good side, there is a new focus on technology services. I see this as positive since that is how the company grew in the first place. Change has brought in some new blood...while allowing exsting staff the opportunity to step up. From what I read, the new Global CEO in London has experience with technology firms, unlike previous Global CEO. New PPC CEO is also from a tech firm...so maybe this will help us get back on track (i.e. start winning again). He is getting involved in the business...that is a good thing (he knows what we do). You are likely to see him walking the halls talking to folks.

    Cons

    There is currently a lot of change and it is causing stress throughout the organization. Communication could be better, but my hunch is there is no conspiracy to hide things from us...senior mgmt may not know everything given the changes at the parent (AEA). Maybe the biggest drag on morale is not knowing exactly what is going to happen...but then again, things are tough everywhere. My friends in other firms talk about the exact same things I complain about here. We don't seem to have a concrete path forward yet...that is causing stress.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on what the firm does best (technology services), develop a plan, invest in your people, and communicate as best you can (don't assume everyone knows what you know).

  3. Helpful (2)

    Chaos, followed by more chaos

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

    I have been working at PPC

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good relationship with fellow employees

    Cons

    Management is always behind the curve. The constant fire drills are due in large part to the lack of management skills.

    Advice to Management

    Comunicate and plan better.

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  5. Helpful (2)

    Before AEA it was a great place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Principal Analyst
    Current Employee - Principal Analyst

    I have been working at PPC

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Some departments get to telecommute
    Eco-friendly slant (except for the disparity in telecommuting between departments)
    Good location in northern VA near DC

    Cons

    There is no work-life balance
    There is rampant favoritism in certain departments
    People are assigned clients not based on skill-match, but on how it suits a manager
    The same few resumes are used to secure work, then a "bait and switch" is used on the clients with staffing - leaving the onsite staff feeling awkward and having to explain discrepancies
    They go after every opportunity even if it is totally inappropriate, or they cannot staff it, and then the project staff has to attempt miracles to make it successful (then they take the blame when it fails - even if the staff, resources, or other requirements were never provided in the first place, or if the staff, resources, etc. were pulled out from under the team, or if the staff has the completely wrong skill-set to do the work)

    Advice to Management

    PPC used to have values that included: honesty, integrity, being employee-focused, being customer advocates (doing right by the client), and having fun. Now it is just about making a profit so AEA can announce a profit. Get back to caring about the people who do the work - look at the way your middle managers are berating and abusing your employees to eek out every drop of blood, sweat, and tears from them and look at how happy your customers really are - may make this a good place to work again.

  6. Great place to start a career.

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

    I have been working at PPC

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    - Lots of learning on the job.
    - Many opportunities to diversify skills.
    - 'Get things done' culture
    - Not much traveling for a consulting company

    Cons

    - Performance appraisal process is flawed
    - Company does not like to spend money on training for all. Free training is always welcome.
    - People used to be the most important asset. No Longer.

    Advice to Management

    - It's the people. Pay attention.
    - Incentives/Bonus suck
    - Clear organization structure is needed. Rank and file is confused

  7. Helpful (1)

    It was great when it was small

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at PPC

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great pay-time-off for senior level employees. Allows flexible schedule and work-from-home. Since the company is still relatively small, it is possible to advance from an entry level employee to mid-management within a year or two.

    Cons

    PPC was acquired by a company twice its size a while back, since then, it has lost a lot of the characters. Gone are the 100% 401K matching, generous health benefits and the performance based bonuses. It also lacks training budget and any kinds of formal career path, which can be really bad for experienced, mid-career people. The performance review process also does not make any sense at all. It is a laborious process that neither employee nor the managers can stand, on top of that, the metrics for the review measures things that make no sense at all.

    Advice to Management

    Establish career paths that allows people at all levels a clear, defined way to advance their career. Overhaul the performance review process, the current one makes sense to perhaps the person who designed it and no one else.

  8. Had a great promise, not so much now

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

    I have been working at PPC

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    PPC is a pretty company that allows employees a lot of potential rooms to grow. It is possible to move from entry level to mid-management within a few years, because of its size.

    Cons

    Since the acquisition by a company twice its size, PPC seems to have lost a lot of the personalities that made it unique. A trade off for being part of a public traded company. The lack of a defined career path and training budget could be bad for people in their mid-career, since it seems almost impossible to get training through PPC nowadays (since 2009).

    Advice to Management

    Establish career paths for employees, create a fair performance review process. The current performance review system simply doesn't gauge anything sensible and is a burden to both managers and the employees.

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