Planning and Learning Technologies

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Planning and Learning Technologies Reviews

Updated August 24, 2014
Updated August 24, 2014
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  1.  

    Great experience: fantastic people and opportunity

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - New Media/Virtual Events Specialist  in  Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - New Media/Virtual Events Specialist in Arlington, VA

    I worked at Planning and Learning Technologies full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    You won't be pigeon-holed. You can contribute in different areas, and share your thoughts with the company owner. People work together to achieve success. The culture is relaxed and good-natured. Work-life balance is great. Promotions can be limited due to contracting requirements. Time-off policies are fair.

    Cons

    Contracting work can be unstable. Interaction is difficult with those employees working off-site at the client's venue.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider developing interest groups among employees for idea-sharing and innovation. Having monthly "all-hands" meetings would keep everyone informed and on the same page.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    Started out great but has consistently dissapointed year after year

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

    I have been working at Planning and Learning Technologies full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    It's all about the contract team you're on but overall the company employees are awesome. Very friendly familial environment... as long as you're not upper management. Everyone is great at what they do which makes working relationships ideal because you never feel like work is unequally distributed. Everyone is eager to lend a helping hand and you never get the sense that there are ulterior motives... except for upper management. See the trend?

    Another Pro is that the work life balance is pretty solid. For the most part it's a very autonomous company. You never run into issues when needing to come in late, leave early, or wanting to take vacations or random days off. As long as you come to work and give 100%, people have no problem with you coming and going as you please. Obviously don't abuse the system. The honor system works well here and I've rarely seen anyone take advantage of a good thing... those that have, didn't last very long. Some teams were allowed to telework but for the majority of the company, it's not an option.

    PRO - Team leads and project managers are awesome, and therefore they know how to select awesome team members, again, making work relationships a breeze and quite entertaining during the slow season. It's not uncommon to see coworkers having lunch together, attending happy hours, and meeting up over the weekend for sporting or family events or team bonding events.

    Cons

    I eluded to this a bit in the Pros section... The sole problem with the organization is UPPER MANAGEMENT... they are completely out of touch with what's happening on the ground or with their employees. Sadly, some of the best workers, team leads, and project managers all end up leaving simply because they are unappreciated, undervalued, underutilized, and UNDERPAID. Has to be the cheapest company in this area... constantly finding ways to save money by slashing benefits, low-balling salaries, rarely giving bonuses or raises beyond 2%, however, on any given day you will see 4 and 5 star Georgetown lunches and snacks in the common areas, an unlimited supply of cappuccinos and lattes and beverage dispensers. Another CON... there is no upward mobility, the company is too small and highly specialized in divergent areas that it's almost impossible to move around, and almost all movement that occurs is lateral in salary even if the actual job would warrant a pay increase at any other company. Upper management is in it for themselves. They are not interested in growing the company or even the happiness of its employees. Half of them are on a serious power trip and spend more time trying to out-ego each other, while the other half simply comes to work to collect their paycheck and redistribute their work so as not to be held accountable for anything. Complete and utter dysfunction at the top of the food chain, which is a real shame considering there are people in the company who genuinely care about the employees and the clients yet never have their opinions heard because they do not have CEO, COO, President, VP, or Director in their job title.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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