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Public Consulting Group Reviews in Boston, MA

Updated February 25, 2015
Updated February 25, 2015
51 Reviews
3.6
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Pros
  • This is a great place to build your resume and learn to cover your back (in 11 reviews)

  • The Boston office is in a great location (in 10 reviews)


Cons
  • Little development of skills, and work-life balance does not improve until the senior consultant level (in 19 reviews)

  • No work-life balance for junior staff (in 8 reviews)

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  1.  

    PCG is for the bright and committed...

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    Current Employee - Manager in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Manager in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Public Consulting Group full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    -Highly entrepreneurial with varied and dynamic leadership
    -Huge variety of work spanning almost all of health and human services and education
    -Most areas of the firm are mission-driven, wanting to improve government and everyday lives
    -The firm has had rapid growth, moving into new areas ever day based on its employees' resourcefulness
    -Best, brightest and most committed can reap big rewards

    Cons

    -Fast organic growth over 25+ years has led to growing pains in some areas, like IT infrastructure and management training. This has improved gradually.

    -There is high variation in worker experience across the firm, toward the good and bad.
      --In some areas, work can be very challenging, requiring learning skills and flexibility not everyone has.
      --In others areas, the work can be tough and even sometimes grinding, based on competitive markets and contract performance criteria.
      --Because its so entrepreneurial, managers have great independence, which also means that worker experiences depend a lot on their leadership.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Poor client/project management for I.T. projects.

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    Former Contractor - IT Consultant/Computer Programmer Analyst in Boston, MA
    Former Contractor - IT Consultant/Computer Programmer Analyst in Boston, MA

    I worked at Public Consulting Group as a contractor (more than a year)

    Pros

    Ironically, this is a great place for poor performers. You are pulled in so many different directions there is no way for management to hold most people accountable for what you are asked to do. You always have the excuse of "I was told to stop working on project x and now work on project y".

    Cons

    If you take pride in your work, see above...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop trying to be a software services/product company. You are a consulting organization!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    Burning out their most talented and promising staff

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Public Consulting Group full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Despite a unilateral lack of appreciation by management, there is a small group of committed, talented individuals here and it is a pleasure to work with them. The support that my peers offer is one of the few things that has kept me here as long as I have been.

    Cons

    Compensation is below market value which is openly acknowledged by senior management. Junior level managers are told to essentially "put their time in" and eventually it will be rewarded. In this case time means 7-10 years. While these junior managers are putting their time in, work/life balance is nonexistent and any effort to push back or to establish boundaries is met with derision by management. This creates a culture where junior staff is afraid to even take the PTO that they have earned, with many of us losing earned time at the end of every year. The overwhelming effect is very demoralizing which is reflected in high staff turnover rates.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn how to incentivize and reward your employees. If you are going to pay below market value, then empower your employees to use their vacation time and achieve work/life balance. Without any of this, you are creating a culture of burnout and you will continue to lose some of your most talented employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Manager

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    Current Employee - Manager in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Manager in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Public Consulting Group full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Compensation, entrepreneurial spirit, allowed to fail and learn. Sr Management is ethical, possesses good business acumen and cares about the clients and staff.

    Cons

    work life balance can be a challenge. Each employee can take charge of their own careers which is a great opportunity for some and a difficulty for others. very, very fast paced environment

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    good company in Boston, great location

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    Former Contractor - Data Analyst in Boston, MA
    Former Contractor - Data Analyst in Boston, MA

    I worked at Public Consulting Group as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    Everyboday is doing there own business

    Cons

    Good place to work and good company

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Senior Leader

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    Current Employee - Director in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Director in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Public Consulting Group full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    I have 25 years of experience in management consulting Ive worked in and for many consulting firms and PCG is a unique organization. It demands a lot of its people but it rewards smart risk taking and hard work. It is very difficult for people to enjoy working here unless they are driven to succeed. If however, you are a high achiever and want to challenge yourself, this is the place to be.

    Cons

    It is a heavy performance comp based firm. If you are looking for a high base salary, look somewhere else. If youre looking for a place where you feel confident that your hard work will yield high reward, sign up.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create more opportunity for incremental growth rather than the current limited career ladder in the consultant track.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great people to work with

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    Current Employee - Human Resources in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Human Resources in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Public Consulting Group full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good leadership, great office culture, and good bonuses!

    Cons

    Low pay, minimal upward mobility, overworked

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Positive employees, high volume workload, motivating environment.

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    Current Employee - Consultant in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Consultant in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Public Consulting Group full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Client driven, opportunities for those who seize them. Growth must be self-directed. There's no hand-holding here.

    Cons

    Be prepared to fumble in the dark a bit, but resources and content are available. Lots of learning as you go.
    There is a disconnect between the talent PCG looks for and compensation (ie, year's experience, expensive MBA's can be challenging to cover with existing compensation structure)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sr. Consultant role appears to be "the perfect storm" in terms of responsibility here. Wish there was more direct training on transitioning from Consultant to Sr. Perhaps some of the Sr. roles should be passed down to the Consultant level. 360 Review would also be a plus.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    A good place to get experience

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    Former Employee - Accounts Payable Coordinator in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Accounts Payable Coordinator in Boston, MA

    I worked at Public Consulting Group full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    You can learn a lot from this company.

    Cons

    Not too much of a help when you need assistance, everybody for their self.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work!

    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Market Strong, but poor management

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    Current Employee - IT Manager in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - IT Manager in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Public Consulting Group full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great location. Decent pay, bonus. But ask ANYONE who worked there.

    Cons

    I was in the IT dept at the Boston office for 3+ years. From day one to the last day, the energy and personalities never changed. The CIO they hired (their 1st) was a friend of the owner. While he had tech credibility and experience he battled every day and lost. We as the staff were always crippled by the business owners. They would sign 99.999 uptime contracts, and then deny all funding to IT infrastructure. Sure, happens everywhere? Not to this extent. Turnover was alwasy huge. Anyone good would leave within 3 - 9 months. Working 24/7 with terrible resources was no way to retain the talent they needed.

    Definately Stay Away. Don't be tempted by the location/pay. I still have several friends there. They describe a terrible place that just cant get better.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get a completely new board. Even you Bill. It is filled with owners and cronies who have NO idea what the company does. It trickles down. Your middle to upper management is so very poor. Your key skill resources turn over at ridiculous rates.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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