Public Consulting Group

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Updated July 21, 2015
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Public Consulting Group President William S Mosakowski
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Pros
  • Great Place to make lasting relationships (in 11 reviews)

  • There are lots of professional development courses, including an MBA program funded by the company (in 7 reviews)

Cons
  • No work-life balance for junior staff (in 19 reviews)

  • There is no work - life balance (in 8 reviews)

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  1. Operations Manager

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Public Consulting Group

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent company to work for.

    Cons

    No cons at this time.


  2. Look Else where

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    Former Employee - Senior Systems Analyst in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Senior Systems Analyst in Boston, MA

    I worked at Public Consulting Group full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    401k plan contributes up to 6% of salary. Company party at Xmas and year end.

    Cons

    401K paid at year end. You lose any potential gains if matched monthly. Salary pay is below market. This company wants to be a management consulting company but doesn't make the cut. No work life balance. IT systems are bare minimum - shoe string. Could be a powerhouse if management views IT as an intrigral part of the company. Very focused on the bottom line. If you are not a Consultant level or higher you are considered dirt. Lots of pressure to produce on a shoe string budget. Too many Cliques. If you are not part of the clique, you will not advance.

    Advice to Management

    Instead of focusing on lining your pockets, focus on developing a company that will compete with your former and now competitor HMS (the business unit you sold to them). Eliminate the nepotism that occurs in this organization. Make this organization more professional. Increase pay to market with incentives.


  3. Helpful (1)

    Steadily Improving, but a long way to go...

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    Former Employee - Operations in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Operations in Boston, MA

    I worked at Public Consulting Group

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

    Pros

    Improving IT infrastructure, and communication between staff and IT . Nice, but not cushy or hip offices. Mostly cube city offices as dictated by the CEO. Decent PTO for salaried folks, 4weeks, hourly staff only gets 3 weeks. 401K is pretty good,,up to 6% employer match usually in the 90%+ range. Not much mentoring, training , but new trainings thru the web are becoming available. Decent pay on the low end of spectrum for what's expected that staff member accomplish. A lot of seat of the pants getting by. Nice year end and Christmas parties and bonuses.

    Cons

    Class system very much in control. If you are not on the sales track, don't expect training, career track (although they say it 's coming). Don't expect respect or positive reinforcement from anyone on the sales side of the wall. Support and operations staff are seen as a cost of doing business, and a necessary evil. Expect to be condescended to, blamed for mistakes with no cause but being operations. Depending on the "higher up" you deal with, expect harassment, belittling, and humiliation in public. Low pay, vacation may not be used at your discretion, you manager decides. You may have to eat it, and leave time on the table come Jan 1. I'd say, if you're in sales, it's a good resume builder. If you are in support or operations, it's a job until you can find a better employer who doesn't see you as a noose around it's neck.

    Advice to Management

    Get off the high horse. Believing that managers, seniors, etc., are the only ones that can contribute to improving things, nothing will change., the people in the trenches can probably straighten a great deal of your problems out, in short order. Include them in your "think tank" initiatives.


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  5. Great People and Mission

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    Former Employee - Consultant in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Consultant in Boston, MA

    I worked at Public Consulting Group full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    PCG hires some great people that are passionate about their work and the mission of the firm. I worked at the corporate head quarter office in Boston, which also shapes my opinion since I heard working at the various other offices could offer very different experiences. Overall Pros: - Company is growing, so career advancement is very attainable for employees in consulting roles - Given the number of local offices, travel is less than other large consulting firms - The company and managers are taking active steps to grow and improve formal training programs and initiatives - Great firm to start a management consulting career since learning is very hands-on

    Cons

    - Middle management can be burdensome since there are many layers of hierarchy - Base pay is arguably below market rate - Consultants often become spread too thin across too many engagements (leading to burnout) - Turnover (at lower levels) is relatively high, similar to other consulting firms

    Advice to Management

    Keep focused on the mission at hand, but careful not to burn through employees as the company adjusts to its rapid growth from the past few years.


  6. OK

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    Former Employee - Temporary Teaching Associate in Sussex, VA
    Former Employee - Temporary Teaching Associate in Sussex, VA

    I worked at Public Consulting Group

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    good hourly wage, pays for travel per diem

    Cons

    not enough hours, unclear expectations

    Advice to Management

    clearer presentation of requirements for position


  7. Good and Bad

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    Current Employee - Engineering in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Engineering in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Public Consulting Group

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    PCG has some great employees and i think everyone works hard. I just wish more would work smart. I work at the 40 Broad Street location for PPL. It's a decent place to work and we have a good team. But see cons for issues.. PROS: - Mostly hard working employees - Stable industry - Decent pay - Variety of work and never not having work is nice - Fast paced

    Cons

    CONS: My biggest problem is the work/life balance. The second is (this may be unique to PPL) that most people speak hindi in the office. Note, i'm also indian. I think it's very unprofessional and causes resentment with non-indian coworkers that don't speak our language. I try to influence others to speak english but ultimately they prefer their mother tongue i guess. I think this should be discouraged. I'm not talking about personal phone calls, i'm talking about coworkers having large discussions, laughing loudly, our other coworkers have no idea what's being talked about - Work/Life balance is quite bad - You can be dinged on your bonus for not turning in timesheets in a timely fashion - A very old fashioned company not keeping up with the times in terms of WFH, face time and reporting - Very manager heavy company, we need hard working people not more managers - No backward review system for managers, i think PCG should start an upward review system for employees to review their managers also

    Advice to Management

    - Give WFH and time flexibility to your workers and they will perform for you - Stop people speaking hindi and also chinese in the office. nothing positive can come from it - Start having employees review managers once a year as well


  8. Helpful (2)

    Senior Consultant

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Public Consulting Group full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Lots of responsibility, managing people, budgets and projects. Committed to clients and under promising and over delivering. Smart, driven colleagues

    Cons

    Can feel like a Sweat shop - the work never ends and expectations are high 60-80 hour work weeks are the norm but great place to learn and grow

    Advice to Management

    Be focused, driven, committed to clients and you will have a rewarding experience. Enjoy you colleagues - consultants thrive on a work hard, play hard environment


  9. Helpful (1)

    Analyst

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    Current Employee - Analyst in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Analyst in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Public Consulting Group

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

    Pros

    Free coffee holiday parties free gym roof deck

    Cons

    Poor management, substandard equipment, unrealistic expectations of staff time and financial commitment

    Advice to Management

    Get in touch with your "people" not just your management and shareholders..


  10. Helpful (3)

    This is a good place to work in IT

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    Current Employee - Unspecified in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Unspecified in Austin, TX

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Pay is strong now in the Austin area as hiring is challenging due to number of open positions. The company is really pushing to be on the leading edge in nearly all areas of infrastructure implementation. There is a lot of opportunity for growth and education.

    Cons

    The process maturity is not yet well defined, but there are now good people at PCG making it happen. Being downtown, the drive and parking can be rough.


  11. A place you can really have an impact

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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 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    There is great opportunity for personal growth and development. People are very supportive and collaborative. Company has a strong foundation of ethics and integrity that drives its business.

    Cons

    Bonus plan is not fair to all levels of employees who contribute to business success. Salary is lower than competitors.



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