Public Consulting Group

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Public Consulting Group Reviews

Updated March 3, 2015
Updated March 3, 2015
147 Reviews
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147 Reviews
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Public Consulting Group President William S Mosakowski
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Review Highlights

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. 1 person found this helpful  

    A Fantastic Place To Work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Public Consulting Group

    Pros

    The benefits are excellent. All my colleagues are friends. Everyone here works their hardest and are committed to the success of the business. The Chicago office is exceedingly fun and I have only marvelous things to say regarding building a career here.

    Cons

    I have only positive things to say.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to support employees in whatever way possible.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    PCG is for the bright and committed...

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

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

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not a long term employer

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Consultant
    Former Employee - Consultant

    I worked at Public Consulting Group

    Pros

    Great team, work/life pretty flexible, opportunities to branch to several projects.

    Cons

    Management- poor planning strategies
    Management - poor communication
    Management - lack ethics

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Poor planning results in failed New opportunities and loss of talented resources. Train your management team to better at planning rather than micro managers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Nice...

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Program Coordinator in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Program Coordinator in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at Public Consulting Group full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    All good at this time...

    Cons

    None at this time for real.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you do.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  7.  

    Would Not Recommend

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Public Consulting Group

    Pros

    The only pro I can think of is friendly coworkers

    Cons

    No clear direction, No work-life balance, no formal training, Some folks (mostly at the director level) need to lose the ego

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    We are all people working towards a common goal. Don't forget that everyone has to start somewhere.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Lawsuit Waiting to Happen

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Business Analyst
    Former Employee - Business Analyst

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

    Pros

    The ability to network with other people in the field, the ability to travel for work (see cons for flip side), good work experience

    Cons

    I worked in Denver office. It was a totally unprofessional office, very sexist and discriminatory work environment (HR and management refuse to address), forced to travel unexpectedly and with <24 hours notice, regular refusal of PTO which you can't carry over and can't be paid back for not using, Denver office is totally isolated from other offices even though it's not the only office in the state, very low salary, expected to work weekends and overtime on a regular basis without compensation, people constantly stab each other in the back at work, quality of work by management of office is very low quality. It's an office where people work and they leave as soon as they possibly can. Not shocked to see HR is still trying to fill positions in the office, it is a toxic work environment so people leave ASAP.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop sexually harassing people, stop physically harassing people, stop making the office such a boys only club, stop behaviors that force all women out of the office. Denver Downtown office's management has terrible reputation in state. I quit as soon as I had another job offer.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Manager

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Burning out their most talented and promising staff

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    In 20+ years of my career, this is by far the worst company I have worked for.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Manager
    Former Employee - Project Manager

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

    Pros

    There are people at this company that are terrific and an absolute pleasure to work with. Terrific place to hide if you can stomach the place. Some of the offices are nice. The company gets 5+ year government contracts which make it a very stable company to work for.

    Cons

    Managers are not trained and most are promoted because they can sell. Most lead from remote locations with little or no hands on supervision. Fly in, say hi and fly out. As a result, good people leave and squatters stay (sorry to all my colleagues). Bonuses are ENTIRELY discretionary. And they will find any reason not to give you the max. Reviews are subjective and inconsistent.

    IT is underfunded and you spend too much time explaining to customers why it is broken. Any money spent has to come out of the manager's pocket (literally) and remember that manager is typically a salesperson.

    There are two tracks: Consulting which is a another term for salesperson and they are given tons of work, and are the only ones who get promoted or bonuses. Technical which is another term for the working class. No promotions, no raises, no bonuses and expected the be professional at all times.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I would give advice, but I know for a fact that Bill neither cares nor will do anything differently.

    I guess one piece of advice would be to not change a thing. By being a really bad place to work, you make it easier to hire your good people and to steal contracts from you so you can chase more.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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