Public Consulting Group

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Updated June 21, 2015
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  1. Helpful (2)

    Information Technology Treated as Second Class Citizens at PCG

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

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

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

    Pros

    The best part of PCG is the opportunity to travel and participate with some of the great team members. The free coffee is always nice.

    Cons

    The unfortunate part is the managers and senior leadership of the company are largely incompetent. They do not know how to plan, strategize, or tactically avoid the technical problems that come up every day. When they are challenged or offered advice they will marginalize the advisor. All the programs of the company are structured to work against the information technology people. It may be profitable for the IT people at PCG to look at organizing into a micro-union of some sort to build negotiating power.

    Advice to Management

    Retire and turn this company over to people who love consulting.


  2. Helpful (2)

    Not a long term employer

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

    I worked at Public Consulting Group

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

    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 Management

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


  3. Nice...

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    All good at this time...

    Cons

    None at this time for real.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you do.


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  5. Helpful (9)

    Lawsuit Waiting to Happen

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

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

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

    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 Management

    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.


  6. Helpful (3)

    Would Not Recommend

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

    I worked at Public Consulting Group

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

    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 Management

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


  7. Helpful (3)

    Burning out their most talented and promising staff

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

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

    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 Management

    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.


  8. Helpful (7)

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

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

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

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

    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 Management

    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.


  9. Manager

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

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

    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


  10. Helpful (5)

    Poor leadership and unrealistic expectations

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at Public Consulting Group (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    The company attracts talent they cannot retain

    Cons

    No leadership, no support, terrible benefits and upper management doesn't care bout the employees

    Advice to Management

    You have been in business too long for advice from an employee. There is a reason why employees are leaving.


  11. Helpful (4)

    awful

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

    I worked at Public Consulting Group

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    company benefits are the best feature of this company

    Cons

    operations department managers and supervisors are very very unprofessional. wouldnt' work for them if they were the last company on earth who offered me 100,000k a year

    Advice to Management

    get training on professionalism in the office along with a work ethic training.



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