Public Consulting Group

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Public Consulting Group Reviews

Updated August 18, 2014
Updated August 18, 2014
146 Reviews

3.0
146 Reviews
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Public Consulting Group President William S Mosakowski
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Review Highlights

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

  • This is a great place to build your resume and learn to cover your back (in 10 reviews)


Cons
  • Little development of skills, and work-life balance does not improve until the senior consultant level (in 17 reviews)

  • No work-life balance for junior staff (in 7 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Satisfied employee for the most part

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Salary is fair, job is fulfilling, co-workers and direct manager are easy to work with.

    Cons

    Upper management slow to provide what is needed to get the job done.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Employees are anxious to get the job done, provide them what is needed to do the work.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Positive employees, high volume workload, motivating environment.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Consultant  in  Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Consultant in Boston, MA

    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
  3.  

    Company is growing too fast!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    - good location
    - PTO
    - holidays

    Cons

    - company is growing too fast without solid foundation
    - low salaries
    - poor work/life balance

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Fast growth, good development opportunities

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - School Specialist/Business Analyst  in  Charlotte, NC
    Former Employee - School Specialist/Business Analyst in Charlotte, NC

    Pros

    PCG is an excellent company to work for, especially as a young person. The work is challenging, rewarding, and collaborative. If you are a self-starter, you are given enormous free reign over your work, and increased responsibility. PCG can be a perfect place to cut your teeth on sales, operations-analysis, and new product development. The office environment is generally congenial, fun, and hardworking. If you like collaboration and learning new things, you will always be presented with these opportunities. The amount of travel is variable, depending on your project. If you like to travel, you will have opportunities for local and national travel. If you don't like travel, management is generally flexible, and teleconferencing options are available. Your promotion structure as a ABA-BA-Consultant is clear, and the steps for promotion and raises are within your reach, even early on.

    Cons

    Public-sector clients can be challenging, especially the clients that PCG interfaces with. PCG does a decent job of preparing you for the rigors of this work, but not all people are suited to the bureaucracy and slowness that often comes with public-sector work. As for the company itself, PCG has growth-management problems. The team is always swamped with more work than it can handle, and proactive hiring doesn't seem to be a priority. It is too easy to become overloaded at this job. Effective time management skills are essential - if you don't have them, you will fail at PCG. The work-live balance is dissatisfying, which I think contributes to the turnover rate. If you can take great pleasure in your work, PCG will be a good fit for you, but if you see this job as another advancement opportunity on your career as a consultant, this will be a poor fit.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    With respect, proactive hiring needs to be made a priority in upper-level management, as well as in local offices. There are always too few people for projects, hours are too long, and when people leave the company, the amount of time it can take to onboard a new employee is paralyzing. When the company opens new product lines or new growth areas, they are most always understaffed. The top two reasons I have heard from BAs (Business Analysts) who have left the company are 1) Salary and 2) Work-Life Balance. This hiring problem is preventing PCG from metamorphosing from a good place to start your career to a good place to have a career.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    PCG as a whole

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    Current Employee - Help Desk Specialist
    Current Employee - Help Desk Specialist

    Pros

    Great benefits great co workers

    Cons

    Lower pay scale for positions

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest more money in IT because you are growing too fast to half ass it.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Excellent opportunity to learn and grow.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Schools Specialist I and II  in  Kent, WA
    Current Employee - Schools Specialist I and II in Kent, WA

    Pros

    For those who enjoy learning and constantly being challenged, pcg is an excellent fit. If you are capable, hard working, and are not afraid to step outside your comfort zone, it can be a great place to work. The opportunities are there for those who want them.

    Obviously this can vary depending on the project and management team but my experience in the Kent WA office was very

    Starting amount of PTO given ridiculously generous.

    Cons

    Salaries are far below industry standards.

    IT resources are understaffed and overworked.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increasing the salary bands at the lower levels may help retain consulting and operational talent. Invest in your developers and enterprise IT!!

    Train consulting staff on offerings from different practice areas to help drive cross selling and cross project collaborations.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    stale, stale, stale

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    You can find some intelligent and great people here, as long as they are not too close to the "top".

    Cons

    limited opportunity for growth. If you are good in your job, they will try to keep you stagnant and actually discourage you from seeking new opportunities within the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let your talented work bees spread their wings and grow outside of their practice area or program focus. You lost me because you wouldn't let me explore new and exciting opportunities within the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Needs Improvement

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Met some nice people
    Good Experience
    Help individuals with disabilities

    Cons

    Management has no idea what they are doing

  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    The company is working hard to improve their employee relations by increasing salaries and providing better on-boarding.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Apprentice Business Analyst
    Current Employee - Apprentice Business Analyst

    Pros

    Great training program for new hires with direct interaction with upper-level management, including CEO, principals of the company, and practice area directors. They are extremely approachable and committed to the firm. The company is extremely committed to their clients and providing customer satisfaction. With a goal of 20% growth every year, it is not surprising that employees have to work extremely hard here. PCG provides a fast-paced work environment that encourages entrepreneurship among employees. If you are interested in the public sector and hope to have a stimulating career, PCG is a great place to start.

    Cons

    Salaries are still not at the level of other consulting firms, as the clients are all public sector. The work can be extremely demanding at times.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More bonuses for everyone, please!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Exercise caution

    • Comp & Benefits
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great staff, excellent clients, fantastic experience. Good benefits.

    Cons

    Management is driven by money. Many senior leaders show limited support for staff. Professional Development is erratic.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Some of the best financial performers are responsible for a hostile work environment - they need to be either fixed or terminated. This issue is at the heart of the poor ratings for the firm and Bill.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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