Public Consulting Group

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Public Consulting Group Reviews

Updated July 21, 2015
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  1. Meh.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Specialist in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Specialist in Denver, CO

    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

    One gets initial work experience then moves on. Bonus structure helps low salaries. Management very buttoned up and parsimonious.

    Cons

    Very low starting salaries and no clear paths set for advancement or movement between the 5 service areas. Heavy emphasis on hiring young, cheap employees, discounting workers over 40. Management provides lip service but is uninterested in mentoring. I have seen managers shrug and turn away, allowing the employee to fail and leave. Turnover is significant- one gets a bit of experience, then looks elsewhere.


  2. Lack of true leadership

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

    I have been working at Public Consulting Group full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    PCG is in a diverse set of markets.

    Cons

    Business leadership is too involved in naval gazing and not involved in staying in touch with the business units.


  3. Helpful (1)

    Great Career with a Growing Company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Consultant in Charlotte, NC
    Current Employee - Consultant in Charlotte, NC

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

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

    Pros

    Public Consulting Group has offered me so many opportunities. I loved my co-workers and gained a great deal of knowledge working under them keeping great relationships with my clients! Compensation is pretty good. Great Place to make lasting relationships. Health care benefits are great, very generous bonuses.

    Cons

    Non that I know of

    Advice to Management

    Invest in your workers


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Very poor, little work-life balance or career progression opportunities

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

    I worked at Public Consulting Group full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Travel to local places and stay in hotels

    Cons

    No work-life balance for junior staff. Little development of skills, and work-life balance does not improve until the senior consultant level. The initial salary is 38,000 as of 2012, and a promotion brings you to 42,000 (with a 10% bonus as your annual bonus). Otherwise you're looking at a 4-5% annual bonus as the office average has to be 5% (min of 0, max of 10).


  6. Helpful (1)

    Satisfied employee for the most part

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

    I have been working at Public Consulting Group full-time

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

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


  7. mediocre company to work for - no collaboration, IT infrastructure terrible

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

    I have been working at Public Consulting Group full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    good place to get your feet wet in the industry - has good exposure if you want to work in the public sector

    Cons

    below average compensation management infighting lack of professional advancement direction - you have to pay your dues to become a "manager", at which point your salary increases dramatically. no structure training IT infrastructure is a joke

    Advice to Management

    change the way you incentivize and compensate managers - there's so much infighting between regional manager or practice areas. lower level employees are not treated well


  8. Company is growing too fast!

    • 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 full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    - good location - PTO - holidays

    Cons

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


  9. Helpful (2)

    Positive employees, high volume workload, motivating environment.

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

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

    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 Management

    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.


  10. Helpful (1)

    PCG as a whole

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Help Desk Specialist
    Current Employee - Help Desk Specialist

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

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

    Pros

    Great benefits great co workers

    Cons

    Lower pay scale for positions

    Advice to Management

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


  11. Helpful (1)

    Fast growth, good development opportunities

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

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

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

    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 Management

    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.



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