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Updated September 21, 2017
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PPC President and CEO Paul Strasser
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Pros
  • Company events were fun when I went to them, and the work environment was generally relaxed (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • the firm was broken and he did not have the leadership qualities to rally the troops or authority to create a new business plan (in 4 reviews)

  • VERY HIGH turnover rate due to poor treatment of employees (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Good company to work for"

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    Former Employee - Analyst in McLean, VA
    Former Employee - Analyst in McLean, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at PPC full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    There were opportunities for growth and comraderie under original CEO

    Cons

    Went downhill after merger with AEA.

    Advice to Management

    Remember and value your greatest asset...employees


  2. "APM"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at PPC (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good experience, learned how to construct metal panels and curtain walls

    Cons

    Low Salary, longer hours than expected. Didn't provide room for growth.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Growing pains"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in McLean, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in McLean, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at PPC full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The employees work very closely together, developing friendships outside of the organization. A lot opportunity for growth

    Cons

    A lot of turnover since the previous CEO and CFO left mid/late 2014 and the culture pretty much went downhill after that.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work, but had some growing pains"

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    Former Employee - Senior Analyst in McLean, VA
    Former Employee - Senior Analyst in McLean, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at PPC full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Friendly co-workers, and mostly surrounded by people who are engaged in their work. Very knowledgeable staff who will help you learn anything you're ambitious towards.

    Cons

    Multiple company sales and restructuring took a toll on the friendly, small-business feel of the company. Loss of several big contracts forced the restructuring of some of the business groups.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Great job, but the company was really struggling. That lack of focus was pervasive."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in McLean, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in McLean, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at PPC full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The interaction with the people was a lot of fun. I had as much latitude to do what I wanted to get done, and a felt that I got a number of things accomplished. In that regard I had a great job.

    Cons

    Unfortunately, management really didn't seem that interested in security. While I knew that I was getting things done, I never got feedback about my work, or the direction in which I was taking some things. Ultimately, my position was eliminated along with a number of other people when the company was sold.

    Advice to Management

    I hope the current crop of managers actually pays attention to some of the security issues that plagued the previous team.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "The best company culture I ever experienced in the beginning, then two sales that changed it forever"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at PPC full-time

    Pros

    Big enough to learn and grow your career but no so big that you are just a number. Amazing culture under prior CEO's, albeit the company was still learning its way and making its fair amount of mistakes they were in it and helped to ride out tough times.

    Cons

    Too many to list. Layoffs, not enough diversity in management (women or minorities) and less than professional business practices. While layoffs will happen, some just didn't make sense. Layoffs were followed by the need to replace resources within months, didn't seem well thought out.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in rebuilding the company culture, stabilize and stop trying to be a jack of all trades. Look at the senior managers and when layoff decisions need to be made, look there first.


  7. "Overall not a bad experience"

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    Former Employee - Business Analyst
    Former Employee - Business Analyst
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at PPC full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good working environment, friendly staff

    Cons

    Career stagnation, poor planning by management

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Good experience for a short term, but long-term issues"

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    Former Employee - Senior Analyst in McLean, VA
    Former Employee - Senior Analyst in McLean, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at PPC full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good opportunities for client experience. Nice people to work with. Was part of the AEG group when I worked there, which seemed to have problems, but now has been spun off, so it should be more focused on its core business. A good place for recent college grads.

    Cons

    High turnover, especially among the project managers, made it difficult to build working relationships. Some project managers did not know enough technically about the services we were providing. Mid-level managers, directors, had been promoted from within, and lack personnel management training. Different consulting group specialty areas don't communicate or cooperate much with each other.

    Advice to Management

    Need to foster communication and cooperation among different consulting departments and sectors. (That will also promote sales.) Those promoted into supervisory positions need to take training on personnel management if they never managed people before.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Time Will Tell"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at PPC full-time

    Pros

    New corporate ownership and CEO that are committed to developing synergy among the different operational divisions. Re-emergence, albeit slow, of corporate cultural attitudes that are essential to the success of modern consulting organizations.

    Cons

    Still too top heavy in over-compensated VPs and Directors, particularly ones that are carry overs from the former ownership management fiasco, and who are not adding value or strategic vision to the business or willing to break down organizational barriers. Still losing key technical staff who had good organizational (internal) and client (external) institutional knowledge and rapport.

    Advice to Management

    Stay on the path you have set, but consider more nipping and tucking at the top end so more focus on growing accounts and fostering cross-organizational collaboration can occur and result in business growth, staff retention and a "One PPC" reality.


  10. Helpful (4)

    "Started great, ended grim"

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    Former Employee - Analyst in McLean, VA
    Former Employee - Analyst in McLean, VA
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Pre-acquisition: Great work/life balance, employees were greatest asset, game room, positive attitude of peers, high importance and involvement with community service, enthusiastic and highly competent leadership.
    Post-acquisition: None that I can think of.

    Cons

    Pre-acquisition: Imbalanced pay grades, no bonuses, room for growth was limited.
    Post-acquisition: Incompetent senior management, work/life balance was way off, low employee morale, negative overall atmosphere, very poor communications from top down, emphasis on numbers instead of people.

    Advice to Management

    PLEASE go back to making your employees your greatest asset! Without them, the company is going to continue to go into a dangerous downward spiral. Turning PEOPLE and SERVICES into "differentiators" has not worked well with any other corporation, what makes you think it'll work here? LISTEN TO YOUR EMPLOYEES AND REWARD THEM FOR THE HARD WORK THEY PUT IN!!!!


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