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PPC Reviews

Updated May 12, 2017
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Pros
  • Great work/life balance throughout the company (in 5 reviews)

  • Good People, Bonuses, and Freedom to get the job done (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • A lot of good, hardworking people left the company under AEA management (in 3 reviews)

  • 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)

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  1. "Great place to work"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Principal Consultant in McLean, VA
    Former Employee - Principal Consultant in McLean, VA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    A good group of professional people. They understand what it means to work hard and what it means to have a life. I loved working there, the reason for leaving was to start my own business.

    Cons

    My narrow nitch didn't fit into the company's profile, I helped them meet a contract requirement. It is really not a down-side, but this way it was harder to fit.

    Advice to Management

    Management is very competent, I only missed a little more opportunities for advancement.


  2. "Cool place to work"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in McLean, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in McLean, VA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    All of the employees are really awesome.

    Cons

    The employee evaluation system is awkward and difficult.

    Advice to Management

    Please change how employee evaluations work.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "PPC General Review"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in McLean, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in McLean, VA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Medium sized company that encourages career growth; offers a great company culture that gives a good balance between personal and professional lives; with a vast number of clients and a strong sense of corporate responsibility (giving back/volunteerism). Also growing in the world of environmental consulting.

    Cons

    After being by a company twice its size in 2008, PPC has lost much of its recreational budget and does not hold bi-annual corporate-wide events as it did prior to 2008. This resulted in a slight loss of the company's "personal" touch.

    Advice to Management

    None.


  4. "A place to grow"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in McLean, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in McLean, VA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    It feels like a family when you work at the Headquarters, but when you work out in the satellite offices or on-site I hear you feel disconnected. The 401k plan is pretty good, health care is very reasonable, and all offices are easily accessible by highway or metro. Senior Management and majority of the people are very friendly and approachable.

    Cons

    The company has changed a lot since it was acquired and with the combination of the "economy" it has been what it once was. The senior management a great but it seems the some of the middle management is not quite there yet. The parent company, AEA, is a publicly traded and integration has gone some what smoothly.

    Advice to Management

    The People. Don't forget about the people. Leadership is working hard but communication to the company is key so that we know about the progress. I also understand that senior management is busy but having an open forum or Q/A session may be beneficial to the moral. Understand that although PPC/AEA is public, don't become a body shop to meet your numbers or you lose that "entrepreneur spirit" that PPC touts so much.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work if you could live with less than industry standard salary."

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Principal in McLean, VA
    Current Employee - Principal in McLean, VA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - Care for Employees
    - Excellent benefits that in turn compensates some times for less than industry standard salary
    - A decent 401(k) match. Used to be great though
    - Opportunities to rise and get to the management team eventually

    Cons

    Salaries are really disproportionate here. They don't conform with industry standards. They don't conform within the company itself. There is huge difference in salaries at the same level, which results in disappointment among employees and make them dispirited, sometimes.

    Advice to Management

    Please bring sanity to the way employees ore paid.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "The company that almost made it."

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Analyst in McLean, VA
    Current Employee - Analyst in McLean, VA
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    If you're young and this is one of your first jobs as a technical person out of school, this is a wonderful place to work. The CEO is top-notch and the work environment is great.

    Cons

    The middle management is out of touch with it's employees. Some of the first level managers are good, but most are not since they get their cues from their bosses. There seems to be a big gulf between the great vision of the highest level management and the managers closest to the employees. There also seems to be somewhat of a double standard when it comes to how individual employees are treated.

    Advice to Management

    Just listen more to the CEO and his immediate lieutenants. And remove the lower lever managers who aren't following the 'program'. This is a great company and has the potential to be a magnificent company, but some of the management need to move on to other (non-management) positions.


  7. "Upswing"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at PPC full-time

    Pros

    The culture of the company is slowing ascending to the good old days.

    Cons

    Lack of new business.

    Advice to Management

    Keep going after younger, hungrier talent. Continue move from a top-heavy to a balanced workforce.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "PPC"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at PPC full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The team here is great, good work environment.

    Cons

    There is no work-life balance. Short deadlines


  9. "Just Say No"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Applications Developer
    Current Employee - Applications Developer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at PPC full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    I am learning a lot from the other developers.

    Cons

    Management is terrible. Where did they find these people? I am interviewing.


  10. "Shipping and Receiving Coordinator"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at PPC full-time

    Pros

    Good People, Bonuses, and Freedom to get the job done. Good Benefits. Good work/Life Balance

    Cons

    No opportunity to move up and get pay raises. Received Just over a dollar in living expense and raises over a 7-8 year period. Need additional help. Used only 2 guys to do all working responsibilities.

    Advice to Management

    Hire more People for help. Fight for Raises opportunity


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