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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. Helpful (2)

    "Terrible Management, Revolving Door of employees"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    They had company happy hours

    Cons

    Management is completely Clueless... I have no idea how they are still around

    Advice to Management

    Training and listening to your employees


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Positive for years, then a free-fall and bottom is not yet in sight."

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

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

    Pros

    Amazing people...they really believed in the firm. They are mostly gone now.

    Cons

    Once AEA bought PPC, the need for cash on the part of AEA was beyond the ability of PPC to produce...the pressure broke PPC. The CEO brought in for 2012 was a disaster...but to be fair, no one would have succeeded...the firm was broken and he did not have the leadership qualities to rally the troops or authority to create a new business plan. The fire-sale brought in new leadership that has not been able to break the fall and they too are now in trouble (layoffs continue as their business dwindles).

    Advice to Management

    Give it up...you are prolonging the inevitable.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Stepping stone at most"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Analyst
    Former Employee - Senior Analyst
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    They offer decent salaries. If you are a self-starter and seem like you know what you are talking about, you have ability to be creative and put your stamp on projects. Provides a good stepping stone - but not a long term career.

    Cons

    The mindset of 100% billability is unrealistic. The company acts like a big player, but without the experience or clout. Until pointed out and questioned, HR sneakily tried to do away same-sex partner benefits.


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  5. Helpful (1)

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

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • 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

    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.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "You'll go far if you're part of the "inner guy circle""

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Enjoyed working with some coworkers.

    Cons

    The "good-old-boy" style of management isn't exactly ethical.


  7. "Overall not a bad experience"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    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)

    "Time Will Tell"

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


  9. "I would not recommend this place."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits
    Casual environment
    Opportunity to work on challenging projects

    Cons

    Unfair and sometimes mean performance review from mid managers
    No oversight from senior managers to ensure impartiality of the mid managers
    No mechanism in place to resolve conflicts among team members
    Numbers and profit at the cost of morals and integrity
    Mid managers have either no technical background (purely managerial), or only technical without any managerial skills

    Advice to Management

    Find better ways to manage your resources including your employees. Empty words are not enough. Follow up with actions.


  10. "Great place to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Gurgaon, Haryana (India)
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Gurgaon, Haryana (India)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    A good group of professional people.They understand what it means to work hard and what it means to have 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.


  11. "PPC was a privately-owned, great company when I started, was sold, and became just another beltway bandit."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    There was great camaraderie among co-workers.

    Cons

    Performing billable work at the same time I was trying to find my next project. Late nights writing proposals.


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