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  1. "project manager"

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in Norfolk, VA
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Norfolk, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    great benefits, collaborative culture, strong on processes and documentation

    Cons

    The work is very government contract-centric, which limits your growth as a professional. Non co-located employees can feel isolated.

    Advice to Management

    Diversify the work streams, mentor junior PMs, promote certifications (it pays off in proposals), deal with problem employees early (management by objectives) and always follow up and stick to your guns if you said XYZ will happen... make it happen.


  2. "Room for improvement"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Planning and Learning Technologies full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The people our awesome and the contracts our great to work. Great team working environment, benefits are also great.

    Cons

    No room for advancement.

    Advice to Management

    Work to develop current staff to give them the opportunity to move up. Focus on being a stronger team as a whole company. Rethink culture & values.


  3. "Cronie women, snake pit"

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    Former Employee - Developer in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Developer in Arlington, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Planning and Learning Technologies full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The holiday party was fun

    Cons

    Favoritism. Women employees get promoted over men. The owner is a self emasculated anti-semite who constantly pushes his liberal politics down your throat. If you're a man, don't apply here. They only promote women and constantly push then men back.

    Developers, get ready to copy/paste blocks of code. No brain required, and no promotion available. Turn over is high.

    Pay was very low compared to other companies. Management sent themselves on a "convention" and then fired developers to make up the money.

    Advice to Management

    How can you give advice to those who never think they make mistakes?


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Programmer"

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    Former Employee - Programmer in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Programmer in Arlington, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Planning and Learning Technologies full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Steady work if you can handle all the BS. Above avg govt pay mostly due to being a beltway bandit

    Cons

    Privately owned, closely held. Incestuous relationship in family, nepotism reigns. COO ineffective, bows to HR who rules dictatorial for a doddering, ready to retire owner, greedy beyond belief and pretty much a one way street.

    Advice to Management

    Resign. Sell the company to one of your primes actually interested in doing business w some intelligence.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Great experience: fantastic people and opportunity"

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    Former Employee - New Media/Virtual Events Specialist in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - New Media/Virtual Events Specialist in Arlington, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Planning and Learning Technologies full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    You won't be pigeon-holed. You can contribute in different areas, and share your thoughts with the company owner. People work together to achieve success. The culture is relaxed and good-natured. Work-life balance is great. Promotions can be limited due to contracting requirements. Time-off policies are fair.

    Cons

    Contracting work can be unstable. Interaction is difficult with those employees working off-site at the client's venue.

    Advice to Management

    Consider developing interest groups among employees for idea-sharing and innovation. Having monthly "all-hands" meetings would keep everyone informed and on the same page.


  7. "Started out great but has consistently dissapointed year after year"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Planning and Learning Technologies full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    It's all about the contract team you're on but overall the company employees are awesome. Very friendly familial environment... as long as you're not upper management. Everyone is great at what they do which makes working relationships ideal because you never feel like work is unequally distributed. Everyone is eager to lend a helping hand and you never get the sense that there are ulterior motives... except for upper management. See the trend?

    Another Pro is that the work life balance is pretty solid. For the most part it's a very autonomous company. You never run into issues when needing to come in late, leave early, or wanting to take vacations or random days off. As long as you come to work and give 100%, people have no problem with you coming and going as you please. Obviously don't abuse the system. The honor system works well here and I've rarely seen anyone take advantage of a good thing... those that have, didn't last very long. Some teams were allowed to telework but for the majority of the company, it's not an option.

    PRO - Team leads and project managers are awesome, and therefore they know how to select awesome team members, again, making work relationships a breeze and quite entertaining during the slow season. It's not uncommon to see coworkers having lunch together, attending happy hours, and meeting up over the weekend for sporting or family events or team bonding events.

    Cons

    I eluded to this a bit in the Pros section... The sole problem with the organization is UPPER MANAGEMENT... they are completely out of touch with what's happening on the ground or with their employees. Sadly, some of the best workers, team leads, and project managers all end up leaving simply because they are unappreciated, undervalued, underutilized, and UNDERPAID. Has to be the cheapest company in this area... constantly finding ways to save money by slashing benefits, low-balling salaries, rarely giving bonuses or raises beyond 2%, however, on any given day you will see 4 and 5 star Georgetown lunches and snacks in the common areas, an unlimited supply of cappuccinos and lattes and beverage dispensers. Another CON... there is no upward mobility, the company is too small and highly specialized in divergent areas that it's almost impossible to move around, and almost all movement that occurs is lateral in salary even if the actual job would warrant a pay increase at any other company. Upper management is in it for themselves. They are not interested in growing the company or even the happiness of its employees. Half of them are on a serious power trip and spend more time trying to out-ego each other, while the other half simply comes to work to collect their paycheck and redistribute their work so as not to be held accountable for anything. Complete and utter dysfunction at the top of the food chain, which is a real shame considering there are people in the company who genuinely care about the employees and the clients yet never have their opinions heard because they do not have CEO, COO, President, VP, or Director in their job title.


  8. "Horrible [but can only speak for contracts]"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    The pay is slightly higher for others in the same industry/at my level.

    Cons

    I was a pal-tech employee hired to work for a government contract and have found it completely unsatisfactory. They have a horrible benefits package. Rules and regulations that inhibit efficiency, unnecessary micromanaging, lack of communication between the management and employees, lack of intiative to change, lack of opportunities for advancement, advancement has nothing to do with ability and everything to do with what division/office you were able to land in.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to employee complaints instead of promising change and doing the opposite (ex: less micromanaging suggestion = even more intense micromanaging). Also managers are needed on-site because otherwise they have no idea just how much responsibility we have and how much work we do.