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Project Leadership Associates Reviews

Updated November 5, 2016
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Pros
  • Great work environment and everyone is nice (in 4 reviews)

  • Great place to work and very challenging (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • Caviler approach to work-life balance "We are working overtime, why are you complaining (in 3 reviews)

  • Yes you read it in the other review, Flexmanage will be the new PLA (in 12 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Director Business Development - IT"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Director of Business Development in Southfield, MI
    Current Employee - Director of Business Development in Southfield, MI

    I have been working at Project Leadership Associates full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Excellent People to work with

    Cons

    Lack of delivery, slow return on SOW's, lack of communication.

    Advice to Management

    Communicate better, less micro-management


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Hopefully the rebranding will reboot"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Consultant in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Consultant in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Project Leadership Associates (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Talented and loyal people. Interesting work

    Cons

    Poor tools and processes, focused on billable hours


  3. Helpful (4)

    "Personal Trainers"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Managing Consultant in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Senior Managing Consultant in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Project Leadership Associates (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Lot of flexibility to work from home or work in the office as there are usually lots of empty space for privacy. Very little day to day management, which could be a con too, so very easy to hide.

    Cons

    PLA is still a one trick pony and focuses only on Microsoft technologies. With that said, they are taking a brand well known, although now a community joke, to an entirely new company name that sounds like a crossfit workout training facility. People are leaving weekly, both involuntarily and voluntarily, so workplace consistency has vanished.

    Advice to Management

    There is nobody to blame for the current failures except yourself. The current CEO is rumored to push all the original management team out by manipulating the venture capital firm with expectations that he would do a better job. That has backfired in multiples and resulted in heavy loss of profit and reputation all around. Hopefully the VC firm will realize this and make corrective actions, if that is even still possible.


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  5. Helpful (4)

    "**Flexmanage??"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • 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

    Looked hard, yet to find any to be honest. Other than a paycheck

    Cons

    Read the other reviews. It just doesn't end. Its laughable a company can be this tarnished and need to go through a re-brand so badly. Yes you read it in the other review, Flexmanage will be the new PLA. A circus at its best.

    Advice to Management

    Just quit. Contractors are so poorly taken care of and just left hanging. They are brought on for projects that have zero work and the best part is PLA pays them to just sit around and do nothing.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Re-organization"

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

    I worked at Project Leadership Associates (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Talented people, work environment is nice almost all remote

    Cons

    Stability. Just went through a re-organization and laid off a lot of consultants


  7. Helpful (3)

    "You Are Just a Piece of Meat"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - IT Consultant
    Former Employee - IT Consultant
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Project Leadership Associates full-time

    Pros

    You can work remote and do very little travel if desired. If there is work, you are ok. You are not micro managed if you are billing. Company covers major expenses if travel is required, airfare, hotels, rental cars. You are only responsible for incidentals.

    Cons

    The company just has no vision or culture. It's just a consulting meat grinder. Very poor communication from leadership. Senior technical people have been leaving in numbers, very few delivery people left. Only the insiders get any training, access to labs, or get to go to any events.

    Advice to Management

    Find yourself, you say now your are all about Azure, great. Several of your people that did Azure you let go. Now you are trying to hire Azure people??? Perhaps the problem is with the management and some of the people in management's circle of trust?


  8. "Committed to meeting customer needs."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Management Consultant in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Management Consultant in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Project Leadership Associates full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great place to work and very challenging.

    Cons

    Small organization and requires a lot of networking.


  9. "Change is Positive"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Chicago, IL
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Project Leadership Associates full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Working at PLA for some time now, I have witnessed a lot of change, all of which is great. The new direction PLA is attempting to move is exciting and strategic
    1. Building a national presence
    2. Great Microsoft relationships help drive new business
    3. Revamp of service offerings to compete more aggressively in the market and manage expectations
    4. The new leadership is solid

    Cons

    Change appears to take a little longer to achieve for a smaller organization. Not sure where the hold up is.

    Advice to Management

    Move faster to change.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Small company desperately growing"

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

    I have been working at Project Leadership Associates full-time

    Pros

    Small organization with plenty of potential
    Flexible working hours

    Cons

    Average benefits plan.
    Not much process so you are on your own on a lot of things that a more established organization would take care of for you.
    Management is so busy trying to keep ahead of growth that they don't have time to do their jobs.
    Caviler approach to work-life balance "We are working overtime, why are you complaining?"
    Abysmal internal communications processes.
    Travel on your own dime, then reimbursed.
    IT infrastructure inadequate for the demand placed on it.

    Advice to Management

    Get processes in place and published.
    When you say you are going to do something, create a calendar entry and follow through.


  11. Helpful (21)

    "A company that has lost its way, and the fake reviews show it"

    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

    Pros

    It provides a regular paycheck, albeit low on the salary range.

    Cons

    When I spoke to people outside of PLA (and inside) as I decided to leave, the consensus of competitors and collaborators alike is that the company's reputation has been squandered. What was once a strong player in the MSP field has been reduced to being a cheap break-fix firm loaded down with low-skills contractors and level one generalists. It isn't the company's fault exactly, not entirely: the former CEO made the mistake of going for venture capital, and was thrown out by the ruthless, gutless private equity firm that now dictates PLA's every move. Case in point: The CEO installed whose only job was to gut the executive committee and departments seen as superfluous (a process which actually managed to miss the most critical failures department-wise: sales and accounting).

    Now, PLA is a shell of its former self. There is no career path for any employee anymore as the remaining management is too overworked and road-weary to give time to such things, and the board of directors would never actually pay for training or certification anyway. There are very few familiar faces, as most of the talent has been poached away by other organizations, leaving only senior employees with a sense of loyalty that will hurt them in the end, and all of the space left by them is being filled by very low level contractors.

    The work is terrible when it exists at all. Most departments are far below 50% billable, yet employees routinely get nasty emails demanding that employees act as their own sales force and find work to keep themselves fully utilized. When you are billing, it's for work that either has nothing to do with your skillset or is insultingly below your abilities. The culture is simply oppressive, as nobody speaks, has fun, or socializes, as everyone is too beaten down by seeing their company crumble before their eyes.

    I have no idea of Lee Hovermale will make a difference or not. He's at least started to communicate with employees, but the fact that people are still leaving fake Glassdoor reviews is not a good sign. I wish him good luck but I'm not going to miss the uncertainty, bad work and lousy hours.

    Advice to Management

    First of all, STOP WRITING FAKE REVIEWS. This isn't Yelp and your company isn't a hot dog stand trying to shout down customers complaining about roaches in their food. This is the year 2015 and people aren't stupid enough to fall for these kinds of shenanigans.

    Second, you will never retain talent until you recognize it as such and encourage it instead of squandering it. Stop telling people "we all have to make sacrifices" when you really mean "please stop talking about what a nightmarish experience you're having." Stop brutalizing the work-life balance and burning your very few remaining senior employees out. Stop giving grunt work to technical architects. Put a career track, any career track, in place or you will continue to experience brain drain. I don't know if PLA can come back from the cavalcade of missteps that has occurred in the past two years but at least this would make the firm edge towards mediocre instead of an embarrassment.



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