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Project Leadership Associates Reviews

Updated June 15, 2017
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Pros
  • Great work environment and everyone is nice (in 4 reviews)

  • Lot of flexibility to work from home or work in the office as there are usually lots of empty space for privacy (in 2 reviews)

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

  • Poor tools and processes, focused on billable hours (in 5 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Director Business Development - IT"

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    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. "Project Manager"

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

    I worked at Project Leadership Associates full-time

    Pros

    Collegial team with great technology skills

    Cons

    No support or budget to upgrade/maintain systems.

    Advice to Management

    You have to spend money to make money.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Hopefully the rebranding will reboot"

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    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


  4. Helpful (4)

    "Personal Trainers"

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    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.


  5. Helpful (5)

    "**Flexmanage??"

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    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 (3)

    "Re-organization"

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    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 (4)

    "You Are Just a Piece of Meat"

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    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."

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    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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    • 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 (4)

    "Small company desperately growing"

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    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.


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