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Project Management Institute Reviews

Updated March 11, 2017
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  • There is a cliquey atmosphere that exists and no one is willing to acknowledge it (in 3 reviews)

  • Staff concerns are dismissed in favor of protecting the beliefs and perceptions that senior leadership wants to promulgate (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Social Media Director"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Social Media Director in San Antonio, TX
    Former Employee - Social Media Director in San Antonio, TX
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Project Management Institute part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Professional Business Networking amongst professionals from other companies.
    Flexible, open schedule

    Cons

    Volunteer work so I was not paid


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Battle of Executive Egos"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Project Management Institute (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Many smart people in the staff ranks who want to do good work
    - Competitive pay and benefits

    Cons

    - Arrogant executive leaders who are questionably qualified and self-serving (and not always on the same page; turf wars)
    - Strange promotion of CEO over Institute
    - Bizarre authority given to Brand/Marketing leadership over business units; lack of respect for what business managers know about stakeholders and products
    - Lack of respect for most staff, with blatant disregard for skills and experience; people treated like it's their first job
    - Obvious favoritism, with same people given choice projects, regardless of qualifications
    - Fear-driven culture, due to micro-management, condescension, and criticism of those with different opinions or knowledge that leadership doesn't have
    - Dated technology tools and resources; even "new" website doesn't support business needs
    - Unsupportive HR that is more concerned about the organization than its staff

    Advice to Management

    Advice is to the Board of Directors--clean house at the executive level or PMI will continue its downward spiral.


  3. Helpful (3)

    "It's One Way or the Highway"

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

    I worked at Project Management Institute full-time

    Pros

    401K that contributes almost close to a pension plan
    Good Health Benefits
    starting at 4 weeks PDO
    (other companies are starting to offer the same or better to remain competitive, so the pros aren't extraordinary.)
     Can't really think of any more pros. Not even the Christmas Party which is held on a Friday when 90% of the office is out or working from home...

    Cons

    This needs to be detailed to be properly informative:
    Highly unpleasant office culture, very toxic, one dimensional, fake, confrontational/hostile and cliquish based on your tenure and division, which you have to deal with on-top your job responsibilities, hierarchical politics, re-alignment of an IT division going through drastic changes; in an office environment that is very laxed. But the pressure imposed is as if you are working in a corporation (PMI is a non-profit) so expect to work overtime either way. Keep in mind that there is no formal training and it's a steep learning curve since no one wants to/will or in most cases can tell you who does what and why. This doesn't include legal HR violations that are apparently not noticed. You may have experienced this simultaneously at another company but in this case you would be dealing with all of this on a low blow salary that apparently reflects the typical salary of a person working for a Non-Profit. PMI is not a poor organization. Their revenue information is public/online as requirement to remain a Non-profit. Trust me PMI can buy several countries and not be broke...all on the backs of volunteers and members who pay membership dues.
    Some roles are doomed
    Other roles seem dreamy from afar but are actually stressful
    Some roles are seen as more important than others which impacts how you are acknowledged for your work if you ever are.

    There are many meetings that do little to resolve problems and there is still lack of communication. I suspect that meetings are established to just let people know what you are doing as an FYI and to check if they should be involved.

    All of the above issues is mostly because there is a disturbingly high level if DIS-respect leading to distrust and vice versa. When there is no respect for anyone what do you think will end up happening with the office culture?

    Finally, this is not a place for a person looking to advance their career, there are no career paths. This company probably would be a good fit for someone who just wants to be comfortable and earn a paycheck with good benefits. From a paycheck, benefits and flexible schedule perspective, if that is your maximum requirement, this would be a good fit. Just be prepared that you will still pay for them, just in an atypical way. For someone looking for personal fulfillment (which is most if not all) do you research about the company your position and division, before accepting a job offer. The company is undergoing a change-management process yet to be defined but it looks like the re-organizing actually wont fix the problems anyway.

    With the increasing advancements in technology and globalization, challenges to conformity and increase of 1099 workforce that impacts and forces organizations and businesses to adjust, PMI is embarrassingly still in the dark ages. This is a company where you will truly fall behind on changes to society if you rely on them to keep you engaged in current trends.

    Advice to Management

    It's going to take more that an announcement of an unclear strategic change for a refresh, or should I say purging.


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  5. Helpful (5)

    "Not the place to go if you are talented"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Newtown Square, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Newtown Square, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Project Management Institute full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits, you can be an overpaid slacker if you work on one of the favored teams

    Cons

    Limited promotion opportunities, outdated technology causes difficulty doing business with the customers, old boy network, lack of diversity on executive team

    Advice to Management

    Clean house, get rid of slackers at every level. Develop real vision and empower your team. Care more about customers.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "A great fit for a senior developer"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Applications Developer
    Current Employee - Senior Applications Developer
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Project Management Institute full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Very friendly and knowledgeable team that embrace new technology and are eager to get you involved. Very competitive pay and excellent benefits including flex time and work from home availability. Business analysts and project managers come to SCRUMs and meetings far more prepared than those of my former employers. Couldn't be happier with my first month.

    Cons

    Nothing so far. My commute is a little longer than what I am used to but still not bad and will be further mitigated by eventually being able to work from home.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work!


  7. Helpful (4)

    "Used to be great; on a downhill slide"

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    Former Employee - Program Administrator in Newtown Square, PA
    Former Employee - Program Administrator in Newtown Square, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Project Management Institute full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits, great people, great work/life balance. Was a great place to work for many years.

    Cons

    Re-alignments, re-organizations, and all of this is not really helping PMI out at all. Lots of hiring and firing going on in IT. Membership on the decline. Lip service being paid to agile even though it's the future (and the present from what I can tell). Having the market research department being part of the marketing department means that market research, which should be objective, will always have a bias.

    Also, talent development and advancement used to be a priority; not so much anymore.

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention to what the market needs instead of preserving the historical PMI status quo. Then do everything you can to serve that market and make sure you're treating your people like they're important and give them opportunities to develop and advance.


  8. Helpful (8)

    "Do not waste your time working here!"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Work life balance and benefits

    Cons

    bad culture- no respect- no trust- no accountability- bad leadership


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Good starting job in customer service"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Project Management Institute full-time

    Pros

    pretty easy job. phone calls.emails all day

    Cons

    Not much variation in the days work

    Advice to Management

    more training should be done for phone use.


  10. Helpful (19)

    "Slow Death March"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Project Management Institute full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Great benefits.
    - Ample paid leave
    - Solid 401k match.

    Cons

    - Utter vacuum with respect to leadership.
    - People focused only on laying blame rather than fixing things
    - The only goal is to move on to the next project
    - Serious lack of quality
    - Architecture is a complete disaster

    Advice to Management

    While it’s true that every job will have its ups and downs, the overall trajectory began a steep decline in mid-2015.

    The problems in IT cannot be solved until everyone stops lying to each other. The architecture is overwhelmingly dated and the last paid consultant deemed it “unsupportable”. Until everyone accepts that fact, nothing meaningful will change. Many of those who were open to change have left on their own to go to other more fulfilling jobs elsewhere, only to become scapegoats for the ineptitude of others. Those still there are left to function in a maddening technical environment while being managed by those who benefit by maintaining status quo because it’s all they understand and ultimately presided over by a VP who lacks the fundamental ability to lead. Changing the name of a department without changing its staff nor purpose isn’t leadership, it’s a ruse.

    The truly sad part is that PMI used to succeed in one of the hardest areas to figure out, that of company culture. For the longest time the IT department felt very much like a family that you were lucky to be a part of. It takes a special kind of management style to single-handedly destroy that in under a year.


  11. Helpful (5)

    "Great Organization serving the needs of PM and Businesses"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Newtown Square, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Newtown Square, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Project Management Institute full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great company, culture, employees and benefits.

    Cons

    Just like any company you work at, it has its ups and downs but overall PMI is a great company.



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