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Project Management Institute Reviews

Updated Nov 21, 2019

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3.0
47%
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Project Management Institute President and CEO Sunil Prashara
Sunil Prashara
4 Ratings
  1. "A growing layer of clueless and self-serving managers getting in the way"

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    Current Employee - Production 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Project Management Institute full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    benefits, remote work opportunities, diversity

    Cons

    managers who have risen one level too high and are faking it

    Project Management Institute2019-11-22
  2. "broken promise"

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

    I worked at Project Management Institute full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    paid benefits for employee

    Cons

    very political and dysfunctional environment

    Project Management Institute2019-11-21
  3. Helpful (4)

    "Formal Full Time Employee"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Newtown Square, PA
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Project Management Institute full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    My coworkers! Also Free medical benefits and ample vacation time. But with the new CEO theses Pros will definitely be gone shortly!

    Cons

    Terrible management always in meetings or hiding in offices or behind their cubicle walls no help when short staffed. No support. Transition is awful and really laughable!! New CEO is awful.

    Advice to Management

    Appreciate your seasoned employees and get control of those meetings. Spend time in your departments with your employees be available for them. Offer assistance when employees are overwhelmed. Make sure current customers are not lost in the transition worry about your current loyal customers! STOP REWARDING BAD BEHAVIOR. by employees. This just hurts your dependable and hard working employees!!

    Project Management Institute2019-10-23
  4. Helpful (6)

    "Transforming from awful to worse..."

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    Current Employee - Director in Newtown Square, PA
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Project Management Institute full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    None... Executive team will never allow anything to change, any free thinking, or disagreement.

    Cons

    Buzzwords rule the world PMI operates in. Millions of member dollars blown on transformation projects that have burned out staff, reinforced leadership’s aversion to making decisions, and a CEO that bullies his own people or fires them if they don’t laugh it off.

    Advice to Management

    The sole focus on transacting and driving nothing but revenue at all costs will continue to lose the talent you need and leave PMI’s relevance problem beyond its existing echo chamber worse off.

    Project Management Institute2019-10-20
  5. Helpful (1)

    "Great Place"

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    Former Employee - Marketing Specialist 

    I worked at Project Management Institute full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great team, great growth potential

    Cons

    Travel can sometimes be extensive

    Project Management Institute2019-10-09
  6. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Newtown Square, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Project Management Institute full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    The last few years have been times of change at PMI, midway into the global transformation, the investment back into employee training and development is amazing,there is a a new CEO who has hit the ground running and there are a lot of new faces with all of the people that have been hired and a lot of people in new jobs. Benefits are really good. If you want to work for a truly global company- PMI is... the right place for you.

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    Cons

    Don't work here if you want to be bored.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to communicate and reward the hard work.

    Project Management Institute2019-10-05
  7. Helpful (2)

    "Exciting Community"

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    Current Employee - Administrator 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Project Management Institute full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Each day is different, there is always something to do and everyone is a helpful resource. You will easily feel connected to the PMI community with the variety of programs/events that take place year-round and with the internal communications.

    Cons

    None at the moment.

    Advice to Management

    It is refreshing to see how involved Sunil and the ELT are in the day to day operations. It is also always exciting to see Sunil around the building and his active participation in the PMI community by keeping us up to date with progress and achievements.

    Project Management Institute2019-09-13
  8. Helpful (1)

    "Flexible"

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    Current Employee - Administrative Support 
    Recommends

    I have been working at Project Management Institute part-time

    Pros

    Flexibility, remote, professional, good pay, easy interview process

    Cons

    None that I can think of currently

    Project Management Institute2019-07-17
  9. Helpful (18)

    "Best you give it a few more years"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Project Management Institute full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    This place is great for two kinds of people: 1. Those who prefer to just keep their head down and do exactly as they're told, with no opportunity to exercise the expertise you've developed in your career, and 2. Former Big 4 employees and/or ivy league B-school grads who couldn't actually cut it in corporate so they have to take what they can get.

    Cons

    As other reviews have mentioned, PMI is about 2 years into a digital and strategic transformation that has the potential to preserve their relevance in an increasingly crowded field, and among major shifts in the market that they should have anticipated and responded to long ago. But they didn’t. So now they’re running around like chickens with no heads brandishing bowls of spaghetti that they fling at what they... think are walls. But who can be sure since they have no heads? This organization decided to take some ambitious, bold steps into new ways of working, confronting a threatened business model and diminishing domestic interest in their primary line of business (the golden PMP). In the process, they forgot to confront glaring cultural, process, and infrastructure deficiencies that have been an impediment from day-one. So what to do? Drop millions into name brand consulting firms, crowding out (literally and figuratively) the truly remarkable talent begging to be at the table. And then consecutively fire every single one of those consulting firms when they don’t deliver the miracles demanded by what seemed to be a dictator-like kingdom-builder (and his sycophants) whose hubris would have bankrupted the company if he’d been selected as CEO. Okay, so get to the point already. Here’s what you might experience if you accept a role at PMI: >Long-tenured, experienced, talented colleagues (some with PhDs in their area of expertise) reduced to ticket-takers, declawed and disillusioned to the point of hopelessness. >Those same talented staff pushed around by mind-numbingly dull new-hires who have “impressive resumes,” lots of business-world words (yes, synergies), and egos so large that its impossible for the tiny flicker of value they might be able to offer to shine through. >The overt perspective that negative outcomes are simply the opinion of he who delivers the news. It is very unpopular – actively frowned upon by some management – to acknowledge that an initiative or project is underperforming. Far better to obscure that reality and continue building upon a deeply flawed foundation, literally lying to senior leadership who probably know it’s a lie but are too complacent, negligent, or both to escalate. >And even a little bit of misogyny. Men in management literally raising a finger and shushing junior female staff who dare to disagree.

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    Advice to Management

    You're trimming the wrong fat. Get rid of any executive who is deciding the near-term fate of the company based on the latest NYT best seller business books list. Try actually listening to the customers for once instead of just giving it loads of lip service. You do not know best - they do. When a manager is complained about over and over again, fire them! Don't reward them with new high-profile... projects! Jeez. Can't you see they are hurting the business by tanking morale? Get out of your own way and trust your staff. It's not enough to repeat the "we have the best staff" talking points. Include them in strategic decision making, give them a seat at the table. They are smarter than you and you'd realize that if you'd just stop talking so much and gave them the reigns. That's what they're there for!

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    Project Management Institute2019-06-04
  10. Helpful (7)

    "Transformation, exhaustion, and burn out"

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    Current Employee - Manager 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Project Management Institute full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Talented hard working people. Fairly decent pay. Travel perks. Good benefits. New CEO seems promising but time will reveal.

    Cons

    Technology out dated. Poor execution of strategy. Building old and out dated with insufficient space for current staff and visiting consultants, too many consultants. Executive team has no confidence in staff ability and seems to believe that things didn’t get done due to staff incompetence and not because of the cultural burdens of the past which hampered innovation and resisted change. Moreover organization seems... ill fitted for goals. There is no opportunity for advancement due to small size and tendency of tenured staff to stay FOREVER. Unfortunately technology is very outdated which makes updates and integrations slow or impossible. Take a job here and be prepared to work long hours and wear multiple hats....burn out is real.

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    Advice to Management

    End all the contracts with all the consultants or at least scale back. Their new ideas are more often ideas rejected years ago packaged with a new logo. Invest in the talent that exists in the building beyond just in-house training by building career paths that nurture staff and give ample opportunities to expand their skill sets. Hire more staff with expertise in the areas of focus and let them execute. Get a new... building instead of spending all the money on consultants. Share the vision and strategy more. Lastly, hire someone to manage transformation and reduce redundancy.

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    Project Management Institute2019-05-31
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