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Pros
  • Great Place to make lasting relationships (in 18 reviews)

  • There are so many smart & talented people at PCG, you are constantly challenged to bring your A-Game to work every day (in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • Work/Life balance can be challenging unless you advocate for yourself (in 36 reviews)

  • There is little to no work/life balance and the tools available to staff are severely lacking or are out of date (in 12 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Fast growth, good development opportunities"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - School Specialist/Business Analyst in Charlotte, NC
    Former Employee - School Specialist/Business Analyst in Charlotte, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Public Consulting Group full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    PCG is an excellent company to work for, especially as a young person. The work is challenging, rewarding, and collaborative. If you are a self-starter, you are given enormous free reign over your work, and increased responsibility. PCG can be a perfect place to cut your teeth on sales, operations-analysis, and new product development. The office environment is generally congenial, fun, and hardworking. If you like collaboration and learning new things, you will always be presented with these opportunities. The amount of travel is variable, depending on your project. If you like to travel, you will have opportunities for local and national travel. If you don't like travel, management is generally flexible, and teleconferencing options are available. Your promotion structure as a ABA-BA-Consultant is clear, and the steps for promotion and raises are within your reach, even early on.

    Cons

    Public-sector clients can be challenging, especially the clients that PCG interfaces with. PCG does a decent job of preparing you for the rigors of this work, but not all people are suited to the bureaucracy and slowness that often comes with public-sector work. As for the company itself, PCG has growth-management problems. The team is always swamped with more work than it can handle, and proactive hiring doesn't seem to be a priority. It is too easy to become overloaded at this job. Effective time management skills are essential - if you don't have them, you will fail at PCG. The work-live balance is dissatisfying, which I think contributes to the turnover rate. If you can take great pleasure in your work, PCG will be a good fit for you, but if you see this job as another advancement opportunity on your career as a consultant, this will be a poor fit.

    Advice to Management

    With respect, proactive hiring needs to be made a priority in upper-level management, as well as in local offices. There are always too few people for projects, hours are too long, and when people leave the company, the amount of time it can take to onboard a new employee is paralyzing. When the company opens new product lines or new growth areas, they are most always understaffed. The top two reasons I have heard from BAs (Business Analysts) who have left the company are 1) Salary and 2) Work-Life Balance. This hiring problem is preventing PCG from metamorphosing from a good place to start your career to a good place to have a career.


  2. "Excellent opportunity to learn and grow."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Schools Specialist I and II in Kent, WA
    Current Employee - Schools Specialist I and II in Kent, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Public Consulting Group full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    For those who enjoy learning and constantly being challenged, pcg is an excellent fit. If you are capable, hard working, and are not afraid to step outside your comfort zone, it can be a great place to work. The opportunities are there for those who want them.

    Obviously this can vary depending on the project and management team but my experience in the Kent WA office was very

    Starting amount of PTO given ridiculously generous.

    Cons

    Salaries are far below industry standards.

    IT resources are understaffed and overworked.

    Advice to Management

    Increasing the salary bands at the lower levels may help retain consulting and operational talent. Invest in your developers and enterprise IT!!

    Train consulting staff on offerings from different practice areas to help drive cross selling and cross project collaborations.


  3. Helpful (14)

    "The most unprofessional and toxic environment you will ever see. Stay away if you can."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - School Specialist/Business Analyst in Princeton, NJ
    Former Employee - School Specialist/Business Analyst in Princeton, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Public Consulting Group full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Experience. You will develop skills with tools that you may not get elsewhere. You might also get some client exposure which is always a plus.

    Also very little travel. Consulting is an industry that requires heavy travel, but not at PCG. You will get on a plane maybe once or twice a year and thats it.

    Cons

    Far too many to name (and most have been mentioned already by the dozens of other objective reviews):

    -Unprofessional, immature, and incompetent management.
    -Humiliating and offensive work environment.
    -Zero respect for non-managerial staff.
    -Embarrassingly low pay.
    -No career development or growth.
    -Incredibly high turn over.

    -Bullying, intimidation and harassment continues unabated. I personally have seen employees being verbally abused, harassed, and cursed at (yes, cursed at) by office managers. When the matter as raised to HR, nothing happens. The harassment only gets worse, and management will look to terminate you because you had the temerity to speak up.

    -HR department is absolutely useless. All reports of harassment are swept under the rug.

    -IT department is clueless. Not their fault as they are woefully underfunded and mismanaged, but all other offices suffer as a result.

    PCG is good if you are looking to get experience on your resume and get out after a year or two. But jokes on you if you have any expectations to stay there long term. ALL non-managerial personnel have an exit plan. Folks join the firm, truly want to deliver high quality work and develop meaningful relationships, but the toxic culture destroys any ambition that you may have. You will find yourself looking for a new job within the first year that you start. Just look at the bizarrely high turn over rate within the firm. The talented, smart people leave in droves.

    PCG will try to explain their high turn over as par for the course when in the consulting world... staff "burn out" because the work load is so demanding, they will tell you. That's not the case at all. We're in the consulting industry; we are fully aware that the hours will be long and there will be little work/life balance. We leave not because of burn out, but because of the toxic culture. Nobody wants to to come into a hostile, uncomfortable work environment everyday. Believe it or not, people prefer to be treated with respect and fairness when at work. These principles just don't mean anything to PCG. Once staff arrive at this realization (usually within the first couple of months), they start to work on their resumes and look for other opportunities.

    And this is not some "jaded" employee. These are commonly held views (just look at the overall rating of this company on this site and the dozens of other bad reviews).

    Stay away BY ALL MEANS. It will be the best career decision you will make.

    Advice to Management

    None. Their business model is working. Bill and his cohorts continue making money hand over fist, while turn over is at a record high. They could care less about what we think. Bravo.


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  5. Helpful (6)

    "Avoid, avoid, avoid!"

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    Former Employee - Schools Specialist
    Former Employee - Schools Specialist
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Public Consulting Group full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    -You get to travel a lot
    -You get to work on some interesting projects

    Cons

    -Pay is far below market rate
    -Some of the worst people I've ever had the misfortune of working with. One senior consultant is by far the worst manager I've ever had in nearly 20 years of employment history. No one likes being talked down to constantly. One person shouldn't be responsible for so much churn at an office and get to keep their job.
    -Terrible pay. I was able to find a job with a different company at a 25% higher base salary working far less hours.
    -Terrible hours - expect to get berated if you're putting in less than 60 hours per week.

    Advice to Management

    Y'all ain't listenin' to this, so why bother?


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Very poor, little work-life balance or career progression opportunities"

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    Former Employee - Schools Specialist
    Former Employee - Schools Specialist
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Public Consulting Group full-time

    Pros

    Travel to local places and stay in hotels

    Cons

    No work-life balance for junior staff. Little development of skills, and work-life balance does not improve until the senior consultant level. The initial salary is 38,000 as of 2012, and a promotion brings you to 42,000 (with a 10% bonus as your annual bonus). Otherwise you're looking at a 4-5% annual bonus as the office average has to be 5% (min of 0, max of 10).


  7. Helpful (6)

    "Over-worked, under-compensated"

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    Current Employee - School Specialist/Business Analyst
    Current Employee - School Specialist/Business Analyst
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Fast paced work environment.

    Allowed great opportunity to have ownership of high-level of work.

    Great travel opportunities.

    Cons

    While allowed a great opportunity to take ownership of high level work, employees at this level are never truly recognized for their accomplishments. Managers and consultants usually enjoy the compensation and recognition.

    Expected to work min. of 50+ hours a week.

    No additional compensation for sales. (Sales are supposed to be reserved for high level positions.) When making sales, employees are ultimately creating MORE work for themselves, generating more money for their project (i.e. bosses). Catch 20/20 - job stability?

    Management (within project) does not listen to other suggestions from other project members, regardless of helpfulness, experience, best interests, etc.

    High turnover rate.

    Low salary compensation in comparision to other similar jobs in the same industry.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the employees out there doing the grunt work. They are the ones that have daily client interaction - resulting in the best knowledge of how well or bad things really are.

    Compensate employees fairly! Provide compensation where deserved!

    Don't falsely award employees with recognition when not deserved; it undermines the award completely. It reduces project moral!

    Don't be hypocrites! Be fair! If you have standards, apply them across the board and hold everyone accountable. Showing favoritism, especially when given for the wrong reasons (discrimination) undermines your ability to manage employees effectively. It reduces morale too!

    Place yourself in an employees' shoes. Humility could teach someone quite a bit.