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A demanding/hard employer; for the select few who have the stamina, skills, and commitment, supremely rewarding

  • Comp & Benefits
  • Work/Life Balance
  • Senior Management
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Director
Current Employee - Director

I have been working at Public Consulting Group full-time for more than 10 years

Pros

there is no limit to career growth opportunities. If you are committed to delivering high quality service to the public sector, and are a consistently high performer i.e. execute assignments on time, of a high quality and within budget; put the clients needs ahead of anything else, are respectful of your clients, peers and the community in which you work, you will succeed here. This place has grown annually by double digit percentages for each of the past 15+ years. That would not have occurred if the marketplace did not regard PCG as a high quality deliverer of business solutions. That consistent groth allows all PCG employees the opportunity to be successful in a satisfying career.

Cons

There are flaws here, however, staff are empowered to suggest and help implement changes to improve the environment. The time reporting, knowledge management system is very difficult to navigate. There needs to be more diversity in the management team. Collaboration across pratice areas occasionally creates tension with regard to project "ownership".

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Bring more women and minorities into the management team. The firm management needs to better reflect the markets that it serves

Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

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  1. 5 people found this helpful  

    A dreadful experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manager  in  Boston, MA (US)
    Former Employee - Manager in Boston, MA (US)

    I worked at Public Consulting Group full-time

    Pros

    This firm is profitable despite its incompetent leadership, but the money stays at the top.

    Cons

    There are roughly 35 PCG offices and most of them operate as small companies, with no unity or collaboration. This is largely due to pathetic internal communication and a complete lack of collaborative resources. It is expected that employees work well beyond normal hours without additional compensation. This is not a 9 to 5 job, it’s more like 8 to 8. Work/Life balance at PCG is skewed toward burnout, which fits their trend of extremely high turnover for the industry. A former colleague and PCG HR recruiter acknowledged that Public Consulting Group’s pay scale is well below the industry average. The company is privately held and the principals are aging multi-millionaires. It has been rumored they will likely sell the firm and cash out soon. Most PCG employees would benefit from being bought out by a firm like Maximus or Accenture.

    -Consultants are driven hard and must offload tasks to under qualified junior staff. Major bs’ing is routinely incorporated into last-minute PCG proposals.

    -The marketing department is completely inept and regarded as a joke among consultants. One of the principals poses as a marketing director with no experience in business development or leadership, for that matter.

    -Management berates and intimidates employees who don't work 50-60 hours per week.

    -The IT department cannot keep pace with daily demands on their systems and the archaic state of email and network reliability is frustrating and costly. IT staff is competent for the most part, but management hasn't supported or funded their much needed infrastructure improvements.

    -HR turns a blind eye to obvious recurring problems regarding favoritism, bullying and harassment, and only serves to protect PCG ownership from potential liabilities.

    Any favorable reviews on this site can be ignored as an attempt by management to offset the factual, negative feedback that so many have provided. These are not complaints, but rather impassioned pleas to those considering working for this severely crippled company to stay away.

    If you're considering working for Public Consulting Group, reconsider!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sell your misguided company and retire. Let a reputable firm bring in true management professionals to take the helm and re-direct PCG away from its “sinking ship” status.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    High demands and Low contract bids = Overworked and unhappy people.

    Former Employee - Consultant
    Former Employee - Consultant

    I worked at Public Consulting Group full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    You may have a lot of flexibility and independence
    Good and high performers will get generous bonuses
    Higher 401k matches than many of the big 4 ( if you can stick out the 4 year vesting req.)

    Cons

    There aren't many company methodologies to follow.
    Information sharing is poor. As a result, we are always recreating the wheel.
    Smaller to medium sized Projects are underbid and staff are over worked as a result.
    Internal Support (IT, HR) is very poor. Marketing is non existent.
    The promotion process is unclear .
    Salaries are not competitive.
    Work - life balance. What's that?

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Many of to your "seasoned" managers are not qualified to lead. Pay more attention to what managers are doing Or not doing.
    Develop a fair way to promote and recognize staff that convert from the specialist track to the consulting track.
    Develop more overall firm standards. It's not a boutique firm anymore, there needs to be more structure.
    When staff get together from satellite offices we have equally low morale and we all complain about the same thing. Figure out how to refocus that into constructive conversations for real change.

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