Pros: bi publishing team, outside primavera consulting group
Cons: office of stratgey mgmt, planning and execution; directors, managers and pm directors, organizational structure, 3rd party data host
I was very disappointed with the level of motivation and professional skills within the Office of Strategy Management, Planning and Execution group. The mandate was to use Primavera and I joined the company within their third year of implementation -- upon arrival there were PMs that did not know their own passwords. We were tasked with creating integrated, – more... logic driven schedules yet the PMs, despite PMI/PMP certification, were unable to understand how to create basic schedules of 50 activities (no exaggerating). Furthermore, Directors and Sr. Management were no more informed or capable. It was the most underwhelming group I've worked with. If you want to bear all responsibility, receive zero in-house support, and compliment others on achieving sub par accomplishments then this may be an opportunity to pursue. I actually had to watch a video at the direction of my boss on how 'nice' Iowans are. The working environment is a joke. The nightmares created by the group within Strategy Management and their refusal to learn how to use Primavera properly was too great to overcome. Additional conflicts were created by the 3rd party data host - no one within ACT is capable of assisting with resolving issues created by this data host. Ultimately, you are being told you are the Primavera application owner but in reality have zero ownership powers. You will have to cater to senior managers that are not technical and do not have the knowledge to have informed conversations regarding Primavera and related applications. Any sort of attempts to deal with this groups' deficiencies are met with hostility, even when done in private and in a professional manner. Senior managers are immature despite their ages is the sad truth. 4 out of 15 PMs were worthwhile, the rest will create many unnecessary conflicts. I thought I could overcome these challenges - they become apparent within your first few weeks but the resistance from every level of the organization to improve and adhere to industry/Project Mgmt standards is tremendous.
The BI Publishing team is great to work with, but they exist outside of this Department. And I did work with some great outside consultants as well, but as they are outside consultants, the ACT is their cash cow preventing them from providing anything other than vanilla/bland analyses. They cannot bite the hand that feeds them and in this regard contribute to the lack of Primavera adaptation. The individual consultants themselves are very knowledgeable and intelligent.
Normally, I would never dream about writing a negative review but the experience within the Office of Strategy Mgmt, Planning and Execution was so bad, I am compelled to express what I dealt with. – less