Pros: open work environment, breaks, lunches, etc.
Cons: personal/sick/vacation time was scrutinized
Working at PHMC was a great experience for me! A typical day at work for me comprised of many different things. Not only was it my job to keep my managers updated on various accounts but I also reported to Vice Presidents of divisions and Project Managers of individual projects on a monthly basis, sometime quarterly. I was also in charge of compiling – more... the Corporate Budget for the entire company, I also reported and analyzed, invoiced and projected on many of the programs. Along with that, I also did ad hoc reporting to various organizations such as Pew and the Federal Government about PHMC's operations. One of the most challenging programs that I handled was the AACO program that was constantly changing it's requirements when it came to providing backup in order for us to invoice them. Some of the monthly invoices containing maybe 10-12 individual contract invoices were larger than a dictionary.
In my 4 years with PHMC I learned many things from my managers and fellow employees. I worked mainly with the Controller and the Billing Manager. They helped me to understand the complexities of how PHMC had to plan, budget and invoice many of programs within PHMC. PHMC has a variety of programs consisting of Government, State and City contracts along with private projects that it handled so there was no consistency, each department was different and had it's own rules based on each respective contract. There is other people that I worked with while at PHMC that I learned from and appreciated working with also that I will not get into right now.
The hardest part of the job was time management. There were so many different people that were coming to me for help that I had to prioritize what was most important. Sometimes when someone wants information on how something is calculated in PHMC's culture of cross departmental accounting, it was not easy to get an answer because of the complexity of how costs are allocated based on the FTE (Full Time Employee) equivalent system. Although this system was hard to understand, it was the only one that made sense for PHMC based on the variation of projects and expenses that it was dealing with.
The most enjoyable thing about PHMC for me was the amount of work and the amount of people that I was able to help out, it made the day fly by. The location of PHMC (Broad and Locust) was another thing that I really enjoyed, if you ever wanted to take a break, you could go down the block and find anything you were looking for as far as food or shopping. – less