Questions tagged [consulting]

Questions related to the provision of professional services, advice, or subject-matter expertise that a client pays for, either on a time-and-materials basis, or on a fixed-price, fixed-outcome basis.

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Is this multi-company employment relationship a usual practice?

I was approached by a recruiter. After some discussion they said that the potential opportunity would be to work for a company we'll call Company A, and for the first 1.5 to 2 years with a client of ...
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Data Analyst new role - culture shock at new place

I recently changed from a 4 year consulence as Data Engineer in a big consultancy firm to a Data Analyst Role with Tableau and PowerBi in another consultancy company for a stable contract. In previous ...
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Should I Accept This Consulting Internship Offer? [closed]

I was recently offered a consulting internship at a management consulting firm. They're not MBB but also not a boutique firm (they have around 1,000 employees worldwide). However, after the interview ...
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Putting freelance work on resume alongside regular day job?

For the past 6 months I've had a side consulting business in an industry that I'm interested in long-term. It's in a different industry than the one my regular day job is in, but they use a similar ...
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Academic trying to jump over to consultancy [duplicate]

I am new here and I am not sure if this type of question is allowed but I do need some advice. I hold a PhD in technical science and have international appearances (UC Berkeley, Stanford) and ...
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First time contractor

Context: I am very new to contracting work in the US and started a couple of months ago. I felt pressured to accept a job where the pay was very low due to difficulties finding employment during the ...
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How to ask another consultant if I could use him as a reference after my boss acted dishonestly?

A few months ago I worked as a consultant for Company X. I worked on a specific platform (a platform like IBM Bluemix for example, though less popular). I'm not really sure what transpired but things ...
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Consulting Engineer [closed]

I don't understand the role of a consulting engineer. Is it a good idea to be a consulting engineer? Will I get chance to work close to the projects or I will be working on sidelines?
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Is it ethical and do you bill hours when there is a severe lack of timely access from the client?

I have a client with whom my hours are capped at 20 hours a week. This client is not timely at all, neither with giving me access I need nor with responding to emails. Last week, this left me only ...
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Is it okay to ask my boss for a permanent position in the company?

First of all I know that a similar type of question was asked here before but I think mine is somewhat different so let me start: I have been working with this company for 2 years as a consultant, and ...
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On exit interview was told not to say name of company/client I worked for

I was contacted by someone offering me paid work. Call him Bob. Bob has a sole proprietorship, call it X. His only client who he works full time for as a contractor is Y. Y gave him a budget to hire ...
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Hired as a consultant, but working outside my wheelhouse?

So I'm currently working as a consultant with an agency that's fairly hard to get into, everyone loves working there and few if any people ever leave. The benefits and pay are exceptional and I'm ...
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Should I work as consultant when I doubt the working methods they use

I'm offered to work as a consultant in a small software company. My role will be software developer and building up the it/software dev knowledge in the company. Today they have some huge issues with ...
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Recording the online meetings

I often take online meetings with my clients to provide them technical consultation. They’re all audio-- no video. We sometimes share screens also. Mostly my client shares his/hers, and sometimes the ...
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Can a consult add to their CV that their name is on an academic thesis?

I was thinking about the following situation: A person works as a consultant in their own company. A customer for a consultant to finish their MSc or PhD thesis. The author writes on the thesis that ...
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consulting industry - chaotic behaviour

My team and I have been working on a change management project. Our client, a director, has set rather broad goals on a particular topic to reach within a complex context. D doesn't participate in ...
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Working for a big company "through" another small company. Can I say I'm working for the first? [duplicate]

Scenario: I'm 20 (pursuing a degree in Computer Engineering) and a self-employed IT consultant with VAT number and everything needed here (Italy). For the past 2 years, I've been working for ...
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How to approach a potential switch from consultant to employee?

I have been working as a technical consultant (software/IT in Sweden) at company "Firm". My current assignment for the last 18 months has been at company "Client". I get along great with colleagues/...
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As a now self-employed consultant, should I apply for work at a company I was previously let go from?

Context A recruiter is advertising a role, and I can tell from the description that it is a previous employer of mine. This is an employer that "let me go" in the past. It's a consultant position, ...
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Is there a definitive guide on what consulting is for developers? [closed]

For years I have been doing what I thought was consulting work, basically an independent contractor and those companies would say I was their consultant, but recently I have learned about a guy who ...
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I found out online after an interview that the average salary was higher than what I said for my expected salary. Is it OK to ask for a higher salary? [duplicate]

The process so far: Background: I'm a Software Developer from the UK but I live in Japan. I'm still currently employed in Japan and the current position is stable. I am applying through a recruiter ...
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Client was a victim of ransomware attack, how do we continue projects while they recover?

Our client had all their files encrypted through ransomware. They are negotiating payment of half a million dollars to retrieve data. It will take a month. They lost all their digital utility system ...
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Contract / Consulting Programming Minimum Hours Per Week

I recently entered into a consulting/contracting deal with a local company to do ASP.NET development work and also consult with their local developers with questions they may have about development. I ...
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The hiring manager forgot to call me three times now; how to proceed? [closed]

This is for consultant role at a major hospital. I got an email from the recruiter and they forwarded me to the hiring manager. I was excited as it's a great job regarding pay, location, company and ...
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How to effectively transition portion of a complex project to a 2nd developer?

I work at a consulting company as a data engineer. Over the last 1.5 years, I built out a highly complex data lake/data wrangling implementation for a client. Everything is documented pretty ...
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How to handle issue with other consultants as new team member?

Apologies in advance for the long post! I'm new in a project/communications consulting position, and as part of my role I'm unofficially taking over management of an ongoing web development project. ...
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Should I say on my cover letter that I am the first in extended family to go to university?

Considering the theme of equal opportunities companies (purport to) care about, is mentioning that I am the first person in my entire family to go to university a bad idea? It leaves a bad taste in my ...
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I completed a difficult task using a tool I developed before joining my employer. What is my obligation?

I am an employee at a Fortune 100 company. I just started at this job two months ago. Prior to this I was a consultant. Today I had a meeting to start off multiple projects...the last project, which ...
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How are confidentiality agreements interpreted/enforced, where the employees primary marketable skill is know-how?

I have recently seen a very "light-weight" contract from a respectable company where the confidentiality clause essentially stated that the employee was subject to confidentiality with regard to ...
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How to handle a project assignment that's too advanced?

I'm a junior developer at a software consulting company. I recently was assigned to a new project, but I'm very concerned that it's set up for failure. TL;DR - Massive & important project, no ...
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What is a better way to answer than simply "I don't know"? [duplicate]

As a software consultant, clients expect me to have answers. But, of course, I don't know everything. Recently a client asked me a complex question and the best I could do was "I don't know" or maybe "...
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C-level role at startup vs. middle mgmt role at large firm [closed]

I'm currently in consulting and considering these two positions for my next career step: Chief Data Officer at a startup where I'd get to architect a new platform from the ground up, build my team, ...
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How to find senior technology consultants [closed]

My question is about where to look and/or how to find talented technology consultants for hire (ideally full time). Detail: I run a company that has a lot of talented software programmers and ...
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"Keep 75% of your hourly cost"

I went to an interview with a software consulting firm, and found out from their website that they offer the possibility of the employee keeping 65-75% (grows with years of employment) of the cost to ...
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How to use recruiter's message to get other job than he offered me?

During my study of IT at a technical university, I worked almost a year as a Software Developer. I worked with Java, Spring and a little bit with React. After this experience, I do not want to work as ...
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How to avoid becoming an unofficial full-time employee [closed]

Shared on Freelancing: https://freelancing.stackexchange.com/q/8149/11018 I've been proposed a freelance job, but it's basically a full-time job but with no benefits. 40-hours, M-F Work in their ...
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Should my client be so concerned about basically my death?

I made an offer to a long-time client to build a system for them that would increase their profits drastically. They agree at that point. The problem is if the system completely broke for a few days, ...
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What's a reasonable period of time before quitting to look for a new job?

I am working as a software developer at a consulting firm, where I have been at the client location for about two years. I would like to move on from my current position to start a new project. ...
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From software engineer to consulting

Context To set the context, I am now in my 5th year of university (France). I have had a fairly lot of internships, projects and side projects that made me think that I already am a senior developer ...
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Interviewing for consulting position involves interview with customer; is this unusual?

I am going through the interview process with a consulting company X for a senior consultant position. We have had 2 phone and 1 in person interview and they have indicated that they are interested ...
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Why I feel like the company I'm working for is taking all my creativity/imagination? [closed]

I have stood out for being a worker that advances quickly, that I'm good for programming and that I am very enthusiastic about the new projects of the company where I work. My problem is when I want ...
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Adding Consultant Experience to Resume and LinkedIn [duplicate]

A similar question has been asked here, but I believe my situation is slightly different. I recently started working a consulting position at a fairly well known company, lets call it Company A. I ...
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Questioning the usefulness of a one-day business trip

Previously this week I've been sent on a one-day business trip along with a 4y senior colleague, Bob. We work at a consultancy firm in IT and the aim of the trip was fixing some issues at our client's ...
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Average salary hike in Germany for IT consultants [closed]

I work in a small consulting firm as a Senior IT consultant in the automotive branch since the past one year. During this time, I have taken up several responsibilities in the team. I can say that I ...
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Change starting date for a second time after accepting offer [duplicate]

I already looked at other posts which is why I'm posting this because I feel my case is a bit unique and needs explanation. I originally selected my start day preference to be as late as possible ...
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How to deal with a consultant's difficult employee

We have a new relationship with a consulting firm that provides X service to our company. Unfortunately, this relationship has not gotten off to a great start; while the consulting firm is themselves ...
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Incredibly Quick Response From HR [closed]

I passed the screening and PST/online test for an engagement manager/project leader role for a top consulting firm in a matter of 3 working days. They got back 5 hours after I submitted a resume ...
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Would I outdress my boss and get bad looks? [duplicate]

I like clothing, fashion and style and cannot wait to buy an amazing suit with nice accessories. I worry I will ‘out-dress’ my future boss if I were to buy accessories like a Zegna tie and pocket ...
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How to approach HR about mistakenly breaching moonlighting policy

I started working at a large tech company a couple of months ago. I also signed an agreement to be a scientific advisor on the advisory board of the start-up where I used to work. The problem is, I ...
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Is it ethical to report suspected mental health issues of coworker to manager? [duplicate]

I lead a team of consultants. Recently, I removed a colleague from the team due to performance issues. He was with the team for 6-8 weeks. I suspect he had mental health issues. A co-team lead, who ...
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