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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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Is it acceptable to quit with a lot of work still not done? [duplicate]

I work at a very small company (less than 10 people). I am the only person that is able to do the work that I do there. However, I just graduated college and they are expecting me to work at a pace ...
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Is there a 'programming buddy' type service that exists ? [closed]

I am not sure how to ask this but the situation is I have a job where I do everything myself but once in awhile I will get stuck on small pieces and spend hours trying to find the answer that I am ...
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How do I ask my current company how long they want to keep me around? I'm an independent contractor

How do I ask my current company how long they want to keep me around? I'm an independent contractor. My contract is about to renew they confirmed they want to continue with me, but they are also ...
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Reaching out to Marketing for experience when I'm an Engineer

I'm currently an engineer and am thinking about starting up my own business on the side (still an idea but in the process of creating the MVP). My business would bring zero competition to my current ...
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Consulting: how to reduce impact of difficult personality of consultant when assigning a new project

I am a technical team lead, and a such the primary contact between customers and consultants when it comes to assigning consultants technically. Recently our customer made me aware that one of our ...
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How to maintain a good relationship with boss after declining work on a project that conflicts with my views/ideology?

Background: I recently graduated from college with a Software/Computer Engineering degree. Right after my degree I started working at a consultant firm (about three months ago). Our firm usually gets ...
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Dealing with an employer who refuses days off [closed]

I am working for company Alpha that has placed me as a consultant in company Bravo. After two years, Bravo has offered to hire me with a great pay rise. There was a contract between Alpha and Bravo ...
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I'm my team's expert on a subject. What do I do if I don't trust an outside contractor's work?

I'm a newcomer to my job and am the only one on my team who has expertise in a subject. Recently, I learned that only a few months prior to my arrival (before the job was offered to me), my team hired ...
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How to list company location on resume if you don't have a “home office”

I've worked for several years for a consulting firm (as a full-time salaried employee), but never exactly had a "home office" that I was based out of. Two of their offices are near-ish but I still ...
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How should a junior dev handle critical decisions as a sole developer on a large project?

I am a 2 year experienced web developer, I mainly worked on backend stuff (API,java logic , etc etc), and I work as a consultant. Since 2 months I was sent to a company to work on their front-end ...
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Is it ethical that my employer requires all my other business activities to be approved by him? [closed]

Let's say I work for some company as programmer and I want to get some extra money by making some programmer consultancy during evenings. Do you think it is ethical that my employer requires me to ...
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What is a standard consulting differential pay rate?

I occasionally get offers to consult, usually followed up by a question about my rate. Seems like it is pretty easy to find salary information about a particular job, but not so much the corresponding ...
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Consulting companies - how much the end client knows about how much I am paid?

My questions refer to "consulting companies" in the programming field in the US. When I work for an end client through such a consulting company, does the end client usually know/care how much the ...
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Guidelines for what to charge for a contract gig

I'm a software developer. I have come across an opportunity for a short-term (less than a month) contract gig with a public university. At my regular job I make around $35/hour plus a typical, ...
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Can I refuse to do an external project when my company is not a consultancy? [closed]

I work as a developer in a very small startup. We have an online platform, and my job obviously consists of developing and maintaining this platform. Last week my boss asked me about estimates for a ...
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How can I handle my company docking my pay due to poor quality of previous consultant's work for customer?

I work for a consulting company as a developer in Italy. A month ago a major client demanded a replacement for a developer who worked there on a project due to concerns about the quality of their work....
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What can I do about painfully slurred speech from our consultant?

The company I work for has a contract with a consulting firm to manage ERP functions. This relationship with the consulting firm has been ongoing for at least five years. Over that time, we've always ...
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Negotiating tech consulting compensation as a student [duplicate]

I am now a full-time student, but I took some time off of my degree and worked full-time as a software engineer at a U.S. tech company for a low-100k salary. I was contacted by an executive at the ...
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Becoming 1099 consultant with most recent company?

I has been working as a senior software developer with my most recent company for almost 4 years, 2 with group A and then 2 with group B. A week after submitting my 2 weeks notice to group B, group A ...
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How to professionally ask someone to give you appropriate and achievable timelines in a project

I work in company x and my role require that I have to work closely with company Y.I am a contractual worker and I am supposed to complete my project within the stipulated period.However I have not ...
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The consultancy I work for is extremely short on money. How unusual is this situation?

Posting from a throwaway for obvious reasons. I have a feeling the web consultancy I work for is going down, but I'm not sure whether I'm overreacting. Let me give a basic timeline: We began as 30 ...
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Is being sent on consultation a warning sign of a bad skill? [closed]

I worked at a software house which led internal projects and also sent consultants to other companies. I started working there about 6 months ago, during this time I have been trained on some ...
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I want to take a short term role. But will I later struggle to prove I'm not a 'job hopper'? [duplicate]

I have been offered a full time job with a tech company that urgently needs a new product brought to market. They require a software engineer with quite specialised experience, and so a friend there ...
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Is it unprofessional to take PTO and use that time to work elsewhere?

Would it be bad practice to use PTO to consult at a company I previously worked at on a project I lead? It would be a one day consultation. Also, would it be a bad idea to reveal this to my current ...
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Is it customary to pay for a prospective client's meal when meeting them at a restaurant? [closed]

This will be my first time trying to land consulting work. The person I'm meeting has a high position and more than likely has a lot more money than I do. We used to work for the same company so he ...
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How to turn down a job after you consulted for the same company?

I have been consulting part-time for a company for a while (less than a year). We have seriously talked about me joining the company - discussed role and compensation. I have been interviewing at ...
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Non-technical boss wants us to come up with solutions to client problems without consulting the client on specifics [closed]

I work as a data scientist consultant. My boss has a lead on a pretty big contract on where the client has a prediction problem they haven't been able to solve. Now I know they have a team of roughly ...
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How can I make a consulting career at one company stand out on a resume?

I've been a consultant at my firm for six years now and it's time to move on. We're a decently well-known firm and our parent company is definitely a big name. However, this is the only job I've held ...
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Ethical dilemma: I work at a consultancy. How to handle a client's request to moonlight directly for them, for equity? Weirder context inside

I'm suddenly facing a bit of an ethical dilemma. To give background: The company I currently work for, let's call it AppCorp, currently has a client, let's call him Bill, who has built and launched a ...
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Inner workings of Software Recruiters/Staffing Companies [closed]

A company will typically pay a staffing company for "temporary" talent. In the software industry these temporary positions can be preferable to full time positions and can therefore last a very long ...
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Negotiating pay for specific work?

So I am looking forward to an internship. Well, more like consultant work. They've asked me that I translate a certain Google research paper into software code that they can then add to their system. ...
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Applying six months early [duplicate]

I finished my PhD (math) a few weeks ago and I would like to find a career in consulting or with a bank. My current contract at the university lasts for another 6 months (I don't want to leave this ...
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How Do I indicate on Linkedin that I'm a Freelancing Consultant?

I'm an IT professional, who has worked in different positions, in different companies for the last 8 years. Since March, I've transitioned to an Independent Freelancing Consultant Role, where I ...
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Did consulting job for old boss, how to ask for payment politely

I did a consulting job for my old boss with who I have a good relationship. He contracted me to do some work for him at an agreed upon hourly rate. I completed the project two months or so ago but he ...
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Is it common for an external recruiter to break contact after a couple of applications don't pan out?

This has happened to me a couple times last year and once this year. Overall this is what happens: Recruiter find my resume/profile on Monster. Finds one or more position for me. I go through phone ...
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My company committed to having me 4 months overseas without asking. How do I approach this?

Backstory: 3 weeks ago I got a call asking if I could go on a last minute trip as a tech consult (from USA to France). It was supposed to be a week long, but the last day I was asked if I could stay ...
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Client is asking for a copy of my contract to let me enter into their offices [closed]

I work in a consulting company and I currently work with the client, who is asking me a copy of my contract. I scanned and sent my contract with some of the information hidden (income and personal ...
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Standard for billing followup consultation work

There are companies which I visit on a roughly weekly basis for a few hours to offer consultation about algorithm development, for a specified payment per hour. Sometimes, in between my visits there'...
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How should one list intermittent consulting work for one company?

I've done independent consulting work several times over the past year for a single company, with several-month gaps in between. What's the most appropriate way to list this on my resume? I'm not ...
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When, if ever, is it appropriate to collaborate beyond the “Brainstorming” process?

Some companies feel that it's a waste of time to have, for example, one designer or artist at the drawing board (or computer) with another designer/artist sitting next to them providing creative ideas ...
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When should I let my contractor know that I won't be staying?

I am currently employed as a contractor for Company X through a consulting agency until mid June 2016. The consulting agency has a very good history of converting contractors to FTEs with Company X. ...
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Drawing the line between expertise and arguing with the client?

I have a client who wants to scrap working, yet unstable software and the associated implementation and build it and some automation tasks from scratch. I obviously disagree with his point and idea ...
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How to handle communication with client who cannot convey requirements well?

I recently changed manager. The old manager is now one of many people requesting my help. However, he's still trying to take away projects for himself. The problem is, he is more ambitious than ...