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 transition into consultancy a one way street?

I am considering a transition from a manager position in a big multinational life science company to a senior manager level position in a consultancy firm, again a big multinational company that is ...
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External consultant hired to help on small project in big corp, but colleague there might not want me to be "too good" of a help

(TLDR; at the bottom) Alright, even to write the post title was quite of a challenge cause this is such a bizarre situation I never ever encountered that it's quite hard to explain with few words. I ...
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Can I work for company as Consultant and also charge them separate for some dedicated projects? Is that ethical thing to do? [closed]

I am working as a consultant for firm F through agency A. I am assigned a set of responsibilities which I perform on a daily basis, which is basically customer support work. Now firm F needs to ...
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The consultancy company that offered me a job has delayed my start date twice (by a total of 12 weeks so far)

I recently finished my degree and got my first job on the 25th of Jan. Since this was a consultancy company, they asked for 6 weeks to find a project that could put me on, which made my planned start ...
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Managing voluntary help I am giving remotely

Background: I left a small company after completing a few big projects. The people with know-how were already merely a few, and none really had sufficient knowledge of my domain. Even those people are ...
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Part-time consultant & permanent employment - notification of work

I have permanent employment where I don't work at 100% capacity and I do my own consulting on the side for the rest of the time. I've got a waiver signed with the current employer from working on ...
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How to go about managing a client's hosting and infrastructure [closed]

I'm just getting into freelancing! I see that a lot of clients are mom & pops stores. Often, they'll want a dev to set them up with a website. Simple static marketing pages can easily be done with ...
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Should I accept his LinkedIn invitation? Client of consulting company wants to stay connected [closed]

I have been working for a consulting company, specifically with one of its clients. I gave my notice period to the consulting company, and I will stop working there in a couple weeks. One VP from the ...
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If I sign a job offer while on PTO, should I give notice as soon as I sign it or when I come back to work?

I am not sure if I should contact HR while on PTO just to give notice. Contractually specified notice period is three weeks. If I wait till I come back, I will be giving them notice period of three ...
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If there's a delay caused by a background check and the start date needs to be pushed back, should a new contract or contract amendment be signed?

I told them I need to give my current employer a notice period of three weeks. Then I received an offer letter with a start date which respects that. The offer letter says it is subject to background ...
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Which company should I mention on my LinkedIn profile? The IT outsourcing consulting company or the actual client I will work for?

So, here is my current situation: An US IT nearshore outsourcing company called “X” hired me (I live in Brazil, and I will work from home) to work as a contractor for them, and I will work as a ...
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Not Provided with Contact Info - Should I send a Thank You Note?

Context: I am currently a college student in my senior year. I have completed several internships, and am currently interviewing for full time roles. Yesterday I completed super day (final round) ...
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How to handle accounts when closing a collaboration

I worked a couple of years for a company as an external consultant. They gave me access to some platforms (planning apps, chats, etc...) and I opened an account for each of them using an email account ...
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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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