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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The hiring manager forgot to call me three times now; how to proceed?

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 do I structure the pricing for the first project with a new client? [closed]

I have a S-Corp on the side and do work on software development. My main job (a contracting project) is ending in a few months and I started reaching out to new clients. I found a client through a ...
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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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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 ...