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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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 ...
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IT consultant left and no one can understand his style of programming [closed]

There are a small group of programmers where I work. A few years ago our boss brought a consultant in to help us move to a newer programming language. Since then our boss was 'resigned' and we now ...
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3 years working in China… without speaking Mandarin and working with an outdated tech, time to leave for a consulting position? [closed]

I started after my studies to work in a startup. The company got bigger and also shrink somehow but let's say we are now a small company with 30 persons while we were only 8 when the business started. ...
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How can I decide whether to partner as a member with an LLC that I helped create?

A business partner and I are creating a software consulting business. My role is the lead product developer (err, CTO?) that handles all technical aspects and he is the visionary interfacing with ...
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What do I need to consider when being offered a consultant position?

I have recently been offered (verbally, with written to come soon) a summer internship position with a small company based in the US. I was told that rather than being a direct employee of the company,...
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Ethics of startup company side-consulting during slow times, and who keeps consulting pay

I've worked for a startup tech company for the past year. It has 4 people. The startup started to run out of funding 3 months ago, and we took on a BtoB consulting gig with a partner company that ...
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How to ask for a reference?

I am an engineer in Germany and currently working for a consulting company. Last summer, as I was involved in company X project but had a bit a free time, a colleague (from the consulting company) ...
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Can benchmarking and auditing help a young software organization? [closed]

For an organization creating a first software product, does it make sense to pay a consultant to guide and audit the product team? Areas where our team is lacking expertise are: Selling a generic ...
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What are the pros and cons of taking a paycut to become an instructor? [closed]

I have the choice to become an instructor to teach beginners how to program and develop web sites for the first time. This job will last 3 months. I'm a Software Consultant (whose never had a client)...
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Who is responsible to purchase 3rd party tools/licenses? [closed]

I have a question. I'm a contractor working for a sw development company (let's call it "ABC Dev"). They are outsourcing me to other companies to do .net development. One of these client projects ...
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How to describe a minimally related consulting position on a resume: Should I list my billable hours percentage?

I am trying to strengthen my resume, and I hear it is important to support job descriptions with hard facts or direct results of one's performance. I am listing my experience as a consultant, which I ...
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Recruiters are very strongly encouraging me to be a full time employee instead of a contractor. What is their motivation? [closed]

I've been working with some 3rd party recruiters to find my next job. Originally, they were looking for full time positions for me. But in the process of my job search I decided I'd like to try to ...
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Why does a company accept middle vendors or sub contractors in contracting?

My friend told me that he works for a big company in the USA that hires contractors from a preferred vendor who is free to get contractors from other vendors, if they do not have a contractor on their ...
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How do deal with a very profitable client whose project is doomed (by his own decisions)

I have this client that pays me very well for working in a project that is clearly doomed. I tried to communicate my concerns in the most positive way I could, but he is unable to see the writing in ...
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How to get praise from customers?

I work in the consulting firm of a big concern with different departments. Inside these departments are really big differences in speed, quality, consumer service etc. My department is well known and ...
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How to resign when I will be leaving in 2 weeks when working on-site with a client?

I work for a consulting company so they send me to different companies (clients). Currently, I am on a client (Only couple of weeks since I started), the client is super nice and takes me out for ...