VMC Consulting Reviews

Updated June 3, 2015
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Pros
  • Opportunities to advance are provided as they win contracts and jobs lost when they lose them (in 6 reviews)

  • I dealt with two reps; the first was very communicative, the second, not so much (in 2 reviews)

Cons
  • Upper management of Team managers doesn't care about what's going on within teams (in 5 reviews)

  • Advised by many not lo list VMC on resume as a Full Time Employee; say you were a Contractor or it would be the kiss of death for any interview (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    Would avoid if you can

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    Former Employee - Customer Advocate in Issaquah, WA
    Former Employee - Customer Advocate in Issaquah, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at VMC Consulting full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    I had great co-workers It was a good opportunity to work for a large software company.

    Cons

    They treat you more or less like a commodity. VMC took a high ratio of my bill rate compared to other contracting companies. The benefits are minimal and what they do provide forced either by law or by the company they are vending for. Had a ridiculous policy regarding holiday pay making it very difficult to qualify for it. The only reason that I had a chair when I started was because I took one from a conference room. Had to fight to get ergonomic equipment. Ended up buying my own keyboard to use. Had to use reams of paper as monitor risers. I received a working headset for the phone only because someone else was let go and I inherited his.

    Advice to Management

    I think it would be difficult to improve unless there is a serious change in policy regarding benefits. Though a good start would be to provide the necessary equipment for the job. Also make it easier to obtain ergonomic equipment.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Employee Experience at VMC

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at VMC Consulting full-time

    Pros

    VMC has established great service offerings and value to our customers. The focus on core service offerings in the last few years is refreshing and will play well in the future success of VMC.

    Cons

    The current leadership is more focused on issues that do not provide the ability to grow revenue that company is not focused on the right things value to the client and growth


  3. Helpful (1)

    Not the worst, not the best either.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Antonio, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Antonio, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The people I work with are supportive & kind. The job is easy & fairly laid-back.

    Cons

    Management has zero concern for employee morale. Compensation is poor. Raises? What raises? Have gotten none since moving to my current role & my performance has been excellent.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees. Give them a pat on the back if they do well. More money would be even nicer.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    I worked at VMC Consulting as a contractor for more than 6 years

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    Former Employee - Hourly Worker in Fort Collins, CO
    Former Employee - Hourly Worker in Fort Collins, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at VMC Consulting (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    That’s a hard one, they came to me when the last contracting place lost the bid. Pay was OK untill they took a cut.

    Cons

    They cut your pay then a few years later they will give you what they call a raise that’s less than the pay cut, the dysfunctional huffy project coordinator will laugh if you mention a cost of living raise.

    Advice to Management

    Management through intimidation. Take better care of the people that are doing the work. Ron Hurle: egotistical, self-admiring.


  6. Helpful (2)

    I wouldn't recommend a job here if I liked you!

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    Current Employee - Senior Account Executive in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Account Executive in Redmond, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at VMC Consulting full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    They do a lot of work with some of the top clients and the folks on the line do a great job so within the client companies the reputation of the company tends to be they are expensive but good.

    Cons

    Internal systems and policies are terrible, hard to get anything done, The company culture is that of udder chaos a whole new management team has come in over the last year, and they are putting together the direction and focus without asking anyone who has been around doing the work. Fear based leadership had built a culture where no one wants to talk or ask questions for fear of being fired.

    Advice to Management

    Look around you have some amazing talent working for you, but if you continue down the path those people won't stay around for long.


  7. Lack of upward mobility options, difficult managers

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    Current Employee - Support Engineer in Fargo, ND
    Current Employee - Support Engineer in Fargo, ND
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at VMC Consulting full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    High starting wage for the area. There is some freedom that you are otherwise not accustomed to at a call center help desk type position such as not being treated like a 10 year old when going to the bathroom or showing up a few minutes late. Generally if you are on time and work you do not have your day monitor minute by minute.

    Cons

    The micro management is too much, you must account for the work you have done in multiple ways which in turn eats up more time that you could be working with the customer. Management reviews in single instances, they will look at the current status of the team at that moment in time and expect a multiple paragraph explanation as to what the cause of the volume is or why work is not getting done. After explaining you may have to explain again later to another manager or update them with any new information and a game plan for moving forward. There is no upward movement, as a vendor for Microsoft the best advice is to move up the 2-3 steps that exist in the ladder and then try to get hired on by a company that actually cares and has career paths. Raises are talked up when hired as well as bonuses, these sometimes exist but there is a wage ceiling. There is no cost of living raise and if moving to a team that has a higher starting wage than your current one you must fight to be brought up to that pay level despite having more experience than a new hire. This is very common and I have personally experienced this. PTO is only 80 hours a year and there is a limit to how many people on certain teams can have a day off at the same time. Schedules are done differently from one team to another, on my old team there was a multi week schedule, it is dangerous to make long term plans for trips that involve purchasing or reserving anything as you are never certain if you will get time off, personal experience. There is no compensation for working overnights or weekends although this will be implied in some cases when interviewing or during your orientation, the old team I was on did 24/7 support, there was no incentive to work overnights or weekends.

    Advice to Management

    Be honest with people. Do not smother subordinates with micro managing or redundant duties. Let your employees earn trust on an individual basis and then trust them unless they give you a reason not to. Accept feedback instead of receiving any management critical feedback as confrontational. Do not burden those beneath you with tasks that you could complete yourself. Do not make everything a top priority, this is asking the impossible and causes unneeded strain on people.


  8. Helpful (2)

    Life at VMC

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at VMC Consulting full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Relaxed atmosphere, no time cards, newer technology

    Cons

    Totally dysfunctional teams, little or no pay increases and the company is being folded in to the parent company Volt.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the people in the trenches doing the work.


  9. Meh

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at VMC Consulting full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Some fun projects, depending on your area. Exposure to large corporations in the IT and gaming industries. Easy to stand out.

    Cons

    Company is hamstrung by parent company, Volt. Good people typically don't stay long.

    Advice to Management

    Senior management at VMC can't really do much under Volt's shadow. The folks at Volt need to loosen the reigns and things would improve greatly with the right talent in place.


  10. Just another contractor mill

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    Former Employee - Incident Coordinator in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Incident Coordinator in Redmond, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at VMC Consulting full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Management is hands off, nice people, variety of contracts if you are flexible.

    Cons

    Management is hands off, often don't appear to know what's going on. They protect the account rather than you. Lackluster benefits. Equipment updrades are hard to get, even if your job is mission critical to the client--you'll have to work with what you got and hope for the best.

    Advice to Management

    Grow a spine and don't bend over so far to appease your clients. Microsoft dictates what they want, and VMC is left to meet it. If you screw up, you'll be out on your ear with no chance of a grievance. Don't put off equipment upgrades. I had to swap out my laptop 3 times to find one that worked and everyone on the team had to live with shoddy laptops that would freeze/reboot on a regular basis. Advocate for your workers who are the bread and butter of the organization.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Choose what you want to do

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - IT Person in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - IT Person in Redmond, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at VMC Consulting full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    This is a pretty tough one, if I had to say anything it's the number of parking spaces that you can use. Yes it was *THAT* hard to find a pro.

    Cons

    The biggest thing is that there's a very "with us or against us" culture inside VMC. There's the full time employees, the game testers, the call center people, and then the executives. The groups don't work together very well and bribery... er favors are the best (and sometimes) the only way to get things done.

    Advice to Management

    You weren't meant for this field, you should find something else



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