VMC Consulting Reviews

Updated August 23, 2014
Updated August 23, 2014
63 Reviews
2.5
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • There are some great people, I've established a great relationship with a specfic recruiter which has absolutely advanced my career (in 3 reviews)

  • Pay, managers and work environment (in 2 reviews)


Cons
  • Upper management with zero regard for employee morale (in 5 reviews)

  • If you're a full-time employee with VMC who manages the vendor contracts, as opposed to one of the actual contractors, it might be better (in 3 reviews)

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  1.  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Account Executive in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Account Executive in Redmond, WA

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Lack of upward mobility options, difficult managers

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Support Engineer in Fargo, ND
    Current Employee - Support Engineer in Fargo, ND

    I have been working at VMC Consulting full-time (more than an 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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Life at VMC

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Listen to the people in the trenches doing the work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Meh

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Just another contractor mill

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Incident Coordinator in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Incident Coordinator in Redmond, WA

    I worked at VMC Consulting full-time (less than an 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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Choose what you want to do

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - IT Person in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - IT Person in Redmond, WA

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    VMC Review

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Quality Assurance in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Quality Assurance in Redmond, WA

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

    Pros

    Great employees with a strong desire to succeed.

    Cons

    Body shop that is struggling with finances

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take better care of employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Contract company concerned on earning management money, not you.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at VMC Consulting

    Pros

    You are left alone to do your work, mostly.

    Cons

    Not concerned about employee development, they are more concerned about growing their contracts. Low pay and no real benefits and tried to bog down work with frequent unnecessary updates.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase pay and provide benefits and then workers might stay longer.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Feel like just a number

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Tier I Advisor in San Antonio, TX
    Current Employee - Tier I Advisor in San Antonio, TX

    I have been working at VMC Consulting full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Its not hard to do iOS troubleshooting. Pretty simple job all in all

    Cons

    The point system is bogus. The insurance is hella expensive and offers coverage to their network doctors so good luck with that. So working 40 hrs a week, no insurance, and a shoddy point system means if you get really sick, and you can't get a doctors note, you get a point or 2 points on the weekend. And that's when you feel like just a number. Just a disposable number.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Just keep doing what you're doing with work but seriously consider revising this cut throat, iron hold on attendance or you will push away those who are a valuable asset.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Love the job, hate the company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Coordinator in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Project Coordinator in Redmond, WA

    I have been working at VMC Consulting as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    There are some great people, I've established a great relationship with a specfic recruiter which has absolutely advanced my career. There are a lot of job 'options' so you can always utilize different skills. A good company to get things to put on your resume, but not a career.

    Cons

    Benefits are a joke (it's a 'savings opportunity') which is essentially coupons worth less than your weekly premium. I lost my $500 FSA last year to a company no one could ever get me in touch with. They take a LOT of your salary, they have to in order to cover the ridiculous overhead. I have 3 direct managers at VMC (all of which have changed at least once in the 5 months I've been here) and they can never directly answer my questions, it takes at least 5 emails to get an answer to "where can I pick up my paycheck?"

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cut out the middle man, or at least 3 of them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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