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I have been working at Perficient full-time (more than 3 years)Pros
Full disclosure: As I write this, I'm currently a Director in Perficient's Microsoft National Business Unit and I'm generally happy with my time at Perficient. I've seen a number of posts on here that make me want to set the record straight. We have our warts, as every company does, but in general it's good place to grow a career. The positives are many, from my perspective:
Freedom to Choose Your Path. In our Microsoft business unit specifically, your career is what you make of it. Perficient is a company of entrepreneurs. I joined the company after being away from consulting for several years, and was a bit unsure of what I wanted to do or where I would fit in. It took me a couple months to find my niche, but once I did, I pursued it and had the full support of my leadership team to win new business in it, deliver my own projects, and build not just a career for myself but a team around the need I initially identified on joining the company.
A Strong Team. I have not always had the luxury of working with technical experts whom I could trust to figure out problems that I could not. Now I do. Everyone here is an expert in something, and everyone here has something they can teach someone else. That's an incredible advantage over other firms I've worked for.
Open Communication with Leadership. Our leaders here are very open to feedback, all the way up to the C-suite. Even when I came on board as a consulting architect, I knew I could reach out to my VP at any time (and often did). Our COO is very open to meeting and talking with people, too-- I speak from experience. Today, I have strong relationships not just with the people above in my direct chain, but with several of their peers in other business units too. If you work or worked for Perficient and claim leadership is inaccessible or confused, in my mind, it's on you for not taking the time to reach out and talk with them. They've always been very accessible for me and they've always hung their shingles out for others to reach out as well.
Casual Culture. This isn't the Big Four (or however many "Big" firms there are nowadays). While we have better definition of processes and a more professional attitude than you might have found at the various startups we all have in our DNA, we aren't walking about the office in a phalanx of blue blazers and tan khakis either. We have an interesting mix of young go-getters and seasoned consultants.
Onboarding. There has been an ongoing effort from leadership to focus on and improve Acquisition Onboarding. While we are more focused on organic growth than ever before, Perficient still fills gaps in its portfolio via acquisition and I can say from experience that we've gotten tremendously better at it over the last three years. The attention that's been paid to making sure new employees-- organic or acquired-- have a "great start" is significant.
Yammer. We have a very active Yammer network that ties our separate offices and remote consultants-- who are a significant population themselves-- together. This is especially true in the Microsoft business unit where I work.
Internal Partners. We have a really slick in-house design agency that delivers fantastic UI, mobile and customer experiences on top of our technology platforms. It's a huge relief to be connected to large SharePoint or Sitecore projects and know that you don't have to outsource the branding or experience design, and your clients NEVER have to settle for an OOB SharePoint experience. Too, I feel like this arrangement gives us more depth both from a technical and design standpoint than the small boutique SI's that we often see competing with us for similar projects.
Channel and Relationships. Our partnership with Microsoft is the envy of many of our competitors. I'm an ex-Microsoft employee myself and I will honestly say that I'd have a hard time working for another partner simply because very, very few partner SI's understand better how to work with Redmond and the Field at all levels of both their organization and ours.Cons
I mentioned that Perficient is a company of entrepreneurs. That has its downsides; in several cases some entrepreneurs who build smaller systems integrators and then sold them to Perficient are still around. Some are great for the business, but others would be better served by cutting ties and heading back to create more startups. They sometimes serve as legacies of the siloed thinking that comes from a small business mentality, and we are not a small business.
Related to this are the Post-Acquisition Blues. Many of our offices have their roots in a one-time acquisition and there is a certain post-acquisition cycle to those offices coming on board. We've made tremendous strides in this department (as noted above) but those who prefer a small, privately-owned company will probably leave eventually. We are not that, even though many of our local offices do retain that spirit. It is a fine line between a strong local spirit and an "us against the world" mentality that some (always eventually unsuccessful) teams have adopted, though. To succeed as part of a larger team, you need to be a team player. Happily, most of the bad apples seem to have moved on, from our business unit at least.
I've had to let a few people go over the last two years, and some of them were very solid professionals. All of them were very good people. These situations ALWAYS suck, for everyone involved. Unfortunately, the other thing they had in common was that their skills were very hard to sell in a pro services organization focused on the platforms and projects we focus on. You have to make hard choices in running a business and sometimes that includes focusing on your core service lines to the exclusion of smaller, less profitable sidelines-- things you could indulge in a private company but not when you are accountable to shareholders.Advice to ManagementAdvice
Well, as I mentioned above, we have very open lines of communication to management, and I also happen to be an advocate of open and honest communication. Our management probably already receives more advice from me than they really need. ;)RecommendsPositive Outlook
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The process took 3 weeks – interviewed at Perficient.Interview Details
There are several steps prior to meeting face-to-face with the team, including a phone screen for personality/culture fit and another one for a skills fit. From there, there are face-to-face interviews to discuss the role and expectations. Every candidate for every role is also asked to do a writing sample.Interview Questions
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