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I have been working at Unicon full-time
Above average benefits. Family friendly.
Its a consulting company with a flat hierarchy so there really are no advancement opportunities other than meaningless title changes. Non-technical project managers are at the top of the pecking order.
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Getting an Interview
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I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Unicon (Gilbert, AZ).
Enjoyable and complete process. I like that when a company does due diligence in interviewing. First a phone interview. That interviewer was not organized in her questions and we mostly chatted. It was enjoyable. The feedback I got was that I "seemed low energy" in the phone call, but got better energy as it went along. So, make sure you have a good phone voice before the interview. Then 2 hours of 2 person panel interviews in person. Again, I found the interviewers a bit disorganized in their process. In the first interview I felt one person did not engage with me, no eye contact, and she seemed unhappy. I didn't know if it was with me or with something going on at work or personal life. I had been told that all Unicorn interview experiences had been positive so I was concerned. The other person in the first interview was enthusiastic and I began to be sold on the experience of working at Unicon. The second panel interview was similar but both people seemed to engage with me. They REALLY sold me on the company. I became very enamored of the chance to work for the company. The final interview was one hour with a VP, a very personable man. Enjoyable conversation. He was a much better interviewer, very savvy and organized in his approach. Not that I didn't enjoy the initial interviews, just a different approach. As an experienced interviewer and interviewee I appreciated and enjoyed it. At the end, he told me I would hear soon with a smile and a twinkle. My only two concerns at that point were the lady who didn't seem to like me in the panel interview, the one comment from the phone interview, and that the HR person was NEVER there when I was there. The recruiting company had also built my hopes up, telling me they felt I had the job in the bag, that all the feedback was positive, and that smile at the end of the last interview sort of made me feel that I might get an offer. But the next day I got a call from the recruiter and his voice was not happy. I didn't get him called back but I already knew. I was hoping that the news would be only partially bad, that maybe I didn't get this particular opening but that they would consider me for another opening. I was busy at work for two days finishing a high pressure assignment, so I finally called the consulting company to find out my feedback. The first remark of feedback was "they felt you hadn't been working in a high pressure environment for some time and the next contracts are high pressure"… I actually LOL'd on that one because my current job has been quite high pressure, especially this summer. I felt that perhaps there was an element of age-ism disguised in that comment, but I could be wrong. The second comment was that "they wanted me to get more PM experience". This was surprising because during the process itself, I got mixed messages on the PM side of my resume. First I was told that it was good, then I was told that they really only wanted "straight BAs" no PM experience. And it was also disappointing because if they really do want to hire me, I am definitely going to have to leave my current position to get more PM experience, so it might be a while before I am looking again. However, also disappointing was the lack of feedback as to whether this decision meant they would never hire me, or whether I would be in the running still for future opportunities at the company. My advice to the company is make it clearer via recruiters whether it is a turn-down -- you are not a fit for OUR company -- or if it is a temporary turndown -- we didn't think you were the best fit for the current position but would encourage you to keep applying.
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