Universal Consulting Services

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an opportunity to grow and work on many different facets of projects

  • Comp & Benefits
  • Work/Life Balance
  • Senior Management
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Project Manager in Fairfax, VA
Current Employee - Project Manager in Fairfax, VA

I have been working at Universal Consulting Services

Pros

Ability to work on different facets of different projects
At headquarters, ability to interface directly with senior leadership
Very accommodating to personal situations (working part-time, etc)
Ability to rise through the ranks quickly if performing well
Executive management is very accessible/open-door policy
Genuinely seem to be interested in recommendations from employees in terms of improving the company
Try to accommodate the interests of employees to help them grow professionally
Seem to have their heads on their shoulders in terms of structure within the company and how to grow the company

Cons

For employees at client site, there is a sense of disconnect from the company
Sometimes management is more worried about the bottom line than the needs of employees
Need more events that bring everyone in the company together
Don't do a good job of educating employees on the different types of projects/work the company does

Advice to ManagementAdvice

I believe there is a large dichotomy in sentiment between UCS employees at headquarters and those on client site. Employees at HQ seem to be generally satisfied and happy with the company and feel their contributions are valued. On the flip-side, it seems that many client-site employees feel that they have no visibility back to the company and that their contributions are not noticed. Senior management needs to do more to bridge this gap. Outside of that and a few other minor suggestions, I think the company is run very well and it has been a pleasure to work there.

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    UCS has provided me a rewarding career environment nurturing my growth potential

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fairfax, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fairfax, VA

    I have been working at Universal Consulting Services

    Pros

    Multiple career oppportunties with various clients and projects
    Employment not tied to a specific contract
    Tremendous coporate growth year over year - leading to quick promotions and career enhancements for good performers
    Good salary and benefits
    Social culture conducive for all age groups and backgrounds
    Open Door policy - Senior Management is always approachable and willing to listen

    Cons

    Work can be hectic at time when deadlines are close - but that is to be expected in the consulting business

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  2.  

    Incredibly responsive, effective company to both clients and employees.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Satisfied Young Employee in Fairfax, VA
    Current Employee - Satisfied Young Employee in Fairfax, VA

    I have been working at Universal Consulting Services

    Pros

    A very flat organization compared to other consulting firms. Senior management make themselves available even to new/young employees for mentoring, consulting questions, and social events (happy hours, holiday parties, etc.). Most of my collegues in entry level/junior consultant positions don't have the access to Sr. Management that I do and likely won't for the next 10-15 years of their careers.

    Very responsive to and supportive of employees. According to my knowledge, the company has never let any well performing employee go simply because their contract ended; always works to find a place for employees who want to stay on. Most large companies can't offer that.

    Corporate (HQ) environment is a phenomenal work atmosphere; great blend of professionalism and intelligence coupled with light-heartedness and ability to have a good time. Even makes going to work on Mondays manageable... how many companies can offer that?

    Pay is fair and very reasonable if you know what to ask for. Know what's fair for your skills/experience and make your work worth the pay and you'll be fairly compensated.

    All said, it's the company culture that makes UCS stand out. If there's something lacking in your experience, figure out what you can do to change/create it. If your interests/passions can benefit the company in some way, they're almost certain to support you in it (advanced training, new projects, new domains, new regional areas).

    Cons

    Like any company, individual job and manager have a big impact on one's experience. However, 99% of managers at UCS are great to work for and support their employees in every way possible.

    As a relatively small company, doesn't have the resources of larger firms (tuition assistance, pro-bono/'sabatical'/international programs, etc.). However, as the firm continues to grow I'm confidenet leadership will begin to implement these types of services.

    Some internal processes are become antiquated as the company grows. However, management has been on top of this, working to complete a number of new company-wide certifications (CMMI 2/3, ISO) and new processes to match growth. In reality these problems are consequences of tremendous growth, over 30% per year over the last 4 years, in an industry that over that same time period has continually talked about cut-backs and lay-offs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to grow company resources. Tuitition assistance, sponsored volunteering (short term and long term), and overseas opportunities will be major draws for future employees, especially the younger generation, and will have a major influence on employee retention as salaries and benefits are generally level across the industry.

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