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Fred Traversi
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  • Formerly a very great place to work, now all of that is gone.

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    Former Employee - Senior Virtualization Consultant in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Senior Virtualization Consultant in Pittsburgh, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
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    I worked at AdvizeX full-time (More than 3 years)


    There's still some pretty great people here from sales, management and especially the tech staff. You rarely hear the "That's not my job" line from anyone. There are some very smart people here for the time being. You can make pretty good money here if you are willing to be wherever the jobs are and fight for your utilization percentage. If you like to drink, they throw some great parties and there are some genuinely good people there that I still consider friends. Hope you like Vegas or Cleveland though, because that's about it. People here drink like it's an episode of Mad Men. Time between customer engagements was yours to manage for the most part and they were very generous with letting you essentially do studying or whatever you wanted to. Sometimes you'd be sitting around for months, sometimes you'd prepare for the next engagement, sometimes you'd get a call "Can you be in Chicago tomorrow?" and it was pretty nice to have that freedom. The company assisted me in moving for one of the long-term projects and was quite generous in the matter.


    A year or two ago, I would have made this 5 stars, and they would have earned it. The company I started with is no longer there. After the company was purchased (They like to call it a merger, but it's pretty clear what happened.) things just changed. It was pretty clear that the good times of being treated like an adult were over, and consultants were just treated like cattle. Margins were all they were concerned about. You will never see an increase to your base salary. Never. Get what you want when you start because it will not change. (As every other honest review says.) You'll get additional utilization bonus, but mostly at the very high utilization rates. You have to make a LOT of money for them before any of it makes it's way down to you. Most of the perks are gone. They play up the family-culture of the company, but it's really just the old boys club. Expenses and travel were all cut-rate by the time I left. They will expect you to travel when it's cheapest even if it means spending extra days or weeks somewhere. It's all about bottom line for using the consultants as cheaply as possible. And even when you do a good job, or you sacrifice for them, you can just expect more of the same and have to fight for every dollar. You'll frequently get to see what the numbers are on projects and think "Wow... They make all that money off my work, but I can't upgrade to a better seat on the plane for $20?" Recognition comes in the form of a jacket or trinket trophy until you get to the top, and it's pretty full up there. It essentially doesn't matter how hard you work or how willing you are to take on assignments or volunteer for work and help out. I moved all over the country and took on long projects and was always praised by my customers, and when they were done, there was no warning, no severance, nothing. I was just waiting for my next project and was instead told I was just gone. I never once turned down a single project, a move of thousands of miles for a long term client, or emergency call, or even volunteering to help. So, keep that in mind if you are looking to accept an offer here. From top performer to gone, no warning, no notice, nothing. The new managers are pretty inept and only serve as a mouthpiece to the senior management, who are always far too busy to address any concerns. So expect to fight for every little thing and get no support. If there ever is an issue with a customer, you can expect zero support from any of the managers. There is no test lab. They say there's one. There is technically a place where they claim to have a lab and there is equipment there, but it is impossible to use in any useful manner. So be prepared to have your own lab or use customer's equipment.

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    I had previously written an unfair and far too harsh review, that I have revised after feedback from the senior management. (6 months later... So that's still the same.) I don't have any animosity against the company really, I just really miss what the company used to be. I wanted to be there for decades and work my way up, so I was very disappointed with the changes and the way I was just dumped by them after I was willing to do so much. I do, however, want to warn others about drinking that company kool aid and being told that you'll be rewarded for working hard. It's a lot of liars, infighting, and watching the guys at the top brag about how rich we've made them. Empty promises. You're disposable to them. Don't forget that. And that's the reason for my review. Good technical managers are essential to any IT organization and having managers that are willing to go to bat for their employees is so important. The new batch of middle managers was incredibly cut-rate and just led to the downfall of the company from the consultant's perspective. I heard the same thing from a lot of my team members. Perks are really appreciated and make consultants feel a lot better about how hard they work. Being denied a nice hotel to relax and frequently do more work in, in a new city, and having to be on a peasant's budget because of profit margins... It makes all of your talk about how important the consultants are just lip service. Let people live a little. Citing how much you've expanded the company and how many more people you've hired doesn't address any concerns. It just shows that you've gotten a lot more people to buy in on the story. Growth and performance and quoting figures on increasing headcount is irrelevant to my complaints. If you've changed and there are actual internal opportunities, I commend you on it. Sounds like the typical nonsense you get here though. Ask about a problem, get a sales pitch and figures and how great the company is... and no solution to the problems.

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