The Good, Bad & Ugly PowerBuilder Consulting Firms?
I haven’t written about this subject before, and it should be easy to guess why I am writing about it now. Yes, I made the mistake of leaving a nice work-from-home PowerBuilder contract with a Fortune 100 company for promises of big-money with another company. The work went fine but the paychecks did not, I worked for well over a month before I finally received one payment and was promised payment within seven days. Finally I cut my losses short and am still fighting to get paid for work completed months ago. There are some ugly companies our there and there needs to be a place to talk about them and this is as good a place as any.
Promises of big money don’t mean anything if you aren’t paid.
If you have legitimate complaints of a consulting firm and you’d like to see them in the “Ugly” list simply provide me with facts about the situation. As long as we are on the up-and-up factually i will gladly try to help you out, simply reply via email at rich at this domain name dot com.
I would gladly share exceptionally good experiences too, I think we developers need a place to go to see who the good-guys and bad-guys are after all we have to go through the background-checks every time we switch contracts as if we are some criminal or something why shouldn’t we be checking them out too?
Good List – PowerBuilder Consulting Firms
I have nothing but good to say about them, have worked for them for a combined ten years and never a complaint. They are a class-act organization and I would LOVE to go back to work for CDI. If you are looking for a contract anywhere in the world I recommend you contact CDI. Not sure if Andrea Keene still works for them but she was awesome.
I am still undecided on UST-Global because there is a significant promise that was made and not yet delivered and it is looking like they will be on the bad-list. I am awaiting to hear back from them today or tomorrow.
Bad & Ugly List – PowerBuilder Consulting Firms
The reason Swinsoft is put in the Ugly list is that they failed to pay on time repeatedly completely ignoring what was specified in the contract. After almost two months and getting a first paycheck Mohan said, “I forgot we told you that we’d pay you within seven days of approved time-sheet, why didn’t you let me know instead of going to management about it?”. I had been complaining that I needed a check for three weeks what else was I supposed to do? I’ve gotten promises it was wired, then the next day told they needed a “SWIFT” number because my bank was unusual. I’ve been given FED EX numbers that don’t exist in the system 36 hours after they said they sent the check.
Getting a paycheck was like pulling teeth or worse. Once you leave them getting money becomes even more difficult, they will offer you a “settlement” amount, which in my case was two days less than the time worked and without a two-week severance offered by primary consulting firm UST-Global.
This information is factual to the best of my knowledge, if agent of Swinsoft desires I can provide proof of my statements within two weeks if they request it in writing.
|Swinsoft Corporate Headquarters|
|13405 Folsom Blvd, Suite 750,|
|Folsom, CA 95630|
How to perform background checks on consulting firms
Step One - Check Government Sources
All businesses in the USA are regulated for trade by the Federal Trade Commission. The FTC helps foster good consumer protection guidelines and help investigate and disallow unfair trade practice, or things such as business monopolies.
Financial firms are regulated by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC.GOV)
Law firms are regulated by the American Bar Association (ABA)
Public Records Search for Property Tax Records or Lawsuit records can be done on the internet or you can ask your attorney to perform a search.
The BBB makes company info public to consumers and grades them with an A to F grade. They offer services in business ethics, truth in advertising, fraud prevention, consumer education, business education, and dispute resolution between consumers and businesses.
This step will cost you some money but it may be good insurance or piece of mind to know that the firm you are working with is not in bad financial health, if they were to file bankruptcy you could end up receiving no money from them, and you may incur substantial legal fees trying to chase bad money with good money.
The choices are D&B, Experian, Equifax and they all charge fees of $30 to $100+
Get a business credit report from a business reporting service. Business credit reports and background reports are available from Dun and Bradstreet, Experian, Smart Business Reports, Equifax and Lexis Nexis. All charge a fee for their services but keep reliable and accurate information on businesses; fees range from $30 to $100 or more, per report.
What should you expect if you work with CDI Corporation?
- Expect perfection, they have everything figured out.
- If I had to pick a negative about CDI it would be that they have a somewhat high turn-over rate in employees so you are always having to meet a new manager, but this is nit-picking. CDI is a class-act organization and I would not hesitate to refer anyone to them, they certainly would not engage in not paying a consultant.
CDI Corporation Grade: A
Consulting firms want, want, want; is it the only thing they know?
How many times have you talked with a recruiter that told you that you need to start the new contract as soon as possible, even give no notice to your current firm? They expect you to leave with no notice to your current firm but when the tables are turned they threaten legal action or at minimum get very angry about it.
How many times were you promised something, or something would happen after the first ten weeks, or first three months? Maybe they said you could start traveling home on Fridays’ after the first three months, then when the time rolls around they forget about it.
When filling out the paperwork for a new contract they are ringing your phone every hour on the hour making sure you complete all the paperwork, but when it comes time for you to get paid they are mysteriously difficult to notify.
I can whine and complain all I want but the truth is I didn’t do my homework and now a seasoned professional who thought they have seen everything got taught a new lesson.
How to do a background check on your consulting firm