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Working for company but now consultant

By bsitors ·
I currently work with Company X who has numerous business dealings with Consultant Company Y. The IT dept is being outsourced (namely my position - part help desk part sys admin). Consulting Company Y is willing to hire me and provide me with tools and resources to get the job done at Company X who would then be my client. Does anyone have a bad experience they want to share? I want to make sure I have covered all bases. Thanks in advance for any replies.

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by Oldefar In reply to Working for company but ...

It seems that most companies outsource with an expectation of reduced costs and/or improved services than they could do with inside staff. This typically means that you will find yourself with either a greater workload (supporting Company X and other clients) or less compensation (salary, benefits, training, etc.). The exception is leveraged facilities - say if Consultant Company Y is operating as an xSP.

The other gotcha is when the technology you are supporting is reaching the end of itslife cycle. Some companies outsource support of systems for the last couple of years before replacement. For the technical staff that transfers under this, they can find themselves stuck with a skill set that has no market. Consultant Company Y then cuts their positions.

On the other hand, it can mean new opportunities if Consultant Company Y will allow you to move on to other accounts after some agreed to period.

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