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Promise the world but don't deliver
Anonymous (Former Employee), Pittsburgh, PAApril 14, 2014
Pros: this is good work experience and a nice résumé builder.
Cons: they under pay, make hollow promises, find excuses to not promote, expect unpaid work on top of your client work, and will throw you under the bus in a heartbeat.
This company will make big promises of advancement but when it finally comes up on review time they will make excuses why they aren't going to give you a raise or promotion. Usually they will say you have not done enough SDLC work (unpaid work).

The SDLC work is essentially volunteer work that they expect you to do on a weekly basis. It doesn't matter – more... if you are putting in 60+ hours a week and getting raving reviews from the client, they expect you to use your personal time to do this work.

If you are looking for a good, fair employer that will deliver what they promise, look to absolutely any other company. They look at each employee as expendable. – less
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Great consultancy for those with drive and ambition.
Senior Consultant (Former Employee), Pittsburgh, PAApril 9, 2014
Pros: challenging opportunities.
Cons: demanding clients.
Worked closely with leaders within the consultancy to drive output both internally and externally. Good guidance by Principals. Great company atmosphere. Solid co-workers and selection process.
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No Client Diversity
Consultant II (Former Employee), Pittsburgh, PAFebruary 12, 2014
Pros: ok compensation for the area. most co-workers are decent.
Cons: most everything
No client diversity, if client contract ends and you’re sent to the bench and may never return. 90% of SDLC business is Highmark. The company thinks very highly of themselves and likes to present themselves as an Accenture type organization, they are not. There are many meetings and events where they will tell you how great they are doing, how much – more... money they are making, and how many people they are hiring. (The meetings are on employee time and you’re expected to make up any time spent away from the client)

SDLC is finding it hard to grow as Highmark cuts back on contract work so in turn SDLC’s business is reduced along with staff.

Joining this company was a huge mistake, I would have been better off as Highmark employee. They present everything to be great but it’s far from good. The health insurance is expensive both in premiums and deductibles. There is a 401k but they do not match. (Managements answer that people don’t leave because of a 401k) To anyone thinking of joining this company, DO NOT they are a glorified staffing agency. They say they offer training programs but deny requests for additional training.

There is no company culture, quarterly meetings are held with practice leaders and staff. That may be the only time you see these people since almost 100% of your time is spent at the client site. These are simply hooray for SDLC meetings so they feel important. – less
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Don't work here
Business Analyst (Former Employee), Monroeville, PAJanuary 26, 2014
Pros: coworkers are great
Cons: don't expect any more than 2% raises
Communication is lacking between the client and SDLC.
•Unless you have the tech skills to move to Consultant II level, there really isn't anywhere to go after a year.
• Training process is severely lacking.
•Extreme gossip and office politics.
•The work is repetitive and tedious, wonderful for dull type A personalities, torturous for outgoing type B.
•Lack – more... of meaningful stimulation in a cubicle farm.
•Big Brother environment.
•SDLC wants you to promote their company by brown-nosing in your free time.
•You aren't paid for attending mandatory company meetings, you must use your own break time—your payment is in pizza.
• As an employee, you're easily discarded. If you don't quickly live up to the high expectations of the client, you'll be replaced immediately with a fresh-faced recent grad. – less
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Management doesn't care
Consultant at Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield (Former Employee), Pittsburgh, PASeptember 23, 2013
Cons: critical thinking is not required, company not interested in employees beyond how they can profit from them
If you come in at the bottom tier, you'll stay there. Everyone is looking out for themselves and management most of all. Firm is most interested in profit and does little to foster relationships beyond what makes the company look good. Hires mostly newly graduated college age people and people with visas, because they offer the cheapest labor to clients. – more... No training upon introduction to client. Quality is not a priority. – less
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Typical Consulting Environment
Consultant II, QA Analyst (Former Employee), Pittsburgh, PAAugust 16, 2013
Great location and well established client companies.
Competitive pay but poor benefits package.
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"Entrepreneurial" Consulting Firm
Consultant (Current Employee), Pittsburgh, PAJuly 12, 2013
A mid-sized IT and Business consulting firm provides somewhat more options for advancement, but at the cost of somewhat low pay scales. Upper management is genuinely open to employee opinion and ideas, but can sometimes be slow to act on issues that would significantly improve employee satisfaction. Direct managers and leads are fantastic and take care – more... of their people. – less
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Great working environment and opportunities to advance
HEALTHCARE INSURANCE CONSULTANT (Current Employee), Monroeville, PAOctober 15, 2012
Pros: flexible scheduling, free lunches/dinners, and my co-workers
Cons: short lunch breaks
I've learned to multi-task effectively on multiple projects and effectively prioritize my work to ensure projects meet their particular deadlines. I've also learned to be very detail-oriented and a lot about healthcare.

A typical day in the office is to sort my work from newest to oldest assignments in my database and start working my way up from the – more... oldest to the newest to maintain progress. I've been rewarded for my performance by receiving 100% audit scores for exceptional performance for 3-4 months consecutively, and strive to maintain a high quality score consistently.

The hardest part of my job is making sure the work is done correctly and efficiently, as there are several rules and guidelines for each task. The most enjoyable part of my would be the rewards and appreciation by managers for doing a job well done, and the satisfaction of meeting the client's needs. – less