My years at Xcenda started out well. I believed I was both wanted and accepted and looked forward to the opportunity to contribute and grow in the organization.
The amount of work required quickly became ridiculous with no time for a life outside of work. 60-80 hours per week was the norm and when launching new teams it was consistently at the high end of that level for weeks.
A core group of managers made it clear that it was their way or the highway. There was no room for contributions outside of the clique. Other departments didn't work this way and those associates seemed to enjoy their work experience.
New hires were flat out mislead and often gave up careers of 15 years or more to take on a position that could be eliminated within 1 year when a contract with a client terminated. Everyone was led to believe that there were growth opportunities, when in fact, while on a client's team, you were stuck for at least two years and potentially longer if you were transferred to another new team.
Any opportunity elsewhere within the organization, including the parent company, required skill sets that unless you already have, you were not allowed to develop on the job. Essentially you were pigeon holed.
The clients were generally good to work with and it certainly allowed for some interesting learning opportunities. A typical week involved multiple phone meetings, both individual and group on Monday and Friday with travel starting Monday afternoon and ending Thursday evening. Friday was administrative day with tons of reports and paperwork and spending hours dealing with the arcane expense report system.
I would not recommend working at Xcenda to anyone.
There are plenty of good people at the company and they do outstanding work. However, the senior leadership allows free reign despite numerous complaints and even lawsuits. It defies logic, but it continues. One can only assume that the business line remains profitable.
The best part of the job was working with the team members in the field and in person during client educational meetings.