Wednesday, January 10, 2007


"Competence, like truth, beauty and contact lenses, is in the eye of the beholder." ~ Laurence J. Peter

I wrote an incredibly lengthy post today on why I don't like consultants but, after re-reading it, I decided it was a little too long so I am just going to say I don't like consultants.

Consultants once decided that I was not qualified to do a job that I had been tremendously successful at for over 13 years at another company, and suggested the company hire me in a completely different type of position, one at which I had virtually no experience and was completely incapable of performing. Eventually, I had to leave. It was the first time I ever voluntarily left a job because I was incompetent. It was humiliating.

Incidentally, one of that company's best employees was a woman who had worked for me at the other company. She was one of their best because I trained her.

But consultants said I didn't have the right personality traits for that particular position.

I didn't fit.

Later, I was re-hired at a position I had done previously at a certain company but at a substantially lower starting wage than before. Why lower? Because in my absence, the company had hired consultants to help hem produce more profits.

More profits at the expense of their employees.

I suppose consultants have done wonderful things for many companies, but according to my personal experience, they are more a hindrance than a benefit.


Henry said...

Those who can, do; those who can't, consult!

BB-Idaho said...

Retired after working for three companies. Went through the gamut from "zero Defects""6Sigma".
Not only are these things frauds, they typically alter 'culture' negatively. Dante surely has a level for them! Geez, don't get me going.....