October 13, 2011 1:40 AM Subscribe
Becoming a Consultant: After being an employee of a major consumer goods company for over six years, and climbing up the ladder very quickly, I am leaving my job to be with my fiance halfway around the world. I have a job offer to do the same as I was before, except as a consultant. What's the difference between being a consultant and a regular company full time employee?
posted by peachtree to Work & Money (7 answers total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
I've had a great career at my current company but have taken a great leap and resigned to leave at the end of this year to be with my fiance. I will be moving nearly halfway around the world to Russia, where I do not know the language. However, I happened to quickly have an inquiry with a consulting company (which my current company happens to use and I never worked with them before) about a position to do roughly the same work. I have never worked with a consultant before.
- How is it different working for a company directly versus as a consultant
- what are some perks/negative points of being a consultant?
- Do consultants have difficulty afterwards entering companies directly in the industry? Such as, what if I don't want to be a consultant in the future but want to be back direction in a business.
- Consultants have a reputation for being expensive. Does this translate directly to making more money than I would as a regular full time company employee?
- Any other things I should take note of, even in regards to Russia?
If it helps, I'm in lean manufacturing /continuous improvement. The position I am leaving is as an expat based in Asia working in a regional position, so I have experience doing heavy duty business traveling.