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The Worst Project You Have Ever Been Involved In

 
#1 The Worst Project You Have Ever Been Involved In
05/11/2010 12:25

Just 4 Giggles

What's the worst project you've ever been involved in and why?

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#2 RE: The Worst Project You Have Ever Been Involved In
05/11/2010 12:34

MPP to Just 4 Giggles (#1)

version 4 for Mac - it was completely half-hearted, was missing a lot of features, and those that were included didn't work half the time

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#3 RE: The Worst Project You Have Ever Been Involved In
05/11/2010 12:42

rc to Just 4 Giggles (#1)

ACN, DWP-predecessor in Litham, massive dinosaur development project, 16 hour days for weeks, psychotically competitive stream leads, **** the staff attitude by ACN mgt

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#4 RE: The Worst Project You Have Ever Been Involved In
05/11/2010 14:36

┬┐Que? to rc (#3)

Perhaps if you wrote in plain English we might understand why the DWP project was so bad...what have the dinosaurs got to do with it?

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#5 RE: The Worst Project You Have Ever Been Involved In
05/11/2010 14:42

PA person to ¿Que? (#4)

Most of the projects I worked on when I was with PA were a blooming disaster.

Unlike the T5 baggage handling project or the lost memory stick, which were just an unmitigated disgrace

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#6 RE: The Worst Project You Have Ever Been Involved In
05/11/2010 15:28

Happy to be free from PA to PA person (#5)

Worst project: Dept of Health merger of three commissions. Insane project timetable (total of 6 months to merge offices/HR/IT/Staff from start to finish), totally under-resourced and high levels of stress for all involved.

Of course, this was a PA Consulting project. My experience at PA was that they seemed to sell projects frequently under-staffed (to make them cheaper?) and totally mis-managed client expectations. Result was consultants were abused/over-worked, unhappy, and mental breakdowns/illness due to stress seemed to be frequent.

I've never posted about my terrible experience at PA before, because it seems I'm one of hundreds on this forum who felt the same! Working at PA was my worst career move. So glad I'm happy at another consultancy- where they actually care about their employees and their happiness!

(sorry if you all have heard this before on this forum-don't need to start another "PA is evil" thread)

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#7 RE: The Worst Project You Have Ever Been Involved In
05/11/2010 16:13

WorstJobber to Happy to be free from PA (#6)

Six weeks in Singapore doing a programming job well beyond my capabilities. Worked my bottom off. Didn't believe in what we were doing. Hated the place.

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#8 RE: The Worst Project You Have Ever Been Involved In
13/11/2010 07:08

Joppie to Just 4 Giggles (#1)

We came to the manufacturing facility to work on a process improvement program which turned out to be a head-count reduction exercise. When this came clear to the team (and the employees) the project became a HUGE disaster and nobody wanted to work with us anymore. It was my point-of-no return and decided to leave the company. So in a way it was good that I worked on this project, because (1) I left this crap company and found a much better job and (2) I learned "how-not-to-do-projects".

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#9 RE: The Worst Project You Have Ever Been Involved In
13/11/2010 10:26

Anon to Joppie (#8)

I sympathise with the "Happy to be free from PA" poster. I still sometimes have a recurring nightmare about working at PA and a particular string of incidents that wakes me up in a panic. The relief when I realise I'm in bed and working for a decent company now is incredible.

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#10 RE: The Worst Project You Have Ever Been Involved In
03/04/2011 00:45

NotTheSharpestTool to Just 4 Giggles (#1)

My worst project is my current one. A micro-manager SE who gets involved everywhere, is strongly opinionated, doesn't understand technology but can 'spin' amazingly. Can't wait for May's laddering so I can leave!

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#11 RE: The Worst Project You Have Ever Been Involved In
04/04/2011 05:34

Cp to Just 4 Giggles (#1)

i worked on a software gig once that was such a failure, the client ended our contract and sued us for over $10M!

The consulting company was a mid-sized IT consulting outfit. Of course, they counter-sued, claiming premature breakage of the contract. Currently in the mediation process.

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#12 RE: The Worst Project You Have Ever Been Involved In
10/04/2011 19:51

LC1 to Happy to be free from PA (#6)

Which company have you (Anon & Happy to be free from PA) moved to from PA where work-life sounds so much better?? Thanks.

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