Frequently Asked Questions

What is Parker Dewey?

Parker Dewey is a consulting firm that helps companies more effectively complete tasks and improve hiring. We do this by contracting with college students and recent graduates who want to work on these projects so that they can generate income while demonstrating capabilities and gaining practical experience.

Consultant benefits

  • Experience - work on interesting projects and explore career options
  • Relationships - develop your network with potential employers
  • Access - demonstrate your capabilities
  • Income – earn money for completing the engagement

Client benefits

  • Flexibility - access resources when you need them, and you set the requirements
  • Ease - use it the way you want without the administrative burden
  • Insight – identify those with the skill and cultural fit
  • Risk-free - no cost to join or obligation to use

How long does it take to register as a consultant?

In under five minutes an individual can create a profile to register as a consultant. There are no video interviews, tests, courses, credit cards, or ePortfolios required. We simply want to understand a bit about your education and experiences.

How long does it take a company to post a project?

In under five minutes companies can either create custom assignments or can use our Project Builder templates to adapt one of the existing projects in our library. Interested candidates can be reviewed and selected quickly, and clients set the timing as to when a deliverable is expected.

What is a typical engagement?

Companies retain Parker Dewey to provide services across a variety of departments, industries, and organization sizes. The assignments are comparable to those typically given to skilled new hires such as conducting market research, performing financial analyses, assisting in lead generation, and crafting internal and external communication materials.

Who at the company engages and works with Parker Dewey?

Parker Dewey’s point of contact at clients include individuals representing human resources, sales, marketing, finance, operations, and just about every other department.

Furthermore, since the consultants are highly skilled and have the experience or completed the prerequisite coursework to prepare them to execute these engagements, companies do not need to provide managerial oversight or control.

How long do the projects take?

Most clients request that the deliverable be submitted between one week and one month after the launch, and completion often requires between 5 and 40 hours of work. For larger projects, it is recommended that clients unbundle these into shorter, more defined assignments as this provides maximum flexibility.

What is the cost of engaging Parker Dewey?

Like the other project criteria, each of our clients determines the engagement cost. Please contact us at info@parkerdewey.com and we would be happy to work with you on determining an appropriate range. Beyond the cost of the engagement itself, there are no additional fees charged by Parker Dewey.

Are the consultants required to be on site or remote?

Clients determine if they want a project completed on site, remotely, or through a combination.

How do consultants apply to work on an engagement?

Once a consultant registers with Parker Dewey, he or she can review current project requests. This provides details of the engagement including the expected deliverable, anticipated time commitment, due date, industry, and fee that the consultant will earn. If a consultant has interest, he or she can apply with a single click, though some clients do have project-specific follow-up questions. Upon the client’s decision, he or she is then notified of the next steps.

How do clients select the interested consultants?

Since each client best understands the skills, profile, and personality required to successfully execute a project, it is up to the company to determine how it wants to evaluate candidates. Given the short-term nature of the engagements and the consulting relationship, this is typically much more streamlined than the process of making a hiring decision. Many organizations select a consultant based solely upon the individual’s profile, though some pose specific question, request work samples, or conduct phone interviews.

How is this different from a staffing firm?

Parker Dewey exclusively works with skilled career launchers, those students or recent university graduates who want to demonstrate their skills while forming professional relationships. As a result, the work quality is superior as the consultants are focused on exceeding expectations and are interested in full-time opportunities (unlike some temporary labor that may be just interested in the paycheck or lack the characteristics that would make them successful in a full-time role). In addition, engagements are completed on a fixed-fee basis as opposed to the hourly model favored by most providers of temporary labor.

Unlike staffing firms, both Parker Dewey’s clients and consultants determine if there is mutual interest, ensuring a better working relationship as they best understand if the assignment, skills, and personality required to successfully execute a project are aligned. This means that consultants work on assignments that interest them, and clients are not stuck with who a staffing firm thinks is a good fit (or, more likely, has sitting on the bench).

Furthermore, to the extent that there is interest between the client and consultant in pursuing a full-time role or internship, unlike many other organizations there is no fee due to Parker Dewey. In fact, we LOVE when we can help facilitate a mutually beneficial full-time professional opportunity.

Are there differences from internships, co-ops, and other college consulting programs?

Internships, co-ops, and college consulting engagements have a much more significant commitment with limited flexibility. These types of programs tend to last at least ten weeks, are timed around the academic calendar, and require significant oversight to plan and manage.

In comparison, Parker Dewey offers flexibility around project length and timing, and provides immediate access to talent. This permits the consultants to determine their availability, while allowing the project to be completed according to a client’s schedule and needs. Since each consultant is expected to have the expertise to successfully complete the engagement on his or her own, clients do not need to provide the support typical for an intern.

Similar to an internship or co-op program, Parker Dewey does provide an excellent way to evaluate an individual’s cultural and skill fit with a company should a full-time hiring need arise. In fact, companies gain an even better perspective since the nature of an engagement allows the specific performance of the individual to be assessed in a work environment that is more relevant than that of an internship, co-op, or structured college consulting program.

What is the quality of the work?

Clients should expect work quality comparable to that of a skilled intern or new hire. As career launchers, the consultants are focused on exceeding expectations as they seek to demonstrate their skills. In addition, the consultants have access to resources typically not available to those other than industry veterans.

Does a consultant or client receive any feedback?

Upon completion of the engagement, both the consultant and the client have the opportunity to provide feedback. The review of the consultant includes an overall rating along with an evaluation of the performance in five specific areas: timeliness, communication, quality, presentation, and skill level. In addition, clients can offer confidential feedback directly to the consultant, providing professional development similar to what an individual might receive from a mentor.

Consultants also have the opportunity to provide feedback to the client. Not only does this offer insights on the experience itself, but it also provides a company with additional perspective on the way it is viewed by potential new hires.

How does the payment process work?

No payment is required to post a project or evaluate consultants. Payment is made to Parker Dewey only at the time the engagement begins (i.e. the specific consultant is selected by the client). Parker Dewey holds these funds in escrow until the completion of the project is approved by the client.

Payment for this business service can be made via credit card, electronic bank transfer, or check. We are also willing to work directly with our clients if any other methods are preferred.

Are there any fees?

Beyond the cost of the engagement, there are no additional fees charged by Parker Dewey. There are no additional costs to register, serve as a consultant, or access Parker Dewey’s content library.

Furthermore, Parker Dewey encourages its clients to hire consultants for internships or as full-time employees. To the extent that there is interest between the client and consultant, there is no fee due to Parker Dewey from either party. In fact, we LOVE when we can help facilitate a mutually beneficial full-time professional opportunity.

Are the consultants who complete the engagements employees or contractors of the clients?

Parker Dewey provides services to clients on a fixed fee. The specific consultants working on these engagements are not employees or 1099 independent contractors of our clients, therefore there is no administrative burden.

In short, no. We make it really, really easy.

Are these engagements confidential?

All consultants are subject to the Nondisclosure and Assignment agreements included in the Terms of Use. Beyond the legal ramifications of violating this agreement, it is presumed that the consultants understand the impact that violation of these agreements would have on their opportunities for future employment and the status of their relationship with their university. To the extent a client would like to supplement this with its own Nondisclosure and / or Assignment agreements it may do so directly with the consultant.

How does a consultant present an engagement on a resume or LinkedIn profile?

Consultants are independent contractors and therefore not employees of either Parker Dewey or its clients. As such, it is recommended that consultants categorize these experiences under the heading “Independent Consultant” and highlight each engagement separately or by category. Consultants are subject to the Nondisclosure Agreement in the Terms of Use, and therefore should be sensitive to the level of detail provided. Consultants may request that a client review the content or can email Parker Dewey for feedback at info@parkerdewey.com.