October 5, 2021

What Does Bench Time Look Like at phData?

By Mitch Rudolph

Working for a consulting company comes with several unique and meaningful advantages but it’s often a misconception that when you’re in-between projects, not doing billable work, AKA on the “bench,” your job is in jeopardy.

While this may be true for other consulting services companies, at phData, bench time is an exciting opportunity for our employees to learn, grow, and recharge.

In this blog, we’ll demystify bench time at phData.

phData’s Approach to Bench Time

Bench time at phData is much more productive than it sounds. It’s a time for our employees to earn extra money, further their professional education, and contribute back to the organization. 

Employees are often given the chance to choose their destiny while on the bench. Whether that’s getting certified in a new technology stack through our phData Academy, writing a thought-leadership article to fuel our marketing engine, or stepping up to help another team — there’s a lot of opportunities to thrive during bench time at phData.

This really depends. In some cases, it only lasts a single day while in other instances, it can be as long as a month until your next project opportunity is ready to engage.

We can say with confidence that your job is not in jeopardy when you’re on the bench. This is a time to contribute back to the business in other ways.

What Do phData Employees Usually Do While on the Bench?

Like we mentioned earlier, there’s a lot of exciting and meaningful opportunities to explore while on the bench. Here are a few examples you can expect:

At phData, we’ve developed a number of internal software products that are all designed to help our customers automate and streamline their workflows within popular data platforms like Snowflake and AWS. When our employees are on the bench, they are often involved with the improvement, development, or consultation of our internal engineering program. This can be anything from debugging issues to solving completely new challenges.

A screenshot from the phData website that highlights the company's internal software

phData is built around a deep desire to better understand technology, which is precisely why we highly encourage our employees to pursue technology certifications. In fact, we literally give bonuses and cover fees for our employees to get certified and earn relevant technology credits through our phData Academy. Whether you’re looking to get started learning a new technology stack or want to advance your skills in a known technology, we’ve got you covered! 

Here are a few examples of major technology stacks our employees have been certified with:

  • Snowflake
  • Azure
  • Spark
  • AWS
  • Scala
  • Python

Our marketing engine is always looking for experts to help write blogs and articles on various data topics. Through our content palooza initiative, employees can receive a generous bonus for every blog post they write. Feel free to browse a few examples below:

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