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unpakwon

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Could you please explain what the following in bold mean?

1. I have worked for several consulting organizations where there was a practice of laying off any individuals who were not working on any specific projects and non-billable for any length of time.

Is this saying "not paid?"

2. I recommend that you systematically evaluate your project and organization. Determine the playing field for your project and for the organization. Try to determine determine the values and culture.

I know the literal meaning of the above. What is it saying figuratively?

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1 It means they were not able to charge.
2 The scope of operations; a level laying field is where everybody has an equal chance.
 

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I have worked for several consulting organizations where there was a practice of laying off any individuals who were not working on any specific projects and non-billable for any length of time.

If they are not working on any projects for clients, then their are no clients to send invoices to for payment. the company cannot bill any clients for the work done by these people. So they are paying a wage/salary, and they are not earning any money for the company.
 

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I see. Thank you all for the help.
 
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