I heard their contract durations have dropped from months if not years to a few weeks. Seems to me you cannot learn someones business and build systems in that amount of time. Therefore I was wondering if their road warriors had become mostly tuning mercinaries. Arrive, tune bottlenecks, exit.
I've worked with some TUSC consultants a little while back. Their overall experience is fairly extensive, and they have the knowledge base to back them up (like most reputable consultings companies).
I've personally known some folks that have worked there also .... they work long hours, have to wear a suit-and-tie (yuk!). But I would say that if you want to be part of a well-known/well-respected company; then join TUSC. One of the guys started out as a Remote-DBA, got involved in some consulting projects for them, travelled quiet a bit-but got a nice bonus at the end of the project too.
Right now some TUSC consultants are working with us to
help tune some applications and build up data warehouse.
To be honest, they are not so impressive.
I don't think they are better than some DBAs active here.
But they are really talkative and know how to present themselves.