Hitachi Consulting
3.2 of 5 345 reviews
www.hitachiconsulting.com Dallas, TX 1000 to 5000 Employees

Hitachi Consulting Reviews

Updated May 30, 2014
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Hitachi Consulting President and CEO Philip R. Parr

Philip R. Parr

(168 ratings)

60% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Adventures of a Road Warrior

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsEvery project is different, which means some projects are great and filled with awesome people. Hitachi is one of the few companies around that pays out per diem rather than actuals, which really makes being a road warrior worth it. There are plenty of travel opportunities, and you are able to take advantage of the points (airline, hotel, etc.) easily. In general, you can work from home on Friday, and managers tend to be understanding of time off for doctors appointments that you cannot take care of during the week.

    ConsFirst of all, every region is different. I have heard many different stories and experiences from all over the country, and it seems to depend on where you are at. This is my experience from my location.

    -There is a huge push to try and force an office community. This means many clubs, after work events, corporate get-togethers. This is nice, and is a good way to get to know people, but it should be my choice to go, and my annual review should not reflect how active I am in these activities. Our annual review process seems more hinged on how many groups you are involved in, rather than the quality and effort of your work.

    -When hired straight out of school (or with limited experience), you are placed in a core group. This is billed as a great opportunity to build your skills and try new areas. However, in practice, you will be placed wherever they can put you so that the company can make money. This means that once you have any sort of experience in one area, you will stay in that area til the end of time. In theory, you can work your way into the career direction that you would like, but in hard economic times like these, it's highly unlikely.

    -The annual review process is very drawn out, and very secretive. Like most consulting firms, you are represented by an adviser who presents you in a meeting and fights to get you a fair ranking (from 1-5). You are compared amongst your peers in your level (which means you are compared against some people who are creating applications from scratch as well as people who create training documentation. While both are valid and necessary portions of the job, there are extreme differences in the level of effort and skill sets that are needed to complete each project). You do not get to represent yourself. Your performance evaluation hinges on someone who may have never worked with you, and may have only spoken with you for a few hours out of the year. Results are released about two months after ratings have been determined by the group. This delay is caused by the "Secret" review that is undergone by the executive levels. They will fight to keep all reviews within a bell curve, and will change ratings as necessary to keep that perfect curve. This results in some people unfairly being rated negatively to keep that curve. And again, in this review, your participation in the extra community building teams is HIGHLY taken into consideration.

    -Some other reviews have nailed the big problem with our clients. We accept projects that no other firm would accept. These are projects with unrealistic expectations (work that they want completed within 6 weeks, that realistically is going to take 6 months). When all the other firms walk away, we step right in and, in most cases, fail because we are not set up to succeed.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPeople are leaving in droves. I have heard the excuse that "they are just not meant for consulting". If this is the case, why do people go to other consulting firms? Listen to your employees, and maybe these talented performers will start staying.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Two words, not good. Pretty disappointing. Ppl are not friendly, particularly the staff that runs the office. Puppy Mill

    Manager, Specialized Services (Current Employee)

    Pros- Could look good in resume
    - Exposure to clients issues could be the saving grace to working here. This is where the learning happens.

    Cons- terrible culture
    - work ethics (many don't respond to emails)
    - Very hierarchical management style (look up, not down)
    - difficult to get anything done that is not billable
    - poor training
    - sink or swim

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Has generally been very good, but in the last couple of years with new leadership in the US, things have deteriorated.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGood, fun, smart people on projects

    ConsUS Leadership team lacks ability to lead and motivate people. Vertical Industry teams are hostile to horizontal Solutons teams

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Horrible work environment

    Project Manager (Current Employee)
    Irvine, CA

    ProsBig company
    Brand name
    Can't really think of much more than that

    ConsDisorganized
    Left hand does not know what right hand is doing

    Advice to Senior ManagementFollow through on commitments. Promises are made and never delivered.
    Care about employees

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Terrible company to work for

    Director (Former Employee)
    San Jose, CA

    ProsHitachi Brand;
    Decent Oracle practice;
    global company

    ConsManagement has no vision; does not treasure people, view them as a tool to make money; wants to compete as Tier 1 consultant but in reality far from it and has no idea how to get there
    All that management knows is to buy buy buy to inflate the market value of the company
    Low pay, meager severance,

    Advice to Senior Managementreally go about treating the employess as asset instead of paying lip service
    treat people with respect and dignity
    establish medium to long term plans that are not just focusing on the bottom line

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Horrible Senior Management in Irvine Office

    Consultant (Former Employee)
    Irvine, CA

    ProsConvenient Location Very close to freeway

    ConsSenior Project Managers in Irvine office very terrible. They work for company last 10 years. Dont know technology. Unprofessional. One of them tells "You are a moron". They very deceiving. They don't like your work even when you work is good. Stay away from Irvine office. They use you and then throw you and lie to higher management that you dont work. They very unprofessional cunning. Work for los angeles office not irvine office. Very disappointed.

    Advice to Senior ManagementFire senior managers in Irvine office. Dont matter if they work for company last 10 years. They very terrible

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Hired under false pretenses, talked to in a condescending manner, then let go.

    Senior Human Resources Specialist (Current Employee)
    Dallas, TX

    ProsFacilities are top notch, IT system and department is quality.

    ConsUnderdeveloped training within the HR department, management is ill equipped to lead, let alone manage. Instruction for new hires is non existient. Inconsistiency regarding the QA/QC of individual work.

    Advice to Senior ManagementI applied for an HR Business Partner position. I have 7 years of HR experience, iincluding Supervisory and Sr. Managerial/SME experence supporting over 6000 employees at over 30 locations. After interviewing several times I was "the ideal candidate for a different position" and hired as an Sr. HR Specialist. Coming in I was told that my primary responsibilities would be to write processes for our routine HR reporting. Once I got here I was given a share drive full of reports, notes described as process documents and told to figure them out. After two months of my three month temp position I was able to reverse engineer the reports and determine how they were ran. I started working here in July, out of the 19 reports due each month, 13 of them had not been completed since April. Why? Because the only person who knew how to run them was the person I replaced. My counterparts had no knowledge, my manager didn't have a clue how any of them were ran. No big deal.
    While having to figure out how to run these reports, I was also now responsible for running the reports. The ultimate goal was to have our outsourced office in India take these reports over. Unfortunately, they lack the minimal skill required fo manipulate a simple spreadsheet.
    Come October, I'm told that they cannot hire me on full time, but would extend my temp status. I am now a Salaried, Exempt employee in a temp position, so I am not afforded PTO or Holiday pay, which Im' currently investigating with the DOL to ensure legality.
    Come the end of October, I'm then told that I would be let go December 21st, and recieved complaints that it took so long to iron out the issues with their reports. Reports that no one else knows how to run, let alone write process documents for.
    I'm disappointed as I do enjoy the work enviornment of the company as a whole, they are very much into volunteering and do alot of events for company morale. Unfortunately, the HR department here is in a bad way. I come from larger companies that support 10 times as many employees and while it was hectic, the knowledge base was there.
    If you are an HR professional looking for a worthwhile position, look elsewhere.

    p.s. the person they hired for the HRBP position instead of me left the company a month ago. I don't know if it was by choice or by force. Other HR staff have either been laid off for budgetary reasons or have just moved to other departments; so its safe to say the issues are systemic.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Poor Management

    Project Manager (Former Employee)
    Dallas, TX

    ProsThere are talented and hard working people at Hitachi Consulting. You are paid decent wages and you are expected to work long hours.

    ConsThe management team treats you like a commodity. Your opinions are not sought out. The management team keeps most of their employees in the dark. Layoffs happen quite regularly as Hitachi has trouble managing it's business . Don't expect to keep your job longer than two years.

    Advice to Senior ManagementUpper management needs new leadership.

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    Laying off left and right - Way behind plan, poor management

    Senior Manager (Current Employee)
    Denver, CO

    ProsSome really decent, hardworking people, especially at mid-lower levels

    ConsSr Management with little to no long-term vision or concern about retention
    Failure after failure at acquisition goals
    Unrealistic revenue goals given resources and plan
    Poor communication between Sr Management and the rest of company
    Been slowly offshoring much of critical functions to India after purchase of Sierra Atlantic--but positioned resulting job eliminatiosn as "job redundancy"
    Laying off 6-10% of workforce in 2012

    Advice to Senior ManagementYour drastic and almost reckless strategy for reducing operating income is obviously impacting both your growth and reputation. Word spreads fast, to market analysts and to potential customers.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    It was a great company...many years ago.

    Senior Manager (Current Employee)
    Houston, TX

    ProsThe people you work with are smart and interesting.
    The local office culture is strong in Houston.

    ConsSenior Leadership is out of touch with their employees.
    Senior Leadership does not know how to run a company of this size - they are flying by the seat of their pants.
    Local Leadership has no autonomy or authority to make things happen.
    Long work hours, small raises, even smaller bonuses.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet back to basics - stop over engineering everything.
    Get engaged with the people and stop leading via spreadsheet.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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