Hitachi Consulting Reviews

Updated April 6, 2015
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  1. Inability to differentiate from the competition

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Hitachi Consulting full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The "core" is a great crop of college hires. They truly hire some bright and ambitious college grads from good schools. There are some kind and caring long-termers who really hold things together. The local VPs, directors, and office personnel are doing their part.

    Cons

    The company really struggles with differentiation. It tries to differentiate, by using its parent company name, but hasn't come close to making that work. There are no investments and there is no plan. They struggle with trying to leverage that brand with a sub-par level of talent who are not well-trained to represent the org in a unified way. The company does only the minimum to show appreciation for the staff. Perks and gestures of appreciation are rare.

    Advice to Management

    Find ways to make it more fun. Be more generous. day-to-day. Hand out a t-shirt and a smile. Do business with clients that appreciate your people only. Work on culture.

  2. Helpful (5)

    WAS a GREAT place to work!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Hitachi Consulting

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Really great people work to with. Exceptional attention and dedication to community service and outreach. Great benefits and PTO/Holiday time off policy.

    Cons

    Went through a total organizational and business model change from regional based to national based, New CEO and the majority of the Executive Management team is now comprised of the good ol boys from Arthur Anderson days who are not in touch with the workforce. Appears that they are working their own individual agendas and not the welfare of the company and the employees who work there.

    Advice to Management

    You killed the great culture and vibe of the company when you decided to move to a national based operating model and you lost what was unique about Hitachi Consulting and a lot of great people in return.

  3. Helpful (1)

    Could do better

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Hitachi Consulting full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Low expectations of employees. Wide range of projects and technologies. Decent opportunities to training.

    Cons

    Just not a compelling or interesting place to work. A lot of "old school" VPs who are not interested in creative ideas; only in making their numbers. Hitachi is still focused on ERP which is a dying service. There are very few projects which are interesting and even fewer people that know how to sell them.

    Advice to Management

    Implement a "no jerk" policy.

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  5. Helpful (4)

    Terrible consulting company

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I have been working at Hitachi Consulting as a contractor (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    You learn to dress up, send important looking reports (even if useless) every other day.

    Cons

    Very stratified, they take 75% of bill rate and only pass 25% to consultants. They try to be like Accenture but on the cheap so for this 75% margin consultants get terrible benefits and a lot of beauracracy.

    Advice to Management

    Consultants are the ones making you the money. Your exploitation of them won't win you good will or last forever.

  6. Helpful (1)

    Giant company

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Gaithersburg, MD
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Gaithersburg, MD

    I worked at Hitachi Consulting (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    For the technical people, there seem to be great opportunities to advance.

    Cons

    At a huge company, figuring out the rules with legal is a slow and scary prospect

    Advice to Management

    Require management to welcome ALL people from a new acquitision. Seemed like they were NOT open to learning anything from the experience of the people they acquired.

  7. Helpful (2)

    Director - Strategy

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Director - Strategy in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Director - Strategy in Irvine, CA

    I worked at Hitachi Consulting full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good brand association due to the Parent company.

    Cons

    Lack of a growth strategy, declining market share, acquisitions are a disaster since the acquired teams are completely neglected.

    Advice to Management

    Its about time to realize and embrace globalization to stay competitive & expand operations.

  8. Helpful (4)

    Struggling to find a reason to stay

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Manager
    Current Employee - Senior Manager

    I have been working at Hitachi Consulting full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The professionals in the trenches are quality individuals for the most part.
    Project work is challenging.
    Travel oppportunities are available.

    Cons

    Senior Management is out of touch with reality. Projects are bid without consideration of the work that needs to be done. Most contracts are negotiated to a price, not a deliverable.
    Leadership does not hesitate to throw their team under the bus in order to make themselves look better. It is an "old boys club" that does not value the hard work and sacrafice given by their employees.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the people doing the work. Your tactics of underbidding just to win the work are hurting you in the long run. If you want to be the discount service provider, then brand yourself as such and stop trying to compete with the real consulting firms.
    Your HR issues will not go away and will continue to grow if you allow VPs and Directors to run roughshod over the people who deliver your services. Try standing up for your employees once. You may be surprised at the results you get.

  9. Helpful (3)

    A me-too consulting company with poor strategic direction and awful execution.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at Hitachi Consulting full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Individual contributors are the salvation of the company in spite of Hitachi's manglement (that's mangle and management combined).

    Cons

    Zero strategy or tactical approach to client growth and management. I can look around and see the same middle managers and vice president stuck in the same title for the last 10 years, mostly because they don't deserve promotion and they haven't been let go. Customer management and relationship building is largely non-existent.

    Advice to Management

    Find an identity and create a real culture. Bring the client into the equation by fostering through partnerships. Institute a mentoring program to properly expand new talent's horizons.

  10. Helpful (1)

    Great people - no vision

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manager in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Manager in Dallas, TX

    I worked at Hitachi Consulting full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people, interesting work, chance to learn, good opportunities for training

    Cons

    no vision, one size fits all approach to employees that have different skills and jobs, management often seems to be wearing blinders.

    Advice to Management

    Making money or just growing is not a vision. You will get better work and more satisfaction out of employees if you treat them as individuals and not as identical cogs.

  11. Helpful (1)

    No real differentiation in the market

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director
    Current Employee - Director

    I have been working at Hitachi Consulting full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    For young consultants trying to gain experience, Hitachi can be a good place to work. Not sure it is a place to hang your hat for a career though given the lack of capabilites and innovative solutions.

    Cons

    Seems to be a lack of commitment and understanding by executive management on how to grow a consulting company. Lack of breadth, depth and capabilites to compete with the big boys - ACN, IBM, Deloitte, etc. and no clear strategy on how their going to improve

    Advice to Management

    Hire some experienced help that truly understands how to build a consulting company and differentiate themselves in the marketplace.

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