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Hitachi Consulting Reviews

Updated Jul 24, 2014
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3.1 352 reviews

58% Approve of the CEO

Hitachi Consulting President and CEO Philip R. Parr

Philip R. Parr

(171 ratings)

61% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work life balance is good but although depends on the project (in 37 reviews)

  • The culture is very relaxed and the people are great (in 28 reviews)


Cons
  • But perhaps better work life balance (in 12 reviews)

  • Senior Management is out of touch with reality (in 15 reviews)

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    Hitachi consulting-inefficiency breading inefficiency

    Senior Consultant (Current Employee) Hyderābād (India)

    ProsI see some fake positive reviews posted in the website to encourage people who are not aware about Hitachi consulting India to Join the organization, setting the record right to help aspirants who wish to join Hitachi consulting India, rest I leave it to their wisdom
    The sickness in the company emanates from the stagnant senior management who has been around in the Organization since the inception of Sierra Atlanta which is later acquired by Hitachi consulting US.
    Associate will see frequent re-org and organizational change (Happens every 6 months in India) to accommodate the fat cats, white elephants and their ego’s(by giving them flashy designations ,they are nothing when they are thrown out of organization) to make them relevant in a dynamic service industry, the fat cats and white elephants have formed a very strong nexus that they have absolutely insulated themselves from any KPI’s that exists in any IT industry, they get hikes all the time and performance is never measured or is applicable to them, the brunt is borne by associates who are hired for projects and fired when the project is completed ,this nasty hiring and firing game is played just because of having inefficient ,non performing heavy top management and fat packages given out to them which results in having zero tolerance to bench, in other words associate who joins them is looked upon as tissue paper which is expendable when the job(project) is done

    ConsDue to the long stay in the organization the senior management has developed feudal recklessness while dealing with employees especially by senior management and sadly mid level management emulates them and even go to extent of massaging the egos of senior management for sake of survival this is a classic example of inefficiency breading inefficiency. Any new employee who is used to talking his mind and express his opinion when he joins will find himself in midst of ego mines and feudal minds which discourages any initiative or originality. What surprises me is that the senior management (I prefer to call them junk) is tolerated by an American company which has g a Japanese origin for non performance and inefficiency.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe damage that Hitachi consulting India is doing is that I wanted to buy A/C for the Indian summer and I did not buy Hitachi air conditioner in spite of being in the company for long time

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

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    Hitachi Consulting is not Hitachi Ltd.( Its sierra Atlantic)

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsNo buddy bothers if your on bench. You can enjoy your time. Lots of organizational activities.

    ConsAll good reviews are from hydrabad and possibly from management.

    They have nothing to do with "Hitachi" except the name. Hitachi Ltd is not giving any business to them. (Ask them project name which they are doing for Hitachi, and since how long).

    There are no projects, If they got any and When your on project, No buddy cares if your working 14-15 hours daily for entire project duration. You will have weight gain, started having back pain, your eyes will have dryness all the time. you start dreaming of project and deadlines all the nights. will get Saturday or Sunday to spend with your family. Seen people started talking about suicide due to frustration.

    Nothing is there for Pune employee. Best example of partiality and favoritism. single digit appraisal.

    Advice to Senior ManagementNo advice, as they are not going to change. 99% Mgr are enjoying there honeymoon period . They don't want progress/changes and afraid of it, as it may come with challenges which they don't want to face. Still suggest don't Trust completely on Hydrabad Management have some buddy from USA/UK who is biased and also love growth.

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

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    The Acquisition Growth Model .....

    Director (Current Employee) London, England (UK)

    ProsHitachi HQ passionately believes in building a services company - and is backing the passion with Big Dollars that have funded multiple acquisitions. Acquired companies are fast growing, innovate businesses - fun places to work that are staffed with bright and very motivated individuals. Post Integration things tend to change ....

    ConsThe culture is slow, risk adverse and positively discourages innovation. The business (mistakenly) seems to mistake acquisition for innovation. Companies acquired by Hitachi rapidly lose their edge and culture post as they are assimilated into Hitachi Consulting Way. Phrases such as 'leverage model' and 'utilisation model' are key - which seems to mean billing junior people, at high rates for long periods of time. This drives burnout and in turn attrition all of which stimies growth.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBuild a vision that extends beyond 'We want to be big and make lots of money' - this is not the kind of vision that you can build a strategy around. Be comfortable with what you are - you are not Accenture, IBM or Deloitte. Adopt a model for the future not the past.

    No, I would not 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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    Dont join the company

    Senior Consultant (Current Employee) Pune (India)

    ProsNo pros since hitachi and sierra Atlantic merger happened. Pune office is looked as parking lot.

    ConsLot of focus on unnecessary trainings and managers r looking fr ways to cut down ur variable component. No work life balance. Preference always given to Hyderabad employees. Pune ignored. Hr in Pune has no role. All decisions taken at hyderabad

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet above regional bias and act professional

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

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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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    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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    Disappointed that management doesn't value employees, everyone is replaceable

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsAt one time there were exciting opportunities for growth

    ConsPoor management, limited opportunities, no innovation

    Advice to Senior ManagementAs a consulting organization, your people are your product, therefore it is imperative to value your employees and build a culture of trust and respect

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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