Hitachi Consulting Reviews

Updated March 28, 2015
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  1. 2 people found this helpful

    Stay away- Company is only interested in money not your career.

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    Current Employee - Manager
    Current Employee - Manager

    I have been working at Hitachi Consulting full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    It gives you a paycheck.

    Cons

    There are too many items to list here. But in short the executive leadership only cares about cost cutting measures. Employees work hard all year to go through the annual review process (GARM) this will ensure how their raise and bonus will look like , but focusing on the employee and his/her development is NOT a priority for leadership.

    So if you aspire in working hard and being rewarded for your efforts - this company is not for you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop trying to compete with big companies like Deloitte and IBM. If you pay peanuts you get monkeys. If you treat your employees poorly don't expect a ROI.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. find a better job

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Beijing, Beijing (China)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Beijing, Beijing (China)

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

    Pros

    flexible office hours and clean offices

    Cons

    low payment, low payment low payment

  3. Avoid this company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Hitachi Consulting full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    It pays the bills. Hitachi looks good on a resume, although the Hitachi Consulting has absolutely nothing to do with the parent company. Hitachi in name only.

    Cons

    Management is clueless. Unrealistic financial goals each year, that are used as an excuse to avoid salary increases, decent bonuses and/or promotions. Ridiculous metrics that are constantly changing and an Oracle system that contain incorrect data to track them. Promotions are given to the chosen few "yes men". Salaries are below other comparable firms. Sales team is lacking. Only training available is CBT. Made to take ridiculous courses, instead of practical technical ones.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to put together a real strategy, instead of managing by spreadsheet. Processes are ridiculous. Make it easier to accomplish the end task, which is providing a quality product to our customer.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful

    Hitachi Consulting is a highly dysfunctional company with lack of integrated strategy on a regional or global basis.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Development in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Business Development in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Hitachi Consulting full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Untapped potential of Hitachi corporate in Japan, including the potential reach into many relevant industries.

    Cons

    There are many:
    - Significant lack of visionary management;
    - Strong focus on transactional sales and delivery;
    - Lack of SME depth;
    - Highly political and bureaucratic;
    - Poor teaming and little collaboration among and across the consulting service lines.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I would not provide advice to current management. Instead, if able, I would replace most all of the senior U.S. executive staff with fresh, collaborative, innovative thinkers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful

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

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Hitachi Consulting full-time

    Pros

    No buddy bothers if your on bench. You can enjoy your time. Lots of organizational activities.

    Cons

    All 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 ManagementAdvice

    No 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful

    The Acquisition Growth Model .....

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Director in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Hitachi Consulting full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Hitachi 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 ....

    Cons

    The 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 ManagementAdvice

    Build 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 9 people found this helpful

    Adventures of a Road Warrior

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Hitachi Consulting full-time

    Pros

    Every 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.

    Cons

    First 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 ManagementAdvice

    People 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful

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

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager, Specialized Services
    Current Employee - Manager, Specialized Services

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

    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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful

    Dont join the company

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Pune (India)
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Pune (India)

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

    Pros

    No pros since hitachi and sierra Atlantic merger happened. Pune office is looked as parking lot.

    Cons

    Lot 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 ManagementAdvice

    Get above regional bias and act professional

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. Has generally been very good, but in the last couple of years with new leadership in the US, things have deteriorated.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Hitachi Consulting full-time

    Pros

    Good, fun, smart people on projects

    Cons

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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