Slalom Consulting

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Proud to be a Developer at Slalom

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Current Employee - Consultant in Chicago, IL
Current Employee - Consultant in Chicago, IL

I have been working at Slalom Consulting

Pros

I can only speak for the project based work at Slalom since I have not been staff aug.
- Very interesting work. The clients are top tier companies who put their trust in Slalom because of the intelligence that bubbles out of every consultant at Slalom.
- Learning from the best. There is so much to learn here. The employees at Slalom are on top of and mastering new technologies as they come out. Plus there is the thought that the best technology is the technology we are going to use on a project, not just what we're used to.
- Good pay
- Flat structure allows for input from everyone. Sometimes the new guys have the best ideas.
- For people who complain about a lack of career development... Managers are always receptive when it comes to a career or training talk. I see the lack of structure here as a benefit Slalom has. If you're a truely good technologist, you'll be recognized and you'll be rewarded.

Cons

- Eh, PTO? But I think they're doing something about that.
- The soda, food, and beer in the office is great, but how about a single cup coffee maker?

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Keep up the good work. Please don't strive to make this more like the 'big guys'.. The intelligent people are here because we don't want to deal with the bureaucratic bull of said firms. Grow smart... And give us more PTO.

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  1. 11 people found this helpful  

    It's an okay place to work.

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    Former Employee - Management Consultant in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Management Consultant in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Slalom Consulting

    Pros

    +Small company that provides opportunities for you to make a name for yourself and grow your skills in consulting. If you are entrepreneurial, then Slalom allows you to grow a client base and build out new roles at places that have not yet been breached. This is pretty cool compared to other consulting companies that require you to really go through the larger hierarchy.
    +The culture is friendly and they try to listen to your needs and find you roles based on those (see below for the flipside of this)
    +Salary is competitive to other consulting firms, but nothing amazing.

    Cons

    -Lack of brand name recognition causes clients to not really know who Slalom is and what they do. It makes it more difficult to sell work.
    -Roles are pretty basic staff aug. You wont find many meaty roles that often, but when you do they are good.
    -Clients are mostly retail in the SF Bay Area. This is slowly changing, but not fast enough.
    -Slalom's small size limits the types of projects that they can take.
    -Pay is relatively weak compared to the market. Lots of people are itching to leave and look for other opportunities outside of consulting due to the potential for better salary for doing the same work.
    -The culture is very much like a fraternity. You either feel like an insider or you don't. That's not to say there aren't good people. There's plenty of great people that are easy to get along with, but sometimes it just feels like it's a boy's club that you need to be in on.
    -If you are unstaffed you only receive 50% of your salary.
    -If you are unstaffed or coming available, they will try to shoehorn you into any role that is available. Sure, they claim they'll work with you and give you a choice, but despite that they will setup interviews for you with clients and promise you to roles without consulting you about it first. As such, if you decide to turn down the role, management will pressure you and take it the wrong way if you dont accept.
    -Unless you plan on selling work (read: entrepreneurial consultant spirit), you aren't going to grow your career very much at Slalom and you'll likely end up doing the same roles over and over again.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -Instead of saying you listen to people and try to meet their needs, actually do this and dont force people into roles they don't want.
    -Revisit your benefits and compensation. People aren't too thrilled about it and the market offers far better.
    -Expand your client base to include more strategic and interesting roles and less focus on the staff aug at retail clients.
    -Build out a methodology and train the team about them.
    -Provide a better training system beyond the one that is being worked on.

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  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    If you're in the 'it' crowd, you're good

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    Current Employee - Consultant in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Consultant in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Slalom Consulting

    Pros

    High quality co-workers, very smart team. Great benefits. Many assignments are within a Slalom team. Less staff aug than at other shops but still has a lot.

    Cons

    Hard to be recognized as valuable when you are new, even if you come in with lots of experience. Be prepared to 'pay your dues'.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look beyond certifications and consulting-specific experience.

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