Slalom Consulting

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Great place to work when you are trying to strike a balance between your life between your life at work and family

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  • Work/Life Balance
  • Senior Management
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Project Manager in Seattle, WA
Current Employee - Project Manager in Seattle, WA

I have been working at Slalom Consulting

Pros

The flat organizational structure affords you all the opportunity you are looking for. There isn't a lot of office politics, and if you see an opportunity they allow you to go for it! You have to take responsibilities for your own success, so if you have an entrepreneurial spirit there isn't a better place to work! They have taken a vested interest in offering training, but it's not made mandatory. They do a great job with events outside of the normal work day and spare no expense when it comes to pampering their employees. The company has continued to invest in the company even during the economic slowdown and are well positioned to grab market share when things pick up.

Cons

The flat structure isn't for everyone, so if you aren't willing to take some initiative you can feel lost or left out. At times it seems as if there are mixed messages coming from management. Different leaders take on different pet-projects, so priorities often get reshuffled with no clear sense of direction or strategy

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Decide on a single strategy, prioritize how to achieve that goal, and go for it! Along with that, be sure that it is clearly communicated and that everyone knows their part.

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  1. 15 people found this helpful  

    Not all that bad does not mean 'good'.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Management Consultant in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Management Consultant in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Slalom Consulting

    Pros

    Work life balance does exist to some extent. If you're lucky, you'll get on a project that is right up your alley. Not much travel mostly local.

    Cons

    Benefits are the worst of any company or consultancy I have ever worked at.
    Salaries are competitive in the middle. They need to consider stronger salaries if the billing rates are rising and they can claim business is growing. Reward the people laying the foundation.
    The org chart is very flat. The opportunities for promotions or to show ANY future employer that you had career growth here will be difficult.

    Many in sr. mgmt. are recruited from outside, and are highly experienced but moderately talented.
    These are mostly individuals with lots of experience, but left their previous employers because they could not succeed any further. Slalom doesn't land any 'name' executives or managers from rivals that are truly on their way up.

    Do not expect to be given a clear indication of where you stand or where you're going within the company. Operations here is similar to pulling strands of spaghetti apart with a chop stick.

    This place, at it's heart, is staff augmentation, with the consulting company tagline added in. Don't believe the hype that it is one of the best places to work because some organization said so. Slalom markets that to death.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Instead of spending money on branding and advertising the company to future employees, make the ones you have happy! It's not about what you want, but what you have!

    Get strong and valued executive and senior management. Not wanna-be's or has-beens. We need leaders on their way up.

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

    If you want a consulting pimp to get you any project, it's a good place.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Management Consultant in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Management Consultant in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Slalom Consulting

    Pros

    You get to stay in a local place. So, if you are a burnt out ex-big 4 who is sick of traveling, it's a good place to park yourself for a year or two.

    Cons

    The place is a body shop to push local projects to burnt out ex-big 4 people.
    So, if you are looking for growth, you are not going to get it. The management response for your development is "it's your responsibility". Good sounding, but in reality this means they will use whatever value you have till you are no longer needed. And any value add skils, you will have to pony up time and money to do so.

    So, if you are little motivated, then be a self-employed consultant through other outfits. Will be more financially rewarding.

    Also, if you are not willing to play office politic, then you will be pushed out. This is very political organization.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop the frat mentality.
    Stop the preferential treatment to kiss-asses.
    Most importantly, develop a fair process to reward and develop your existing employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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