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Updated December 17, 2014
Updated December 17, 2014
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Pros
  • Work life balance is good but although depends on the project (in 41 reviews)

  • The culture is very relaxed and the people are great (in 29 reviews)


Cons
  • Can be stressful and sometimes work/ life balance can be a challenge (in 14 reviews)

  • Senior Management is out of touch with reality (in 13 reviews)

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    A cultural and political nightmare, with the possibility of getting good work experience.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Consultant in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Consultant in Denver, CO

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

    Pros

    Projects at Hitachi Consulting (HCC) are generally a good way to gain lots more experience than you would working at an 'industry' job. You will interact with lots more people (even high level people, like controllers, C-levels, directors, etc.) than you would in a day-to-day operation. This, along with tight project deadlines (remember, consulting is expensive - time is always of the essence) will make you learn how to work efficiently, be detail-oriented, and deliver good results. With a good project manager (which are unfortunately hard to find), you will be given coaching in how to handle yourself professionally, which is extremely valuable no matter where you end up. A company shutdown went into effect from Christmas to New Years, which was free PTO - that was nice. There are rumors this might be going away due to recent financial performance of the company. I was also taken to lots of team dinners on the project's dime, which was also nice.

    Cons

    The biggest problem Hitachi suffers from is inconsistency. Meaning: inconsistency in how projects are managed, inconsistency in how employee performance is evaluated (forced distribution), and inconsistency in how different types of workers are treated. I'll expand on each of these.

    1) Inconsistent Project Management. Hitachi employs a very large amount of project managers, as they are core to the business. Their job is about keeping the project running smoothly, doing status updates, making sure deadlines are met, and shielding workers from out-of-scope project requests from the client. The problem is that HCC has no consistency in how projects get done. My personal experience showed me both sides of the coin: one project had me working with the best manager I've ever had - they handled status meetings, managed client expectations and assigned deliverables, guided us into meeting deadlines, and gave professional coaching at every turn. Then, I worked on another project with the worst manager I've ever had. He badmouthed his own workers, created fire drills for every single issue the client brought up (even though many of these could've been handled by managing expectations correctly), and didn't follow any sort of project plan. His workers were left to pick up the pieces. Unfortunately, you are more likely to work under a bad project manager than a good one, as stories like mine are common. If you do work with a good manager, keep them close and hope you can work with them often. This piece of advice is extremely important, because your social network will determine how you rank against your peers. Which leads me into:

    2) Inconsistent Employee Performance Evaluation. I've waited a year since I left HCC to review the company as I wanted to gain experience at another consulting firm to compare and contrast how HCC does performance reviews. I remain very unimpressed with how Hitachi handles employee evaluations. The primary reason being politics. If you decide to work here, make sure your personality is very extroverted and that you can make friends easily, because your job depends on it. The reason this happens is due to the company's performance review process (called the GARM) which assembles your career advisor (your representative) and company leadership (managers and above) to review every person. It is structured like this: the employee writes project and annual reviews, which are then reviewed with your career advisor. Your career advisor then represents you in the GARM meeting (much like a lawyer represents a client) by defending a good rating because of your accomplishments over the past year. Then, a discussion period happens in which anyone can comment on your performance. Here are my issues with this process: A) Your project manager(s) may not be present when you are being evaluated - so, your career advisor (who already has their own job to do on top of representing you) must present your accomplishments and defend you. The people who know your work may not even be present when being officially evaluated. B) As anyone can chime in when a person is being evaluated, a single comment can be the difference between you getting a promotion or not for an entire year (no matter your work accomplishments or work ethic). This is why it's extremely important to play politics and make friends with leadership and people who will be in your GARM session. You want nothing but good things said about you, otherwise your peer that has made the right connections may walk away with that raise, not you. C) Forced ranking - after the GARM meeting is over, senior leadership will then receive a list from HR of how many people can be ranked in each category (1 for worst, 5 for best). This means that if most of your office got 3's (normal; good performance), leadership must knock others down to 2's or 1's. Remember my advice on making friends? This is where those negative comments can also hurt you, even after the meeting is over. It just takes one thought or comment to knock you down from being a good worker to being given a performance improvement plan from HR. In short: your actual job performance is only 50% of what matters in official evaluations. You can work endless overtime by making sure the client gets what they need, but if you managed to make someone upset with you during the course of the year for the smallest thing, it is the difference between being promoted or not. Play politics or perish.

    3) Differences in how types of employees were treated. I often found that there is a social hierarchy in how types of employees were treated at the company. Management is looked upon as most favorable, while IT workers are generally looked at as a necessary ingredient to get a project done. This might be because of the political culture HCC has; IT employees are generally not as good at politics as the management employees. Indian employees were hit the worst - as many of them were relying on the job with HCC to get green cards they were treated extremely poorly, as if dangling that option in front of them and letting them know if they didn't sacrifice everything for the company that option would never happen. It was hard to watch. Women were also not treated as well as their male counterparts - there was a 10 to 1 ratio of upper management of men vs. women. Rumor has is that salaries were also lower women than men.

    To sum it up - if you play politics well and can manage your project workload along with 'extracurricular' activities to increase your standing in management's eyes, you will probably do well here. If you care about being evaluated based on your work, I'd advice looking for employment elsewhere.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The current culture is toxic and does not reward hard work employees do on projects. Forced ranking will drive good employees away (especially those without the political skillset of others).

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Laying off left and right - Way behind plan, poor management

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Denver, CO

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

    Pros

    Some really decent, hardworking people, especially at mid-lower levels

    Cons

    Sr Management with little to no long-term vision or concern about retention
    Failure after failure at acquisition goals
    Unrealistic revenue goals given resources and plan
    Poor communication between Sr Management and the rest of company
    Been slowly offshoring much of critical functions to India after purchase of Sierra Atlantic--but positioned resulting job eliminatiosn as "job redundancy"
    Laying off 6-10% of workforce in 2012

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Your drastic and almost reckless strategy for reducing operating income is obviously impacting both your growth and reputation. Word spreads fast, to market analysts and to potential customers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Lacks training and career development

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Denver, CO

    I have been working at Hitachi Consulting

    Pros

    Great health insurance
    A lot of PTO time

    Cons

    Management doesn't listen to you about your career development wishes
    Not much training, especially with technology
    They make non management people do a lot of administrative work such as creating proposals billing clients, and sales work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There needs to be more opportunities for training. For people that have functional consulting experience, it can be a challenge to get good technical experience and knowledge at Hitachi Consulting. Also Hitachi says that they listen to employees regarding career development. However, I've found that they usually just try to staff me on any project they can find. Plus, some of the project managers lack leadership ability and shouldn't be in charge of other people.

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

    unless desperate move on

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Denver, CO

    I have been working at Hitachi Consulting

    Pros

    good place to start if you're coming out fo college but not for Sr Consultant. They have a nice benefits package, which is good for those that need it. Great Health benefits.

    Cons

    poor managment, poor communication, impossible to get people to do their jobs correctly. The management and recruiting team is not technical even close to enough to understand their own consultants and clients' needs. They don't review their consultants skill sets to better place them for growth of the company or growth of the consultant. Efforts should be taken from the top down to reduce turnover and keep consultants on staff that actually know their skill sets not fake them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    communicate better and base reviews and promotions on skill set and performance not time spent in a position.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Great culture, terrible leadership

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

    I worked at Hitachi Consulting full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Culture
    People at lower level (Consultants, Managers SM)
    Flexible work schedules

    Cons

    Terrible compensation compare to other consulting firms
    Poor leadership, executives with no vision and strategy, they continue to acquire more companies without solid strategy what to do with them.
    Senior VPs and Execs care about their own future and slice of the pie. Lower people below VP are treated poorly and not compensated well.
    Poor benefits and training program. Zero external training or cross-training to make employees marketable.
    Lack of strategic projects, pipeline
    Business model that worked years ago, no longer works. More of top talent are leaving the firm as they are fed up with upper management, lack of leadership, practice growth and vision.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Develop a solid strategy and what differentiates HC brand in the marketplace
    Focus on employees and compensation, total reward to compete with other consulting firms
    Senior VPs need to go through some leadership training. They disparately need it!! Too many clueless execs and Senior VPs that don't deliver to their promise or bring any value-add to the organization, neither meet their sales #s.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 5 people found this helpful  

    Have vs. have nots

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Denver, CO

    I have been working at Hitachi Consulting

    Pros

    Smaller management consulting company where experience can be gained. A pretty good springboard to the larger management consulting companies. Some great comraderie among the working teams who are typically younger consultants.

    Cons

    Have - have not culture where you are either a consultant working long hours for below industry pay, or you are an executive working banking hours for a healthy paycheck. High level of office politics at times as some consultants manuever to become executive favorites. Not an environment for the timid.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Temper the general opinion of favortism in the performance review by making that an objective and open process. Allow employees to formally review their managers to identify management issues. Close the wage inequity gap between consultants and management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 5 people found this helpful  

    Hitachi Consulting - Change is not always a good thing

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO

    I have been working at Hitachi Consulting

    Pros

    Smart people, good clients and challenging work

    Cons

    - New national operating model is not for everyone
    - Hitachi Consulting lacks the scale to support a true national industry and solution organization structure that targets billion dollar and above companies
    - Organization model changes will continue to drive high turnover for those people interested in true work life balance
    - Hitachi Consulting has effectively moved away from working with mid-market companies

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hold on tight, turnover in the coming months/years is going to be very high

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  9. 6 people found this helpful  

    The Pursuit of Average

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Denver, CO

    I worked at Hitachi Consulting

    Pros

    Regional model w/ limited travel (caveat - reorg to national model will affect this to an unknown degree)
    Reorganization announcement that may address some of the historic and cultural issues
    A good place to start a career as a junior business consultant

    Cons

    Historically entrenched management with a dated world view of the consulting industry.
    Compensation (salary, benefits, bonus) not competitive.
    Subjective performance evaluations favor a narrow selection of employees.
    Low morale and high attrition rate for consultants that are specialists, technology-focused, senior in experience or high-performers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get clear about Hitachi's business model and create a singular message to both your staff and your customers about that model. If it is a general continuance of commodity and supplemental consulting, embrace that message and identity with your staff and customers. If it is to be a new model of value-add and specialist consulting, ensure executive experience and acceptance with that model, and replace existing counterproductive metrics and staffing processes with new ones that will attract and retain top talent.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Second Tier Consulting Firm with Good People but Second Rate Executive Leadership

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manager in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Manager in Denver, CO

    I worked at Hitachi Consulting

    Pros

    Mostly in-town work, good people at the local level all the way up to the senior local leadership, stable office, some interesting work

    Cons

    Large consulting firm politics without the upside of a large consulting firm name, second tier player, previously had lower pay than other comparable (and sometimes better) firms, pyramid structure out of whack, hard to advance beyond manager for most as the room at the top is dictated not by performance but by space available first, salary bands are all over the place

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen more to your people doing the work on the ground. Remove a few layers at the top and internally to flatten the structure to make the company lean. Make the customer the top priority again.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    There is probably a reason for the high turnover

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

    I have been working at Hitachi Consulting

    Pros

    Hitachi Consulting is a constantly growing and evolving consulting firm..
    Clients are generally very happy with the projects (at least on my engagements).
    Lower levels will get a more rounded experience out of college than they would get at other firms.

    Cons

    Poor Pay
    Ratings / Promotions are time based above all else.
    No encouragement to be a star performer. Everyone is rated on a 1 (poor) - 5 (star) rating. A while back they started an "everyone is a 3" campaign.
    The Denver office is continually working to make subjective things objective. Consulting is a business of subjectivity, you cannot objectively compare a technical resource on a BI project against a functional resource on a marketing project.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop trying to keep secrets from everyone below the manager level.

    Get rid of the senior managers who have been there forever. While they may be billable, that is not always a reason to keep someone around. Senior managers should be dynamic and impressive. Not old and stale.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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