Hitachi Consulting Reviews

Updated March 28, 2015
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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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  1. Hitachi consulting India-avoid the gloom which will doom your career.

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    Former Employee - Manager in Hyderābād (India)
    Former Employee - Manager in Hyderābād (India)

    I worked at Hitachi Consulting full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    no projects and no work.

    Cons

    Don't join into a gloom called Hitachi consulting India and invite the possible doom in your career,this is more applicable to laterals who are working for top notch IT companies based out of Inda/USA ,the empty seats in the company reflects the hollowness in the company,shallowness in the vision and policy of the top management and empty promise it holds for the employees,the company has no projects and for reasons unknown they keep recruiting associates by giving fat hikes in anticipation of getting new projects.The basic flaw in Hitachi consulting India is that it fails to understand that every tender that it addresses will realize into a a prospective purchase order and recruit people on bases of tender it addresses(which they call pipeline) rather than PO in hand ,very rarely they get projects on oracle upgrades primarily from middle east region , Which are short term and they dont have long term implementation projects or production support maintenance in the company.Once the upgrade projects are completed the associates will be on bench with no prospects of getting allocated to new project as they don't have projects.you will hear constant floor talk that the company is about to fire associates.

    The sickness in the company is inherited from legacy company Hitachi consulting India acquired sierra Atlanta . The senior management indulges in cheapness by arranging fake interviews just to understand the processes and procedures followed in the top IT companies and with an intent to smarten up the processes in Hitachi consulting India , after an telephonic interview of 30 minutes to 60 minutes and making the associate talk ,no offer is released, Hitachi consulting India or USA doesn't have capabilities to handle huge bids not have the abilities to handle huge projects ,the associates from top notch companies are fooled as they are made to talk in interviews which are fake as they reveal the best practices followed in their organization to the interviewer from Hitachi consulting India.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    the top management in Hitachi consulting India is incompetent and get rid of it before it is too late.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  2. 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
  3. A cultural and political nightmare, with the possibility of getting good work experience.

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    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
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    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

  6. Avoid this company

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    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
  7. Great place to work, if you are a developer or project manager either right out of college or ready to settle down.

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    Former Employee - Manager, Specialized Services in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Manager, Specialized Services in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Hitachi Consulting full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    - Unlimited Vacation Time
    - Ownership of Projects
    - Variety of Projects
    - Travel

    Cons

    - Travel
    - They aren't sure what to do with specialists
    - A lot of cliques
    - As a specialist, you won't be able to display the work you've done after you leave.
    - Apple computers only given to upper management, forcing designers to use old PCs that can't handle the graphic needs of the Adobe Suite.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Understanding the mid to senior level employees capabilities and focuses is crucial to keeping those resources happy. Forcing those who have industry experience into project management roles, when that is neither their focus or strength will not accomplish this.

    Additionally, understanding the role of specialists and what it takes to for them to do their work, both from a process and hardware standpoint is crucial. Currently, specialists are clumped in with everyone else, and expected to learn development or project management to succeed.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful

    Not a great company to start your career, especially if you're an engineer

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    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Los Angeles, CA

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

    Pros

    The company has a open-door policy overall, you can reach upper levels of management very easily. The social scene is nice for younger employees.

    Cons

    If you are looking to start a consulting career where you gain exposure to multiple businesses, and learn and apply your skills on short-term projects, this is definitely not the company for you. At least not in the LA region, and especially not if you're technology-focused. You will be put in a long-term project where you will stay for upwards of 2 years, driving to some LA suburb, and working on boring projects using aging technology. Think you will have more flexibility at a smaller firm, and get a more personal experience? Wrong, do yourself a favor and accept that offer at the bigger firm. Don't make the mistake like me and waste these crucial early years of your career.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give your lower level employees the mobility to move around projects. That is what they joined a consulting company for.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful

    Worst company I ever worked for

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    Former Employee - Senior Consultant, Tech Services in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant, Tech Services in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Hitachi Consulting full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Other members of the team were supportive, professional and hard-working but the management of that team was a disaster

    Cons

    Riven by politics, absurd management speak and leadership incompetence. Couldn't win projects in expert areas so part of their business model is to send people who don't have the skills required to client sites on basis they must pretend they do have the expertise

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The senior management in the areas I worked in were incompetent and I believe most have left in the last 2 years

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 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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    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
  11. 2 people found this helpful

    Nothing positive to say

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

    I worked at Hitachi Consulting full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Nice SF office, training readily available, if you want to do software implementation this is the place

    Cons

    hyper-political, willingness to engage in whispers campaigns, consultants concerned with looking good then doing good

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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