Hitachi Consulting
3.1 of 5 346 reviews
www.hitachiconsulting.com Dallas, TX 1000 to 5000 Employees

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Updated Jul 4, 2014
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Hitachi Consulting President and CEO Philip R. Parr

Philip R. Parr

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Pros:
  • "Work life balance is good but although depends on the project"
    in 37 reviews
  • "The culture is very relaxed and the people are great"
    in 27 reviews
Cons:
  • "But perhaps better work life balance"
    in 12 reviews
  • "Senior Management is out of touch with reality"
    in 14 reviews
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    hitachi consulting india-rewards mediocrity

    Senior Management (Former Employee)
    Hyderābād (India)

    ProsSeen some very insightful review posted by some employees only to be clouded by orchested reviews ,encouraged to post the review to caution the aspirants who wish to join.

    The biggest reason one shouldn’t join Hitachi consulting india is that one will get to hear perpetual floor talk that some employees are laid off in one of the locations( Bangalore ,Hyderabad or Pune )from the day one finish his induction program , seen people laid off 3 times in a duration of 1 year. Hire and fire is the game played all the time by the senior management.

    Most dangerous outcome of the reckless hiring and firing game is ,the management has to pay high salary to lure the prospects to join Hitachi Consulting(20 to 40 % more than market price or else the people will not join Hitachi consulting) and onboard them, most of the projects that Hitachi consulting works on are on ERP oracle up gradation which lasts for a duration of 3 to 6 months(Maximum) once the project is completed the employee is released to bench ,the company has zero tolerance to bench and the associate are fired within a duration of 1 month after he is on bench as the organisation is heavy at the top. This exercise of mass firing happens once every 3 to 4 months apart from the firing that happens every week or fortnight.

    ConsThere is a perpetual jabber by the senior management in India about creating new processes and procedures in the organization to increase business as a result they blindly copy the process and procedures of other organizations global IT gaints which are absolutely irrelevant to the organization which is of the size and scale of Hitachi consulting(the revenue contribution Hitachi Consulting India to the Global Hitachi consulting is $ 45 Million), The tiring presentations (PPT’s) are shown to the visiting American bosses which sadly gets their buy in , I only wish American bosses ask for the outcome rather than sit through and endure the never ending nonsense in PPT form (Hope they look into Proposal Factory that the Indian operations has initiated and the value add and business that it has brought into Hitachi consulting ).

    Advice to Senior Managementmr ceo, senior management team whoes brain child was propoal factory is rewarded with a promotion, wish u ask what are the benifits of proposal factory ( never saw anything more silly than that)and revenue it bought.

    – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Hitachi consulting-inefficiency breading inefficiency

    Senior Consultant (Current Employee)
    Hyderābād (India)

    ProsI see some fake positive reviews posted in the website to encourage people who are not aware about Hitachi consulting India to Join the organization, setting the record right to help aspirants who wish to join Hitachi consulting India, rest I leave it to their wisdom
    The sickness in the company emanates from the stagnant senior management who has been around in the Organization since the inception of Sierra Atlanta which is later acquired by Hitachi consulting US.
    Associate will see frequent re-org and organizational change (Happens every 6 months in India) to accommodate the fat cats, white elephants and their ego’s(by giving them flashy designations ,they are nothing when they are thrown out of organization) to make them relevant in a dynamic service industry, the fat cats and white elephants have formed a very strong nexus that they have absolutely insulated themselves from any KPI’s that exists in any IT industry, they get hikes all the time and performance is never measured or is applicable to them, the brunt is borne by associates who are hired for projects and fired when the project is completed ,this nasty hiring and firing game is played just because of having inefficient ,non performing heavy top management and fat packages given out to them which results in having zero tolerance to bench, in other words associate who joins them is looked upon as tissue paper which is expendable when the job(project) is done

    ConsDue to the long stay in the organization the senior management has developed feudal recklessness while dealing with employees especially by senior management and sadly mid level management emulates them and even go to extent of massaging the egos of senior management for sake of survival this is a classic example of inefficiency breading inefficiency. Any new employee who is used to talking his mind and express his opinion when he joins will find himself in midst of ego mines and feudal minds which discourages any initiative or originality. What surprises me is that the senior management (I prefer to call them junk) is tolerated by an American company which has g a Japanese origin for non performance and inefficiency.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe damage that Hitachi consulting India is doing is that I wanted to buy A/C for the Indian summer and I did not buy Hitachi air conditioner in spite of being in the company for long time

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Hitachi consulting India - incompetency breading incompetency

    Senior Consultant (Former Employee)
    Hyderābād (India)

    ProsSeen some fake positive reviews posted in the website to encourage people who are not aware about Hitachi consulting India to Join the organization, setting the record right to help aspirants who wish to join Hitachi consulting India ,rest leave it to ones wisdom.

    The incompetency in the company emanates from the stagnant senior management who have been in the organization since the inception of Sierra Atlanta which is later acquired by Hitachi consulting USA.
    Associates will see frequent re-org and organizational change (Happens every 6 months in India) to accommodate the fat cats, white elephants and their ego’s(by giving them flashy designations ) to make them relevant in a dynamic service industry, the fat cats and white elephants have formed a very strong nexus and mutual admiration clubs andhave absolutely insulated themselves from any KPI’s that exists in any IT industry, they get hikes all the time and performance is never measured or is applicable to them, the brunt is borne by associates who are hired for projects and fired when the project is completed ,this nasty hiring and firing game is played just because of having inefficient ,non performing heavy top management and fat packages given out to them which results in having zero tolerance to bench, in other words associate who joins them is looked upon as tissue paper which is expendable when the job(project) is done.

    ConsDue to the long stay in the organization the senior management has developed feudal recklessness while dealing with employees especially by senior management and sadly mid level management emulates them and even go to extent of massaging the egos of senior management for sake of survival ,senior management shuns associates with competency and merits and likes ego massagers ,this is a classic example of incompetency breading inefficiency. Any employee who is used to talking his mind and express his opinion will find himself in midst of ego mines and feudal minds which discourages any initiative or originality. What surprising is that incompetency is tolerated by an American company which has a Japanese roots for non performance and inefficiency.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe damage that Hitachi consulting India is doing is that wanted to buy A/C for the Indian summer and I did not buy Hitachi air conditioner in spite of having worked in the company for long time.mr CEO this is the damage done by HCC indian management.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Cheap and dirty politics by management. Don't join in Peoplesoft COP.

    Manager, Specialized Services (Former Employee)
    Hyderābād (India)

    ProsOnly flexi timings, again that depends upon your manager. some of the company policies are good but people use them in different way.

    Cons1. If your manager is not please with you or if got good hike at the time of joining they will not give you variable pay to keep your CTC within their budget and your performance will be below average.

    2. If you are in Pune and most of the team members are in Hyderabad then they will ask you to travel to Hyderabad at your own cost.

    3. Managers are not matured including senior managements.

    4. Senior managers and senior management do dirty politics.

    5. Specifically PeopleSoft practice is very worst and having only one project so think a lot before you join. If your manager is not good with you then you have no option either to quit or else they will sack you after giving bad rating in the appraisal.

    6. Sacking is a common thing here and it’s a very easy process there bcz all management have good bonding among themselves.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThey should grow up and follow the policy and whatever they speak. They should stop cheating people.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsNo buddy bothers if your on bench. You can enjoy your time. Lots of organizational activities.

    ConsAll 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 Senior ManagementNo 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    The Acquisition Growth Model .....

    Director (Current Employee)
    London, England (UK)

    ProsHitachi 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 ....

    ConsThe 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 Senior ManagementBuild 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Adventures of a Road Warrior

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsEvery 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.

    ConsFirst 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 Senior ManagementPeople 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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

    Manager, Specialized Services (Current Employee)

    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

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    hitachi consulting india (hyderabad)

    Manager (Former Employee)
    Hyderābād (India)

    ProsBiggest congregation of dumb,sick top and middle management who have been working in the same company since last 10 to 20 years ,adding cost to the company and not adding value.Their inablity to add value is due to the fact that they lack vision,skills and have stagnated because of their long stay in the same company,as a matter of fact most of the serior management and middle management have started their career with the earstwhile sierr atlanta before it merged with Hitachi consulting.

    Conshowever hard i try i have nothing positive to say about the company.They hire and fire people at will ,I discourage people from the tire 1,tire 2 IT companies to join this hitachi consulting as they will find themselves in Midst of chaos because the company lack processes, values and most importantly allergic to smart ideas and people.

    Advice to Senior Managementwake up and get rid of the congregation of dummys in your top and middle management espicially in India.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Dont join the company

    Senior Consultant (Current Employee)
    Pune (India)

    ProsNo pros since hitachi and sierra Atlantic merger happened. Pune office is looked as parking lot.

    ConsLot 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 Senior ManagementGet above regional bias and act professional

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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