Hitachi Consulting

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Hitachi Consulting Reviews

Updated December 2, 2014
Updated December 2, 2014
378 Reviews
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378 Reviews
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Review Highlights

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. 1 person found this helpful  

    The Acquisition Growth Model .....

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Director in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Hitachi 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 ....

    Cons

    The 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 ManagementAdvice

    Build 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.

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

    Adventures of a Road Warrior

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Hitachi Consulting full-time

    Pros

    Every 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.

    Cons

    First 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 ManagementAdvice

    People 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.

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

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager, Specialized Services
    Current Employee - Manager, Specialized Services

    I have been working at Hitachi Consulting full-time (more than an year)

    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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Dont join the company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Pune (India)
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Pune (India)

    I have been working at Hitachi Consulting full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    No pros since hitachi and sierra Atlantic merger happened. Pune office is looked as parking lot.

    Cons

    Lot 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 ManagementAdvice

    Get above regional bias and act professional

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Worst Company to work

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

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

    Pros

    1. Never Join this company...anytime can get surprise
    2 . they can withdraw offer letter anytime during your resignation
    3. Joining day they can force you to sign some contract
    4. Worst Management and policy

    Cons

    1. Never Join this company...anytime can get surprise
    2 . they can withdraw offer letter anytime during your resignation
    3. Joining day they can force you to sign some contract
    4. Worst Management and policy

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give paper and join fish market

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Has generally been very good, but in the last couple of years with new leadership in the US, things have deteriorated.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Hitachi Consulting full-time

    Pros

    Good, fun, smart people on projects

    Cons

    US Leadership team lacks ability to lead and motivate people. Vertical Industry teams are hostile to horizontal Solutons teams

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Cautionary to those who wish to join Hitachi Consulting India which plays hire and fire game.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Bangalore (India)
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Bangalore (India)

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

    Pros

    Duration of stay in office(Punch in & punch out time)min. 5 hours, if you join in mid level or senior management you can read newspaper or carry news paper to the office as well.

    Cons

    The curse on the company is it has inherited dead mass in form of old employees (working in organization more than 10 to 20 year from sierra atlanta) who have been punching and lunching all the while ,they lost touch with industry trends, technology and most importantly lack vision, the company hires people based on the pipeline rather than actual purchase order in hand, when the conversion of pipeline to PO’s is not materialized the people on bench or people hired for the projects in pipeline are vulnerable to getting fired for no mistake of theirs.

    The most risky aspect is that company is heavily dependent on 2 to 3 clients engagements (which has resources of 50 to 100 on each engagement) any major budget cuts/pull back by the clients has a cascading effect on the company increasing its headcount on the bench, since the company is heavy on the top management , they cannot maintain a bench of 10%(which is bear minimal in any organization)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of your idle dead mass(Senior and Mid Level Management in India ) Mr. CEO.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Horrible work environment

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Irvine, CA

    I have been working at Hitachi Consulting full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Big company
    Brand name
    Can't really think of much more than that

    Cons

    Disorganized
    Left hand does not know what right hand is doing

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Follow through on commitments. Promises are made and never delivered.
    Care about employees

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

    Terrible company to work for

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Director in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Director in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    Hitachi Brand;
    Decent Oracle practice;
    global company

    Cons

    Management has no vision; does not treasure people, view them as a tool to make money; wants to compete as Tier 1 consultant but in reality far from it and has no idea how to get there
    All that management knows is to buy buy buy to inflate the market value of the company
    Low pay, meager severance,

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    really go about treating the employess as asset instead of paying lip service
    treat people with respect and dignity
    establish medium to long term plans that are not just focusing on the bottom line

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Horrible Senior Management in Irvine Office

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Consultant in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Consultant in Irvine, CA

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

    Pros

    Convenient Location Very close to freeway

    Cons

    Senior Project Managers in Irvine office very terrible. They work for company last 10 years. Dont know technology. Unprofessional. One of them tells "You are a moron". They very deceiving. They don't like your work even when you work is good. Stay away from Irvine office. They use you and then throw you and lie to higher management that you dont work. They very unprofessional cunning. Work for los angeles office not irvine office. Very disappointed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fire senior managers in Irvine office. Dont matter if they work for company last 10 years. They very terrible

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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