Hitachi Consulting

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Hitachi Consulting Reviews in Seattle, WA

Updated November 6, 2014
Updated November 6, 2014
379 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.  

    Fantastic place to start a career, but not the right place for me to grow

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Consultant in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Consultant in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    The people when I started were excellent - I admired the leaders and my peers from my local office. I worked here directly out of undergrad and was given great opportunities to work in different industries and in different functional areas. Better work life balance than most consultancies

    Cons

    Experiences and expectations differ widely by which office you are in and what your background is. Pay increase is slow until you are eligible for performance compensation. Leadership at the company level (not the office-level) is disconnected.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hiring definitely needs improvement - the consultants hired out of undergrad are the most talented people at the company, and I often felt like I was picking up slack for poor MBA and experienced hires (who were brought in at a higher salary level than I ever attained).

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    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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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 an 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
  3.  

    They have a good management and control structure, commitment to scope of the implementation effort.

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

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

    Pros

    There were additional opportunities to grow, develop,and improve through self-study research and volunteering.

    Cons

    There was a sense of lack of motivation and supportive work environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To motivate their employees through friendly and supportive work environment.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 4 people found this helpful  

    Lacking Leadership, Horrible Pay, Zero Merit Based Recognition

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

    I worked at Hitachi Consulting

    Pros

    Good place to start a career
    Lots of training opportunities
    Nice people to work with

    Cons

    CEO and executives are out of touch
    Employee recognition programs are insulting
    Incentive compensation does not exist
    Salary is terrible
    No Bonuses
    Too much overhead
    Team culture has evaporated
    Too cheap to splurge on employees
    Staff augmentation projects
    Limited opportunities

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get with the times. Completely overhaul compensation and recognition programs. Get rid of the people who are coasting. Reward the employees who deserve it - not the ones who have been there a long time.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 4 people found this helpful  

    great potential - poor leadership so far

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

    I have been working at Hitachi Consulting

    Pros

    - great people
    - great staffing process

    Cons

    - non-competitive compensation
    - declining talent

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - fix compensation

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Hitachi Consulting a great place to build a career

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

    I have been working at Hitachi Consulting

    Pros

    Company is serious about personal development and training, strong training program which is unusual for a consulting firm today
    Business is growing which means more opportunity for career development

    Cons

    Company is experiencing organic growth this year and resources are highly utilized right now which is great but need to hire more people in select areas soon or run the risk of burn-out

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consulting core needs to get more integrated into the practice areas
    Company is very community oriented but needs to do a better job of communicating externally about all of the great things we do in our local communities

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great People, Low Pay

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

    I have been working at Hitachi Consulting

    Pros

    The people are great at all levels.
    Local VP team has strong vision and commitment to the team.
    Lots of Training and Development

    Cons

    Very confusing national model reorg being deployed by Senior Execs.
    Pay is terrible compared to the competition
    Almost all work is at Microsoft in Seattle

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There has been very poor communication around the reorg and national model. Many people came to Hitachi to not have to travel each week so we feel cheated.

    Pay is not in alignment with competition and we are losing a lot of good people

    I'm truly worried about our long-term viability in Seattle

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

    Wonderful people, not so wonderful comp

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

    I have been working at Hitachi Consulting

    Pros

    - Great people - smart, fun, easy to work with
    - Strong emphasis on culture
    - Interesting opportunities and clients
    - Very open about feedback and growth
    - Structured career development program
    I absolutely love the people I work with. They are intelligent, driven and really fun! It makes a hard job easier knowing that I'm coming in to work with this team. They have been great about giving time off for personal stuff - dr appts, etc.

    Cons

    - Comp comp comp. No raise for 2.5 years... come on
    - Sick days included as your vacation days boo
    - A little hard to know where you fit sometimes in terms of solutions & functions

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay your people well. If you can afford to make acquisitions & hire that many new Cs & SCs, then you should be able to compensate the people that you already have, and that have supported the company through some tough times. We all took one for the team (no raises) and now you need to show us we're appreciated members of the team.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Has been a good opportunity for me

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager Consulting Services in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Manager Consulting Services in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Hitachi Consulting

    Pros

    One of the few companies in the last 20 years that has focused on my personal growth and development
    Opportunity to work with smart people
    Knowledge sharing between peers
    Support by local management

    Cons

    Onboarding processes is an opportunity for improvement

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire more people

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 5 people found this helpful  

    Good place to work to gain experience, but after that it's time to move on!

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

    I have been working at Hitachi Consulting

    Pros

    Training
    Growth in Knowledge and Experience
    Some great individuals at the management level
    Cultural Environment

    Cons

    Pay is lower than most consulting firms
    No 401K Match
    Benefits packages aren't fantastic
    Slow growth for employees
    Several managers who should not be managing people

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Ensure that the people who are managing should actually be managing people. Some may have a lot of knowledge or experience in a certain area, but that doesn't mean they should be managing people. May want to first work on a getting out of this rough economy before your try to start to reorg. Pay more for you employees and less on acquisitions

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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