Slalom Consulting Reviews

Updated June 26, 2015
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Slalom Consulting CEO Brad Jackson
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Pros
  • When they say work life balance - they mean it (in 88 reviews)

  • Great Culture; Interesting projects; Challenging work; Opportunities to grow and Choose your career path (in 29 reviews)

Cons
  • It's also been a challenge to maintain work life balance as we've grown (in 9 reviews)

  • career path is not totally clear (in 16 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Amazing Company!!!

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Internal in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Internal in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Slalom Consulting

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Probably the most generous company I've ever worked for. This is one of the great perks of working for a company that is privately held and truly cares about it's people. The company culture is fantastic, there are honestly so many people here that I would be friends with outside of work, so the people are amazing. There are always team building events happening which brings the group together (even more important in a consulting firm where everyone is typically spread out at clients).

    Cons

    There are a few who have been promoted into leadership (CSL, BDE) that have you scratching your head as to why they were put in those positions to begin with. But the other senior leaders are pretty much great people both in LA and OC.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to grow but be careful that the people you are promoting into sales oriented leadership roles will actually SELL something. I think a little accountability would be great in this area.

    Slalom Consulting Response

    Jun 30, 2015Communications Manager

    Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts. It's great to hear that both your colleagues and the general company culture are resonating with you. Your feedback regarding increasing sales ... More


  2. Helpful (3)

    Promotes creativity

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

    I have been working at Slalom Consulting full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Empowers employees to take up independent roles

    Cons

    They need to reach out to wider market spectrum.


  3. Consultant

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Consultant
    Current Employee - Consultant

    I have been working at Slalom Consulting (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Slalom has amazing people and culture

    Cons

    Can't think of any right now

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work


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  5. Helpful (2)

    Loving my future

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Solution Architect in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Solution Architect in Dallas, TX

    I have been working at Slalom Consulting full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Slalom has built a culture and business model around people. Leadership bases strategies on what will make Slalom the best company to work for. Slalom also seeks out projects and clients that will provide challenge and great opportunity. New ideas are not only encouraged, they are nurtured. Diversity, authenticity and individuality are also greatly valued.

    Cons

    Lacking a more structured consulting training and development program. Mentoring varies greatly where some consistency could be more effective.

    Advice to Management

    Stay the course. I have absolute confidence in the leadership of Slalom and the direction the company is headed. The key will be in keeping the culture while the company grows and matures.


  6. Helpful (2)

    review

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

    I have been working at Slalom Consulting

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexibility, Events, Agile, Care for their employees

    Cons

    Compared to the Job market there really are not any cons


  7. Helpful (3)

    Good Culture, Middle Management Issues

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Management Consultant in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Management Consultant in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Slalom Consulting full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    One of the best cultures I've seen in consulting.
    Definite push toward being fair and equal to all genders, ethnic groups, orientations, etc.
    Visible effort to receive anonymous employee feedback and try to address concerns.
    Strong push towards hiring women.
    Some Training Opportunities

    Cons

    Upper Management have vision. Middle management has problems. New managers very lacking management experience.

    High chance of being placed into roles unrelated to your background at some point in your time at Slalom.
    Middle Management downward communication is very poor. I awaited responses to emails for upwards of 6-12 months.

    Upper Management advocates that if a project isn't for you for whatever reason (skills, people, etc), you can talk to your people manager about it, but in my experience they ignore you.

    The company has prided itself on aiding you take the next step in your career.
    I spent so much time assigned to a role that had nothing to do with my expertise/ past experience (in a different practice than mine) that my people manager started telling people I was better suited for it. My P.M. started realizing some of my prior skills after being in management for a year. I felt like I went backwards in my career because I kept waiting on / going back and forth with my People Manager.

    Be wary. I think this company is much better if you're on the management consulting side, because they're better connected internally.
    Technical Consultants can be put in the back-burner and ignored.

    Advice to Management

    Split PAL and People Manager Roles. Provide Checks and Balances for Middle Manager communication.


  8. Helpful (20)

    Don't believe the hype and look elsewhere

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

    I have been working at Slalom Consulting full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The commitment to work-life balance is embedded in Slalom's culture and the firm does not have a shortage of events for employees.

    Cons

    The downside of the local model of consulting means that most of the projects are staff augmentation and really have nothing to do with consulting. The Managing Directors seem to be aloof, at best, about the prospects of moving into true strategy consulting and I have found that overall the leaders in the practice groups are not terribly interested in finding a project that fits personal and career development goals.

    Slalom also is incredibly disorganized with a complete aversion to anything that might be classified as "Big Four." Proposals and bus dev work are ad-hoc and not well executed, and it's difficult to understand the long-term plan when it seems like every consultant is just scrambling for the next project.

    Advice to Management

    Commit to strategy consulting and truly recognizing that your growing company cannot operate as it once did when it was fewer than 200 consultants. Improve the overall compensation and development process with more transparency and accountability to people managers to actually articulate reasons behind evaluations and suggest areas for improvement.


  9. Helpful (2)

    Consultant

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Slalom Consulting full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great positive atmosphere. Super cool people. High energy. Local clients

    Cons

    Harder to integrate as a working parent. Most Slalom events in the evening. PTO is not sufficient.


  10. Helpful (3)

    Stable company with great people

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

    I worked at Slalom Consulting

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - Very collaborative work environment
    - Great work life balance
    - Freedom to try new paths and gain skill sets
    - Company is growing aggressively

    Cons

    - Work tends to be more staff-aug focused
    - Company is in the midst of a cultural change, where it has to be more defined (both for customers and employees), therefore, some of the flexibility has become more limited
    - Pay tends to be on the lower end
    - No clear career development path

    Advice to Management

    Explain to employees what is expected of them to move forward, and what that path looks like.


  11. Helpful (2)

    Practice Leader

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

    I worked at Slalom Consulting full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great team of highly talented consultants, focus on how to do consulting differently to maximize value for the clients and the consultants, entrepreneurial leadership and culture.

    Cons

    Rapid growth sometimes created unhealthy pressure on top line vs. profitability.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to grow the culture and embrace the skills and personalities of every new hire.



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