Slalom Consulting

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Pros
  • For those who want to take a balanced approach work-life balance is strongly supported (in 84 reviews)

  • Great Culture, strong consultants, pushing towards a services oriented model placing teams to deliver results to clients (in 24 reviews)


Cons
  • Staff Aug everywhere even when they say it's not it is what it is (in 16 reviews)

  • Too much staff augmentation projects (in 16 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Best Place to Work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Work/Life Balance
    Great Clients
    Great Co-Workers
    Great Culture!

    Cons

    Personal Development is more up to the individual to foster their own learning/career advancement.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great company for self motivated employees

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

    I have been working at Slalom Consulting full-time

    Pros

    Great network of experienced and talented people
    Good work/life balance
    Great culture
    Great professional development support

    Cons

    PTO is better than before, but still below average
    focus on growth and utilization means staff aug is still very common

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please be pickier what contracts we take on. Utilization and growth get lots of attention but they aren't the only things that matter.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great company for a self-starter

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Solutions Architect in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Solutions Architect in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Great culture and management listens to employees. Some fantastic co-workers. Have to be a go-getter and self-starter. As they have a mix of Management Consultants and Technical Consultants there is a lot of variety in the projects they get called in for.

    Cons

    Still a lot of staff augmentation type work. Benefits still on the leaner side. Improving though.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't just focus on growth, but hiring the right people and focus on the long-term strategic vision to become a top-notch consulting company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Good for a transition off the road if you're technical and/or seeking PM/BA work

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

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

    Pros

    - Smart, down-to-earth co-workers and a culture that fosters collaboration
    - Flat organizational structure with (mostly) approachable leadership
    - Local model minimizes or eliminates air travel, unless part of a national practice
    - Lots of latitude to grow your career in a way you see fit (as long as it fits within a practice)
    - Decent salary, especially for the size of the firm and the type of work
    - Very good technology consulting practices (especially Microsoft)

    Cons

    - Expensive (but improving) benefits; slowly accruing PTO
    - Lack of strategic, challenging big-picture roles in favor of staff-aug and basic PM/BA assignments (as many others have alluded to)
    - Lack of an effective brand name (and good projects) in the management/business consulting arena
    - Increasingly high turnover is stripping many of the firm's most talented players
    - Growing trend towards hiring college grads/younger consultants keeps the culture fresh, but is infusing it with more politics and jockeying for recognition

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop relying on ridiculously boring staff-aug gigs to meet utilization targets and start prioritizing work that will help build long-term trust and success at key clients. This will help keep A-players from leaving to work for competitors and/or the same clients who initially retained their services.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    A lot going on

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    Ambitious company growing at an incredible pace
    Great people excited to be here
    Strong focus on culture in hiring
    Still relatively new company so great opportunity for influence as to how things are done
    Ownership opportunities for those who have been with a company a long time

    Cons

    Company is growing so quickly that the "culture" is unsustainable
    Deference to culture fit precludes a lot of talented candidates who could advance the company in other ways
    A lot of reinventing the wheel

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Busy doesn't equal productive. It's better to focus on a couple key initiatives and execute them well, rather than take on 200% capacity and juggle a bunch of projects that don't get the attention they deserve. Prioritize and execute!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Poor project management but great employee management

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at Slalom Consulting

    Pros

    The pay is competitive.
    Those without egos are great to work with (how's that for a passive aggressive compliment).
    The company does go by it's motto -- work hard, play hard.

    Cons

    They put you into difficult, stress-heavy, no-win situations.
    Those with egos (and there are more of them that not) are nearly impossible to work with.
    Watch your back.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Spend more time getting good project management and technical leads with good communication skills in place.
    Do a better job of getting customer's expectations in line BEFORE putting "boots on the ground".
    Spend more money on training than on parties or off-sites.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Good to get you off the road, difficult to continue with strategic work to grow your career

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

    I worked at Slalom Consulting full-time

    Pros

    - No travel model
    - Good culture
    - Happy hours, quarterly meetings and annual get away
    - Strong IT/Technical practices
    - Sabbatical after three years (and 3,000 billable hours ...they fail to highlight this point)

    Cons

    The following mainly speak to the Business Consulting practice in the Dallas market
    - Staff Augmentation type work
    - Weak Business Consulting practice
    - Little to no strategy work in the Dallas office. Majority of the work is Project Management and Business Analysis.
    - Recent hires are coming in with zero consulting experience
    - No practice specialty in the Dallas market to grow or build around
    - Little transparency when requested (evaluations, bonuses, staffing, etc)
    - Very few opportunities for career advancement

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Stop with the cheesy mantras and reorgs. It happens every year and it never seems to fix the underlying problems. Getting naked to rowing the boats to being great ...the longer you have been with the firm the more frustrating all of this gets.
    - Dallas leadership needs to learn how to play nice with one another. For a small firm, there are a lot of politics and personalities that do not mesh well. It IS apparent to the consultants and there are some questionable hires up top as well.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great company

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

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

    Pros

    Great people and a great company, the consultants get to work in their home town.

    Cons

    Great company, I think management does a great job,

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Doing a great job, keep it up.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great projects and a company that cares about its people

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Consultant in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Consultant in Atlanta, GA

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

    Pros

    Compelling projects that allow you to showcase and grow your skills. A senior leadership team that makes time and effort to get to know consultants both personally and professionally. A culture that provides a fun environment and leads to people that enjoy spending time together in and out of the office.

    Cons

    Experience has been almost entirely positive, however, at times, there could be more transparency in the staffing process.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue building the management consulting practice areas so that they remain successful. Make sure we are able to keep our culture as we grow and expand.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Overall

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Consultant in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Consultant in Atlanta, GA

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

    Pros

    Great culture and place to work

    Cons

    Not a defined career path

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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