Slalom Consulting Reviews

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

  • Great flexible career path- but it is up to you to pick/choose where you want to go (in 16 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (12)

    Management walks the walk

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

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

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

    Pros

    Great energy, growing business, by far the best people.

    Most of all I can honestly say that this is the first consulting company where I feel "in control" of my destiny without being asked to sell out. I feel that leadership wants consultants to carve their own path, make their own game.

    Cons

    So far so good. I hear a few minor complaints from other consultants about the usual... "client is difficult to deal with", "why didn't I get a promotion", etc. My experience so far has been nothing but positive. I feel like the promotion process is very generous and clear.

    Advice to Management

    What Slalom has is special. I like the freedom to blaze my own trail and work "my way". Please do not make the promotion process some sort of formalized process that pits consultants against one another like other big 4 consulting companies. Collaboration is currency. I #lovemyfuture #withslalom.

    Slalom Consulting Response

    Mar 20, 2015Communications Manager

    Thank you for taking the time to leave a review. It's great that you are enjoying your colleagues and the work as well as the unique culture we have here. Your feedback regarding steering clear of ... More

  2. Better than most!

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

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

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

    Pros

    Opportunities are plentiful for those who bring a willingness to work hard to realize their ambitions.
    Fast growing company leading to increased opportunities for all.
    Innovative career development framework available for consultants who understand that in order to advance your career you must be proactive.
    Get to work with some very smart and creative people.
    Constantly being challenged to grow and develop professionally.
    Good salary and overall benefits.

    Cons

    Typical cons of working for any consulting firm; unknown and typically longer commute times, complex and challenging work with tight deadlines, higher standards expected of your work product, work assignments can vary greatly sometimes interesting roles but other times staff augmentation.

    I love consulting! I love the variety and the challenges of my role, but it can be tough. Clients will typically blame the consulting firm before taking any responsibility, but most consultants are professional enough to take it on the chin and move forward.

    It's a tough job but I get to work with some amazing people at Slalom which makes it all worthwhile. If I wanted an easy job I would have been frightened away by the challenges of consulting long ago.

    Advice to Management

    Keep growing Slalom, more growth provides better opportunities for our people. Don't forget that People are at the center of what makes Slalom great.

  3. You are the owner of your success

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Very flexible company, great people, good opportunities, growing, good leaders, active in the community

    Cons

    PTO, still some staff aug situations as we grow client relationships

    Advice to Management

    Increase PTO

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  5. Helpful (2)

    Great people but sub-par assignments and 2nd tier management issues

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

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

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

    Pros

    The people are wonderful and very sharp. The culture is amazing. The company hosts great quarterly reviews and the annual retreat with significant others is awesome. The GM is top notch at what he does, personable, humble and remembers everyone.

    Cons

    Assignments won't necessarily be within your professional expertise and staff aug assignments aren't out of the realm of possibility. Resisting a staff aug assignment or one that is not close to your profession is highly frowned upon. You take what you're given. Too many members of the 2nd tier of management seem to be more concerned with selling anything that they don't take the time to think whether it's a good fit for the company or the consultants. You're at their mercy. Top management talks about meaningful work for us but it's just talk due to some of their direct reports. They need to review the motivation and work of their 2nd tier managers.

    Volunteering for internal projects seems more like a mandate than an option. If you're not active internally then it can be looked upon negatively. Internal contributions outside of your full-time assignment are expected. Doesn't seem to matter if you have a family or long commute, it is in your best interest to volunteer when it comes to raise and bonus time.

    3 weeks of PTO is sub-par.

    Advice to Management

    Take a step back and really look at the assignments being handed out against the skill set of the consultant. It's not fair to bring in people who are seasoned professionals then place them in a staff aug assignment or an assignment that is outside of their profession. Making record numbers feels good but at what cost are they being met?

  6. Helpful (8)

    Interesting, awkward, misleading, and fun people, all rolled into one.

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Pay is pretty good. Easy to make some fast $. Some leaders are true leaders. Seek them out and learn with them. Others are manage-up only. Avoid them like the plague, they're only self serving. Not a lot of travel, although I did travel to conference and management meetings outside of Chicago. Profit sharing and extra $ incentives for people at my level. I've been promoted, I've been respected, but the pats-on-the-back only go so far.

    Cons

    Flat-out miserable benefits. Not the best insurance. Terrible PTO structure. Having a child? Forget Maternity or Paternity. Pay for it yourself, use up your PTO, and then lose money. 401k or other investments? Poor selection and one of the lowest company contributions I've ever had in 18 years. If you're at the managing director level you are allowed to invest in the company's private growth - i.e. shares. Not atypical to need to invest $100K of your own capital. This is absurd! I understand the reasons for wanting that cash infusion based on the equity structure, but many of the best places competing for talent give substantial options/equity at a fraction of that cost, and only have very short vesting times. Employees working for more innovative companies see a MUCH higher upside when it comes to employee equity. I've experienced it myself. Management is hit or miss. Some are very misleading. Some are very collaborative and helpful. I think they all care, just not about you or your success. I suppose this happens everywhere. However Slalom advertises how different they are, and it just isn't. Very Anderson-Accenture like. You can rock the heck out of a project and a client can rave about you, but if a certain PAD or MD has hesitations for any reason or has a favorite, you're getting nailed. I've been in the reviews, I've seen and heard it. The culture and drinking fest is not optional. You don't show up to enough of them, it is career suicide. If you're in management and you don't show up, you're frowned upon. These are great for networking, but honestly, it has turned into more of a role-call in a way. Constantly shifting or moving standards to measure people. Even when you think you've got it down, it can change based on someone's perceptions. Look I loved my time for what it's worth, but there are MUCH better alternatives for smart people wanting to stretch themselves and do great work. Many people here talk like they chose Slalom over McKinsey or other awesome startups or big players like Facebook or Apple or Boston Consulting Group. The people here just are not there. They're good but they're not that upper crust capable or the amazing that is present in these top companies.

    Advice to Management

    Provide more true value. Much of what has happened at Slalom, and the Chicago office as well has been to nurture thought innovation and then have techies bill the hell out of a company. Slalom is not a forward thinking company when it comes to technology or innovation. Only very select projects will truly keep sophisticated and engaged technologists and thinkers happy. Example: highest level of the company pitches me on taking on leadership role at an existing client. Good role description, great opportunity, nice alignment. Perfect, right? Not even close. Poor structure in place at client (I wonder how they can be so happy with Slalom?) Not a great team building experience, use cases and work to be done is not even close to what I was sold on, and then largely I am told that if I want to do the work I was told I'd be doing -I need to create that role for my self by making the client see me as the value provider for something they don't want in the fist place. OK, I understand making yourself invaluable, pitching our brand, brining amazing value. But there is a point when Senior Management has to be more transparent. it's about trust. When it is broken, it's broken. I'm all about taking one for the team, but there needs to be that trust and team concept. if I'm going into a rat-hole, let me know ahead of time. Let me be ready to help in that capacity.

  7. Great Company!!!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Accountant in West Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Accountant in West Seattle, WA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Slalom Consulting strives to better each and every one of their employees, not only for the growth of the company, but for the growth of each individual. While the employees here work hard to better Slalom, Slalom works hard to create better lives and opportunities for each employee. Slalom has an amazing culture, that really feels like a team.

    Cons

    I have no cons!

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work, and never lose sight of who we are!

  8. Love Your Future!

    • 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

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

    Pros

    Great culture, amazing talent, growing firm and great work life balance

    Cons

    Growing firms lacks the formal structure of a big 4 firm. While this is not necessarily a bad thing it may be a challenge for those from that background to adapt.

  9. Helpful (2)

    Overall positive but not sure how long I'll stay due to the weight of the cons

    • 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

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

    Pros

    Work life balance, most of the time at least
    Professional development
    Local model
    Challenging work most of the time and local market is growing
    Entrepreneurial feel
    Smart and experienced colleagues who care about the client and performance
    Good direct boss
    Culture is casual and fun. At least it is on the off chance you’re in the office or get to make it to a happy hour, retreat, or the other many hosted events. The events are fun and the effort is appreciated but it is just hard to get to them when you’re working long hours at a client site. It seems the internal staff benefit from these more than consultants.

    Cons

    PTO is pretty awful and sabbatical is kind of a joke because it takes too long to earn, especially when a consultant ends up on the bench and it is not their fault. And consultants lose sabbatical if they promote to even the first level of management.
    401k match is pitiful. Many of us talk about how we plan to stay only a few years as a reprieve from the intensity of our previous firms or employers but will need to go to a new company to focus on retirement planning.
    Promotion requires selling and there is no insight offered into what your new pay could be so you can decide if the extra time and energy investment would be worth it.
    It is tough that the local area is so large so it can mean a long commute depending on where your client is.
    Culture is good, but a lot of it is just good branding or applies if you are an internal employee. The people in the office seem close and very 'Slalom' because they can go to all of this stuff regularly.
    Some members of the leadership team have reputations that make consultants avoid their projects or team or even leave the company.

    Advice to Management

    Improve the 401k and PTO. It makes no sense to see how these have been ongoing issues for many years and still no improvement. Give up some happy hours and events for better vacation and retirement.

    Look closer at the management team feedback and their feedback. Some are amazing to use Slalom’s words and some are not. What is the point of the manager delivering on numbers if people avoid working for them. That can be a successful model for only so long. It also erodes the company culture and employee base desire to stay long term.

    Don’t focus too much on the new cross practice goals so much that you lose meaningful and deep work in the specific practices. Consultants will not be happy if it comes to mean watered down work in areas they aren’t passionate about just to show we worked across practices and meet the goals so the management team is rewarded. These goals could have unintended consequences.

    Keep trying and keep doing the things in the PRO list. The positive intention of the founders and top management team is appreciated. There are many good things about the company but the negative things must be addressed, especially when we are growing so much, or we will lose what makes the company special - and the employees that make it both special and successful.

  10. Helpful (1)

    Good people, struggling to find their niche in Southern California

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

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

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

    Pros

    The corporate culture is very employee-eccentric and they diligently tried to be one of the best places to work.

    Cons

    In the Southern California market, the company struggled to find the service offerings to produce consistent revenues. High turnover and some executive friction prevented the company from replicating its success in other markets.

    Advice to Management

    Need to decide what you want to be: Microsoft VAR (SharePoint/CRM), Staff Aug PMs, Business Intelligence, Java Developers, .NET developers, Digital Marketing, or Technology Organizational Design Shop. You can't be all things to all people and being too small to gain critical mass in any one area will continue to frustrate consultants and clients.

    Slalom Consulting Response

    Apr 3, 2015President & Co-founder, North America

    This is John Tobin. Thanks for the review and your 3 years working at Slalom. Southern California has been an interesting ride for us and I can appreciate the consistency comment. I feel as we ... More

  11. Helpful (4)

    DO NOT FALL FOR THE GLASSDOOR/RECRUITING HYPE! STAFF AUG BODY SHOP AT ITS FINEST.

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Opportunity to work with some pretty sharp consultants.

    There are office events however if you are a billable consultant, you won't have time to participate. Otherwise, your client owns you pretty much.

    Cons

    Slalom employs a large team of recruiters, all of whom blast social media with a lot of hype about company culture and the "awesomeness" of the company. I was approached by a recruiter on LinkedIn to have an initial "conversation" to be a part of their Technology Practice. Pretty standard experience questions, nothing technical. Additional "conversations" took place and I go on to meet other members of the team and then eventually the Practice Area Director to assess if I am a "fit" for the team and the culture. Slalom makes me an offer which in retrospect, I regretfully accept. The company was sold to me as being generally "awesome" and NO STAFF AUG. It can't be that bad right?

    Onto my first "local" client (conveniently 40+ miles away). In this role, I was essentially thrown/augmented onto an already failing project which was already a few weeks over deadline (margins cut, etc). After a few weeks of working in this sweatshop like a good little sheep, project is finally completed however at the expense of the quality of the work and deployment.

    From what I've heard it's commonplace here for projects to be underestimated which results in extremely stressful deliverables for the technical resources actually working on the projects. What a great way to start you new career at Slalom!

    It gets better....

    Onto my next project. For this one, I was essentially staffed (augmented) to build an application using technologies that I had no experience ever using (or ever claimed to have the experience) with no ramp up time or training. Long story short, I got out of the project early and they found some other sheep to do the job. At this point, I realize that staff aug is a recurring theme across all projects from what I've seen, with work being assigned to resources with very little regard to their skill sets (despite what the recruiter will tell you how Slalom does not staff augment, it's very much a body shop). Truly not much learning on the job and opportunities to do so are scarce due to the aggressive deadlines around which all projects are sold. Slalom is a small shop with limited resources, so you will find that all project deliverables are "urgent".

    It can't all be bad though right? I see the light at the end of the tunnel and it looks like an exit sign!

    This is a life lesson. If something sounds too good to be true it absolutely is. I know when to cut my losses and only a few months in and I am headed for the exit. Slalom has taken from me months of my life which I will never get back. Never again.

    Advice to Management

    Work on more competitive benefits for employees, specifically around 401K - they deserve better.

    Other than that, just glad to be out.

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