Slalom Consulting Reviews

Updated March 26, 2015
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  1. 4 people found this helpful

    Decent Consulting Company

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

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

    Pros

    * For consultants that do not want to get on a plane, Slalom is a very good choice

    * I met some pretty smart people while I was there

    * All the projects I was on were solutions based projects, where Slalom owned the deliverables

    * Back-office products and technology was nice ie time sheets software, software on your laptop and Intranet

    Cons

    * Very limited MSDN subscription

    * No insight into what the promotion process consist of

    * Slalom is not very diverse. Very few African-Americans and Women at Slalom and very few in leadership positions

    * As others have stated, Slalom consists of a lot of Big-4 type consultants. In Slalom Dallas, many in leadership are from Hitachi Consulting

    * Long commute and absolutely no room to negotiate any type of toll reimbursements

    * Working from home is looked down upon and mostly not an option

    * Extremely corporate and even wearing jeans in the office if you are on the bench is considered inappropriate

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Formalize the promotion process and diversify the leadership. From a diversity standpoint, Slalom Management looks like a group from Mad Men and gives the impression that minorities have no chance of climbing the ladder.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 12 people found this helpful

    Great people, poor benefits

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

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

    Pros

    - The people; HR/Recruiting does a great job finding and hiring amazing people
    - Leadership is great and accessible
    - Strong team atmosphere
    - Lots of collaboration between markets; other consultants are eager to assist and/or answer questions
    - Sabbatical after 6,000 billed hours (75% of pay for 4 weeks; This should be changed to 100% or 100% for 3 weeks; who wants to take a 25% pay cut for a month?)

    Cons

    - Benefits need a lot of improvement; 401k match is atrocious (25% of 6%, potential of 1.5% of salary, only eligible after 1 yr); no paternity leave and only 8 weeks for maternity ; only 7 paid holidays; only 3 weeks PTO and doesn't increase much with tenure; dental insurance is a bad value
    - Policies can feel punitive (bonus only applied to portion of salary, development expenses have to be repaid if you leave within 6 months, sabbatical pay and benefits repaid if you leave within 3 months, must return for a month before being paid for maternity leave)
    - Lot of work is individual in nature, so can be lonely being the only one at a client
    - No reimbursement for mileage/parking at client; also, depending on the client, commute can be very long
    - Career growth/promotion process and requirements are unclear

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Continue to focus on culture and team atmosphere
    - Revisit benefits; specifically the 401k and PTO

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Slalom Consulting Response

    Feb 18, 2015President & Co-founder, North America

    This is John Tobin - Thanks for your insights. We are revisiting our benefits currently and your feedback helps with that. Feel free to reach out to me directly if you ever wanted to talk more ... More

  3. Very Good Company, but not a good fit for me for the time being

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

    I have been working at Slalom Consulting

    Pros

    The company is true to its values of always doing the right thing for its people and its clients. Work-life balance is a priority and you can truly can go and grow at your own speed. There is opportunity and support as long as you are willing to take the initiative and ownership to build your own path.

    Cons

    lacking of vision for growth in some domains. You need to be able to spread yourself across multiple industries or technologies and multiple disciplines.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Love the accessibility of leaders. Keep Slalom special.

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  5. Great for retiring road warriors, not so much for transition from client side

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

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

    Pros

    Pay (for non-skilled positions)
    Variety of work could expand a resume for junior team
    Colleagues selectively picked to have very similar personality types

    Cons

    Big group consulting with the guise of "Local" presence. Same bill or fire attitude
    Management monoculture breeds micromanagement behaviours
    Pay is below scale for technically skilled labor

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful

    Slalom is ok

    • 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 5 years)

    Pros

    People, variable work assignments, Sabbatical

    Cons

    Pay, opportunity for advancement, good-ole-boy network

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    People will leave because of pay - especially in this market.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Slalom Consulting Response

    Feb 18, 2015President & Co-founder, North America

    This is John Tobin - Thanks for your review. We consistently look at how our pay stacks up in the markets we are in, so good reminder to continue to do that on a consistent basis. If you wanted to ... More

  7. positive

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Slalom Consulting full-time

    Pros

    Slalom has a great reputation around town and provides a wide array of practice areas from which customers can take advantage. Those practice areas are a great incubator for sharing ideas and experiences

    Cons

    The company is growing nationally and internationally but most consultants come here for the local aspect, which sometimes gets lost in all of the news about expansion/growth.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  8. One of the best places to work

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Slalom Consulting

    Pros

    1) Great projects
    2) Amazing leadership- Extremely transparent
    3) Awesome learning opportunities

    Cons

    None that I can think of.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the great work

  9. 1 person found this helpful

    Ideal for young professionals, not for working parents

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

    I have been working at Slalom Consulting

    Pros

    1. Numerous learning opportunities. Slalom does a great job providing training/learning resources. I personally love this the best.
    2. Different industry exposure - high learning curves and very helpful for consultants.
    3. Problem-solving skills of managers.
    4. Smart and helpful coworkers.

    Cons

    (Mandatory) Quarterly and ALL the social activities are held after work hours. It's extremely inconvenient for working parents who live far away. Not so much for work-life balance.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Slalom Consulting Response

    Feb 18, 2015President & Co-founder, North America

    This is John Tobin. Thanks for you review and your all your hard work at Slalom. We definitely try to put a lot of events out there so people can collaborate, connect and have fun on a regular ... More

  10. 4 people found this helpful

    The best consulting company, but not perfect

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

    I have been working at Slalom Consulting full-time

    Pros

    I've worked for other consulting companies, and Slalom is leaps and bounds better. Leadership truly cares about the happiness of consultants. There are multiple different career paths a consultant can choose, work/life balance is amazing, consultants can choose to take on more responsibilities at their office, or just do their client work and go home.

    Cons

    Slalom 100% keeps the promise of work/life balance that they make to their consultants. However, consultants see that once their peers are promoted to jobs with additional responsibilities, the promise of work left balance is broken. The mandatory billable hour requirements of leadership roles do not come even close to making up for the additional responsibilities, so people in leadership work many more hours than consultants. This is created a problem in which many consultants do not want to be promoted.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reduce the billable hour goals of leadership roles

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Slalom Consulting Response

    Feb 11, 2015Communications Manager

    Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts. It's good that the career paths available to you and the work/life balance are positives for you. I will ensure that leadership hears your ... More

  11. A lot of dudes

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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 (more than a year)

    Pros

    Good energy and they treat employees well. Generous work/life balance

    Cons

    Very disappointed in the lack of diversity in senior leadership. While there are very smart women in the company, senior leadership is all the same.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Follow through on your promise.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Slalom Consulting Response

    Feb 11, 2015Communications Manager

    Thank you for taking the time to leave a review and provide some feedback. I'm happy to hear that the work/life balance and energy/treatment of employees are working for you. I will be sure to pass ... More

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