Slalom Consulting Reviews

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Pros
  • Work-life balance is a priority and you can truly can go and grow at your own speed (in 61 reviews)

  • Great culture and management listens to employees (in 21 reviews)


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

  • A lot of roles fall in the "staff augmentation" category (in 15 reviews)

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    A growing company with great potential

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Consultant  in  Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Consultant in Portland, OR

    I have been working at Slalom Consulting

    Pros

    - Fantastic, experienced, smart people to work with (no junior consultants!)
    - Lots of opportunities to help grow the business - both internally and externally (sales)
    - Super friendly culture with lots of social events
    - Low key, laid-back attitude balanced with high standards of delivery
    - Great facilities for such a small company
    - Highly flexible work environment - you can really live the consulting lifestyle here!
    - No travel unless you want to
    - Great salary and vacation
    - Very hands-off management, because they only hire senior consultants they trust you to do your job, manage your client, and work with your team

    Cons

    - Small market limits type of work and clients, which means sometimes you just have to do what you have to do!
    - No junior consultants means you have to do all the dirty work too :)
    - Benefits package is mediocre at best, I'm paying a lot more out of pocket
    - Flexibility comes with risk - if you're on the bench you only get paid 50% of your salary
    - Because it is a growing, small company - bad infrastructure (slow network, no knowledge management, very little process in place)
    - Just starting to define career paths - very little career management in place so you really have to find your own way

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - A more robust process around the biz dev pipeline that leverages people who want to help could result in a more stable pipeline and improved account management
    - Need some more focus on building expert communities and intellectual capital that can be shared across the nation

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2. 15 people found this helpful  

    Bait & Switch Model - Read "Staff Aug Firm, Recruiting as Consulting/Advisory"

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager  in  Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at Slalom Consulting

    Pros

    Most people are nice, and there's a general feeling of camaraderie. Company's big into social gatherings and celebrating. Known for its Technology arm and if you are in to then you may be able to work on some pretty slick work i.e. mobile & portals/collaboration.

    Cons

    Incumbents be aware! The awards are all manipulated and do not reflect reality. The interview process is just for the sake of building a resource pipeline. They will not hire ahead of revenues, so you'll be kept in a perpetual holding pattern until something strikes unless there's a big need and almost anyone can get hired, which is why the culture is eroding and morale issues are cropping up all over. These past 2-3 mos have seen a high amount of attrition as smart people have caught the scent of deceit.

    The comp model is very convoluted and sub par in comparison to other professional services firms as are the benefits. PTO is unbelievably absurd and no sick days. General benefits are sub par and 401K is only applicable after 6 mos of service. Performance incentives, recruiting/business developement bonuses are all subjective with no real meaningful measures.

    The recruiters will sell the so-called "no travel policy" until you are sick in the head, but conveniently forgets to mention that you'll be commuting all over metro ATL, averaging 40+ miles one way. Staff aug is the flavor of the season; no matter how hard leadership tries to sell "consulting" work, clients don't look at Slalom as an advisor, just simply as a staff shop. You'll be PM'ing until you are blue in the face, working 50 hours a week. Your Big 4/large consultancy skill set will rust as you'll never get to use it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please stop the subjective based, frat-boy mentality management styles! Put some structure in place, carve-out an operating direction i.e. augmentation vs consulting and stick to it. Be open from the beginning, none of this bait & switch tactics. People are leaving after being hired <6 mos into the jobs as a result of this deceitful practice. Fuel your anticipated growth areas within your service offerings. Local P&L reporting vs. national delivery is a self inflicting wound as nothing gets accomplished.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 7 people found this helpful  

    Think twice

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Client Solution Partner  in  Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Client Solution Partner in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Slalom Consulting

    Pros

    Good reputation. Some smart folks with lots of experience.

    Cons

    Not sure how on earth they got their good reputation! Poor management at a the consulting level. This firm is really a staff aug firm that diguises themselves as a solutions firm. Very disappointing experience if you are a seasoned consultant. Very territorial behavior by all and very cliquy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't lie to folks during the interview process. Be clear of job role, type of work and the fact that you will to keep yourself billable.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Excellent consulting firm alternative to the big four

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Consultant  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Consultant in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Slalom Consulting

    Pros

    The culture and the events set this company apart from the rest. The talent level at this company is very high and I hope it stays that way with all the growth.

    Cons

    Less PTO then other companies

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase PTO and maintain high talent levels with hires but otherwise doing a great job.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Brilliant place to work! Best career decision I ever made

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Client Service Lead  in  Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Client Service Lead in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at Slalom Consulting

    Pros

    Non-competitive culture, great leadership, and fun fun fun.

    Cons

    Move towards staffing more project work

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    promote more within

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Very positive and easy experience

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

    I have been working at Slalom Consulting

    Pros

    The placers at slalom, xversity, or 2 degrees are excellent at what they do. They are very informative and make the experince very enjoyable.

    Cons

    The only con that i could think of is for people with less experience just entering into the work force could use some better options.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I think they could create another division for people that are just getting out of college looking for jobs.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8. 5 people found this helpful  

    Body shop with little concern for quality overly focused on staffing any role with no internal career path

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Consultant Lacky  in  Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Consultant Lacky in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Slalom Consulting

    Pros

    - Flexibility
    - Some variety in the work
    - Network development

    Cons

    - Lack of substance on being "consultant focused"
    - Managers are time approvers and focused on filling staffing opps, little more
    - Poor career path or advancement opportunities. The overly hyped "Career Development Framework" is poorly supported and barely used
    - Installed base of leadership are a clique
    - Work/life balance is a joke
    - Totally reliant on a small group of big clients - be prepared for "wash, rinse, repeat" from engagement to engagement
    - PTO is poor - leaders are always "looking at it" and never doing anything about it
    - No tolerance for differing points of view or those who don't drink the leadership kool aid - assimilate or leave
    - Shark tank attitude between incompetent sales team and customer account mgrs to land any role and get a warm body on it
    - They market the life out of the "best place to work" surveys that aren't really credible
    - Absence of "straight talk" internally, typical Seattle "fake nice"
    - Obsession with national growth and driving revenue for the owner with little opportunity for others to share in the success or maturing Slalom's practices
    - Slalom's spin on non-profit "contributions" are limited to employees doing things on their own time with no real investment from Slalom

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Slalom needs to stop pretending it's something that it's not. Management needs to back-up their words with tangible actions.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good for experienced hires to do some local work and build connections

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Manager  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Slalom Consulting

    Pros

    Slalom's business model is to have local consultants for local clients, which means no travel. It is good for those who have a family and want to see them every evening. Slalom pays competitively.

    Cons

    Management is very Accenturic! A little arrogance in senior management. Senior management analyzes everything too much and it makes some employees uncomfortable.

    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good Transition out of Big 4 Consulting

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Management Consultant  in  San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Management Consultant in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Slalom Consulting

    Pros

    Energetic and fun community
    Caring and smart management team
    Entrepreneurial and thinks outside the box
    Selective and strong recruiting process

    Cons

    At the end of the day it's staff augmentation firm since the company is not large enough to support too much upward mobility. This may be fine, since many people just want to consult without the "up or out" model of typical Big 4's.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company culture, still working on how not to be a small company and provide opportunities for growth.

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

    I have been working at Slalom Consulting

    Pros

    People, culture, local work, type of work, internal initiatives

    Cons

    Benefits, growth opportunities, PTO, lack of support for training

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start treating your people better by including profit sharing, more PTO and more opportunities for growth and movement.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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