Slalom Consulting

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Poor Leadership Team

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Seattle, WA
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Slalom Consulting as a contractor (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The consultants are treated very well
    Market Competitive Pay & Benefits for consultants
    Good job in supporting the community
    Recognized Consulting Brand
    Provide high value staffing services sold as consulting
    Broad client base
    Able to provide good Mircosoft based solutions
    11 offices in US

    Cons

    Male dominate leadership team and it lacks diversity
    PTO offered out of the gate is lower than market
    Base salary compensation for their leadership team is $70k below maket
    Failure to create or define roles and hold individuals accountable
    No consistent vision communicated by the leadership team
    Conflicting Brand Messages internally and to their clients
    Some of their management team are good consultants but poor and inaffective leaders
    Some of their managers lack any practical business experience
    Don't see the value in business development
    Lack true thought Leadership which is a prerequisit for a consulting company
    Fail to execute on recommendations from staff
    Do not have an effective people development program
    Reluctant to provide true performance feedback for tenured people, some of them are really bad.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have a vision for the company and consistently communicate the vision across all parts of the organization. Be visible. Don’t assume for a second the GM’s are able to articulate how each brand should go together, many of the consultants are confused. Be more engaged in the day to day and don't assume your direct reports are doing a good job. Step down into the daily work and wrestle with the problems. Take people development seriously, it seems like a pet project. Hire industry thought leaders so our firm can transform from high end staffing to actual consulting. Create a more effective organizational structure, flat worked for some time, but the matrix is a mess. Even though the firm treats us well, there are 40 of us on the bench and we are very nervous.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 4 people found this helpful  

    Great idea that's gone horribly wrong.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Slalom Consulting full-time

    Pros

    They have nice office locations and brand name clients

    Cons

    What started as a great idea has gone very wrong. They wanted to differentiate themselves by being a good place to do great consulting work. Unfortunately, they are turning into another carbon copy of Accenture and Deloitte without the research to back it up. Sloppy business development and staffing practices and univolved management. They don't seem to be focused on the client or thier needs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reboot. And, hold people accountable for bad behavior and bullying.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    You're on your own

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Contractor - Consultant in Seattle, WA
    Former Contractor - Consultant in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Slalom Consulting as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    Good people, projects and resources.

    Cons

    Slalom did not fulfill on their recruiting "sales pitch". I felt like they using their recruits as practice for their sales pitch to clients. I had four years big 4 consulting experience and left my former business analyst role to join their team. Yet I sat on the bench for 2 months and eventually left.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recruit responsibly and competently.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 5 people found this helpful  

    Corporate Services is horrible

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    Flexible schedule and laptops make work from home easier.

    Cons

    Too much work, no procedures or supervision. Due to growth and not keeping up with workload many key items are overlooked every month. Everyone thought there prioritys were life or death

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get organized prior to hiring people so you know what you expect. Make expectations and job duties known instead of setting employees up for failure. If more procedures where in place not everything would be so last minute.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 4 people found this helpful  

    Started out great until the honeymoon ended

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

    I have been working at Slalom Consulting

    Pros

    Good for big 4 consultants looking to reduce travel. Many big companies are clients, which gives exposure to large local companies. When you start, you're a shiny new penny.

    Cons

    Focused on growth in profit, vs. quality growth of hires matching to roles. Mainly staff augmentation roles, with very little focused on the right match with right skills. Very cliquey management, mainly focused on whether you are a part of the "good ol' boys" club. Feels like a fraternity. Raises are very limited and you are lucky if you get a $1-$2 /hr raise in 3 years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Just because a GM comes from a large consulting firm, does not mean that the individual has the talent or the vision to manage the local firm. Focus less on growth, completing "best places to work" surveys, and focus on really making the firm a "best place to work". Reward your tenured consultants and stop adding infrastructure which takes away from compensating your consulting talent. Get some fresh blood into the leadership team, and start leading.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  7. 5 people found this helpful  

    Don't buy the hype

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

    I have been working at Slalom Consulting

    Pros

    They pay really well.
    They have very supportive internal staff (for IT issues, HR issues, etc.).
    They have some really fun company events (annual retreats, quarterlies, etc.).

    Cons

    There is no accountability and very little honesty.
    They have ridiculously bad middle/upper management.
    They are very political and slow to act.
    They write horrible SOW's which come back and bite the consultants.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    They don't walk the walk about work life balance. Middle management is largely inexperienced and need improvement.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Slalom Consulting

    Pros

    Peers are competent. Slalom works hard to provide opportunities to socialize with co-workers.

    Cons

    Slalom doesn't support employees. You are a billable resource and nothing more--regardless of Slalom's significant efforts to move up the ranks in "best place to work" polls like this.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in training middle managers or promoting people who have actually done it before. provide more than twoo weeks total vacation and sick time.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 8 people found this helpful  

    Think twice

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    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
  10. 6 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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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • 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
  11. 9 people found this helpful  

    If you want a consulting pimp to get you any project, it's a good place.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Management Consultant in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Management Consultant in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Slalom Consulting

    Pros

    You get to stay in a local place. So, if you are a burnt out ex-big 4 who is sick of traveling, it's a good place to park yourself for a year or two.

    Cons

    The place is a body shop to push local projects to burnt out ex-big 4 people.
    So, if you are looking for growth, you are not going to get it. The management response for your development is "it's your responsibility". Good sounding, but in reality this means they will use whatever value you have till you are no longer needed. And any value add skils, you will have to pony up time and money to do so.

    So, if you are little motivated, then be a self-employed consultant through other outfits. Will be more financially rewarding.

    Also, if you are not willing to play office politic, then you will be pushed out. This is very political organization.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop the frat mentality.
    Stop the preferential treatment to kiss-asses.
    Most importantly, develop a fair process to reward and develop your existing employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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