Slalom Consulting Reviews

Updated March 31, 2015
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  1. 9 people found this helpful

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

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    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
  2. 5 people found this helpful

    Be very cautious!!! No matter how long you have been there you may be laid off.

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    Current Employee - Consultant in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Consultant in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Slalom Consulting

    Pros

    Work / life balance and social hours. Too bad the social times couldn't have been cut back instead of letting good people go.

    Cons

    During this economical time lay offs were kept hush hush of who and how many. Never a poor review ever and I got let go along with others. However during the same time salaried consulting directors were put out on billable jobs and consultants were let go.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat the people with respect... never know when paths may cross again.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. Great for retiring road warriors, not so much for transition from client side

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    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
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  5. 2 people found this helpful

    Slalom is ok

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    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

  6. 6 people found this helpful

    over hyped

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    Current Employee - Consultant in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Consultant in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    the only positive is you would mostly work within 50miles of your local office at your own expense! this means having to drive 49.9miles every day at your own expense

    Cons

    insane attrition. Attrition is attrition over 50%? Every company get together you meet a new set of people. Not a secure job environment specially for people who depend on a employer work visa(H1) as they have no long term client commitments. All the projects tend to me 2-3 weeks long.

    terrible perks or the lack of! health insurance is very expensive, no 401k match, only 3 weeks of vacation and no sick leaves. projects are very intense in IT with regular 55+hr weeks....no growth within the company. If you join the company as a consultant expect 4-5yrs before you get a decent salary bump.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    get real project from large organizations

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Slalom Consulting Response

    Jan 26, 2015President & Co-founder, North America

    This is John Tobin - Thank you for your review on Glassdoor. I take our reviews very seriously and would like to provide you some additional information that might be helpful in clarifying some of ... More

  7. 9 people found this helpful

    consulting firm without a plan

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    Current Employee - Consultant
    Current Employee - Consultant

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

    Pros

    if you are not on the IT side, there is decent work/life balance. Some interesting folks in the company.

    Cons

    Boring clients with boring projects. Obviously they don't get the kind of projects you expect in a big 4 consulting firm or even management consulting. You do whatever work comes your way. The management simply puts bodies at projects. Also, i have noticed the IT team is understaffed even though majority of the projects are IT. There are more managers than developers! There is a lot of bureaucracy within the company.

    Majority of the clients are local mom n pop shops or small businesses after whom the big consulting firms will not go after. So the projects tend to be very boring with limited learning.

    If you are coming from a big firm, the benefits is a joke!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need bigger clients and improve employee benefits. Stop hiring so many project managers! we need people who actually do the work....

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  8. 5 people found this helpful

    Staff aug heaven!

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    Current Employee - Consultant
    Current Employee - Consultant

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

    Pros

    Work/life balance, great people, no travel, multiple compensation models, diverse client base, fun employee events, and a happy place to park your career if you are not as concerned with long term growth.

    Cons

    Career growth primarily comes from sales ability, low level roles, compensation not up to market levels, PTO and holiday time off, maternity leave policy, and high turnover.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful

    Not what it used to be.

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    Current Employee - Consultant in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Consultant in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    Good benefits for a consulting firm. Good variety of clients to work for. Fun environment.

    Cons

    Extremely hard to do something different. Hard to move between practices. You get labeled and even with training it is hard to get staffed doing something new. Not good at posting jobs internally allowing existing employees to apply. New positions seem to go to new hires. Not the best place to work if you have been around for awhile for the above reasons. Also while they say they look out for their consultants it is still the almighty dollar that prevails.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve internal job postings. Open up the position to existing employees before giving it to a new hire.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful

    Great culture, work/life balance, and people. Quality of projects and employee satisfaction off.

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    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Boston, MA

    I worked at Slalom Consulting full-time

    Pros

    The people and leadership do a great job on inspiring people and are an excellent source of motivation.

    Cons

    Unfortunately, the motivation mentioned above dissipates when you get back to client work and the client managers are only interested in either (a) having you help them accomplish their own goals, (b) finding ways to sell more work to their own credit, and (c) not interested in helping employees move to other projects since they value the client relationship over employee goals. Note: this is not the case for all projects - there are some really great people at the company, however some are just too focused on selling the next big thing rather than people development.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Institute a way for employees to say "Help!" and work on projects they actually want to be on.

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. Poor project management but great employee management

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    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

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