- Work/Life Balance
- Culture & Values
- Career Opportunities
- Comp & Benefits
- Senior Management
I worked at Slalom full-time (Less than a year)
Ability to work remote
Most coworkers seem pleasant
Almost walked out my second week on the job. The GM presents this as a family-friendly company, but I did not see that. My second week I sent an email to my people manager on Sunday saying I would be in late on Monday, giving the time that I would be there as 10:30. He acknowledged this, but the following morning I received at least three emails continually asking where I was and if I would be calling in to meetings. So I wasn't left alone during the time I said I would be unavailable. I spent $40 on a Lyft to make sure I got in on time and was publicly chastised for not seeing an email that was sent five minutes earlier while I was in transit. I later told him in a firm voice in front of people that if I say I am unavailable I am unavailable. Instead of fixing the issue he ran to his manager. This would be consistent with his public crying saying that his biggest fear is letting down his family. I assume his parents as there are no kids. Weak. I revealed that I had health issues (these are on file as a disability with HR) and the behavior didn't happen again but the damage was done. I was especially bothered by the fact that he engaged in doublespeak and misrepresented the situation, never admitting fault for harassing me when I had given notice a day before. I was new to a project and not billable so this was micromanagement and harassment. I never trusted him again and he was bothered by the fact that I wouldn't be bullied.
My 1:1s were vague and he said he saw improvement. But yesterday I was going into the meeting room for our 1:1 and in walks the GM with HR on the line with a PIP. This was improper. As the lead and my people manager had put my position on LinkedIn within the past week, they knew this was coming and could have warned me. The client wanted me off the job. There were numerous complaints and I wasn't happy with the job or manager and was not going to have that hanging over my head so I resigned.
I was not given leadership or guidance and had signed up for a mentorship program as I wasn't getting guidance from my absentee manager. I asked what kind of leadership training he had and he mentioned being pledge lead in a fraternity 10 years ago. How is that relevant? I had to reschedule a simple meeting numerous times over the course of two months just to do expenses. There was no training.
I don't know that the job would be the right fit for me under anyone, but I think with better leadership I might have been better, if not ideal.
Advice to Management
If you don't want to train people, only hire consultants from the more prestigious firms. Turnover seems high.
Also, a surprise visit from the GM was passive aggressive. If I had known that was coming, and she wanted to be involved, I would not have been so shocked and less upset.
Also don't mention how you value work life balance but think it is normal to continually email someone who said she would be coming in, and expect people to answer emails at strange hours. That's fine if that's your deal, but that isn't work life balance.
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I applied through a recruiter. I interviewed at Slalom (McLean, VA) in June 2017.
A recruiter initially contacted me through LinkedIn. Timing was right and something in the message intrigued me so I responded, I spoke to the recruiter either the same day or the next morning. First onsite interview was setup within a day or two with the hiring manager and technical resource. In contrast to other interviews I felt as though the hiring manager was very interested in figuring out what I was looking for in a career and we spent well over the scheduled time in enjoyable conversation. I came back for a second round of interviews, one of which was with the local office executive. Again everyone was pleasant and it was more of a conversation to evaluation fit (on both sides) than a one-way question and answer session. Slalom takes culture fit seriously so that's a big part of the interview process.