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Employee Review

"Former Big 4 Consultant - Welcome to the good life"

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  • Work/Life Balance
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Current Employee - Consultant in Atlanta, GA
Current Employee - Consultant in Atlanta, GA
Recommends
Approves of CEO

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

Pros

While you still feel the competitive spirit of working with smart, capable people, the constant pressure to outperform peers and "move up" is nowhere near the levels of the traditional consulting model.

The flat organization structure allows people of different backgrounds and experience levels to truly develop and learn through stretch roles instead of being shoe-horned into roles based on title or service line.

Slalom's org structure and ATL leadership allow you to carve your own path. While the responsibility is on you to decide how you buy into the culture, learn and develop, and ultimately move up in the organization, that freedom allows you to feel a sense of ownership in your career, rather than simply being told what to do to move up to the next rung.

People are happy at work. In my experience, teams at Slalom are built on trust, which allows them to flex to fit team members' needs and make progress rather than teammates constantly feeling the need to talk about how "busy" they are. This leads to better work/life balance and greater day-to-day enjoyment of the work.

Cons

Processes like performance management and staffing are constantly changing, which leads to a lack of buy in of the new processes.

Advice to Management

Continue to be flexible and listen to the growing organization. Changing culture is not a bad thing.

Slalom Response

Dec 15, 2017 – Communications Manager

Thank you for your feedback. It’s fantastic that you are enjoying the structure, your colleagues, the culture and the work-life balance at Slalom. Your advice to continue to be flexible and to listen... More

Other Employee Reviews

Other Employee Reviews

  1. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work!"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Consultant in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Consultant in Palo Alto, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Amazing culture, learning opportunities and projects
    - No travelling
    - Ability to work in different industries

    Cons

    - Not great payers in the bay area

    Advice to Management

    To stay competitive and lower employee attrition, you have to pay attention to salaries and perks.

    Slalom Response

    Jan 1, 2018 – President & Co-founder, North America

    This is John Tobin. I'll forward to our SV / SF offices. You live in a competitive area for sure and we need to continue to look for how we can be equally competitive. It seems like you like... More


  2. Helpful (4)

    "One of the finer management/technology/business consulting firms"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Practice Area Lead in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Practice Area Lead in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Slalom full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Slalom's culture is quintessentially the defining quality which makes Slalom the incredible consulting firm it is. The culture is rooted on core disciplines which the executive leaders hold true and live every day. It is based on putting consultants first and requires a level of clarity and openness. Th firm is private and owned by employees. As such it allows for a level of close knit bond which allows for decision making and process improvement not readily available in other larger consulting firms. The people employed are highly skilled and fairly good at what they do.

    Cons

    It is a consulting firm. Requires one to be innovative with projects, clients and deliverables. Requires consultants to be self-starters and lead independently. Slalom also grows fast and adds several new consultants to the ranks every month. As such change is constant and sometimes it can be overwhelming. This often comes across as leaders who aren't plugged in, off-ish, and not in the pulse of things or know. Being consulting, each market sets the trend of success. So some markets are better than others. Some struggle with talent and some struggle with projects. Attrition can seem high, but percentage wise it is really low when measured with similar size firms. Pay is good, but can be better. Benefits are satisfactory and has room for improvement. Leaders are not all equal. Some are great and awesome, while some lack and not all that polished. Ultimately this is a consulting firm, know what Slalom brings as value is important to know. Consulting in your DNA is almost a requirement. Not for the inexperienced. Good consultants get great at Slalom, the mediocre fall behind.

    Advice to Management

    To remain competitive and secure top talent, Slalom needs to pay more and be more compensation focused. Competition in this space has Slalom beat. The benefits package for health care and 401k is lagging behind significantly. Competition is taking away talent squarely but focusing on the comp/benefit packages. My ask of management is to open up the profit to pay back into employees by improving comp and benefit. Being cash heavy is nice, but shouldn't be at the expense of employees who are great but leave due to salary and benefits. Management also needs to weed out some 'unfriendly' leaders in some markets. Either train them well and make them come to the realization they work at Slalom or help them find their next gig and exit. No one quits Slalom. They quit their leaders, their clients, their projects or their peers. So focus on that. Good consultants leave Slalom when they recognize change is not going to happen. Poor consultants stick around knowing change will not happen.

    Slalom Response

    Dec 15, 2017 – Communications Manager

    Thanks for your review. It's wonderful that you feel so connected to the Slalom culture and that you value both the transparency of our processes and the relationships that you have with your... More

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