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Hitachi Consulting Chicago Reviews

Updated November 18, 2017
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Hitachi Consulting President and Chief Executive Officer Hicham Abdessamad
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  • work life balance depends on project (in 28 reviews)

  • Their yearly review process takes too much time and didn't seem to be very effective (in 25 reviews)

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  1. "Hitachi Consulting is a very well run company"

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    Former Employee - Director in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Director in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very sharp personnel, excellent systems and back office support, decent professional development opportunities, excellent working conditions in major offices, ability to work remotely

    Cons

    Hitachi Consulting has relied too heavily on large enterprise software conversions for keeping lots of junior staff billable at high margins.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "So much has changed"

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    Current Employee - Consultant in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Consultant in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great co-workers when you do get to see them in the office on Fridays.
    A fun work environment with committees that plan events and activities that gets everyone together.
    The management in the Chicago office is great, especially once you get to know them and they see the type of work you are capable of.

    Cons

    Many things have changed over the last few years. After a big layoff, many other people left the company.

    Now that they are hiring again, it seems like the company is heading very much in an IT consulting world - nothing bad but anyone that was there before hoping for management consulting work is left to either adapt or leave the company.

    The biggest con that every Core consultant will agree with is the annual review process and promotions/progressions in the company. No matter how hard someone works, all they really care about is how long you have been with the company when it comes to being promoted. Once people learn that, they start to work bare minimum just to reach the 'time' milestones. This is completely unfair for those that go above and beyond in client, company, and committee work.

    Advice to Management

    Keep improving the review process and what it takes to be promoted, otherwise all the hard working employees will leave for a company that will appreciate their work.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Glad I left"

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    Former Employee - Technology Consulting Senior Manager in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Technology Consulting Senior Manager in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Hitachi Consulting full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Pay was good.
    My boss was great.
    Good insurance
    Good training for entry level hires.
    Nice office in the city.
    Good parties each quarter, after status meeting.

    Cons

    No culture. More like hired guns running in different directions.
    I didn't think the org was focused on employees experience/retention.
    The Dallas office has most of the staff. Other office's projects get staffed with people Dallas is unwilling to fire.

    Advice to Management

    Survey your employees and ask them what they need. Manage bad performers out. It will improve the culture.

    Hitachi Consulting Response

    Jun 22, 2017 – Social Recruiting Administrator

    Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback. Hitachi Consulting is committed to creating a beneficial, transparent and collaborative environment for all employees, so it is disappointing to... More


  4. Helpful (5)

    "Nice people, lack of vision"

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    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Hitachi Consulting full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    People are great, good work life balance

    Cons

    Not a lot of variety in project work. Hitachi Consulting is trying to move to Solution Innovation projects but doesn't have the work to staff their employees yet and they are behind the curve on all other areas of tech consulting. There were major lay offs throughout 2016.

    Advice to Management

    Don't hire people you cannot staff. Start selling more projects that you claim are the future of Hitachi Consulting.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Senior Consultant"

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    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Hitachi Consulting full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Good work-life balance
    - Great culture. Most people (managers/directors and below) really care about each other and delivering good work to clients
    - Some opportunities for CORE Consultants to experience different industries

    Cons

    - Very poor salary base and bonus structure
    - Administrative heavy that takes away from client work
    - Lack of transparency between leadership and employees
    - Recent enterprise transformation is proving to be challenging for the company
    - Lack of training opportunities for employees
    - Very price competitive in the industry
    - Biased annual reviews
    - A lot of variance on culture and employeeS' caliber across GEOs
    - No brand recognition in the US

    Advice to Management

    - Redefine who you hire as you transform the business. There's a major gap between the skills of your employees and the work you do while you transform Hitachi Consulting.
    - Improve your pipeline forecasting. Leadership does not have a handle on managing hiring against forecasting pipeline.
    - Be honest to your employees. There's no trust
    - Improve/reduce internal administrative processes. Delivery should focus on delivering consulting work and not on administrative (e.g. annual reviews, time and expenses, etc.)
    - Establish clarity on performance review process and what's expected from employees across all levels


  6. "Hitachi Consulting Junior Resource"

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

    I have been working at Hitachi Consulting full-time

    Pros

    The office culture can be fun when people are in the office, benefits are good, organization does not feel too hierarchical, leadership does try to get a decent amount of feedback

    Cons

    The review and promotion process is rigid, and there is not much choice or variety in projects for junior level people


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Manager"

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    Current Employee - Manager in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Manager in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Hitachi Consulting full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good company culture and great coworkers. Good company to start a consulting career.

    Cons

    Despite all the training modules and material available, the engagements are quite messy and don't follow the taught processes. Salaries not up to par with competitors so when the better companies call, people leave. The evaluation and appraisal process is awful, career progress comes quite often not as a result of an evaluation but as how strong the relationship with the OIC is or the potential of leaving the company.

    Advice to Management

    VPs and OICs to be closer to the front lines and provide meaningful tactical coaching to managers and consultants. CEO has a great vision but is has not materialized yet to the front line consultants.

  8. "Great Place to Start A Career"

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    Current Employee - Consultant (C1) in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Consultant (C1) in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great place to start a career if you straight out of college. Great internal training and support for young consultants

    Cons

    Not the best place for experienced consultants.

    Advice to Management

    Don't outsource projects overseas.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Ok for starting a career"

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    Current Employee - Consultant in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Consultant in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good opportunities if you can find them
    Great people
    Good culture
    Allows for independence at a low level
    Emphasis on community in local geographies

    Cons

    Poor leadership
    Boys club management
    Too much emphasis on "fit"
    Not enough emphasis on intelligence or marketable skills
    A lot of second string players the higher up you go

    Advice to Management

    Pay more to retain those who are valuable and recognize those adding value at the client site


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Good place to work, especially for recent grads"

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    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Hitachi Consulting full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good base of very able consultants- mostly graduate level, lots of energy and positivity. Lack of blame culture and an encouraging environment in which to work.

    Cons

    Tends to be a 'blowfish' company- lands a big deal, then takes on a lot of contractors to satisfy it. Also fairly high turnover- many grads stay for a couple of years then move on

    Advice to Management

    Work on retention of promising graduates to allow them to move up the career ladder within Hitachi, as opposed to going out and looking for other options.


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