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Hitachi Consulting Chicago Reviews

Updated January 24, 2017
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Hitachi Consulting President and Chief Executive Officer Hicham Abdessamad
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Pros
  • Work life balance and career opportunities (in 92 reviews)

  • Develop relationships with great people (in 56 reviews)

Cons
  • work life balance depends on project (in 27 reviews)

  • New review process rolled out after 1 yr of development (in 23 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (4)

    "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.


  2. 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


  3. "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


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  5. 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


  6. 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.


  7. "Great experience for entry level"

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    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    great culture, great opportunities right out of college

    Cons

    monotonous projects, not getting a say in project work


  8. "Growing firm finding its way"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good people who work hard and typically exceed client expectations. Employee experience depends on local leadership. In general, supportive of personal time for special circumstances.

    Cons

    Inconsistent culture. Hard to get collaboration on national projects. National pursuit of business Typically leads to a lot of travel.

    Advice to Management

    Make strategic investments in people and follow through.


  9. "growth opportunity at a small firm"

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    Current Employee - Manager in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Manager in Chicago, IL
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    small company with many opportunities to grow and expand skil sets

    Cons

    small firm and limited number of projects

    Advice to Management

    so far doing a good job. Need to establish a stronger corporate culture, corporate image and brand



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