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Hitachi Consulting Houston Reviews

Updated April 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 24 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (5)

    "Good place to build a career"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Hitachi Consulting full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great People
    Good Culture
    Good work life balance, better than other firms
    Decent compensation
    Decent growth and opportunity for advancement
    Fun, albeit a bit forced, culture

    Cons

    Tedious and Unclear Annual Review Process
    Sink or Swim environment, not too harsh but you've got to be a driven individual to succeed
    Having a good mentor is somewhat luck based

    Advice to Management

    Divert some resources to internal mentoring; fully staffed employees have trouble kicking off and then maintaining initiatives while keeping work life balance. Or allocate some billable hours and get successful employees willing to cooperate to dedicate some time to it. A vague promise of it positively impacting annual performance reviews isn't enough to encourage sacrificing dozens of hours personal time to organize material, logistics, and cut through red tape.

    Hitachi Consulting Response

    May 9, 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


  2. Helpful (14)

    "Shutting down offices nationally - AVOID!"

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    Current Employee - Director in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Director in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Okay pay and benefits. Some smart and nice people to work with.

    Cons

    Company struggling financially and therefore shutting down most offices nationally, under the guise of "going virtual". Just announced that Houston office is closing.

    Advice to Management

    Solution strategy is not working. What is Plan B? Merge with Hitachi Data Systems?

    Hitachi Consulting Response

    Apr 20, 2017 – Social Recruiting Administrator

    Thanks for your feedback. We have no intention of misleading our employees. The decision to move forward with virtualization of some offices was made due to office spaces being underutilized. As our... More

  3. "Good entry level job"

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    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work life balance is attainable here. Not a cutthroat environment. Easy to get in.

    Cons

    Not a Tier 1 or Tier 2 consulting firm.


  4. "Transformation"

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    Current Employee - Vice President of Consulting Services in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Vice President of Consulting Services in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Hitachi Consulting full-time

    Pros

    The strategy is solid. Hitachi Consulting has a unique position as the only full service, diversified professional services company with the ability to bring to bear a multitude of cutting edge products produced by it's parent company, Hitachi Ltd. Relative to it's traditional competition, it is a smaller high-growth company. There is tremendous opportunity for employees at all levels as it embarks on transforming itself from a main-line, project based consultancy to a solutions oriented company.

    Cons

    Transformation is hard. There are ups and downs inherent with that process, which requires a lot of flexibility and adaptability from people in the organization. There are also a lot of people who have been with the company for many years that have left, and it is always difficult to lose people with whom you have built long-term successful relationships.

    Advice to Management

    Stay the course. Continue to increase communication to the organization. This has increased positively over the last six months. Remember to think about all of the internal stakeholder groups and tailor communications to each group's unique needs.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Manager in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Manager in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Hitachi Consulting (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great People and offices. The individuals I worked with had a lot of ambition and good ideas and were very welcoming

    Cons

    Questionable ability to execute higher level vision or strategy during acquisition phase of multiple recent acquisitions

    Advice to Management

    have a stronger acquisition strategy and smarter integration approach. The over all concept I saw were sound, but the day to day incentives to integrate and the execution of such plan was not followed through well. This impacted the ability to achieve a successful integration of purchased companies.


  6. "Great experiences"

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    Current Employee - Consultant in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Consultant in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Large variety of projects from IT to management consulting to public sector. You have a lot of sway in the types of projects you work on so this keeps things from getting boring.

    Great benefits when travelling. Really a great opportunity for young college grads if you don't mind flying out of state every week. Consulting can be very fun work.

    Most of HCC's clients are big names in their respective industries so if you decide to leave the firm at some point in the future you'll have loads of great experience on your resume.

    The culture here is relaxed but still professional. Compared to other firms there is less of a cut-throat, high-stress vibe but it is still consulting. You can tell most employees really enjoy their job.

    While the firm is part of the mammoth conglomerate that is Hitachi you feel like you're only in a medium sized company since the consulting division is separate from the rest of Hitachi. You get benefits of being in a huge company (including big name recognition on your resume) but without feeling like a number.

    Work life balance here is surprisingly not bad.I fly home on Thursday and have enough energy on the weekend to have a social life!

    Cons

    Not all the project work is glamorous. My projects have alternated between being boring at times to very stimulating and exciting... not a whole lot of middle ground I've noticed.

    If you're not good at networking with your colleagues and superiors withing the firm you will have a hard time succeeding.

    A disproportionate amount of the work is IT consulting so if you come in with a marketing degree or something non-technical you will have a harder time. Both of these factor into getting first choice on which project you get assigned to (i.e. who gets to go to London or Tokyo vs. who gets to go to Missouri or Iowa)

     While the pay seems great to someone fresh out of school it is still lower than many of the big players in the consulting industry.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "NA"

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

    Pros

    - Work like balance is pretty OK compared to other consulting firms
     - Relatively small office

    Cons

    - Lack of allocating resources to the right projects
     - Lack of projects

  8. "Too Many Chiefs - No Special Expertise"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    As long as you do the minimum, you have got it made.

    Cons

    Too many VPs, Senior Management is not directly involved or familiar with the processes, No strategy, Lack breadth and depth expertise.

    Two companies (Sierra Atlantic - India vs. AA - US) in one!

    Advice to Management

    Replace top management with folks that expertise with M&A / $1B+ experience


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work if you love to travel but be careful what you ask for"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Manager in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people to work with: smart, energetic and driven. You will definitely be challenged.

    Cons

    There is a big disconnect between local office and national leadership. It really feels like each office is working as a separate unit at times vs the operating model of national first.

    Advice to Management

    Review the disconnect between strategic direction and local implementation as there is a big gap where "things" seem to get lost.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Avoid this company"

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    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    It pays the bills. Hitachi looks good on a resume, although the Hitachi Consulting has absolutely nothing to do with the parent company. Hitachi in name only.

    Cons

    Management is clueless. Unrealistic financial goals each year, that are used as an excuse to avoid salary increases, decent bonuses and/or promotions. Ridiculous metrics that are constantly changing and an Oracle system that contain incorrect data to track them. Promotions are given to the chosen few "yes men". Salaries are below other comparable firms. Sales team is lacking. Only training available is CBT. Made to take ridiculous courses, instead of practical technical ones.

    Advice to Management

    Try to put together a real strategy, instead of managing by spreadsheet. Processes are ridiculous. Make it easier to accomplish the end task, which is providing a quality product to our customer.


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