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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 (2)

    "Great people"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Irvine, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Amazing people. Lots of opportunity.

    Cons

    Switching strategy to be more solutions oriented, unsure what this means to my day to day.

    Advice to Management

    Reconsider performance and incentives. I have been a high performer in the past.. Earning 4s and 5s... But having a hard time being incentivized to overperform here. It seems the band of expectations for a 3 are so wide, it's not worth the extra effort to push yourself only to find that you are still a 3. You can do the bare minimum and still meet expectations, I don't feel incentivized here and worry I will get too comfortable.


  2. "Not a bad place to start a consulting career"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Irvine, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    The company work culture is great. Everyone is very friendly and helpful. I personally enjoyed the challenge and exposure that came with the job. From day 1, I was deployed at a client's office, and worked very closely with the client.

    Cons

    There is a chance of getting pigeonholed in a particular project, or in particular types of projects. Not all projects require core consulting skills: it is a fair mix of consulting and technical implementations. Sometimes the career reviews do not provide enough visibility on the improvement areas.

    Advice to Management

    The career review process should be made more transparent. Also, once the employee has spent a year at a particular client's location, he/she should be provided with the option to switch projects, if there are projects in the pipeline.

  3. "Senior Consultant"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Irvine, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    People take their job seriously but not themselves. That truly sets our culture apart from other consulting firms.

    Cons

    Mixed sentiments about the 'Hitachi' brand. It carries a big weight nevertheless.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to hire excellent college graduates and promote from within when possible.


  4. "Director of Business Development"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - National Director of Business Development in Newport Beach, CA
    Former Employee - National Director of Business Development in Newport Beach, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Hitachi Consulting (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Strong relationships with the office of the CIO

    Cons

    Doesn't provide business solutions, only technology solutions


  5. "Great company to work for despite a few problems"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Consultant in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Consultant in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great opportunities for growth, especially for a younger individual, depending on your project.

    Lots of independence as a consultant, depending on your project.

    Great people with a good overall culture, smart and friendly folks.

    Mostly flat hierarchically, with geographical office leaders that are generally accessible and approachable.

    Good benefits options.

    Cons

    Work/life balance can be an issue, if you allow it (also depends greatly on a particular project, client, and project manager!). This is generally typical with consulting.

    Salary is at a decent level, but not quite high enough to keep me from looking for different opportunities. Offices in downtown Los Angeles and Irvine but the salaries do not reflect that!

    Mandatory events, which can be fun, but I'm still expected to bill full hours to the client/ project I'm working on. Depending on where you work these can be fairly time consuming.

    Review process seems more like a local popularity contest.

    Advice to Management

    Annual review process arbitrary, which is discouraging.

    Ditch the mandatory events. Respect people's time, especially those who are consistently billing.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Director - Strategic Technology Solutions"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director - Strategic Technology Solutions in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Director - Strategic Technology Solutions in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good team of people, great knowledge within the peers.

    Cons

    Management is a little off in terms of setting priorities and direction, lack of mentorship and clear career progression.

    Advice to Management

    Align resources to the right industry and level, provide opportunities for people to grow within the organization.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Good place to join right out of college"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of peers around the same age, interests. When starting out of college, everyone is joining at the same position and going through the same training and intro to work. You meet a lot of great people and learn a lot.

    Cons

    Pay is lower than other consulting firms.

    Advice to Management

    Be more direct and detailed about career progression.

  8. Helpful (4)

    "Not a great company to start your career, especially if you're an engineer"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The company has a open-door policy overall, you can reach upper levels of management very easily. The social scene is nice for younger employees.

    Cons

    If you are looking to start a consulting career where you gain exposure to multiple businesses, and learn and apply your skills on short-term projects, this is definitely not the company for you. At least not in the LA region, and especially not if you're technology-focused. You will be put in a long-term project where you will stay for upwards of 2 years, driving to some LA suburb, and working on boring projects using aging technology. Think you will have more flexibility at a smaller firm, and get a more personal experience? Wrong, do yourself a favor and accept that offer at the bigger firm. Don't make the mistake like me and waste these crucial early years of your career.

    Advice to Management

    Give your lower level employees the mobility to move around projects. That is what they joined a consulting company for.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "No Bad"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager, Specialized Services in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Manager, Specialized Services in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Hitachi consulting offshore is good for place to work for new college graduates, as they get quite good exposure very quickly. The sierra Atlantic management is good in catering your personal career goals.

    Cons

    Very low pay to offshore transfers to US compared to locals.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Consultant at Hitachi"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    1) Exposure to many clients
    2) Relatively stable company
    3) Exposure & networking with other Hitachi companies (although this is by chance).
    4) Learn project management in practice

    Cons

    1) Too much administrative overhead
    2) Despite many processes designed to give transparency in promotion process, the current process is very shady
    3) Management is unable to fully take advantage of other Hitachi sister companies
    4) Identity crisis between technology consulting & management consulting
    5) Unwilling to invest in staff education & the current training is useless & not in touch with technology sector

    Advice to Management

    1) Further utilize relationship with other Hitachi companies
    2) Stop favoritism
    3) Invest in employee education


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