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Updated July 17, 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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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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 (2)

    "Core Consultant"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Consultant in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Consultant in Denver, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    My peers and project leadership were wonderful
    The projects were engaging and allowed me to stretch beyond a typical undergrad role

    Cons

    The shift to a Global Solutions Company has been painful, and frankly, poorly led. The company is quickly losing valuable employees who can easily find comparable roles with better pay and more stability

  3. Helpful (1)

    "One a great place to work"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Manager in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The pay and benefits were good. Lot of good people worked there.

    Cons

    Hard to find assignments - it is who you know. Without getting access to projects, no future

    Advice to Management

    Invest in your employees with training not just the core.

    Hitachi Consulting Response

    Jul 13, 2017 – Social Recruiting Administrator

    Thank you for your feedback. Your input is greatly valued, and we are excited that you enjoyed our compensation and benefits package. We agree that the individuals who work here make up what is so... More


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Was Great - Latest word is it is falling apart"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Hitachi Consulting full-time

    Pros

    Was a good company, now not so sure

    Cons

    Change in go to market strategy is not working


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Glad I left"

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    • Senior Management
    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


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Life at Hitachi"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Director in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Hitachi Consulting full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    The people. You will meet and work with some of the best minds in management and IT consulting

    Cons

    New CEO has a vision to move away from management consulting and more into a products/solutions company. The transition has been difficult. Losing lots of talent.

    Hitachi Consulting Response

    May 12, 2017 – Social Recruiting Administrator

    Thank you for your honest feedback. We admit Hitachi Consulting is going through a major transformation to meet the changing needs of our clients. Senior leadership is committed to transparency... More


  7. Helpful (11)

    "Sinking Ship"

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

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

    Pros

    - young office filled with excited people
    - Fortune 500 clients
    - great work/life balance depending on your client/project
    - good salary for new college hires

    Cons

    - management is overly optimistic
    - culture is cliquey
    - company had recent layoffs and everyone seems to be jumping ship including VPs
    - lack of strong direction from CEO
    - few project opportunities - you don't get much choice in which project you're on
    - lack of diverse client base
    - middle management can be immature and petty

    Advice to Management

    - remove toxic project managers and directors
    - hire stronger VPs
    - develop client base

    Hitachi Consulting Response

    May 31, 2017 – Social Recruiting Administrator

    Thanks for your feedback. We always appreciate the opportunity to listen to an employee perspective. It is exciting to hear you have enjoyed the awesome individuals who make up Hitachi Consulting... More

  8. Helpful (10)

    "Manager"

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    Former Employee - Manager in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Manager in Saint Louis, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great Project to have started my consulting career with. Lots of challenges for resources to shine, especially if you are in mid senior level and working with client and offshore. Amazing synergy with technology partners like Oracle. Lots of opportunities to present and speak with Signature events like Open World and Cloud day.

    Cons

    I worked in hitachi close to 15 months. I was brought in as Manager to lead an ADF implementation, in a project that was almost unsure of go live. We had a great manager and VP. We took the challenge and worked days and nights to make this project a success and we had more SOWs signed. Unfortunately thats when things started going down. We had more VPs and Directors assigned to the account and things really went spirally down for those who worked. I had a lot of credit assigned to me during the course of things. My existing manager had left and new managers and mentors came in. The moment GARM came, all my credits were taken and assigned to others who hardly contributed, just because I had enough credits to get promotion and others needed it for their promotion. Seriously ?? I tried to stand my ground and it reflected on my rating as I was construed to be arguing with my new manager. I was asked to make a compromise and promised to be taken care of in the later years. Now with all that said, the performance rating and the credit system is just a joke behind the scenes. The management can promote and bring up who they want to by stealing others credits and accomplishments and make things look normal to top management. I quit hitachi without waiting for my promotion or bonus, although many in my management tried to convince me. I was happy to be part of implementation, but very unhappy with the politics played by the middle management. I felt it was unethical.

    Advice to Management

    Many projects are top heavy, resources on the ground who are doing the heavy lifting are rationalized, but I cant say the same about the number of managers. Some managers don't even know how to assess employees on the merit of work done. Many managers on the ground don't even know what the technology is about.

    Hitachi Consulting Response

    Apr 18, 2017 – Social Recruiting Administrator

    Thank you for sharing your feedback. We have shared your viewpoints to the Leadership team. We appreciate the time you have taken to articulate your experience and will use it to find ways to improve... More


  9. Helpful (14)

    "Shutting down offices nationally - AVOID!"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


  10. Helpful (10)

    "Lost, Confused & Has No Direction"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Core Consultant in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Core Consultant in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    1. Pay: Pay grade is good for new college graduates with no experience. However in the long term, raises are rare.

    Cons

    1. Lack of Direction: The company overall suffers from a lack of direction all the way from top executives to VP's in different regions. In particular, the company has no long term planning around diversifying its portfolio with clients. Especially in the Seattle office, there is a strong, and unhealthy, dependence on major clients that consistently bring in large contracts for VP's but gives consultants mediocre, uninteresting work. On most occasions, these contracts are simply staff augmentation work - which provides no real challenge to consultants who wants to learn and grow their skills.

    2. No Clear Processes: The company has no clear processes for many things, but in particular, its process around staffing consultants that are on the bench. Speaking to my experience, trying to get on a project while being on the bench was a confusing and humiliating process. When consultants are on the bench, they were encouraged to connect with a HR resource that works in the Dallas headquarter that has no relationship with the consultant and has no interest in growing their career or staffing them in a role that they are interested in. Consultants at Hitachi are often forced to compete with each other for projects - in particular, I can recall an experience where I was told from a VP that I was the top contender for a project, only to be left out of the communication and told afterward that another consultant was picked. During this time, the VP and PM had conversations with the other consultant that was picked in front of me, giving them tips on how to ace the interview with the client, without bothering to communicate to me about the decision. It was extremely disrespectful and offensive to me after being told that I would be given the opportunity to be staffed on the project.

    3. No Company Culture: The company does not make investments into building its company culture. There are standard events that are organized by core consultants, but management makes no effort to build relationships with their employees. Most consultants still at the company are already interviewing for other jobs - the culture and politics is extremely toxic and morality is low.

    Advice to Management

    Respect your employees. Develop better processes for consultants on the bench. Pay attention to the long term direction of your company. Stop being blindsided by the bonuses from your sales with major clients - in the long run, you will run out of those projects and your employees will leave you because you don't value their interests or growth.

    Hitachi Consulting Response

    Mar 20, 2017 – Social Recruiting Administrator

    Thank you for sharing your honest feedback. We have shared your viewpoints to the Leadership team. We appreciate the time you have taken to articulate your experience and will use it to find ways... More


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