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Hitachi Consulting Reviews

Updated February 18, 2017
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Hitachi Consulting President and Chief Executive Officer Hicham Abdessamad
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Pros
  • Work-life balance is achievable (in 90 reviews)

  • Develop relationships with great people (in 56 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Avoid for professionals."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    To start a career, its OK place - the pay is very less.
    As an experienced professional - AVOID !!! You will not go anywhere within the firm...!

    Cons

    - Way behind in technology skills compared to its peers.
    - Junior level employees at all levels work in this company.
    - Most of the employees are fresh out of college
    - Not so much to learn from the company.
    -Avoid for professionals.
    -Conflicting messages from senior management.
    -impossible to change the service line.
    -Pay does not equate to the amount of work you actually do. No overtime. Bonuses are minimum.
    -Your project is only one of the many things you'll be working on at any given time.

    Advice to Management

    - Be rational to every employee.
    - Treat Senior employees with respect, and value their opinions, instead of feeling threatened by them !!!
    -Compensation needs to be higher considering the amount of work the employees put in on a weekly basis.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "unless desperate move on"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Denver, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    good place to start if you're coming out fo college but not for Sr Consultant. They have a nice benefits package, which is good for those that need it. Great Health benefits.

    Cons

    poor managment, poor communication, impossible to get people to do their jobs correctly. The management and recruiting team is not technical even close to enough to understand their own consultants and clients' needs. They don't review their consultants skill sets to better place them for growth of the company or growth of the consultant. Efforts should be taken from the top down to reduce turnover and keep consultants on staff that actually know their skill sets not fake them.

    Advice to Management

    communicate better and base reviews and promotions on skill set and performance not time spent in a position.


  3. Helpful (6)

    "Hitachi Consulting is the worst consulting company this 30 year industry veteran has ever seen. AVOID AT ALL COSTS!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Vice President in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Vice President in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Hitachi Consulting is one of the worst consulting companies I have ever experienced. I have been working in the industry for over 30 years and the Hitachi Consulting leadership is some of the worst I have ever experienced. The morale at Hitachi Consulting is the lowest I have ever experienced. There is a massive gap between those favorites of the leadership team and the rest of the company. The region with the favorites are always promoted and the others are left to earn money and feed the salaries of those in the good ole boys club.

    Cons

    The leadership has no concept of how to create a team environment. Favoritism is rampant throughout the company with promotions based on personal relationships.

    Advice to Management

    Promote based on metrics and stop the discrimination, favoritism, and blatant disregard for actual abilities.


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  5. Helpful (6)

    "Worst Company Ever - Avoid At All Costs"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Bethesda, MD
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Bethesda, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Worked beside good and smart people on relevant technologies. Given vacation between Christmas and New Year's. Unfortunately can't say much other than that.

    Cons

    Horrible hours. Lack of respect from incompetent management, was harassed on multiple occasions. No promotions. No raises. Forced to miss numerous trainings. Forced to miss annual holiday party, no substitute ever brought up. Got stiffed on my vacation balance payout by 21 hours or roughly 1k gross.

    Advice to Management

    Respect the people who are doing the work, give recognition where it's deserved. Leading by example can be a good thing, if one is expecting weekend work and long hours, perhaps you should do so as well.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Show me the money"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Most of my peers were competent and friendly people and they made every day work enjoyable.

    Cons

    The org change has dealt some body blows to morale and turnover has skyrocketed. Despite the incredible talent the firm employed its been bleeding a lot of these very people that made HC a fun place to work. Now to right side the pyramid they're stuffing the ranks with people who don't quite measure up to the old standards.

    Having to bring my laptop when on vacation was a real downer. Seriously, what kind of place makes people work on their time off? Is this any way to respect and show appreciation to the people in the trenches and billing the clients? It was unbelievable how I had to burn the midnight oil after a great day on the slopes.

    The pay is pretty offensive compared to the market. Former co-workers leaving for industry and consulting jobs elsewhere are seeing 20-40% increases in pay. That's how badly HC pays their people and no wonder they are leaving in packs. One leaves and s/he takes a few more a month or two later! The company is truly reaping what it sows now.

    Advice to Management

    Pay your people a salary that beats the market. You need to improve the firm's unquestionable reputation on the street for poor compensation and benefits. Do whatever it takes to retain the talent you still have because the list of stellar talent that left for better opportunities is growing quickly.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Not good"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Vice President in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Vice President in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good people
    Good clients
    Good training if you try to get it
    Good backing from an international firm who is on board with Hitachi being the global consulting arm
    Acquistion companies were fantastic

    Cons

    Terrible strategy going forward
    Everyone came here to work for one reason, now we are on another
    Focus on profitabilty a terrible message
    This is consulting - it is about the people
    Hemorraging people

    Advice to Management

    Focus on the people going forward. Very few people are on board with the strategy. Treat people right - you have not for a long time now. Make an acquisition and quit messing around - if your strategy is to be a $1B company then do it & quit pretending.


  8. Helpful (6)

    "The company is currently focused on growth at whatever cost"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Opportunity to become part of a fast growing company
    Opportunity to travel for consulting roles
    Opportunity to work with various technologies and industries

    Cons

    Extreme lack of diversity from the Executive Leadership down, without any regard to making any changes
    Priorties of "the firm" are the what you do (sales numbers, utilization), the how you accomplish is lower in importance - this says a lot about the culture of the company
    Mentoring is not considered a key contribution - it is expected, but it is not valued
    Technical training is not valued enough to set aside funding, the only way to get external training is if you find a project that can/will fund - thus you are limited to the technology of that project
    Promotions are clearly about who you know and not about what you do

    Advice to Management

    Until you value your people, truly value them, you will continue to see your strong performers walk out the door. Yes, this is to be expected from a consulting firm (as clearly stated by Phil Parr) - and yet somehow our competitors (those much more successful than HCC) have been able to identify ways to keep their strong performers and even add to them.


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Lacking Leadership, Horrible Pay, Zero Merit Based Recognition"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good place to start a career
    Lots of training opportunities
    Nice people to work with

    Cons

    CEO and executives are out of touch
    Employee recognition programs are insulting
    Incentive compensation does not exist
    Salary is terrible
    No Bonuses
    Too much overhead
    Team culture has evaporated
    Too cheap to splurge on employees
    Staff augmentation projects
    Limited opportunities

    Advice to Management

    Get with the times. Completely overhaul compensation and recognition programs. Get rid of the people who are coasting. Reward the employees who deserve it - not the ones who have been there a long time.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Lacks training and career development"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Denver, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great health insurance
    A lot of PTO time

    Cons

    Management doesn't listen to you about your career development wishes
    Not much training, especially with technology
    They make non management people do a lot of administrative work such as creating proposals billing clients, and sales work.

    Advice to Management

    There needs to be more opportunities for training. For people that have functional consulting experience, it can be a challenge to get good technical experience and knowledge at Hitachi Consulting. Also Hitachi says that they listen to employees regarding career development. However, I've found that they usually just try to staff me on any project they can find. Plus, some of the project managers lack leadership ability and shouldn't be in charge of other people.


  11. Helpful (3)

    "It was a great company...many years ago."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 5 years)

    Pros

    The people you work with are smart and interesting.
    The local office culture is strong in Houston.

    Cons

    Senior Leadership is out of touch with their employees.
    Senior Leadership does not know how to run a company of this size - they are flying by the seat of their pants.
    Local Leadership has no autonomy or authority to make things happen.
    Long work hours, small raises, even smaller bonuses.

    Advice to Management

    Get back to basics - stop over engineering everything.
    Get engaged with the people and stop leading via spreadsheet.



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