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Hitachi Consulting Seattle Reviews

Updated April 18, 2017
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Pros
  • Work life balance and career opportunities (in 96 reviews)

  • Develop relationships with great people (in 58 reviews)

Cons
  • 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 23 reviews)

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  1. "Senior Consultant"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great new hire training. Good mix of talent.

    Cons

    Low Pay relative to other consulting companies. Shortage on work outside of Microsoft projects.


  2. "Good company to join for long term perspective"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager Specialized Services in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Manager Specialized Services in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Hitachi Consulting full-time

    Pros

    1. Employee friendly management.
    2. Better compensation structure compared to peer companies.
    3. Transparency
    4. Inherited brand name from parent company.
    5. Focus on social innovation.
    6. Less variables.
    7. Flexible work timing policy.
    8. Better leave structure.

    Cons

    1. Discrimination (if you move from one competency to another.)
    2. Holidays/Weekend works will be unpaid, its a nightmare to get your genuine dues paid. HR will come up with all sort of policies so that extra efforts put by the employee will only benefit company rather than passing some benefits to the regular employees.
    3. PTOs will be unpaid for lead and above, so all your accumulated leaves will go in vein (If you will leave the company).
    4. Inconsistency in company mission/vision.


  3. Helpful (3)

    "Senior solutions architect"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    1. Medium size company - hard work will be noticed and rewarded
    2. Has a specific growth path
    3. Transformational company

    Cons

    1. Major management changes and mismanagement when executing great ideas
    2. Losing 6 of out of 10 projects they are bidding


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  5. Helpful (5)

    "Changing course"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Hitachi Consulting full-time

    Pros

    Loved the people and the collaboration. Great ability to bring in talented new hires from campus recruiting. Still a good amount of tenure at senior manager and above ranks.

    Cons

    They are putting more emphasis on pre-packaged solutions - which is not in my wheelhouse of functional and traditional management skill. The functional team I had been on was decimated by restructuring and attrition over time with no evidence of investing in it's regrowth. Weekly travel to long term assignments grows tiresome, little business other than single client in my home market.

    Advice to Management

    The new CEO is taking the company in a different direction - it either works for their existing employees, or they go elsewhere. I think they are ok with that.


  6. "Business Development Director"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Director of Business Development in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Director of Business Development in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Hitachi Consulting (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good solutions based on Microsoft, SAP and Oracle

    Cons

    Marketing and social media need refresh


  7. Helpful (8)

    "Not worth it, other options in the Seattle area"

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

    So many of the people at the manager level and below are amazing
    Pay is pretty good for those straight out of college, and they are making an effort to align better with industry standards
    Depends on the manager, but while you are on a local projects the work life balance is pretty good

    Cons

    You will be told you don't have to travel. This is NOT true, due to MSFT's 18 month rule you will be traveling at least 6 months out of every two years.
    The political landscape is pretty much ruled by a few very immature and very vindictive managers, directors, and VPs
    The review process is extremely opaque and not based on project success or ability
    Little to no opportunity to advance outside of the annual cycle
    Huge management turnover
    Very little client diversity
    Very few management consulting opportunities available
    HR is out of Texas and is terrible - doesn't keep anything confidential, doesn't follow up on any complaints
    Technology consulting but the technology available to employees is ancient

    Advice to Management

    If people are leaving your company in droves to avoid working for the same abusive senior employee, that employee isn't worth it, no matter how much money they bring in. Be up front about the travel requirements during the recruiting process. Focus more energy on getting work outside of Microsoft. Change your HR department so that they are actually legally compliant. Don't recruit people who are uninterested in technology as there are so few other opportunities available.


  8. Helpful (3)

    "Doesn't Live Up to Promises"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Friendly and intelligent co-workers who are willing to collaborate and share knowledge. A lot of diverse and high visibility projects with big clients like Microsoft. Many opportunities to get involved on internal projects. Great starting job for undergraduate campus hires trying to build their technical or leadership skills.

    Cons

    Training quality is poor and only available through a third party online service or by knowledge sharing workshops from internal employees. No reimbursement for certification or education done outside of the company. Some senior level employees tend to play favorites which can create cliques among lower level employees. Annual/project reviews are time consuming and a hassle for everyone involved. HR based out of Dallas was difficult and unprofessional when negotiating my offer. Compensation is 15-20% less than comparable positions at other consulting firms.

    Advice to Management

    Compensate employees better and don't rely on the work/life balance argument. The work at Hitachi is still demanding and does not justify a 15-20% lower compensation than other firms. Management doesn't seem to want to acknowledge that lower compensation has led to higher turnover this year. Get rid of annual reviews as they are not very helpful and seem to be a big time suck for everyone. Improve training and certification opportunities for employees. Consider bringing in professional trainers instead of relying on internal people to train and share knowledge. Set up more 1 on 1 time with lower level employees to get honest feedback.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "2.5 years as Consultant/Senior Consultant"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Bellevue, WA
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Bellevue, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    If you can find someone who is willing to take you under their wing, you can certainly learn a lot. It may not be exactly what you expect. For me - having little to no experience in the tech industry, I was able to be propped up and learn a lot to push my skills further. Initial compensation for a college hire is great.

    Cons

    Work demands fluctuate. You have high times of very busy work, but also lull times. Inconsistent workload which for me was ok, but many would find as a con.

    Work is entirely dependent on the project you find. Internal networking is key to having multiple opportunities available and always having an ear to the ground.

    From a top down "executive level"perspective, they really have no impact or importance in our day to day. You have no idea what the CEO or higher VPs true initiatives, motives, or goals really are. Feels very distant/not relative.


  10. "Great opportunities, a lot of overhead"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    opportunity to work on a wide variety of projects around the US
    lots of quality training available
    incredibly smart co-workers who are generous with their knowledge
    great involvement in the community

    Cons

    too much overhead - training plans that take hours to build and months to be approved, extensive project reviews, annual review process that lasts 4 months, goal setting, continuous seeking & providing feedback, full project planning & reporting for small internal initiatives, reporting to a noisy office every day, daily scrums that stray off topic, chasing down management that's too busy to respond to email, waiting for team members that are habitually and unapologetically late to every meeting - takes almost as much time and energy as actual project work.

    Advice to Management

    Let employees focus on what they're good at for a while rather than everything being about constant improvement in weak areas. Not everyone can be good at everything - help employees build their strengths and let them shine.


  11. "Good experience, good people, same work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager III in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Manager III in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great management and colleagues - the best.
    Good culture and great oracle practice.
    If you want to get into management consulting, Hitachi is the best big firm in Seattle.

    Cons

    Felt underpaid. They always talked about the carrot, but you don't get it until you're a VP.
    It's the same consulting work - project management for clients that could probably do it themselves.


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