Consultant (Former Employee) – Chicago, IL – 20 December 2017
If I could give negative stars I would...
-Avoid this group AT ALL COSTS. There have been an ENORMOUS amount of departures (including in leadership) (~40% across the board). The current management has become toxic, looking for ways to point the blame at the lowest levels (consultants) for failures in bringing in work, retaining employees, and overall morale. -The culture has become TOXIC. Even though they tell you it's a flat culture, there is almost a 2:1 ratio of consultants and those in leadership roles (Solution Principal, Principal Consultant and up...). There is a lot of backstabbing and politics that goes on behind the scenes in terms of the review process: almost always if there is negative feedback it is never constructive and usually related to personal issues rather than professional ones. The feedback is communicated at the 11th hour because leaders are not effective in communicating unless it is behind close doors or in a passive aggressive manner. -There is no 360 review process and leaders are only concerned with managing up they are awful at managing down -- many times pushing for unrealistic deadlines, putting consultants in roles they are not prepared for and then finding ways to blame consultants for failing to meet them. If you request support, they just micromanage you and you end up worse than where you started. This proves that the people they promote are not prepared to manage engagements or people effectively. -Very poor raises and bonuses, I'm talking bottom of the barrel. Expect a 2% raise and that's if you do a good job... -The work itselfmore... is tedious and uninspiring staff augmentation. You are basically either writing SQL queries or making dashboards as an augmented staff. The people in more advanced roles usually get there through political channels and then end up leaving the firm shortly thereafter. -You are only considered for promotions if you are a zealot, play the political game, promote the brand incessantly, and never raise concerns to management to try and change things for the better. You can have great reviews and be capable but if you don't make sure to attend the happy hours and schmooze with leaders then don't expect to go anywhere. There is no career trajectory for those not willing to play political games. -Weak and ineffective PMs that rarely have your back. Instead of helping guide your career they are more concerned with keeping you billable rather than getting you on engagements/roles you are actually interested in -They see it as your responsibility to get extensions, even if it is out of your control and leaders make decisions out of anxiety/emotional rather than rational business decision-making: if you get done with an engagement on-time/under budget but the client doesn't have funds for an extension (even though you get no credit for getting extended), it must be your fault; if there is no work and you're on the bench then again it must be your fault -Be prepared to sit on the bench for a long time and help make Powerpoints -Very disappointed in internal initiatives. Usually there are 5+ people assigned to help in a business development proposal or initiative, 1 (usually, the consultant) ends up doing all the work while the others make sure to attend every call / pretend to contribute when management is on the line but when the rubber hits the road, they avoid doing any real work yet get their name added to get their credit. -Unlimited training budget...BUT it is never approved -Case of a firm that grew too fast. This past ~2 years they have opened up so many new offices but failed miserably in hitting their number and the consultants raises/bonuses were adversely affected. I billed more hours this year than I have in years prior yet my raise/bonus was significantly less due to the inept expansion approach.less
Engineer (Former Employee) – Seattle, WA – 20 November 2017
Some management does not shoot strait. Environment can be political charged and backstabbing. Compensation and benefits are nice. If you are thinking of working here make sure you ask a lot of questions in your interview before you make your derision. I would also recommend solidifying any agreements in writing.
Business Analyst (Current Employee) – Chicago, IL – 20 October 2017
The company does an awesome job delivering high quality results to its clients all while providing an incrediable cultural to be apart of with team events/dinners, company events, and lots of fun things to do with the company in the city! I love where I work and am very happy to have found such a client centric-company that is fun to work at.
Lots of awesome people and the perks that come with that!
Solution Principal (Current Employee) – Chicago, IL – 7 August 2017
Slalom is a business and technology consulting firm that primarily hires experienced consultants from other firms. What makes it unique is its local based model (no travel) combined with a "people come first" culture that values work life balance. By hiring experienced people, Slalom is able to deliver effective results at good value to clients, and as a result is growing rapidly.
Software Consultant / Full Stack Developer (Current Employee) – Atlanta, GA – 13 May 2017
Slalom Consulting is by far the best employer I have ever worked for. There was never once a day I dreaded going to work. They put people first and it really shows in the quality of work they get from their employees.
Consultant (Former Employee) – Chicago, IL – 3 May 2017
The title says it all. No one communicates, no one takes accountability, it's a complete mess. There is an inner circle that is very visible, if they like you, you're given opportunities even if you have no experience,over others who are extremely more qualified.
Sales Executive (Former Employee) – Atlanta, GA – 21 April 2017
Slalom is a great place for management consulting experience and exposure to some of the worlds most admired organizations. I had a good experience working there. Compensation is competitive. My colleagues became trusted friends. Huge opportunity for some leaders in local markets to live the values. Ex. do the right thing always. No consensus around core capabilities or ability to articulate what Slalom does great. The toughest thing for Slalom is focus and sacrifice. To thrive, Slalom must do both. Slalom needs to focus on a compelling positioning that sacrifices a “be all things to all people” model, and transform itself into a business that offers a highly relevant value proposition narrowly targeted to select high value clients.
Engineer (Former Employee) – Seattle, WA – 17 February 2017
Slalom is a great company to work for but with some quirks. Management has some issues. Slalom has pretty good work life balance. The culture can be a lot of fun. It is very casual. Managers often care about their employees, tend to be authentic and good at listening to their employees, but Slalom has a management problem. How can a company have Managers who care and have a Management problem? I don't know, that sounds like a paradox.
From what I have noticed it seems like the leadership is going in a direction that is not productive to the company's future success which makes me sad. If you are under 40, like to have fun and are already married, Slalom is a great company! If you are over 40 and want to be a manager who leads as well as organizes fun parties for the employees and cares about their development, Slalom is a fantastic company!
Keep in mind, the company is a Management Consulting Company. The engineering department is secondary, and Management is the primary gig. Managers are 1st Class Citizens and Engineers are 2nd Class Citizens.
Side Projects are encouraged, but in the employment contract, anything you build while employed by Slalom becomes Slalom's property, this in my opinion discourages innovation.
Culture, Parties, Casual, Benefits, Community Culture
Director (Current Employee) – Dallas, TX – 2 November 2016
Slalom has had strong growth coupled with a desire to keep the culture that has made it a great place to work. There is a strong focus on evolving the firm to be the "most impactful place you'll ever work" and leaders really do try to live up to that.
Great coworkers, fun culture
Still a bit behind big firms on benefits, but do provide no travel, so an easy trade-off to stay in consulting