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Consultant (Former Employee) –  Chicago, IL20 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 itself
  more... 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.
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Pros
Nothing
Cons
Management, Pay, Projects, "Leadership"
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Fun Place
Business Intelligence Analyst, T-Mobile, Bellevue (Current Employee) –  Seattle, WA22 November 2017
Fun place to work and a really fast paced atmosphere. Good chances to advance your career if you love consulting. Get to learn something new everyday.
Pros
Happy Hours
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There are management issues...
Engineer (Former Employee) –  Seattle, WA20 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.
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Great for consultants who want to work local
Program Manager (Former Employee) –  Chicago, IL25 October 2017
This is a smaller consulting company that has a local client base. Good for consultants who need good work life balance but want to remain in the consulting industry.
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Awesome place to work
Business Analyst (Current Employee) –  Chicago, IL20 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.
Pros
Lots of awesome people and the perks that come with that!
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Fun environment
Delivery Leadership Consultant (Current Employee) –  Phoenix, AZ12 October 2017
Slalom hires the best of the best, it has been a real pleasure working here due to the people. Otherwise, I don't find the projects I worked on to be challenging enough.
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Fun culture
Client Service Lead (Former Employee) –  Washington, DC9 October 2017
Very loose and fun culture but limits regarding path for success. True team orientation was missing for me at least. Recommend being in the city or surrounding area of the main office.
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Great group of people, great life/work balance
Consultant (Current Employee) –  Palo Alto, CA10 September 2017
A great group of people with a good life work balance. Depending on the office/location, work options may be limited.

Consistent growth but lacks dynamic leadership of top companies.
Pros
no traveling, good life work balance
Cons
limited assignments
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Great place to work
Infrastructure Consultant (Current Employee) –  Chicago, IL24 August 2017
Slalom is a great place to work, with management that really wants to see the consultants grow and rise within the ranks.

I haven't met a person at Slalom who isn't motivated to do well for the client, as well as our company.
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Fast growing firm with entrepreneurial culture
Solution Principal (Current Employee) –  Chicago, IL7 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.
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Good place to work
Report Developer (Former Employee) –  Seattle, WA20 July 2017
Good place to work and good work culture. They are very flexible as far as you finish your job. They are supportive and do lot of follow ups in terms of the project.
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Amazing Place To Work
Software Consultant / Full Stack Developer (Current Employee) –  Atlanta, GA13 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.
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Terrible management and communication
Consultant (Former Employee) –  Chicago, IL3 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.
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Great learning experience
Sales Executive (Former Employee) –  Atlanta, GA21 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.
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Don't walk away, RUN
Consultant (Former Employee) –  Dallas, TX27 March 2017
Loyal employee for 2.5 years. Was laid off 3 weeks before bonus payout. Great annual and quarterly reviews, still was laid off. Culture is horrible.
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A great company to work for
Engineer (Former Employee) –  Seattle, WA17 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.
Pros
Culture, Parties, Casual, Benefits, Community Culture
Cons
Compensation, Some what constrained
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Great place to do local model consulting
Director (Current Employee) –  Dallas, TX2 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.
Pros
Great coworkers, fun culture
Cons
Still a bit behind big firms on benefits, but do provide no travel, so an easy trade-off to stay in consulting
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Culture changed for the negative
Business Consultant (Current Employee) –  New York, NY16 October 2016
The firm grew too fast too soon causing it to lose its culture. The work became more of a staff augmentation and less focus on professional development.
Pros
Client facing
Cons
Limited PTO days
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Fast growing consulting firm
Business Contracts Analyst (Current Employee) –  Seattle, WA11 October 2016
Working at Slalom has challenged me and helped me grow in my career and has helped me understand what to expect from a workplace.
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Great firm
Consultant (Current Employee) –  Boston, MA5 October 2016
Slalom consulting is a great firm that has no outside investors. It is a great place to start a career in consulting with lots of great people and culture.
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