Engineer (Former Employee) – Seattle, WA – February 17, 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 – November 2, 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
Great Culture! Better for Consultants Than Senior Execs
Practice Area Lead (Current Employee) – San Francisco Bay Area, CA – August 31, 2016
Slalom is a fantastic place to work! For consultants, you will have fun and challenging projects in a great culture. For roles above consultants, particularly Practice Leads, it a very challenging wit little work/life balance. The salaries are decent; the PTO is fair but no Sick Time means you have to use your 3 weeks of PTO if you are sick.
Transitioning - Growing while struggling to maintain core values
Corporate Services (Former Employee) – Seattle, WA – July 29, 2013
As a high growth consulting firm, the focus is rightly on the consultation side of the business. Unfortunately this is often at the expense of the corporate services that support them.
This results in a high allure but ultimately stagnant environment for any employee not directly generating billable projects. Many of the management are from large local tech firms and only hire or promote people they have previously worked with, unwittingly working to create a semi-hostile workplace for newcomers. If you can make it past this period of antagonism, the company itself is amazing to work for and the people are top notch.
They are growing fast and still trying to figure out the work division and individual roles needed to maintain service levels. Thus, hiring is slow and workload is high for most internal departments.
Fringe Benefits, Colleagues, Activities, Interesting Work
Workload, Lack of Training, Embedded Management, Lack of Support
Consultant (Former Employee) – Bellevue, WA – April 27, 2016
I was a project employee at Slalom for 4 years, but I was able to interact with fellow consultants during all-hands meetings at the client site. The people who I interacted with were very professional, willing to share their knowledge and help out.
Monthly meetings with fellow consultants to interact and catch up
As a project employee, I was not included in many activities that FTEs were involved in.
Student/intern (Former Employee) – Seattle, WA – September 27, 2015
Infrastructure Engineer / Support Analyst II (Former Employee) – Seattle, WA – June 15, 2015
Slalom is poised to quietly take over the world of professional consulting. With an amazing way of benching stagnant resources and taking care of people regardless of work or not, it's no wonder top talent is drawn to this company.