Financial Accounting Analyst (Former Employee) – Seattle, WA – October 4, 2018
Working internally at Slalom seems strikingly different from working as a consultant. It feels very much like a class-like division. There is opportunity for advancement, but it seems more dependent on making nice with the right people than skill at the actual job.
Sr. Consultant (Current Employee) – Palo Alto, CA – October 10, 2018
Management team is not qualified and have poor leadership skills. A lot of politics. No opportunity to learn and grow. Many of my colleagues also share the same feeling and we have often talked about leaving.
Any (Current Employee) – New York, NY – September 7, 2018
I got to work with very talented people with diverse skill sets, all focused on delivering great work for the client. Almost every other consultant I worked with was very professional and very focused on doing their best to get the best result. There were more people driven by their own desire to do their best than those that were driven by ego, which makes for a great working experience.
Great work culture
Short projects don't give you enough time to sink your teeth in
A good place to start or land potentially good clients but lacks advancement opportunities
Consultant (Former Employee) – San Francisco, CA – February 5, 2018
Slalom provides great opportunities for those who look for local projects and focus on work/life balance and company culture but lacks career advancement opportunities and leadership development. Leaders emphasized many slogans and motts at work but most of the time they didn't follow up on their promises or lead by example. It is a great place to get going and/or land potentially good clients to get experience at, but career structure and long-term horizon/outlook at slalom require serious overhaul considerations.
Engineer (Former Employee) – Seattle, WA – November 20, 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.
Sales Executive (Former Employee) – Atlanta, GA – April 21, 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.
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) – Chicago, IL – December 20, 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 – 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