Slalom Consulting Reviews

Updated 28 August 2014
Updated 28 August 2014
302 Reviews

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Pros
  • Work-life balance is a priority and you can truly can go and grow at your own speed (in 61 reviews)

  • Great culture and management listens to employees (in 21 reviews)


Cons
  • Staff Aug everywhere even when they say it's not it is what it is (in 16 reviews)

  • A lot of roles fall in the "staff augmentation" category (in 15 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    A wonderful vacation from industry

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    Current Employee - Consultant  in  Denver, CO (US)
    Current Employee - Consultant in Denver, CO (US)

    I have been working at Slalom Consulting full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    This is my first time working for a company that spends money on its people. Happy hours, company retreats, lunches and training. I feel comfortable talking with anyone at the company, and there is a feeling that I set my career course and there's nothing keeping me from attaining any goal I set. The local model works well, and the variable pay model, while risky if the bench happens, ensures that overtime work is paid work, which is refreshing coming from salaried industry. There is a real commitment from the exec team and leadership at the local level to positive change and gaining feedback.

    Cons

    The Denver area is very large, so the local model can still lend itself to long commutes depending on where the project is. The 401k match is terrible for a company that spends so much money on its employees elsewhere. The vacation could be better, definitely. There is some balance needed with regards to client sizes and their relative risk to the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep the employee extracurricular activities going--it's money well spent. Skedaddle is an awesome experience, something that should be at the forefront of attracting talent. Bump up the 401k--even if it's not the most-requested item, it's critical for your employees to be saving for retirement. Love the accessibility of leaders. Keep Slalom special.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Slalom Consulting Response

    Aug 22, 2014President & Co-founder, North America

    This is John Tobin - Thanks for your positive review. I will definitely share your comments about our current 401K matching and PTO with our HR group who is reviewing our overall benefits currently ... More

  2.  

    I thought I loved what I did before...

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    Current Employee - Consultant  in  Boston, MA (US)
    Current Employee - Consultant in Boston, MA (US)

    I have been working at Slalom Consulting full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Tremendous dedication to work life balance
    Interesting project. Not just the typical bland enterprise application / staff aug. work you find at a lot of other firms.
    Given opportunity to discover and become experienced in a range of technologies and not forced to be pigeon holed into one stack.
    Given honest and constructive reviews as part of career advancement.
    Very smart and interesting people. There's no sense of I have to be smarter than everyone else and have to show it off in order to get ahead.
    No travel and I can be at home with my family.

    Cons

    Not entirely sure how career advancement works before moving up to leadership roles. We have a pretty flat structure and don't have a sense of milestones to work towards before moving up to the next level. That said, I don't feel like I'll be 'stuck' by any means. I'm rather confident I'll be in a forward and upward position a year from now. The lack of structure here just might be jarring to someone expecting it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you're doing.
    I love that I can come into work and comfortably strike up a conversation with anyone from leadership right on down to the consulting level.
    There's a good vision for where we are and where we want to be.
    There's been a lot of hard work to create this culture and I hope its maintained and keeps getting better.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Slalom cares for their employees and sends them on engaging projects

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    Current Employee - Consultant  in  Chicago, IL (US)
    Current Employee - Consultant in Chicago, IL (US)

    I have been working at Slalom Consulting full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Slalom Culture is amazing - Numerous original, creative events, amazing people who aren't jerks
    The work here is great - Slalom sends consultants on engaging projects that make a difference for their clients.

    Cons

    Slalom's PTO policy is not as generous as some competitors offering 3 weeks vacation. Slalom's 401k match is not very generous.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve benefits (PTO, 401k match) and provide more robust training/development opportunities.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    My time at Slalom consulting could not have been better.

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    Current Employee - Human Resources Intern  in  Buckhead, GA (US)
    Current Employee - Human Resources Intern in Buckhead, GA (US)

    I have been working at Slalom Consulting as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    - Training
    - Workplace Environment
    - Co-Workers
    - Employee Appreciation

    Cons

    -Parking Situation could be better

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I honestly feel upper level management does a great job.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Empowering, supportive, and amazing culture

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Seattle, WA (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA (US)

    I have been working at Slalom Consulting full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Ability to pursue your true passion at Slalom. Work-life balance is actually balanced, unlimited professional development, and tons of career growth.

    Cons

    PTO could be improved though they are working on it, wish they had shared leave for parents with new borns.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't stray from the values and culture that has brought this company to where it is today. Keep it fun and exciting everyday.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Best company I have been a part of

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Slalom Consulting full-time

    Pros

    I see some sour grapes on this site because some people do not always get everything they want, but across the board, I have seen more people do amazing work than any company I've been involved with. The level of quality at this firm is amazingly high. To get noticed, your work must be truly exceptional and the culture is one that people are excited to show what they are capable of. Top performers are rewarded appropriately. Anyone who does outstanding work will be recognized. That sounds obvious, but it is amazing how many people blame external factors instead of focusing on their skills and contributions. People at this company help each other, even if they are not directly involved on the same team. Generally, they take time out for each other. I saw some complaints about career manager interaction. Contrary to what others have said, career managers are very involved with the performance of each person, even if they do not work with them individually on a team. Management is very tuned into individual performance even if they are not sitting next to every person every day. More often than not, it is the individual contributors who do not want to meet regularly, 1 on 1, or share their achievements. Managers are always open to sit down and talk, even if people want to talk to their manager's manager's manager etc. I have seen relatively junior people at the firm having lunch with top executives. They have a great open door policy. Also, social events offer some great room for people who would not otherwise meet, to cross-pollinate and discover new ways to help or be helped. If people do not love working here, it is doubtful they will love any healthy, challenging, quality work environment. If people prefer a slow, safe, simple job, they should work at a company that is done growing. We regularly get first place for 'best places to work' in almost every city where we have an office. The leadership here are the most intelligent, involved, and dedicated that I have seen. I would much rather see team budget maintain our culture than give slightly larger bonuses to people who are at the bottom of the bell curve. We survive and thrive based on our performance every day and cannot afford to make things more comfortable for the bottom of the bell curve, even as we grow.

    Cons

    As the firm grows, not everybody learns the same things at the same time, so it's more difficult for everyone to stay in sync and have the same understanding and visibility.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stay the course. This company is doing exactly what it needs to do in order grow while maintaining the quality we require.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Slalom Consulting Response

    Aug 22, 2014President & Co-founder, North America

    This is John Tobin - Thanks for the detailed and positive review. I'm glad you called out our open door policy. Meeting with our people in each market is one of my favorite parts of my job - feel ... More

  8.  

    Great place to work

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Seattle, WA (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA (US)

    I worked at Slalom Consulting full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Slalom is a great company filled with brilliant people to work alongside. They have a very strong company culture that focuses a lot on the individual - both from a career standpoint as well as work-life balance.

    Cons

    Slalom's rich culture is focused on the consultants. If you are in an internal / corporate position, not only do you not receive the same "special treatment" as the consultants', you also don't get paid as much, or valued by the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't forget about the people inside that keep the machine running.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Slalom Consulting Response

    Aug 22, 2014President & Co-founder, North America

    This is John Tobin - Thanks for your positive review and I appreciate your feedback regarding our internal / corporate employees. If you have more to share feel free to email me or call me at ... More

  9.  

    Lots of great clients, some exciting projects, but still beware the staff augmentation roles.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Consultant  in  Seattle, WA (US)
    Current Employee - Business Consultant in Seattle, WA (US)

    I have been working at Slalom Consulting full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great people and a wonderful and collaborative culture. Also nice to have the bench time pay as a fall back when you are in between projects.

    Cons

    It is really important to vet every project that comes your way to verify the scope of work as well as the ability to deliver the work. Still too many "butts in seats" roles camouflaged as "projects" lurking out there.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep raising the bar and move the practice "up and to the right." Consider changing incentives of account people to align better to higher purpose work rather than hitting billable quotas.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Kept the best parts of consulting and dropped the worst (i.e. travel!)

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  New York, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY (US)

    I have been working at Slalom Consulting full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    - No travel! Unless you're on the national team, 100% local. You can sleep in your own bed every night and actually have a life!
    - Hardworking, passionate workforce who is dedicated to high quality work, but everyone really values their personal lives (you can work in consulting and still have a family and hobbies!). This is driven from the top and expectations are set up front with clients to keep way more reasonable hours than the big firms
    - Feels like you can truly "be yourself" - company cares about you as a person; diverse group of people but all with really solid experience (many Big 4)
    - Collaborative/helpful workforce - very flat structure and no up or out model
    - Proactive in continuous improvement - still young enough, you can play a part in shaping things, but every week you get asked to provide input or some new initiative is launching which demonstrates the maturity and strong investments being made (founds are still around and truly care)

    Cons

    - Must be very self-driven and able to work autonomously without a ton of direction - it's "consulting for grown ups", but this is not for everyone
    - Heavy focus on technology projects (though not ERP implementations) - need to sell our ability to do even more larger transformation projects than we're already doing

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to go after more strategic, transformational projects to attract the best business advisory talent and keep employees engaged

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great company

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Slalom Consulting full-time

    Pros

    Great atmosphere, competitive pay, good clients

    Cons

    Benefits are not the best, corporate structure is muddy, it can be a bit of good ol boys club

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Slalom Consulting Response

    Jul 21, 2014President & Co-founder, North America

    This is John Tobin - I wanted to let you know that I saw your comments and I am sharing your feedback with others in leadership roles. It is important to me (and all of us) that our employees are ... More

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