Slalom Reviews

Updated 12 May 2021

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Slalom CEO Brad Jackson
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  • "Lack of Diversity, Staff Aug roles at time, new framework with unclear expectations(in 63 reviews)

  • "401k match could be better and more women in leadership(in 50 reviews)

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  1. "Different than the big consulting firms in the best way"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Diversity & Inclusion
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Principal in Toronto, ON
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Joined Slalom from a large consulting firm. So far, Slalom is everything that I thought it would be and what everyone told me from the recruiting process. A few examples... 1) A culture with psychological safety - you are encouraged to pursue what you are interested in, only get involved in things that you want to (rather than other firms where it is expected to spend hours each week on non-client work) 2) A focus on work life balance - leaders do not expect you to work late and actively protect their teams. It's the little things, like managing scope with clients effectively, being ok with testing out work-in-progress ideas and truly co-creating with clients (rather than big consulting firms that have so many layers of hierarchy and review cycles and re-work), and leaders jumping in to help with work no matter what seniority level they are at. Here it feels that I am trusted to do my job well. I am encouraged to prioritize my well-being and I am surrounded by like-minded people.

    Cons

    Because it's a newer, smaller consulting firm, not all types of consulting work is well built out. There are some areas that Slalom does very well and sells lots of work in, and other areas that are still in the early stages of growth. I think this actually is a pro not a con for people with a growth mindset as there are so many opportunities to help the company scale.

  2. COVID-19
    Helpful (2)

    "All good things come to an end"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Diversity & Inclusion
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Slalom full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Great People Great Culture Work-Life Balance Improving Benefits Growing Company no layoffs during covid. no travel unless you want to

    Cons

    If you are not in technology - there are very few opportunities to do great work. Strategy practices are still selling mostly PM work. No clear direction or strategy from Seattle leadership to leverage advisory work. The salespeople, or the leaders within various offices, don't understand how to sell strategy work. They are not willing to invest in the right type of strategy leaders. They need to understand that advisory work brings in more technology work – it is all connected. If you are a strategy or a finance professional – best to look elsewhere. Maybe Slalom will get their act right when it comes to selling strategic work but I don’t see it happening. Not many growth opportunities for non-technology folks. The new career framework was not rolled out properly. They wanted to standardize roles and titles but did a poor job of it. They did not consider people's experiences. Giving someone with 20 years of experience the same title as another consultant with 5 years of experience is not the right way to do it. They purposely held back people and didn’t give them the deserving titles because Slalom did not want to increase their pay. Now, everyone is trying to get promoted to a position they should have already gotten and or looking to move out of Slalom. Pay is lower than the competitors.

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  3. "Great place to grow your skills and do great work"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Diversity & Inclusion
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Principal Consultant in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Intelligent coworkers. Many interesting and modern projects to work on, where you can develop hard and soft skills across multiple industries. You are an important and critical resource on every project you are on. Strong local focus so you are a part of the community you work in. No outsourcing or offshoring of work, so quality is consistent with no time zone issues. All certifications are paid for, regardless of pass or fail. Focus on doing the best we can for our clients. Positive working environment and culture. Introduced 401K matching within the last 2 years.

    Cons

    Primary focus is utilization (total billable hours divided by total working hours per year) as a measure of consultant performance and practice success. Negligible investment in consultant office equipment besides a laptop and a phone allowance. Employment roles and career paths are limited to consulting, sales, or practice administration. Recent benefits plan changes are confusing and hard to navigate.

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  4. "Love this place"

    5.0
    Current Employee - Salesforce Analyst in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Slalom full-time

    Pros

    Great People, Great Culture, and Great Leadership

    Cons

    Very little cons in my opinion

  5. "Quality values driven US company, learning to be global"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Diversity & Inclusion
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Architect in Melbourne
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very competitive remuneration, smart people and plenty of opportunity to grow with the business. Currently a lot of hard work as the business is teething in the Australian market, but growing quickly and lots of effort being made to ensure the growth is in the right directions. The company has a very strong internal learning as well as inclusion, diversity and equity culture and offers benefits related to person phone costs, public transport subsidies and alike. You will learn a lot here. Build provides a product-house-like environment, in that you work with a lot of the same people, however you still get the variety that consulting brings. Although not all projects follow this pattern yet.

    Cons

    The business is still understanding how it needs to change to be a truly global company, it’s still very NA centric. You are expected to work above and beyond the Australian 37.5 hour work week.

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  6. "Great company - terrible local market (St Louis)"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Diversity & Inclusion
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Principal Consultant in Saint Louis, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Run by some of the smartest most caring authentic people who create a great culture as a company. Smart people.

    Cons

    Too much autonomy given to local markets (cities) can (and did) lead to abuses, politics, and a lot of ugliness that will take years to correct. Culture of the company doesn't necessarily translate to the local market. While some corrections have been made, several of those who created the issues remain in leadership positions. I wish the company well but I could never imagine going back there with that cast of characters. Problems include: * Politics, cliques, favoritism (promoting friends, unwritten rules, ostracize those who do not "play the game") * Saying the right things publicly, doing the wrong things privately * Huge focus on new age mystical philosophy with a meaningful disregard for operating a business * Lack of local leadership (Lots of charisma and personality, but not substance) * Popularity as important (or more) as capability * All hands meetings felt like pep rallies, carefully crafted to generate buzz over substance * Gaslighting by those in positions of power if questioned by those who aren't in their circle / play their games

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  7. Helpful (3)

    "Overall company is good but, depends which group or people you work with."

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Diversity & Inclusion
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, Nice work culture. But unpredictable team or managers.

    Cons

    Very silo working model. I was with them for 1.5 years. I know my friends working there planning to leave ( not currently happy ). Some are stuck till they find better opportunity. The consulting model is very competitive. Not that many projects. So you will be on higher level pushed to take what comes or else will sit on bench for a while. When you are on bench then really lot of pressure to do pass certification or do any projects which do not interest you.

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  8. "Great People & Fun Projects"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Diversity & Inclusion
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Consultant in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Slalom full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Fast paced environment where you learn on the job. Co-Workers are so happy and nice (Smile is company value) Coworkers genuinely want to help you succeed Lots of autonomy, if you like a technology its up to you to sell it!

    Cons

    Long work hours (for deployments and special projects not everyday) Clients are hit or miss to work with Tracking Utilization discourages PTO

  9. COVID-19
    Helpful (1)

    "You should probably join Slalom, I'm glad I did."

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Diversity & Inclusion
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Current Employee in Denver, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Slalom full-time

    Pros

    - Slalom didn't do layoffs like the other big firms during the COVID lockdown and is benefitting from keeping it's staff as the market has picked up - Slalom local executive team coaches up and comers compared to what I've seen in the big firms - Slalom provides more depth than the small firms and is more drives culture in a way the bigs can never achieve

    Cons

    - It can be hard to take time for training because the pace, while not relentless, is constant (love the socks though!) - Global teams sometimes overstep the local markets they support

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  10. COVID-19

    "The people of Slalom care"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Diversity & Inclusion
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Slalom full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Slalom people, peers and leaders alike, love to see people succeed in their careers and in their life; it's engrained in our culture (I was going to say *their* culture, but realized that I'm that way too.

    Cons

    In order to really succeed you will need to introduce yourself to as many Slalom folks as you can, in order to become someone who comes to mind when your skill is needed at a project. Being a consultant at Slalom is therefore not a something for introverts, though there are opportunities for them. Meeting new people and getting to know them on a personal and professional level is also really tough during COVID.

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