Hitachi Consulting Reviews

Updated 20 August 2014
Updated 20 August 2014
359 Reviews

3.1
359 Reviews
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Hitachi Consulting President and CEO Philip R. Parr
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work life balance is good but although depends on the project (in 37 reviews)

  • The culture is very relaxed and the people are great (in 28 reviews)


Cons
  • But perhaps better work life balance (in 12 reviews)

  • Senior Management is out of touch with reality (in 15 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Great place to work

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant  in  London, England
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in London, England

    I worked at Hitachi Consulting full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Good people, Great learning opportunities.

    Cons

    Nothing comes to mind. But perhaps better work life balance

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    It was OK

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant  in  London, England
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in London, England

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

    Pros

    They are generally family friendly

    Cons

    People stuck up their own arse

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Realise that you're not saving lives

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    The Acquisition Growth Model .....

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director  in  London, England
    Current Employee - Director in London, England

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

    Pros

    Hitachi HQ passionately believes in building a services company - and is backing the passion with Big Dollars that have funded multiple acquisitions. Acquired companies are fast growing, innovate businesses - fun places to work that are staffed with bright and very motivated individuals. Post Integration things tend to change ....

    Cons

    The culture is slow, risk adverse and positively discourages innovation. The business (mistakenly) seems to mistake acquisition for innovation. Companies acquired by Hitachi rapidly lose their edge and culture post as they are assimilated into Hitachi Consulting Way. Phrases such as 'leverage model' and 'utilisation model' are key - which seems to mean billing junior people, at high rates for long periods of time. This drives burnout and in turn attrition all of which stimies growth.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Build a vision that extends beyond 'We want to be big and make lots of money' - this is not the kind of vision that you can build a strategy around. Be comfortable with what you are - you are not Accenture, IBM or Deloitte. Adopt a model for the future not the past.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    A bit cottage industry... ok if you like cottages....

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager  in  Manchester, England
    Current Employee - Manager in Manchester, England

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

    Pros

    Dynamic, flexible to both Client and Internal customers.
    Good work/life balance.
    Great office locations to work from.
    Lot's of opportunities to making a difference, establishing processes in a maturing company.

    Cons

    Some reluctance at operational levels to formalise and think big.
    Poor benefits.
    Immature HR and Employee Management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Clarify your strategy and involve you staff in it.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    No direction. Making the same mistakes again and again.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manager  in  London, England
    Former Employee - Manager in London, England

    I worked at Hitachi Consulting full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Some good technical people who really get stuck in during troublesome times.
    Fairly flexible working conditions.

    Cons

    No overall direction. Project scope creep without change control on many projects. Internal systems (IT) appauling. No real interaction between company divisions unless necessary causing project transition issues and headaches for all involved. Questionable quality of some offshore resources.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find out what you want to be. You're nowhere near being an IBM or Accenture.
    People close to burn out on difficult projects, so fix the repeat issues and make it better for new projects.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Hitachi Consulting

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Hitachi Consulting

    Pros

    Benefit of a fairly well known brand name and financially stable and some good skills in niche areas especially in respect of Information technology space

    Cons

    No real strategy or direction, poor leadership, services are not particularly differentiated in any way and very much a tier two player

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    OK, great london office.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Associate  in  London, England
    Former Employee - Associate in London, England

    I worked at Hitachi Consulting as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    Big opportunity for career progression if you are good and on the right project.
    Some good people.

    Cons

    Not much knowledge sharing, but this is something that can be improved.
    But you have the chance to change things, try not to be a bystander.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to win more gigs in central london.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    A great place to work and grow

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director  in  London, England
    Current Employee - Director in London, England

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

    Pros

    Hitachi Consulting is a great place to work and grow your career. With backing of $100 billion Hitachi Ltd. and aggressive growth plans; the global leadership team is working on growth agenda which has people development at its core. The work environment is fair, cohesive and opportunities are in abundance.

    Cons

    Like any growing business at times challenges but leadership team is fully committed and taking responsibility

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to focus on growth and people development agenda

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Good

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager  in  London, England
    Current Employee - Manager in London, England

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

    Pros

    Good track record. Good peers!!

    Cons

    Inconsistent growth opportunities
    Some people grow effortlessly and for some its always another stage...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create opportunities for people to grow....

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Career limiting

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant  in  London, England
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in London, England

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

    Pros

    I joined working for Edenbrook where I was working with some very smart people and learnt a lot. I learnt many new skills on the job. Edenbrook was a fairly small company so I felt very connected with everyone. We used to have a drink after work a lot and participate in other fun outside work activities otherwise known as an offsite within Microsoft.

    Cons

    When the Hitachi Consulting acquisition took place the whole place changed. Since the day Hitachi acquired Edenbrook, I never went on a offsite again. The training stopped also. With this many of the smart people I was used to working with, left Hitachi for other organizations, some decided to go contracting. This is when the churn began, the constant recruitment process.

    If you are thinking about joining this company, I recommend you read all reviews here and make your own mind up.

    There was also a massive disconnect between me and my manager. We never had regular 1:1's. Even review time was not done by my manager!

    I had 0 flexibility, always being forced to drive 3hrs to a customers site when I could have worked from home quite easily enough.

    I felt my career was going nowhere, I couldn't work on the projects I wanted, undertake training I needed or desired for my own personal career agenda (that was mapped to the future success of Hitachi).

    Hitachi thinks they are on the same level as Accenture, IBM, HP and Microsoft. It is true they sometimes compete against those companies, but most times at a loss then the consultants onsite are expected to work all hours of the night to deliver it.

    I was on one project (this particular project was known to everyone in the company due it being a complete failure) and I as were my colleagues often working every night until 7-8pm. Sometimes well into the night if a release into system test was due for the customer the next day.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I think you need to start over again. Look at all internal processes, training budgets, offshore arm etc

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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