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Updated 19 Aug 2020

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  1. "Great company to work for."

    5.0
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Director in Birmingham, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Business is investing in the UK and growing year on year. Flexible working. Focus on healthy work/life balance. Good salary and benefits package. Opportunity to shape role and team.

    Cons

    As a growing business, some areas still need to mature.

  2. "Great company with plenty of opportunities to grow"

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great opportunities to grow personally

    Cons

    Growth of the company brings change


  3. Helpful (11)

    "As bad as the bad reviews suggest"

    1.0
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    Former Employee - Director in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at NTT DATA full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    * Lovely offices * Jars of chocolates, fresh fruit and treats left lying around every day * Entry pay seems high * High focus on socials * Superficially 'diverse' but only in the junior roles, which is where you will stay forever

    Cons

    Work - if you are an IT/Digital, Telco specialist and have no interest in real business transformation then this is the place for you! They will sell it to you hard as a proper consultancy but actual, genuine business consultancy assignments are as rare as rainbow unicorn eggs, in other words they don't exist. They will tell you how they can compete with the big boys but this is simply a lie, it is all IT/Digital. There is nothing wrong with this but only join if your area of expertise is technical and telco. The bench - recently this has started to be managed in a draconian way where consultants are forbidden from seeking consulting leads and generating their own work. Anyone who has worked in any other consultancy will know that this is a bizarre and frankly cretinous way of operating. The only reason this could be happening is to maintain a list of those who could be culled when the time comes because they can be identified as idle/useless. There are legendary tales of people being left on the bench for up to a year through no fault of their own. Promotion - This is and it has been said before 'an old boys club'. It was set up by a group of Telco friends who only initiate other Telco, white, male clones into the leadership team. There may be one or two ethnics in senior positions but diversity is just wear a BLM t-shirt day or come to an 'exciting' curry evening and that's it. The composition of the leadership team and who gets promoted tells its own story - the facts speak for themselves. Leadership - there isn't any, the leaders are mostly extremely poor with the best ones having left . Any successes gained over the last few years was comprehensively destroyed by a properly daft agile re-organisation which delivered zilch. A great example of how having a Harvard business qualification doesn't mean you can deliver anything. Last year they received 10s of millions of pounds in investment from their Japanese parent company which is basically the only thing that is propping it up. Consulting - the small consulting team is is led as though everyone was back in their 6th form with jolly initiatives that are old fashioned and just useless and pointless in generating any extra work and worst still in training junior consultants on anything useful. Culture - you will have to do some serious smoozing to get into the 'in crowd' which will at least guarantee the best projects and promotions for doing nothing particularly spectacular. Rewards are based on favouritism and if your face fits and if you are prepared to suck up to the disproportionately large number of incompetent directors and leaders.

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    "Great vision, poor leadership"

    3.0
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    Former Employee - Director in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at NTT DATA full-time

    Pros

    Good salary and bonus scheme Epworth House located in Shoreditch Some nice people

    Cons

    Two organisation redesigns while I was there (8 months) A lot of ex-BAE at senior levels making it a challenge to get a seat at the table

  5. Helpful (7)

    "Great place to compete with McKinsey in high end digital consulting"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great location, great people, great career path and great projects. I feel I learn a lot from the senior management who have vision and get consulting. Whenever I ask a question to senior management their insight and content is impressive. It's very agile here and you can quicly make an impact.

    Cons

    Not sure why people have put negative reviews about NTT DATA UK. Yes we do some IT work but I joined for the digital strategy consulting and have not been dissapointed. It really feels like an innovative start up and is a great place for your career. We have won projects head to head with McKinsey. As the Head of Impact said "if clients want low end cheap stuff they can go to TCS, if they want high end consulting they come to us".

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  6. Helpful (2)

    "Got my Mojo back after joining an amazing company"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Everybody thinks “how to give the most to our customers”. There is an amazing spirit of collaboration and camaraderie, from upper management, between colleagues, with peers, and team members. No “agendas” between people. A very friendly organisation that really cares for the employees, their careers progression, their well-being, their professional enrichment, their work-life balance. The company also really cares and takes very seriously the social responsibility as reflected in the charities it supports and how the company encourages employees to take active roles in contributing the many social causes

    Cons

    This amazing company is one of the “best kept secrets” in UK in some customers / industries, and there is a need for immediate change that and make the company known to all, so customers can benefit and company can continue to attract amazing challenge.

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  7. Helpful (28)

    "An utter bodyshopping and low end IT services firm under the guise of Consulting"

    1.0
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    Former Employee - Associate Director in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at NTT DATA full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The only positive about NTT DATA UK is that the location of its offices in Central London.

    Cons

    There are quite a few negatives about working for NTT DATA UK as detailed below: 1) Cronyism: The defining characteristic of NTT DATA UK is its rampant cronyism and favoritism. You can choose to become a part of the "inner circle" or clique of influential people that are empowered by the very top management of the organisation. Once you become a crony and be a part of the inner circle, then you can expect promotions every year despite the level of your (in)competence. Needless to say, when incompetence is promoted, competence moves away. Many of the old timers at this place appear to live in a make-believe bubble where they think they are part of a great team that is changing the business world or doing some brilliant, path-breaking work. The reality of it is something else(as described below). Anyone considering NTT DATA UK must evaluate this aspect as the favoritism at this place can have serious repercussions on your career path. 2) Bodyshopping, not Consulting: NTT DATA UK tries to sell itself as a Consulting firm, however, almost all the projects here are IT Services or pure bodyshopping. This is evident by the fact that most of the lower grade "consultants" would be in IT project management. It was indeed strange to read that the CEO of this firm once spoke in an interview that he had never worked in IT, when the entire business is pure IT Services and body shopping. NTT DATA UK tries hard to leverage the NTT brand and its Japanese roots, along with the achievement of its sister companies, only to fall short in landing any worthwhile consulting projects. Anyone who wants to join this firm must be able to filter out the noise of consulting that will be sold to you, and be prepared to work on IT projects. 3) Lack of competence in management: Owing to the fact that they tend to live in bubble and have only ever worked in IT projects, the middle and upper management possess a level of competence that does not match with the top tier consulting firms of the world. It was a shame to see some really talented youngsters being wasted away on body shopping projects. There is a serious lack of thought leadership because most of the published thought pieces are derivatives of the work from other consulting firms or sister concerns. There is a lack of opportunity to learn from senior management since they can only teach from the limited pool of knowledge or skill that they possess. Anyone considering to join NTT DATA UK must remember that you learn better when you are not the smartest person in the room. 4) Sheer Toxicity: Although there are many social events to attend, there is a dearth of genuine and healthy camaraderie at NTT DATA UK. There is a persistent feeling of being under scrutiny all the time if you do not belong to the inner circle. The firm endeavors to present an exciting brand to the outer world by encouraging and coaxing employees to write glowing reviews on social media, especially Glassdoor and LinkedIn. As someone has written in an earlier review, I would strongly advise to read the positive reviews with a massive pinch of salt.

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  8. Helpful (77)

    "Love It..."

    4.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Director in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great work Great Culture Great offices Great clients

    Cons

    Growing pains Extremely busy Must be able to juggle multiple priorities all the time

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    NTT DATA Response

    Head of Recruitment

    Sums us up nicely! Thanks for your review.

  9. Helpful (3)

    "A great place to work."

    5.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Director in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Highly Collaborative culture High visibility of the leadership team Been experiencing high growth with ambitions to keep on going Very varied work opportunities Good relationships with the wider family of companies outside of the UK Great new and modern offices

    Cons

    Have not identified any as yet.

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  10. Helpful (1)

    "What's it like to work at NTT DATA?"

    5.0
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Director in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    1. Great people and great respect for people. All consultancies say this, but NTT DATA really lives this. And a people business is nothing without great people. 2. Seriously strong growth. In a year the company has changed significantly for the better creating great opportunities 3. Variety 4. Straightforward - it is exactly what it say it is

    Cons

    Large projects are rare, but they are coming

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