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    « Greedy, superficial, and clique-oriented »

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    Employé actuel - Consultant à Toronto, ON
    Ne recommande pas
    Point de vue négatif
    N'approuve pas le PDG

    Je travaille chez Slalom à temps plein depuis plus de 3 ans

    Avantages

    great in-office perks (snacks, beer, drinks), lots of social events, fair market base pay and bonus

    Inconvénients

    I joined Slalom just over 3 years ago when the Toronto office was still new and the organization was very entrepreneurial. Back then, the company felt like a dream - small family-style team, everyone got along and respected each other, leadership listened and made changes. Once Slalom Toronto broke even profit-wise about 1.5 years ago, however, the company took a sharp negative downturn and is only getting worse... with each passing week. Recruiting took a nosedive and now hires virtually anyone with a pulse. Leadership is focused purely on sales to hit their numbers and get their big bonuses, and there is no longer any care about lower employees on the hierarchy. Promotion is entirely based on perceptions - if you suck up to the leadership and parrot their false smiles constantly, you get promoted regardless of merit. Conversely, delivery or technical excellence is no longer a concern. Projects have become chaotic, filled with poor-performing practitioners, and stacked with expensive leaders billing but not contributing. Additionally, projects are no longer interesting - the focus has become to sell anything, rather than selling interesting and fulfilling pieces of work. The local consulting team is slowly getting phased out, with everyone focusing on selling developer (Build/XM) projects or augmenting their offerings. Finally, even the culture has hollowed out - Slalom Toronto no longer lives by the company's core values and just parrots meaningless platitudes around to each other in an echo chamber. My advice for those looking to join would be to understand if you're looking for fulfilling work and career progression, or if you're looking for a shallow superficial "happy" place to work. Slalom will not provide any meaningful fulfillment. Caveat Emptor.

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    Conseils à la direction

    Create a proper method for upward feedback. Listen to your employees, don't just dismiss them because you don't like what you're hearing. Stop hiring your friends to fill in senior leadership roles despite them being unqualified or disinclined to do any meaningful work. Bring back the Slalom that existed 2-3 years ago! Stop growing simply for the sake of growing and start only hiring quality again, with full vetted... recruitment.

    Dérouler
    Slalom2019-07-19

    Réponse de Slalom

    July 22, 2019President & Co-founder, North America

    This is John Tobin. I have shared this post with the Canada GM, with some additional suggestions for making sure there is communication about various initiatives underway to ensure the culture and core values remain strong in Canada as the business grows there. I appreciate your efforts here at Slalom and since you were here in the relative beginning for Canada, we have probably met before. I'd be happy to talk to you more about this if you would like - simply email me at johnt@slalom.com to set up a time to speak. Alternatively, if you’d like to share more feedback anonymously, please consider doing so via this survey: http://slalom.ws/anonsurvey.

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    Ancien stagiaire - Software Engineer() à Toronto, ON
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    J'ai travaillé chez Slalom à moins d'un an

    Avantages

    Good lunch and learns hosted by leaders in the practice where interns can ask any questions related to it. Really helps because it keeps interns eyes open to new possibilities. Can literally ask anyone out for coffee and they will gladly make time to ask more questions. Managers try to provide as much support which is appreciated!

    Inconvénients

    Needs to move to a bigger office soon, getting really stuffy.

    Slalom2019-08-18
  2. « I've Never *Loved* My Job Until I Came Here »

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    Employé actuel - Consultant à Toronto, ON
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    Je travaille chez Slalom à temps plein depuis plus de 3 ans

    Avantages

    The people. The opportunities. The experiences. The culture. From the moment I walked in the door three years ago, I've felt like Slalom offered me more than a job; it offered me a new way of seeing myself and a chance to build and shape my future. And, in my role and my level, that's not something I expected to find at this stage of the game. I love the people. People are at the centre of what we do here,... and we're so lucky that our TA team works hard to find the right people. Every day here I am challenged in the right way, I'm touching so many different things and working with so many different people. It always feels like no two days are alike. Slalom has offered me personal and professional growth by virtue of the work that I do every day and because of how fast we've grown in Toronto and, now, Canada. There have been opportunities for me to step up and work directly with leadership on a number of initiatives that have had a positive impact on our team across the board. If you're seeking opportunity to grow yourself, your team, your capability, an initiative, whatever it may be, there is space for that here. But you *do* have to drive that on your own sometimes. If you want a place that will hand you something for nothing, Slalom isn't for you. That being said, if you're passionate about it? Do you want to make it happen? Does it *mean* something to you? Then you will find the support here to do it, if you show that you're willing to be accountable and drive it. And I love that. It's that attitude of ownership and accountability that means there's no end to what you can do here. Not to mention the fact that there's no shortage of fun events that run the gamut from mid-morning stretch sessions at the office to weekend long company retreats (with only fun stuff!!), Hackathons with an opportunity to travel to our other offices, loads of snacks in the office, and a culture that makes you want to stay and hang out with your colleagues instead of racing out the door to be anywhere but work.

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    Inconvénients

    I think anywhere that has experienced such rapid growth is going to have some pain points. We went from being a scrappy-start-up-vibe to a big company with a real presence. Fast. I think there is some catching up to do from a leadership perspective to add some additional rigor to processes, to continue being more transparent around promotions etc. and being able to support growing teams from a people manager... perspective (eg. really getting that ratio of people manager to independent contributors right so that PMs can really continue to focus on their people).

    Dérouler

    Conseils à la direction

    Keep doing what you're doing, and keep doing more! I've given an overall rating of 4/5 because there is always work to be done. If we think we're perfect then I don't think we're doing right by our people, our clients or ourselves: we can always do better; always improve. I've seen continued improvements in our internal communications, the continual "upping the ante" on transparency around our promotion... processes etc. , and really zeroing in on our values. But we have to stay on it; we can't lose what makes this place special. The steps that leadership team has taken over the last few months in particular, in light of our continued amazing growth, shows a real commitment to how our leaders want us to show up in the market, to our other Slalom offices and to each other, here on the ground.

    Dérouler
    Slalom2019-08-01

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