Slalom Consulting

From modest beginnings

Slalom Consulting is a management and strategy IT implementation firm born out of Two Degrees LLC, an accounting and financial service company, in 2001.  The firm's first contract was with AT&T Wireless/Cingular; undoubtedly, the firm was aided in winning the contract through the connections of National General Manager John Tobin, previously an executive and consultant at AT&T Wireless and Ernst & Young.  A nascent Slalom also benefitted from the Enron scandal, which not only led to the dissolution of Arthur Andersen, but also saw smaller consultancies gain popularity as it became clear that the large firms were not infallible.  Most of Slalom's early hires were local consultants with valuable experience, most hailing from more established consulting outfits.

While Slalom's name might invoke images of a downhill sprint, in practice the firm relies on sustainability and measured growth to meet its goals and projections.  In 2003, revenue was reported at just $19.6 million, compared to a revenue target of over $150 million for 2010-if predictions are accurate, the firm will have achieved a healthy growth rate of 25 percent.  This robust, yet controlled growth pattern has kept the firm on steady ground despite the unprecedented economic woes plaguing the industry; in fact, Slalom entered 2010 hiring aggressively in order to meet ballooning demand for its services.

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While Slalom's early work was dedicated exclusively to management consulting, the firm has since added technology implementation and management to its capabilities.  Over half of its business now comes from its tech operations, and in 2005 it became a Microsoft Certified Gold Partner.  Not only does this sought-after denotation add prestige to the Slalom name, but it also sees Microsoft regularly recommend Slalom consultants for implementation of its technology.

The firm has four main service areas: business management, technology enablement, organization effectiveness and information management, with business management and organization effectiveness encompassing much of the territory traditionally dominated by strategy consulting firms.  Slalom's technology enablement sector covers all the appropriate bases; the firm is fully capable of designing, configuring and maintaining a corporate technology infrastructure from scratch.  Likewise, Slalom's information management sector turns around client data in easy-to-access, easy-to-analyze formats.

One of the firm's high-profile projects saw Slalom consultants assisting the U.S. Olympic Committee with its press-box for the 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver.  As a result of their cooperation, the press was more easily able to research athletes, tracking their histories and activity, including the time they spent on social media sites such as Twitter and Facebook. Other heavyweight projects the firm has undertaken include an overhaul of eBay's security infrastructure and the consolidation of the Gap's four websites into one.

Rest for the weary

Slalom has built something of a reputation for itself as a lifestyle firm that offers an alternative to the long-hour, travel-heavy consulting model that's standard at rival firms.  Not only does that free up time for exciting teambuilding adventures-a Slalom team scaled Mt. Rainier in 2010-it's also proven to be a keen business decision; Slalom's life-heavy work/life balance has resulted in attracting some valuable, experienced talent from rival firms, as well as a young, energetic set of new consultants.

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Slalom Consulting


821 2nd Ave
Suite 1900
Seattle, WA 98104
Phone: 206-438-5700
Fax: 206-438-5686
www.slalom.com

STATS


  • Employer Type: Private
  • National General Manager: John Tobin
  • 2011 Employees: 1,000

Major Office Locations

  • El Segundo, CA
  • San Francisco, CA
  • Denver, CO
  • Atlanta, GA
  • Chicago, IL
  • Portland, OR
  • Dallas, TX
  • Seattle, WA
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