SOURCE: Slalom Consulting

September 25, 2007 09:00 ET

Slalom Consulting Named in Top 10 of Consulting Magazine's "Best Firms to Work For"

Local-Based Consulting Model, Company Culture and Work/Life Balance Receive High Marks Among U.S. Consultants

SEATTLE, WA--(Marketwire - September 25, 2007) - Slalom Consulting, one of the fastest growing business and technology consulting firms in the U.S., today announced that it has been named by Consulting Magazine as one of Top 10 "Best Firms to Work For." Slalom, which employs more than 400 people in the U.S., was selected from among the world's largest and most prominent consulting firms, with thousands of consultants casting their votes for the top firm. The official rankings will appear in the magazine's September/October issue, along with feature coverage of the Top 10 firms.

The annual rankings are based upon surveys to U.S.-based consultants, focusing on the following categories: Work/Life Balance, Career Development, Job Experience, Firm Leadership, Firm Culture and Compensation. Slalom scored high in all six areas, demonstrating superiority in the Work/Life Balance category for its progressive local-based consulting model. Unlike the traditional transient model, Slalom's local-based approach eliminates constant travel for the nation's leading business and technology consultants. Known industry-wide as the "consultant's consulting firm," Slalom's local model provides a much welcomed change for consultants who have spent years working for one of the Big-4 consulting firms traveling more than 50 percent of the year. Without the pressure and time drain of constant travel, consultants at Slalom are able to invest their energy in high-quality and challenging client projects, enabling them to further develop and strengthen their areas of expertise. In addition to providing competitive pay, flexible work schedules, support for personal growth, recognition and rewards for performance, and work in-line with individual goals, the company provides paid sabbaticals every three years for all employees.

"The success of every consulting firm relies entirely on the quality and dedication of its consultants," said John Tobin, national managing director of Slalom Consulting. "The best way for Slalom to grow and compete in this industry is to operate with our consultants' best interests in mind, ensuring that we attract and retain the most experienced, qualified and dedicated talent. Slalom is the only consulting firm to completely remove travel from our consultants' job descriptions, yet still provide them with dynamic career development, strategic work and progressive assignments. We thank Consulting Magazine for this recognition, which further demonstrates our ongoing commitment to creating and sustaining a distinctive company culture across all of Slalom's U.S. offices."

"Our annual 'Best Firms to Work For' rankings are highly competitive, with 190 of the world's largest consulting firms vying for placement," said Joe Kornik, Editor-in-Chief, of Consulting Magazine. "The firms in the Top 10 are selected solely by survey responses from consultants, making the list the most candid and accurate view of the top firms. This year, 9,000 consultants filled out the survey. To be among the winners is a testament to Slalom Consulting; it stood out as a leader in many of the categories, and we congratulate the firm on its success."

About Slalom Consulting

Slalom Consulting (www.slalom.com) is a national business and technology consulting firm, headquartered in Seattle. Following its motto, "Business is a Race. Win it." Slalom's services range from broad areas including program management, business process improvement, and software development, to specialized solutions such as CRM, ERP and Sarbanes-Oxley. Slalom is best known for its highly experienced, locally-based teams and consultants who consistently take client projects from strategy through successful implementation. Slalom has additional offices in Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Portland and San Francisco.

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