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Our story

A different kind of consulting company

The year was 2001. Wikipedia had just launched. Apple released the iPod. The solar aircraft Helios reached a record height of more than 18 miles above the earth. And Brad Jackson, our CEO, had always wanted to have a true consulting company as part of the portfolio of companies that were under our LLC. When he met John Tobin, John shared his different experiences both as a consultant at different types of consulting companies and as a buyer of consulting at AT&T Wireless.

John felt there could be an alternative model to the “Big 5," larger consulting companies. That it didn’t have to be a grueling, up-or-out career. He believed that it should be possible to enjoy work and life where the promise of “no unwanted travel” is real, and that a local model, backed by national teams, could provide an intimate consulting experience for consultants and clients alike. Fifteen years later, Slalom is over a $750 million company with over 4,000 employees, and is regularly recognized as a best place to work.

The smile factor

Of all the things that make Slalom unique, our people are at the top of the list. They’re seasoned consultants with deep expertise in their chosen fields who genuinely care about making a difference in our clients’ businesses, and the communities they live in. And there’s something else—they smile. One of our clients once said that he can recognize Slalom consultants because they’re the ones in the room who are smiling. As we’ve grown to over 4,000 employees in 25 offices across the U.S., U.K., and Canada, we’ve kept our focus on enabling our people to do exactly that.

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“We simply believe that by treating our employees well and creating an excellent experience, including a great balance in their lives, they will be even more focused on doing amazing work for our clients.”
- John Tobin, Slalom co-founder and president of North America

What great consultants do

Consultants do four things: they help clients understand the present, they interpret what will happen in the future, they put a plan in place to get there, and they dig in and get the work done. But great consultants do more—they create amazing outcomes.

As a company, we’ve made it our mission to create amazing outcomes for our people, clients, and communities. This means solving some of the most complex and interesting business challenges our clients are facing right now. It means helping them get products to market quickly and building relationships with their customers. It means enabling a rewarding life for the men and women who work here, and making the communities we live in stronger and more connected. Outcomes like these are built in to who we are and how we work.

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Looking ahead

We’re incredibly proud of the company that Slalom has become since we opened our doors in 2001. We’re equally excited about where we’re headed in the coming years. As we expand into major markets across the globe, we’ll strive to become one of the most connected companies in the world. And in the future, we want Slalom to be more than a best place to work, we want it to be the most impactful company you’ve ever worked for. So far, so good.

What we do

We're a purpose-driven consulting firm that helps companies solve business problems and build for the future, with solutions spanning business advisory, customer experience, technology, and analytics. We partner with companies to push the boundaries of what’s possible—together.

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