Slalom hits 200 employees in Australia milestone within two years

29 November 2021 2 min. read
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Global consulting firm Slalom has hit its goal of hiring 200 people in Australia months ahead of schedule.

Since launching in Australia in January 2020, the US-headquartered consulting firm has grown its local workforce to over 200 employees across its offices in Melbourne and Sydney.

This milestone has been achieved despite significant challenges, like the global pandemic and a skills shortage in the technology industry. Slalom attributes its fast growth and high retention rate to its company culture, which values and celebrates diversity and inclusion.

Slalom hits 200 employees in Australia milestone within two years

Harshu Deshpande, Slalom Build’s Lead in Australia and Japan, said, “We truly have a people-first culture, with a commitment to creating an inclusive environment where everyone is inspired and empowered to make their own unique impact and enjoy the work they’re doing.”

“In 2021, 45 per cent of our hires for Slalom Build were women, with women now accounting for over 40 per cent of the team. I am incredibly proud of this statistic.”

Since launching in Australia, Slalom has developed dedicated inclusion, diversity, and equity programs – including Slalom Women, Prism LGBTQ+, and Slalom’s First Nations Advocacy Network (FNAN), an initiative focused on supporting impactful Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations.

Slalom Australia Country Managing Director, Michael Shimota said, “Our focus on culture, from onboarding to career growth, has created a thriving environment, where all Slalomers are championing our local success. Our team’s commitment to maximise their community and customer impact has paved the way for Slalom’s continued rapid growth despite the challenges of the pandemic.”

New practice

Adding to Slalom’s success in Australia is the launch of its new engineering arm, Slalom Build, consisting of highly skilled software developers and engineers that work closely with businesses to modernise their technology and operations. The company focuses on organisational, financial, and operational elements to drive a more dynamic and efficient way of working, no matter what the future holds.

“Slalom’s offering, which brings a unique blend of leading capabilities with the agility of a local startup, mixed with the global leverage of scale and experience, has really resonated with Australian organisations,” Shimota said.

With a presence in 41 countries and strong partnerships with industry leaders, like AWS and Salesforce, Slalom works with more than half of the Fortune 100, powering the engineering behind some of the world's largest global technology companies, along with startups, mid-tier organisations, and not-for-profits.

Internationally, Slalom has also been named one of Fortune's 100 Best Companies to Work For six years in a row.