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|Sunday, March 01, 2009|
MARCH 2009: THE 2009 100 BEST COMPANIES TO WORK FOR IN OREGON
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BY ABRAHAM HYATT
It was 2002 and for a handful of business management and IT consultants in Portland, it was the worst possible nightmare. The company they worked for, Arthur Andersen, one of the storied “Big Five” accounting firms, was imploding. Day after day brought humiliating headlines and a growing realization that the stability they’d assumed came with working at an industry leader had vaporized.
Their savior came in the form of Hitachi Consulting, an offshoot of the multi-billion dollar Japanese tech giant. Hitachi does strategy, best practices and business intelligence consulting for IT companies, as well as sales, marketing and supply chain transformation consulting for all types of businesses. The firm approached Andersen’s West Coast employees with open arms, bringing them and their clients into what was then a relatively small company. Less than six years later, the Portland branch of Hitachi finds itself in the most enviable of positions: the No. 1 Large Company on the 100 Best list.
On a sunny Friday morning recently, a few of the firm’s younger consultants were meeting with Kiddazzle, a local nonprofit that Hitachi does pro bono work for. Kiddazzle helps uninsured kids find volunteer dentists. The consultants walked the nonprofit’s staff through the basic components of what will eventually be a marketing plan. Damian Smith, a VP at Hitachi and head of the Portland office, sat quietly on one side of the conference table, occasionally adding an observation to the conversation.
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