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I worked at Accenture full-time (more than a year)Pros
No blame culture - Nobody points a finger at you. I was never "told off" during my time at the company. If something goes wrong, everybody just pitches in and helps out till it's fixed.
Social - Lots of nice people, always something to take part in, great if you're single.
Build your own reputation - On your first day, if you dive right in head first you will get recognised and rewarded but you will be expected to keep up that level of hard-work. If you prefer a bit more balance, you can have that, and the expectations will drop, but the rewards won't be as forthcoming either.
Networks - Support networks are great and something I highly compliment but a little confusing. Between your buddy, HR Rep, career councillor, line manager, etc, it's hard to know who to speak to sometimes.Cons
Terrible rewards - The pay for a software engineer is about £2-3k less than what I consider a "good" salary. The overtime system is awful, you get "half-pay" for any hours of overtime. Not time-and-a-half, but half-time. And the first 37.5 hours of that get added on to your holiday which most consider a negative.
Promotions - The promotions system is awful, pretty much coming down to how much your manager likes you at a single point during the year.
Flexible working - Never happens. If you have children, you can work flexibly, otherwise, you do whatever hours you're told to do.
Working hours - 10 hour days were common. Longest day I think I did was about 15 hours. Usually you get the next day off after a long stint like that but having software engineers working all hours of the day... there gets a point where your productivity just drops to nothing but the management never seemed to notice; so long as you're there.
Offshoring - I'd estimate that around 60-80% of the code developed offshore was of such poor quality that it needed to be overhauled/redone onshore before being deployed.
Work, work, work.... - A final note. I consider myself to be a hard working individual, but Accenture takes it to a whole new level. You pretty much have to dedicate yourself to the company/project and, if you don't, there will always be somebody who will, and they'll get a promotion, and you won't, despite the fact your quality of work is twice as good.Advice to ManagementAdvice
1. End the disparity between software developers and consultants by paying software devs more, or expecting them to work less.
2. If you can't do 1. then properly allow for flexible working.
3. Stop offshoring everything. Only offshore things that are worthwhile.
4. Do away with the current buddy system and have a project buddy system i.e. when somebody rolls onto a project, they're assigned a buddy.Doesn't RecommendPositive OutlookNo opinion of CEO