Accenture Reviews

Updated April 22, 2015
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  1. Helpful (2)

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Accenture

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Some projects are great and some folks are smart. Accenture hires very smart individuals in the analyst class (however most don't have good social skills because Accenture tend to hire engineers).

    Also, Accenture has a fair share of cheap labor from getting people over from India and working them to death by threatening to cancel their H1B visa.

    Cons

    The folks who stay around in Accenture (the folks who have been here for more than 4 years) are usually idiots who cannot find opportunities elsewhere. In addition, they tend to play politics more than they create value. That is to say, most of these folks, if they don't rise up to become a managing director, are worthless.

    The projects can vary widely. The last project I am on is with analytics and the people at the client site are amazing - some of the best people I came across. The folks I came across in my first project - a government healthcare project in California - are filled with some of the worst people. They blamed each other for mistakes and tried to achieve results at the expense of people. I was asked to stay up for nights on end in order to help the system. Even when I couldn't help, the manager asked me to stay on to "learn". For 3 months I hadn't slept more than 3 hours per night and nearly went nuts. There are people who literally DIED on the project and I am not sure if it's due to stress of the work and the politics but I would imagine so.

    The folks who get promoted are all political bunch who get promoted at the expense of others. The very first team I was on, the manager who micromanaged the crap out of his resources got promoted working them 7 days a week and at least 12 hours a day. The manager himself was promoted to senior manager and none of the resources he had were promoted. In addition, he kept such a stronghold on them that none of them were able to leave the project even though they knew that the project is a dead end and no skills can be learned.

    I moved to the next role where I literally have to stay up 12 hours a day and click a button each time. The supervisor asked me to work on the weekends but he himself works about 4 hours a day. At the end I tried frantically to get out of the role and he ended up slashing my review as a form of retaliation. During the review process I asked him why he gave me such a review and he straight up told me I have mental problems and called me stupid. Speaking about professionalism and constructive criticism.

    After the review came to a close, my career counselor called me and told me of the rating and told me that I was at the risk of layoff. His threats totally made me feel as if I am worthless (you should never base your value on your performance, especially at a crap company like Accenture). The career counselor did nothing to assess the situation but rather just said I was bad which is not constructive at all. It does nothing for self growth. It was only later on that I found out that they had difficult filling the role and the supervisor knows this. As an act of retaliation he slapped a bad review.

    I saw another folk who was pulling day and night for a manager and wanted very much to move out. The manager kept making empty promises that he can move out and get on better roles only to extend his roll-off date longer and longer in order to keep him. At Accenture, the project manager has the most power and can put a tight leash on his resources to prevent them from moving around. Some people languish in a roll which they hate for years. It robs them of all humanity and dignity as a person.

    Some folks have been doing the same thing forever even as if they are called consultants and as a result they are never able to leave Accenture because of how little skills they have. Accenture also routinely lay people off in order to meet the numbers to please shareholders. There is a great disconnect between the top management and the pawns on the ground and it works more like a slave-master relationship. As a result, no one means anything to the company, not even the managing directors. Accenture just went through a wave of layoff of some of the most tenured people with the company. There is absolutely no loyalty Accenture has for its employees. The current CEO was brought in in order to cut expenses so it justifies his position and moves.

    I am writing this as I no longer to fear the retaliation from Accenture as I got another job lined up and it's almost a liberation feeling like being freed from prison to leave Accenture.

    If you want to have a good career, don't come to Accenture. Go to other small firms to pick up skills and take on ownership. Accenture is for people who cannot create value but rather just there to collect pay checks and play politics to get promoted.

    Having said that, I have came across some very bright folks and it does somewhat have good healthcare benefits but the compensation and rewards is no where near enough for me to endure the pay and suffering in my earlier years here.

    Advice to Management

    Have a reverse review process of managers of how their subordinates feel about them.

    The performance review system needs a massive overhaul. 100% of the time, reviews are subjective due to the immediate supervisor. It sometimes reflects nothing on the employee.

  2. Great experience!

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Accenture full-time

    Pros

    Good compensation and work life balance.

    Cons

    Bad adjustments each year and just okay benefits

  3. Senior Software Analyst

    • Comp & Benefits
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Accenture full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good work life balance.
    Can work from home.

    Cons

    I'm working in this company for several years. Company's performance degraded over last 3 years which has impacted each and every individual in the company. I'm getting good rating but there is no hike in the salary for last 3 years. I can't believe this when you are working in the organization like Accenture.

    Advice to Management

    Please focus on Employees benefits first and then investors. Because your employees are your true assets.

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  5. Typical consulting company.

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    Current Employee - Technology Consulting Manager
    Current Employee - Technology Consulting Manager

    I have been working at Accenture

    Pros

    If you get in to the project with good Management then it is good

    Cons

    There is not much room for growth. Typical consulting company.

  6. The worst place I have ever worked.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Accenture full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The company has grown too much - out of control.

    Cons

    Not good training or direction. Stressful

    Advice to Management

    Get managers that care about what they do.

  7. Never leave

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    Current Employee - Analyst in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Analyst in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Accenture full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    great place to work. think i'll retire here

    Cons

    can't think of a thing. fantastic place. you should be happy to be here and do as your told. it's an absolute privilege to work in these hallowed halls.

  8. Helpful (1)

    Not a career company

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    Current Employee - Underwriter in Charlotte, NC
    Current Employee - Underwriter in Charlotte, NC

    I have been working at Accenture

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Was located close to home

    Cons

    You have to be in the click to get promoted.

    Advice to Management

    Hire managers with management skills and not just high producers.

  9. Helpful (3)

    What a Joke

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    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Accenture full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    25 days of vacation. The people in my location volunteer often. This is definitely employee driven even though the company will try to steal the shine.

    Cons

    Pathetic pay. Because the company did not reach its fiscal goals, employees received an insulting 2% bonus but no raises. This is absolutely unacceptable. I truly hope the attrition rate swells as a result. Especially living in the San Francisco Bay area, I'm sure many coworkers will find other work. The meritocracy is a joke. Managers and senior managers alike will tell you the way to get raises/promotions is by becoming the lap dog of a higher up and following his/her project/career path.
    Work/life balance is a figment of your imagination. I do not even travel but the commute makes it just as bad. My job can be done from home but I have to be on the client site. I believe my supervisor and Accenture leadership could convince the client but just does not want to.

    Advice to Management

    Why bother?

  10. Helpful (7)

    Great people. Execs will bleed them dry.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous
    Current Employee - Anonymous

    I have been working at Accenture full-time (More than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    They work very hard to find great people. They offer referral bonuses to employees who bring in good qualified candidates. Most of the staff under management are amazing hard working people.

    Cons

    The company, often referred to as "The Firm", is rapidly changing the culture and environment so that it is no longer a pleasant place to be.
    Employees are constantly bombarded by corporate spam telling us how amazing it is to work there. Our computers are so loaded down with company "security" programs that they are barely functional. The level of micromanaging from a far is getting to be ridiculous. They are increasingly scrutinizing every decision and function we make.
    They constantly push this idea of "career path", however there isn't any formal program to help anyone work toward a promotion or other position. Their performance evaluation process is one whereby a manager that has 30 employees, and must fit each into a ranking of significantly above peer, above peer, consistent with peer, below peer, significantly below peer. Accenture does believe in force ranking. So for those 30 employees there are only so many consistent, above and significantly above slots available. If you have a super star performing team, somebody is getting pushed down to below peer or lower.
    Each year everyone's email is flooded with requests to donate to one of Accentures favorite charities. The number of emails regarding this campaign is obnoxious.

    Advice to Management

    While your shareholders love the fact that you control your costs by lowering insurance benefits, cutting bonuses and raises, even in years when there are significant profits. However, motivated employees will go find gainful employment at other companies which desire to invest in their people and treat them with dignity and respect.

  11. Helpful (5)

    Very low pay, very bad environment, everyone has a foot out the door.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate Software Engineer in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Associate Software Engineer in Saint Louis, MO

    I have been working at Accenture full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Local management is great, no control over salary though. Honestly the company lives on a reputation pre recession. Make sure you join consulting, not another workforce.

    Cons

    Low pay, bad pto, work forces are a scam. Lots of corporate games. Honestly this company is what is wrong with modern corporations.

    Advice to Management

    Pay fairly, and care for your employees

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