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Accenture Reviews

Updated December 12, 2014
Updated December 12, 2014
9,405 Reviews
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Pros
  • 55k range but the work/life balance is not worth the price in my opinion (in 609 reviews)

  • Good work culture generally but depends on the project u are working for (in 543 reviews)


Cons
  • work life balance despite being a tag line of many internal inititatives is a joke (in 1194 reviews)

  • Managers repeatedly ask you to stretch---I told you no WORK-LIFE balance:-( (in 192 reviews)

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  1. 6 people found this helpful  

    Great people. Execs will bleed them dry.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous
    Current Employee - Anonymous

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    What a Joke

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 an year)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Why bother?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 4 people found this helpful  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 an year)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Pay fairly, and care for your employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    Chaotic organizational change, unpredictable raises, favors males at executive level ...likens it to the 'good ol boys club'

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Manager in Arlington, VA

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

    Pros

    Career 'spring board' for college grads
    Benefits / stock options / philanthropic donation matching
    Paid time off

    Cons

    Terrible pay, too many performance process exceptions, HR leaves everything to be desired

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Play politics and you may have a fair chance

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    what can I say?

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kansas City, MO

    I have been working at Accenture full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    good health benefits/comparable to other places

    Cons

    All North America (USA and Canada) employees that are part of a certain workforce, including executive assistants, some HR personnel, some trainers, etc. have had benefits taken away from them one thing at a time this year with no explanation (benefits such as profit sharing, end of the year small bonus and the ability to work from home 1-2 days a week have been taken away in 2014). Morale is very low, no communication is happening from the new upper ranks on down. Virtually no raises (1.3% at best). Are told be happy you have a job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    value and help your workforce - give back the benefits that have been taken away with no explanation as soon as you can.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Knowing people in management is a must

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Developer Specialist in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Software Developer Specialist in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Accenture full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule on my project. Long term engagements. Exposure to any number of technologies. Each engagement is ran as its own profit center, so experiences can vary greatly.

    Cons

    No client interaction. Lack of direction from management. Stack ranking causing competition between employees can lead to back stabbing. When going through the hiring process, some employees will hire less experienced and talented people than themselves to look good. Meat grinder mentality with high turn over. Pay for experience is the lowest I have seen. Work life balance tag line is a bold faced lie.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn how to manage something. Managers that actually do a task seem to only be mid level management and not the managing directors as the mid levels are admittedly way over capacity.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Going Downhill

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Employees who still believe in core values or who are new enough to be optimistic, brand recognition in business world, methodology and assets

    Cons

    This company is going downhill fast. Once a values-based partnership, the focus on operations and cost are eroding the treatment of employees by management. HR is even leaving because they can't bear to see how people are being treated. An environment that used to appreciate innovation is now more like working for a government entity.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I don't use that kind of language.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Tenure review

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Systems Integration Manager
    Current Employee - Systems Integration Manager

    I have been working at Accenture full-time

    Pros

    will meet the best ppl in the industry...if you are manipulative ....you can go very far.

    Cons

    ..over ten years the company has changed...the dynamics are not what it is used to be.
    no such thing as work life balance

  10.  

    Don't come here for strategy work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Strategy Consultant
    Current Employee - Strategy Consultant

    I have been working at Accenture full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Decent compensation, lots of travel loyalty points (expect to be on the road 48-50 weeks/year)

    Cons

    Performance is based solely on how you are rated at your client project, regardless of your function. Strategists are rated against long term systems integrators. If your project is less than 8 weeks you won't be rated. If you don't stay for a whole year you'll be rated lower than people who stay longer. Ratings from multiple projects are not as valuable as one solid rating per year. Don't do strategy projects if you want to get rated, and definitely not if you want to get promoted. There are no plans to change this system.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fully commit to selling strategy work and managing strategy people as though they were a separate business line, or spin off the strategy group.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Don't join!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Strategy Consultant
    Current Employee - Strategy Consultant

    I have been working at Accenture full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Decent vacation policy and not much else

    Cons

    False promises during hiring - no real strategy work
    No clear direction for experienced hires - made to do same work as 23 year olds with no value for experience brought in despite that being the sell during hiring
    promotion based on who you know and not what you do
    Way too much focus on slides and not content - that is not why MBAs are hired to do and being paid so much

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have a separate career path for MBAs with work experience
    Promote based on quality work done not power points

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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