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Updated January 27, 2015
Updated January 27, 2015
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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.  

    Cult Like Atmosphere Demands Repeated Quality-of-Life Sacrifices

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Columbus, OH
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Columbus, OH

    I worked at Accenture

    Pros

    The demands placed on you force you to stretch beyond what you thought that you could do. The opportunity to work in different client environments gives you more experience more quickly than you would get working for a non-consulting company.

    Cons

    Do not expect to have work-life balance here. The up-or-out mentality leads to sneaky, back-stabbing behavior. People will throw you under the bus to hide their own mistakes and management will take credit for your work. There is an almost cult-like atmosphere where people are convince that they are never going to find as good a place to work as Accenture, so they continue to take the abuse and let themselves be overworked.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continuing emphasis to drive down costs is causing you to recruiting lower-quality resources and cut corners on projects. Be careful or you will ruin your delivery credibility.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    EH..skip ACN and go to a higher paying firm

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Management Consulting Consultant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Management Consulting Consultant in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Accenture

    Pros

    - good people
    - diversity of projects
    - fun company events
    - lot of PTO

    Cons

    - work/life balance
    - performance process is not transparent at all
    - awful pay/raises/bonuses

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Consultant for three years

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Consultant in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Consultant in Boston, MA

    I worked at Accenture full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    There are good networking events and dinners at nice restaurants at least once a quarter. Events typically include senior management at interesting venues like stadiums or museums.

    Cons

    Pay is sub-standard especially at the analyst and consultant levels especially considering the amount of travel. The work is generally uninteresting unless you can get into the strategic consulting area of the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Offering better pay would help to retain employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
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  5.  

    A highly team-dependent experience--expect the grind to reach a rewarding position.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Systems Analyst in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Systems Analyst in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Accenture

    Pros

    There are many solid perks, and the free flowing nature of the work is enjoyable in the sense that you rarely do the same thing twice.

    Cons

    If you are new and an engineer, you are likely to be placed in a role requiring little to no technical know-how. Engineers are sometimes sold the idea that they will be trained in software modules and garner skills that will serve them for future development work, though this is often not the case.

    Oversight is difficult to gauge. I left because I experienced very unwelcome behavior in direct violation of corporate policy. HR was receptive and ready to pull the trigger on discipline, but I instead elected to resign from my position.

    Take aways: team is everything. Get a good team, you're doing well, otherwise it could be very difficult to work here. Also, work-life balance is entirely dependent on your client and management. It exists in some places, but most, expect 55+ hours/week.

    I also left out of fear that I would not gain enough experience to be useful elsewhere. Some employees had a hard time getting other jobs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't bite off more than you can chew. Have a defined plan.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Albeit unfulfilling, it was a job that paid the bills.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - UNIX Administrator in Cincinnati, OH
    Former Employee - UNIX Administrator in Cincinnati, OH

    I worked at Accenture full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    The five weeks of PTO right out of the gate was pretty much unheard of (on top of holidays you were already off). There was actually training/certifications available to employees.

    Cons

    They paid below market. They harped on their core values but rarely did they ever mean more than the paper they were written on. Managerial knee-jerk reactions were the norm often resulting in additional over-the-top policies, red tape and inefficiencies in an already bloated and terrible set of procedures. Horrible change control process (such a waste of time -- especially the work plans they required which were absolutely worthless). Had to deal with incompetent coworkers and was regularly called during off-hours when "on-call" because of stupidity of other teams (stuff like password reset at 2:00 AM because the DBA didn't think to check their login sooner than the time their maintenance started). Management lacked a backbone to push back or stand up for anything they knew was wrong.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't let other divisions of Accenture (NADC Application Outsourcing team I'm mostly looking at you) walk all over your people with unreasonable timelines, ridiculous requests, and general stupidity. Stop imposing more knee-jerk reaction policies to fix other bad policies. Invest in tools that will help your people better manage their environments.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Expectations have changed too much

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    • 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 a year)

    Pros

    There are some really great people and really great accounts here, but they are few and far between. Vacation time does not count adversely to your chargeability, unlike other consulting firms. Benefits are decent.

    Cons

    When I joined the company, the group I worked under was in Technology Consulting and I was hired in with an acceptable, albeit low salary for a technology consultant. However, with the initiation of Accenture Strategy, the group I work for has been combined with Management Consulting. Expectations have changed drastically and I am now expected to work on highly demanding Management Consulting engagements for which I am not adequately trained and not compensated fairly compared with other management consultants. Also, no pay increases were given this year, even for high performers. It was insulting to receive an above average rating and be given the BS line that my compensation is fair for my metro city and job level when I know it to not be true.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Abandon Accenture Strategy. Clients are not willing to pay more for the same services they received before when technology strategy was a part of bundled deals. Provide more competitive pay if you're going to expect more of employees who were hired into a different organization with different expectations. Invest in retaining your employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    High pomp and show company

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Consultant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Consultant in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Big brand name
    Grand parties
    Excellent tactics to lure clients
    Nice Medical benefits

    Cons

    Very few people who know their stuff
    Over charge clients 10 times more than actuals
    No work life balance
    Leadership does nothing solid but draws formidable salary and perks
    have to be a sycophant for career progression

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Respect and retain talent, guys or things are gonna go downhill only..

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Great Experience to move to another company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Client Service Delivery Lead in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Client Service Delivery Lead in Minneapolis, MN

    I have been working at Accenture full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits; flexibility in working from home depending upon client; 5 weeks PTO; HUGE e-learning library

    Cons

    Performance Management system forced ranking; majority of leadership is uninterested in leading - they are too focused on getting promoted or playing politics to get laddered higher for maximum bonuses; HR is dismal at best - offshored with little training and employees can only deal with them rather than having an onsite or community HR to address leadership, employee relations, compensation, or career issues. Moral is poor as the company continues to pinch pennies to provide higher bonuses for executives.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Practice what you preach in that employees are Accenture's greatest asset. Global surveys aren't the answer as too many employees are concerned with retribution as managers take action on individual employee comments for improvement or to voice concerns. You can't performance management people's engagement and trying to do so will decrease the engagement of the entire team.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Management in Austin is not that great!!

    • 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

    Pros

    Good Training Opportunities for new undergrad.

    Cons

    Not really strong in technologies and software engineering. Good technical people are under-promoted until they leave the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To upper management: Don't let managers to work half a day and stay home and claim flexible working hours. Eliminate unnecessary travel to India.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Cheap company

    • 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

    Pros

    Manage your career at your will

    Cons

    Cheap company and not enough fair evaluation process

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Become private again

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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