Accenture Reviews

Updated September 15, 2014
Updated September 15, 2014
8,488 Reviews
3.6
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Pros
  • 55k range but the work/life balance is not worth the price in my opinion (in 488 reviews)

  • Good work culture generally but depends on the project u are working for (in 456 reviews)


Cons
  • work life balance despite being a tag line of many internal inititatives is a joke (in 971 reviews)

  • No work-life balance for consultants trying to make it up the ranks to Managing Directors (in 161 reviews)

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  1.  

    Go elsewhere if you are an experienced hire

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Multiple  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Multiple in New York, NY

    I worked at Accenture full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    - Flexibility
    - Good benefits and lots of emphasis on ethical behavior at all levels
    - Some opportunity to change career emphasis

    Cons

    - No Personal Life
    - Job placement and reviews (laddering) are based on which Senior Manager is in "your court"
    - People in the US are not valued for technical expertise

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop promoting "work-life balance" since it will never happen.

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

    Good company to work

    • 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

    High quality people and you can see a good learning curve

    Cons

    Less work life balance over here

  3.  

    Avoid at all costs

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

    I have been working at Accenture

    Pros

    Managers are trying to set up good environment for workers and appreciate your willingness to work and grow within the company

    Cons

    Work life balance is a joke. Controlling every move of workers, super short lunch times, no chit chatting, etc. no nothing. It's stricter than in prison sometimes and they always remind you about timing. Also some rude managers which you cannot report or you will get fired.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Trust your workers, give them some responsibility to perform tasks on their own, without such strict supervision

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    I was able to gain experience in many areas of the mortgage industry but was constantly demoralized.

    • 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

    The company gave me much experience.

    Cons

    There is no potential for growth

  6.  

    Profit Valued Over Employee Well-being

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Computer Programmer/Configure III  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Computer Programmer/Configure III in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    The pay and most benefits are competitive with other competing companies.

    Cons

    As mentioned the pay and most benefits are competitive with other competing companies, but it comes at a very high cost to the employee.
    - Loss of many many perks
    - No overtime pay
    - Vacations are often canceled and then PTO hours are lost at the end of the fiscal year as you can carry more then 240 hours.
    - The review system is very political and unfair which directly drive pay raises and promotions. There is much favoritism in the company.
    - Very few opportunities if you're not in the Consulting arm of the firm.
    - Easier for the company to burnout employees and replace them with younger hires.
    - Little training opportunities that provide value to the employee. Accenture prefers they use their in-house training and books rather than show capability by earning certifications.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management in Accenture has turned a blind eye to employee well-being over profits. Long hours are always a must with time off often being canceled with no recompense. Raises and bonuses have taken the hardest hit over the year and the review system is very political in such a way you can do very well on one project but another may have other employees they wish to promote first, and will give newer members lower ratings.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Love the work/clients, not so hot about the company management/direction

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Managing Director  in  Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Managing Director in Dallas, TX

    I worked at Accenture full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Great clients (fortune 500)
    Great large scale projects (100's of staff)
    Some good assets (starting points and sample deliverables to leverage)
    Some really good industry guys

    Cons

    Declining quality of management/leadership at the top (most US-based C-level folks replaced)
    Shifting into an India-driven operational mentality (likely to be India-led company <5 yrs)
    Losing focus on asset-driven work (fewer relevant assets)
    Declining competence of on-shore consultants (most knowledge building work now off-shored)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sr. Management is not transparent about the real strategy/direction of the company.
    Clearly management has lost sight on the value of knowledgeable technology staff provides (evaluation/promotion)
    Quit lying to the US congress about the need to extend more work visas (you don't want qualified people, just cheap ones that you can bring over from India)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Company Culture Not Conducive to Retaining Experienced Hires

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Consultant
    Current Employee - Consultant

    I have been working at Accenture full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The Accenture brand holds great weight and prestige. The task variety offered through being a management consultant working on various projects offers great learning and skill development; however, this can be found within any top firm, not only Accenture.

    Cons

    Accenture's culture is designed to work best for those who start with the company directly from college, not for those that are experienced hires and brought into the organization with a wealth of previous work experiences/knowledge. The company culture, structure, performance and talent management systems all are designed to promote those that are indoctrinated into the Accenture Way culture and only know that one way of doing things. Even in New Hire orientation, the facilitators admitted that the organization has not historically been good at retaining experienced hires, and from what I have observed I understand why. The company often brings experienced hires in with over 10-15 years experience that have managed teams and lead major projects, programs, and budgets at the consultant level, not even as senior consultants and treat you as though you do not have any former experience prior to coming to Accenture. Under the Accenture Way model. based on how it is executed, all other previous experienced doesn't matter, only the Accenture way of doing things, which isn't that unique. Many of the senior managers do not have more experience or knowledge than the experienced hires that are only allowed to be hired at the consultant level, yet because the senior managers have tenure within Accenture and were indoctrinated from Day One (or almost Day 1) in the Accenture way of doing things they are lauded as omniscient, based on the structure of the Accenture culture. This actually is a disadvantage to the organization.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Accenture needs to show more respect and acceptance of outside thoughts and experiences from experienced hires at that level. A senior manager that has all or almost all of their experience from Accenture is lacking a ton of insight that can only be obtained from working at other organizations and have been exposed to varying experiences, cultures, ways of operating and processes. Another disadvantage to their model is that many of the senior managers have never worked on the client-side of the business and have been in consulting roles all or almost all of their career. If you have never been in the client role, how can you fully understand how the client functions and what their needs are from all strategic levels? Due to this oversight in the talent management model at Accenture, many of the senior managers treat the clients with an elevated sense of self that is unfounded when they lack key organizational experience that is critical to their ability to fully assess and find solutions for the client.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Good place to start, but not to stay

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Accenture

    Pros

    Good benefits package (25 days of PTO), variety in type of work, good place to start career and work with different types of clients

    Cons

    Promotion depends on too many factors that are out of the employee's control. Work/life balance depends on project. Training is mostly computer based.

  10.  

    Accenture FEDERAL Services

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - SAP Functional Analyst  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - SAP Functional Analyst in Washington, DC

    I worked at Accenture full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Excellent PTO and flex-scheduling; especially for entry level positions. For the most part, the office was a pretty easy going atmosphere with a lot of great people.

    Cons

    As I discovered just shortly after my orientation, Accenture Federal Services is significantly different than Accenture LLP. AFS employees are paid less, do NOT receive any special consulting or industry specific training, and are not given the flexibility to work on any commercial based projects. I was very disappointed in how the firm preaches career development but in the AFS side, that is very difficult to obtain. After discussing with mentors and managers I discovered it was easier to leave the company for a commercial based role rather than switching over to Accenture LLP. Promotions are also very difficult to come by. The overall federal project work is very dull and typically takes months to even obtain access to the client systems. Employee retention on federal projects is low; especially for less experienced analysts.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value career development and not just federal project roles, encourage employees to be internally certified AND to obtain industry specific certifications, value younger employees by promoting them in accordance to performance and NOT based on the length of time they are on a project.

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

    Not a good place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Manager  in  Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Philadelphia, PA

    I worked at Accenture full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Kept up with market trends. Was competitive in the marketplace.

    Cons

    Poor leadership. Did not value their employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat people fairly. Live by your core values.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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