Accenture Reviews

Updated July 1, 2015
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Pros
  • The consulting world is filled with many craziness but I love the fact that Accenture fosters a good work/life balance (in 609 reviews)

  • Good work culture in organisation (in 543 reviews)

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  • Absolutely zero work-life balance (in 1194 reviews)

  • No work life balance for technical developers (in 192 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    Totally Dysfunctional Company!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Employee - Regulatory Affairs Senior Associate in Berwyn, PA
    Former Employee - Regulatory Affairs Senior Associate in Berwyn, PA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Good salary and benefits package. Good work/life balance, pleasant workplace environment (even though it's a facade for a completely TOXIC company).

    Cons

    This company reminds me of the story of the Emperor's New Clothes; they present themselves as a top-notch outsourcing company with cutting-edge business solutions, when in reality the quality of their work is mediocre at best. I have talked to others whose companies have used Accenture for their outsourcing needs, and they were in agreement. DON'T USE THEM! THEY ARE A BIG DISAPPOINTMENT TO THEIR CLIENTS!

    Accenture's Regulatory Operations group is among the worst in the industry. Young, immature, and unprofessional, the quality of their work is extremely sloppy. The only reason most of Accenture's submissions don't get kicked-back from the FDA's gateway is because they're carefully reviewed by the Regulatory Affairs group (one of the few competent groups at Accenture, except for some of the supervisors). If you're in charge of QC'ing Reg Ops' work, be careful not to report too many of their mistakes (even though it's your job to detect their errors), because if they feel threatened they will LIE to your boss about you behind your back and try to get you fired. One of the supervisors in Global Regulatory Services (who has over 40 years of industry experience) told some damaging lies about me to my boss (with NO documentation to back any of it up) and was exposed as a LIAR when Human Resources ordered an investigation and he was unable to come up with even a single shred of evidence to support his accusations. At any other company, he would have been fired. At Accenture, the clueless Human Resources person dismissed his destructive actions as an honest mistake(!) These people will stab you in the back with no thought to the damage they're doing to the lives of innocent people; i.e. your spouse and your children.

    In addition, Accenture's Regulatory Operations group has difficulty managing their workflows in a coherent manner. The Reg Affairs people have almost NOTHING to do all morning, then in the afternoon they get slammed with all their work from Reg Ops in one huge wave, and Reg Ops still expects it to be turned around by 4:00 PM - ridiculous! You're expected to cram 8 hours' worth of work into a 3-hour window, and still produce quality work. To make matters worse, most of the meetings at Accenture are in afternoons, when you're under pressure to get all your work completed by the end of the day.

    If Reg Ops needs something reviewed urgently, they will not communicate this to Regulatory Affairs directly via phone call or face-to-face. Instead, they will shoot an e-mail to you and just HOPE that you're sitting at your desk and looking at your screen when it comes over. Tough luck if you happen to be in a meeting when the e-mail comes through and you miss it! It's your fault, not their's!

    When I started at Accenture a couple years ago, it took them 3 MONTHS just to get my office phone hooked up. The company went on a massive hiring spree at the time, anticipating a big upswing in their business, only to end up laying people off when things didn't materialize because some of their pharma clients baled on them when they realized Accenture wasn't the competent company it claimed to be.

    Lastly, the technology at Accenture is the LAMEST of any company I have ever worked for. Most of Regulatory Affairs' work is performed in a system called ViewPoint, which was reliable only in that you could count on it to crash about once a week. Nearly every online system they use has glitches, and there's only one IT person to serve 200+ employees' needs. The time card system is also a joke. Instead of keeping all clients' charge codes in a single spreadsheet (which would make sense), some client codes are on the P-drive, some on the R-drive, and some don't exist (they'll tell you to just charge the hours to another client, then once they've signed the contract you can go back and 'fix' your time card; yes, I know this is illegal). And if you're late submitting your time card by even a minute, they'll knock you down on your performance review.

    CAREER MISTAKE! DON''T WORK HERE!

    Advice to Management

    Get out of the business! It's obvious you don't know what you're doing. Half the people in Regulatory Operations would be considered UNEMPLOYABLE if they worked anywhere but Accenture.


  2. Bad experience at the end.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Team Lead in Charlotte, NC
    Former Employee - Team Lead in Charlotte, NC

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

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

    Pros

    Working at Accenture the first two years was a very good experience. I worked there for 4.5 years. Started as an Performance Tester in Finance working in MTY, MEX and got promoted once, then I was sent to Charlotte NC, for one year. There a lots of opportunities to grow, if you find yourself close to the manager in charge, both in and out of the work environment.

    Cons

    They do reward people who do good work if and only you are the manager's pet, they don't follow the core values correctly, only when they find they could affect you, otherwise it is your responsibility to do what they say, I found myself fired for complaining against a manager harassing behavior, yep that is right, even when they put you those trainings that encourage you to report such behavior. If you want to promote, besides the work you do, you need to be really close to be favored by a manager, otherwise and despite of the good work you do, you will not shine there.

    Advice to Management

    Please change your boss attitude into a leader one, everyone will notice, and your subordinates will appreciate it greatly.


  3. Accenture Strategy Manager - FS & Risk

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

    I have been working at Accenture full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Very few apart from the travel that some 10% of the work force gets to make

    Cons

    1. The projects are primarily in IT support or some even in BPO ( Re-branded as Center of Excellence) setups for Bank Captives
    2. A lot of talented individuals from Tier 1 B Schools in India ( read IIM, ISB, FMS) have already left due to lack of any decent work
    3. The jobs are highly mis-sold where people have done trading & structuring work at Tier 1 shops end up here doing documentation work, or work in FS & Risk IT. The primary purpose of existence, is for the Senior Manager to make MD and for Accenture to bill you as yet another body shop

    Advice to Management

    Haha really none.. You a bunch of smart guys running this shop to make your bonuses& perks come what may. Teach this to some of your consultants, will help em in the long run in life


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Pros and cons of working for Accenture

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Team Lead in Bangalore (India)
    Former Employee - Team Lead in Bangalore (India)

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

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

    Pros

    - Brand name, Brand name, and only brand name.

    Cons

    - Rating system is totally screwed up. Team leads, Managers and senior managers are literally worried about whom to rate at bottom (as 10% bottom is mandatory) right from beginning of performance cycle. this is not exaggeration, this is a fact, you will come to know once you join. Probably 50% to 70% of the employees worry and live in fear of upcoming rating. (again this is not an exaggeration, join you will realise)
    - Bench or so called ITP, is a hell or a place where in employees get to do all junk and non technical work like calling candidates or interviewers and collecting interview slots. If you are more than 3 months in bench/ITP you will end up in capability assessment and then PIP (performance improvement program) and out of the company
    - Freshers don't get choice to work on a particular skill or location. Its taken for granted otherwise they will be asked to leave company immediately.
    - Managers and senior managers play with rating system. They have vested interest to keep people on project, give bad rating and finally kick them out of project to bench. HR will finally kick them out of the company.
    - Immense pressure to relocate while being on bench. e.g. I was about to roll off project next day and i get call from HR/scheduler asking my consent for relocation. This is like creating fear in minds of employees before moving to bench. A person on bench will get call on relocation consent at least once or twice a day being on bench.
    - I have never heard Accenture announcing layoff, they are very clever, they know how to reduce bench strength by kicking out employees individually.

    Advice to Management

    - Ensure rating and moderation is handled correctly and it is not misused by managers and senior managers.
    - Have courage announce and to handle layoff, rather than sending people out in the name of performance improvement.
    - Give freshers opportunity to work on skill they are interested in.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Fancy Outlook. Cheap, Dirty and Unethical from the inside. Stay Away!!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Bangalore (India)
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Bangalore (India)

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Growing fast among other service based companies. Facilities like Free transport.

    Cons

    - Terrible work ethics and culture - dirty and cheap. Company with no values.
    - No Respect for the individual
    - No recognition for high quality performers.
    - Boot Licking camp. Some old timers in the company ruin the atmosphere even more
    - Zero focus on quality and performance. People are rewarded for their ability to butter the managers
    - Highly frustrating, dissatisfying and forgetful experience.
    - Only show off business and making clients fools. Shows a fake professional front and very low quality work.

    Advice to Management

    None. Happy that I am getting out soon. Relieved !!


  7. Helpful (1)

    Need drastic change in policies ie, Employee-friendly policies

    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bangalore (India)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bangalore (India)

    I worked at Accenture

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Flexibile compensation plan is a good idea which every company should learn from them

    Cons

    Employees lose money in the name of Variable Pay which is totally against them for no reasons.
    Bell curve policy creates havoc to employees by removing them from job for no sin of them. They were asked to leave for being in the badly managed team.

    Advice to Management

    Need to remove the bell-curve policy as employees lose their job for simply being in the badly managed team.


  8. Helpful (1)

    Accenture-Worst days of my life

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chennai (India)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chennai (India)

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

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

    Pros

    None so ever,worst leaders as well no real leadership

    Cons

    Worst HR processes ever no real quality leadership


  9. Avg work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Consultant in Dublin, Dublin (Ireland)
    Current Employee - Consultant in Dublin, Dublin (Ireland)

    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

    Nothing Pro to talk about

    Cons

    Donkey's work masqueraded as High Performance work

    Advice to Management

    Do some real innovative work!


  10. Avis Accenture

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Paris (France)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Paris (France)

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

    Neutral Outlook
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    avoir de l'expérience dans une entreprise de renomme, et dans un contexte internationale,

    Cons

    Trop de stresse pour un salaire qui n’évolue pas


  11. Mange large scale complex IT transformation

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Singapore (Singapore)
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Singapore (Singapore)

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Learn to solve problem what others cannot . Brand name in system consulting.

    Cons

    Long working hour. No work life balance. Lack of training to develop new skill.



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