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Accenture Reviews

Updated August 20, 2014
Updated August 20, 2014
8,281 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. 1 person found this helpful  

    Every positive is followed by a bigger negative

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

    Pros

    - Opportunity to travel to KL or Chicago for training
    - Plenty of networking events (free drinks)

    Cons

    - Learning and development is lacking. While you do get to go to Chicago or Kuala Lumpur for training, note that this is once every 2-4 years and it's only 1 or 2 weeks. That is just about the only training you will realistically get. Also the training is too generalised, meaning you might get trained in areas that are not specific to your region. For our training we did case studies on digital marketing and retention, when in reality no clients in our geographic region require this type of work from us.

    - Work life balance is terrible. Sometimes workers and senior managers will give you bad looks just for leaving ON TIME. I've seen analysts sitting at their desks until 7pm at night, literally doing no work but afraid to go home because Senior Management might not think they are team players. Pathetic.

    - Promotions are inconsistent. Accenture will try and justify any reason to not promote employees for as long as possible. Have you had excellent chargeability? Good, except you don't have enough performance reviews..NO PROMOTION. Good performance reviews? Well you haven't gone beyond your work requirements. So NO PROMOTION. Good performance review and chargeability? Yeah but you're not working to a level beyond your current pay grade...NO PROMOTION. Their criteria for promotion and bonuses is painfully subjective. Talk to 10 Managers at Accenture on how to get promoted and you'll get 10 completely different responses.

    - Pay. Not that good when considering how many hours we are required to work. I've never talked to anybody at Accenture who is truly happy with their pay, only a bunch of people who hate it now but hold onto hope that a good pay rise is in order when they get promoted.

    - Treatment of Employees is poor. Managers and Snr. Managers are extremely disinterested and disrespectful towards employees. I was asked to work on excel models over the weekend, only to come in on a Monday and be told that they changed their minds on the requirements, but they forgot to tell me. Weekend well spent. Many of the lower level staff are incredibly fake and willing to screw anybody over to make themselves look better. Some lower level staff have been put specifically on certain project not to learn or provide value in any way, but to simply take the blame/fall for Snr. Management should the need arise. The ironic thing is the few genuine and cool people in the organisation end up leaving ASAP.

    - You have no say in where your career is headed. You're pretty much put on projects to fill voids. If there is a vacancy they will put you on it regardless of skills (or lack of).

    - Overall employee sentiment. I was on a particularly large client where the employees were so dissatisfied that the Senior staff decided to have weekly Friday night drinks paid for by the client to try and boost morale. Only about 1/3rd of the Accenture guys would actually turn up to these. People were so sick of the working conditions they wouldn't even turn up for free alcohol and food. The few bitter and fake pretending to be friendly people that did turn up would sit there and complain about work, the client, Accenture etc. I got sick of it after attending two, so I stopped going too. The few genuine and friendly people obviously never turned up.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Really need to reconsider how you treat your staff. It's not enough to say "Hey you work in consulting, so duh the hours are going to be long what did you expect".

    Work life balance should be better promoted. It's not enough to just brag about how you promote work life balance. What are you actually doing to promote it? Where is a flexi-time initiative? How can we get recognition for the work we do when we're forced and bullied to write 7.5 hours on time sheets Monday-Friday regardless of overtime or work on weekends?

    Rather than telling people to learn to swim or drown, why not put more effort into actually providing staff the correct training for their work?

    I doubt clients would ever take Accenture on board if it wasn't for the crazy promises we make and the low prices we charge. By putting more people on projects to lower the workload and hours, it pretty much means Accenture is not profitable or the client simply won't take us on board. Accenture needs to earn respect and really establish itself as worth the extra money and expertise and not just simple cheap labour that can work 15 hours a day with no repercussions.

    Another way to help lower the working hours is to train management more effectively. Many Managers and above that I have dealt with are indecisive and lack the basic skills required for leadership. This results in many mistakes and rework as a result.

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

    Stay away from this place!

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

    Pros

    Lots of time off if management has the foresight to hire enough casuals to cover for you (hint: doesn't happen often). There were celebrating performance points until they were taken away. My job is Monday-Friday with weekends and statutory holidays off.

    Cons

    Very poor management, decrease in employee benefits, abysmal work-life balance, disorganised. You name it! This was a decent company to work for several years ago, don't even consider it today.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fix all the cons and you're halfway there.

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

    One hell of an experience

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

    Pros

    - Big brand name which is progressing

    Cons

    - Micromanagement
    - 10 hours work policy, time tracking
    - Bad Managers and leads
    - Unprofessional HRs and people advisors

    I in particular am going through a very bad experience. I had joined thinking of Accenture to be a very good place to work, but after joining here I realized that whatever i had heard about the company was untrue. The lies and deceit started from day 1. I had applied for a position in the location of my choice but since the first day of joining I was being pressurized by the manager and leads to shift cities. I was told during the interview that there was an onsite opportunity but I came to know there was no such thing as onsite, let alone an opportunity. Micromanagement,and asking for the same information by the managers and leads repeatedly is commonplace. They dont even make efforts to look for any information on their own. What they care about is how to bill max to the client. My advice is to not join this company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please be more humane while dealing with employees, they are after all the reason you call yourself a $10 billion organization.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Don't walk the talk

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

    Pros

    Access to a lot of on-line training

    Cons

    Focused on billable hours at the expense of delivering true value for customers

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider reviewing the consulting model to reflect emerging technologies. Customers expect lower costs as a result of advances in digital area.

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

    Good for your network, bad for growing your skills

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

    Pros

    The people within a career level of you are amazing and very helpful.
    Because the company is so large, it is a great place to build a large network at the start of your career.
    Work-life balance has been great and flexible. However, it is very dependent on the project you are on. Some projects have zero work-life balance.
    The brand name on your resume is helpful.
    Compensation is good when you first join but doesn't ramp up as quickly as other places.

    Cons

    Core values go out the window when it comes to the bottom line. Leadership is completely out of touch with the wants and needs of lower level employees. Mid-level management largely is looking to move up the latter rather than developing the talent of those below them.

    The organizational structure is constantly changing and the changes are communicated exceedingly poorly.

    It is extremely easy to get pigeon-holed as whatever your first role at the company is, and the organizational structure just exacerbates this situation. They have an unusually strict policy on minimizing travel, so you get stuck with whatever industry is centered around your location (e.g. Finance in NYC, Tech in SF, etc.). You can get out of this in some cases with aggressive networking, but it is extremely difficult to move across industries. Moreover, HR will force you into roles that you don't want if you aren't able to quickly get a role you do want. Their recruitment pitch of getting to experience a wide variety of roles and a wide variety of industries is inaccurate as a result of all of this. What is standard is long-term roles in one industry.

    Lastly, there are very few happy hours or networking events that the company sponsors. They are more ad hoc and unofficial after work on Fridays where you have to already know people to find out about them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop trying to make analysts and senior analysts specialize in one type of role in one industry immediately upon joining the company. Many of these people join with the understanding that they can find what best suites them by experiencing a number of different industries and role types. This policy will lead to an extremely high attrition rate and an unengaged work force.

    Sponsor more in-house networking events.

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

    not good for innovative and creative people

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

    Pros

    Easy life, not too bad benefits

    Cons

    Lack of opportunities and abusive senior managers

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Very superficial and extremely sectarian

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

    Its the worst place to work for.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineering Analyst  in  Chennai (India)
    Former Employee - Software Engineering Analyst in Chennai (India)

    Pros

    The brand name Accenture, many people are lured towards Accenture because of its market name. Nothing else can be counted in the pros.

    Cons

    There is no work life balance.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Terrible

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer  in  Taguig (Philippines)
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Taguig (Philippines)

    Pros

    Accenture has good benefits for its employees, such as medical care and plenty of discounts due to their numerous clients

    Cons

    Lots of cons: low salary, incompetent management, fudged data results, bad work/life balance, employees assigned to work they don't know or want, employee culture where people think staying longer hours makes them better employees, too much cost-cutting, salary raises barely existent.

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

    Behemeth

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

    Pros

    Colleagues are generally very friendly and mostly smart within the strategy practice.

    Cons

    The organization is absolutely inept at acquiring and integrating firm acquisitions, so steer clear of any new groups that pop up inside the company until a few years have gone by and the kinks worked out.

    This is a sink or swim environment, but not based on competence. To get ahead you need mentors and sponsors with power and influence regardless of your level of competence. Seek the right folks out from the start or get out quick.

    Senior Executives need to go through sensitivity training-particularly for working with racial, gender, sexuality-based minorities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Read Reid Hoffman's new book.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    SSE

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

    Pros

    Onsite opportunities are there, different cultural event sports events , gym medical aid facilities, free transport facilities, good career counselor support.

    Cons

    No work satisfaction in technologies in whatever you are working, bad managers are there, higer management is bad, compensation provided has been degraded over a span of time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide better opportunity for employee to get cross train in their interested tecnology

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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