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Accenture Reviews

Updated December 22, 2014
Updated December 22, 2014
9,447 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.  

    Going Downhill

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    • Senior Management
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    • 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
  2.  

    Tenure review

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
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    • 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

  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    UX Team poorly managed

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Interaction Designer in Murray Hill, NJ
    Former Employee - Interaction Designer in Murray Hill, NJ

    I worked at Accenture as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Very open work life balance. Was allowed to work from home almost any day. The people who actually go to work are very nice and yearning for a team work environment.

    Cons

    No support in terms of hardware nor software needed to do my job. As a Designer, I waited over 2 months to get any design software, I quit before i did. I even had to be "interviewed" as to why I needed Design software as an Interaction Designer. The computer given to me was a 'netbook'. Internal communication from UX to Product Manager was frowned upon. Internal communication from UX Team members was even frowned upon, they questioned why we should share our experiences if we were working on separate projects. This lead to re-inventing the wheel several times.

    Management had a defensive no can do attitude instead of supporting the plans to move forward on a project. Boss was unreachable and hardly ever came into the office. Managers didn't seem to know anything about UX nor management. When I started on the project I was interrogated as to why I wanted to speak with the Product Owner for the product I was working on. Manager gave scathing feedback blaming me for others unprofessionalism during meetings; "I was shocked you grilled her while she drove her kids home!" was one response while the P.O. chose to take the call then. Project requirements would change on the fly and only blame was shown instead of understanding and support to cater to any changes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Purge. Start over with the UX team top down.
    Encourage team communication to build up a powerful following to evangelize UX and why it is beneficial.
    Teamwork can also help solve hurdles any one worker can run into.
    Lead by example.

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

    Don't come here for strategy work

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • 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
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company, worst project and location EVER

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Transaction Processing Representative in San Antonio, TX
    Current Employee - Transaction Processing Representative in San Antonio, TX

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

    Pros

    Pros: jeans passes, benefits, pto, parking, food vendors/trucks for lunch, and free coffee/water.If you're looking for a good company to apply, this company is great. The benefits are good, dress code is flexible (even though they send out a dress code policy that no one follows) and the charity/social events they host are a way they encourage their employees to stay active and involved. Around the world at other locations, I'm sure it's good.

    Cons

    separated from other teams, no interpersonal relationships, rude people, stressful, unorganized, no sick days, far travel, no good leadership, preferential treatment, micromanagement. However, San Antonio Delivery Center at Fairgrounds Pkwy location is the worst place to work at if you decide to apply or you're referred through someone who works there as a Transaction Processing Associate/Representative. Within 2 years, 13 people have left the project because of poor management, leadership, team, communication, preferential treatment, and rude/unfair workload. Out of those 13, only 2 actually were able to move to a different project. If I can help the next person who thinks about applying, please don't waste you're time applying for this position. It's a set up and truly not worth the stress and unfair treatment. Trust me, the money is not worth it. Apply for another position there if you really must but not this one. Although the experience can be a lesson, the leads will fool you and make you believe they care about you only to question you and your personal life if you have a family member pass away. Again, the company is good, it just all depends on the team and/or project you're on. Every other team seems to keep their workers and appreciate them. However, this team is NOT a team. Again, don't apply for this position at this location. They'll start you off at 28-29K no matter if you have a college degree or not. They'll suggest to you that you have to be on the project for at least a year to move onto a new project/team. LIES. They'll make you believe there are endless opportunities to grow within the project when in reality there is only one way to advance. That's just to become an analyst. You have to do "analyst" work for at least 6-9 months before you can even see a promotion from 28-30K to 32K. While other projects in the building have the choice to work from home, you're NEVER able to work from home. The leads sneak and work from home and manipulate the team in believing their not working from home. – less

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay more attention to your workers and less attention on the number of people you higher. Don't just promote anyone on the teams because of how long they've been on the project, rate them on their work ethic and attendance. Reason why many have left this project over the two year span

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Don't join!

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • 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
  8.  

    Works you like a horse

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Accenture (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Cant think of anything worthwhile

    Cons

    Accenture is a total metric based organization-they expect to work a ton of hours but only get paid for 40. They are not willing to work with you at all when family comes first. Instead of working with you - they cut you off completely. After 6 years with a company you would think they would treat their contractors/employees a lot better.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have a heart.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not a great place!

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Accenture full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Excellent benefit, free laptops and live-well assistances. Depending on what project you're on sometimes you get free food. There is always a social event or charity event to join. There are some excellent training programs to take advantage of.

    Cons

    I have worked in there Federal division for a while on the east coast and I find my experience with Accenture very bad, maybe because I have been on some pretty bad projects. Even though Accenture credit it's self for best work/life balance, it's a complete lie in my opinion. The manager don't directly verbally disagree if you need to take PTO but you'll hear them complain about, it's super annoying. Sometimes you have to firmly say you need PTO or you prefer weekends off otherwise they'll put so much work on your plate you won't ever have time to breath and sometimes upper management complains if there are no schedule weekend work. The performance system is awful they compare you against everyone who are at your career level for that contract division and then if you successful at "winning" for your level at that division then they compare you with everyone for the federal division who are at your level.....it feels like America next top model. There are managers that try to find the slights issue that they can find to put on your performance review, from entering wrong charge codes to not asking enough questions. I notice that there are a lot of arrogant Software Developers, often make you feel dumb and compare your intellect with other people just so they can feel better about them self, some are very rude, some will talk about you behind your back to other developers, some won't help you even when you ask them for help. I've met manager that just don't care about anyone but only care about what the client wants and rush in "last minute" requirements/design so that they can make the client happy even though it affects the development process, which can cause the developer to work very late forcing you to develop something really ugly while trying to reach the deadline, which can cause the entire application to break because of the lack of details of rush requirement, which causes manage to rethink about the requirement because it doesn't "fit" at all in the application, which cause great confusion, a lot of waste of time and money. I notice that there are a lot of vague requirements and designs and there were times that certain pages of an web application that was not tested by the test team. But then again, some of this is very common at other tech/consulting companies.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Implement a No coding after 11pm policy, too many developers have broken code because no developers wants to stay after 12 midnight to fix it. Tell Middle and Upper management to properly details their requirement and design, too much vagueness causes too much confusion. Stop comparing people with other people during performance review period, I know its to encourage competitiveness but sometimes the managers have a way of classifying people as inferior.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  10.  

    Avoid if looking for a career in management consulting; turbulent times for the firm.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Strategy Manager in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Strategy Manager in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    - Opportunity to travel
    - Standard consulting benefit of a lot of experience in a short amount of time. One year at Accenture is like 2 years in industry given the rapid pace of learning and breadth of client experiences you are exposed to.

    Cons

    There are a variety of reasons I would caution people away from Accenture right now. Probably most salient and objective is the fact that at the management ranks are being offered "packages" to leave. Additionally, the firm has been through multiple re-organizations in the past several years. This is a turbulent time to be at Accenture.

    Another major con is the quality of work and emphasis on specialization, which in effect significantly limits your career progression. The reality is Accenture does not do a lot of strategy work and does not have that reputation. They are viewed more so as an operations shop: process redesign, training, change management. 80% of the time that work is tied to IT work (hence the need for process redesign, training, etc.). On top of that, Accenture is organized in a way that forces you to determine a specialization in subject matter. This would not be a bad thing if the firm truly offered and allowed you to sample a variety of work before finding your fit. That is not the case, so people end up getting pigeon-holed in specializing in whatever project they were on the longest, even if it was their first project at the firm. This is less likely at PWC or EY who are new to management consulting and have less red tape, and similar to Deloitte where the internal hurdles literally inhibit you from career exploration (but salary at Deloitte is higher).
    ht, or the analysis fair is an afterthought.

    There are other points to ding Accenture on (e.g. performance management, being cheap, lack of work life balance) but I'm not sure those criticism are unique to Accenture. I will say I was also disappointed in the caliber and leadership styles of management. Accenture is developing significant culture issues because of the turbulence at the firm and in the industry.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get your messaging and go to market strategy figured out. Being "digital" is not a strategy. Hire / steal big guns from prestigious firms in order to bring in the work advertised on campuses / in recruiting events as being performed.

    In a dream world, separate the management consulting business entirely from the technology business.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Worst companies to work with

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Manager in India, PA
    Former Employee - Project Manager in India, PA

    I worked at Accenture full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Surprisingly good pay, much above industry standards.

    Cons

    No transparency, Accenture is a trap for highly qualified professional by paying more than expected and placing them at wrong positions in the company irrespective of their career aspirations. Please make a move before it is too late ! One has no control or visibility on his/her career in Accenture. Generally, there is no transparency in anything that they do....A typical designation driven company !

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please don't spoil people's hard earned careers to meet your selfish targets.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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