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Accenture Reviews

Updated December 15, 2014
Updated December 15, 2014
9,405 Reviews
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Review Highlights

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.  

    VERY UNSTABLE !!!!!!!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Underwriter in Charlotte, NC
    Former Employee - Underwriter in Charlotte, NC

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

    Pros

    training was in a room with over 100 people and one trainer so I could not hear from one side of the room to the other and the trainer could not train so many people at once.

    Cons

    NO WORK-LIFE balance in this place

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There are team leads that do not even have signing authority

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

    Very bad

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technology Consulting Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Technology Consulting Manager in Los Angeles, CA

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

    Pros

    Decent salary
    Excellent time off

    Cons

    You are on your own in getting projects. After each assignment, you will be searching jobs like in DICE only much worse.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Instead of focusing on hiring, focus more on retaining talent

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 4 people found this helpful  

    The MOST Dishonest place you can work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Business and Systems Integration Analyst in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Business and Systems Integration Analyst in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    The pay and 5 weeks of vacation a year. Also health benefits are out of this world.

    Cons

    You will be put on projects and be expected to learn a new programming language to mastery in under two weeks along with 5 or 6 different pieces of software.

    I have never been so lied to by so many people throughout the corporate structure in all my life. I have been told I was incompetent. I made an ethical call one time and was judged harshly, had 4 managers contact me and each spend about 1 hour deballing me OUTSIDE of work hours, this was a clear case of ethical wrong doing. The only thing that stopped me from losing my job is I can't be replaced. You can be given the work of 2-4 people and are expected to be on time, so expect 80 hour weeks and up to 100 hour weeks if you travel.

    You will be lied to in the job interview, you will be lied to in on boarding, you will be lied to about job roles, and you will be lied to by leadership. Everyone will tell you they are trying to help you, when no one really is trying to help you unless you are working with direct friends don't expect help from those around you. (I am a people person and can work with anyone). Everyone will lie to you in this company from the ground up, there are a few good people but out there but they make up about 1% of the company. Do not stay at this company longer than you have to. I make 85k a year out of college and am looking to take a pay cut just to leave this horrible company.

    You will have no work life balance, you make a lot but you will have to give up just as much. I lost my long time girlfriend I was going to marry because of this company not being understanding, they will have you fly out to who knows where for sometimes little to no work and when on site while traveling they want you to work 12-15 hour days, don't expect a lunch break. I can go on and on.

    PS
    Manager’s exact words to me were “It is not left up to you to make ethical decisions, leave that up to leadership “this statement was doubled down by many other managers during my deballing process. Never have I dealt with a total lack of professionalism. I am a total professional in everything I do and have never been met with such hostility for doing the right thing; I was also told my career was over in the company for making an ethical decision. So if you are ethical this isn't the place for you, they will go the way Anderson consulting did.

    Get out while you can, and if you are looking for someplace to work this is not where you want to be.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Support your team and workers, don't beat them down and stop lying to clients about how experience your very green team is. Be ethical rather than just doing lip service to it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Work like a slave

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technology Consultant in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Technology Consultant in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    you get to travel to other cities for a role.

    Cons

    Without any proper training, you will be thrown to the client and left there until you figure it out. Or until the client figures out that you don't know anything about what your company claimed you knew to the client.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Mean it when you say you invest in your people. I have been working here for 4 years and never given any training aside from St. Charles drinking lesson.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Encountered hostile work environment

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Largest consulting firm. Decent benefits. Brilliant at selling.

    Cons

    Under bid and under resourced contracts
    Does not provide superior training they claim they are known for.
    Poor work life balance
    Encountered hostile work situations, which were poorly handled if at all. Federal contracts seemed as under bid and under resourced as private ones. Thrown into system design and development without sufficient training in the core software platforms or business areas.
    Long hours and difficult deadlines.
    Senior managers got hostile
    Complaints to HR went unheeded.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Practice what you preach in your orientation about hostile work environments.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  7.  

    IT BA Data Warehouse

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT BA DW in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - IT BA DW in Austin, TX

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

    Pros

    Flexible Work schedule, good benefits, lots of food and entertainment.

    Cons

    Too much favoritism, reverse racism, bullying, mobbing, and refusing to answer questions or teach anything. You will be left on your own from first day to figure stuff out. If you are not Indian or Anglo saxon, you have no place in this environment. They compare your work with your peers on their performance rating which you have no clue who they are. They also will not explain or tell anything about your performance. Everything done behind the door in secrecy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get out of your shell and actually get to know your employees rather than listening somebody else's BS.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    I worked at Accenture

    Pros

    None that I can think of. Even if pressed to say so here for the purpose of reviews. If you love work over everything else, this is the place for you.

    Cons

    No work life balance. Work on multiple projects and assist in areas that aren't of interest to you in your down time.

  9.  

    Good for your network, bad for growing your skills

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

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

    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
  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

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

    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.  

    Funhouse Mirrors

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Saint Petersburg, FL
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Saint Petersburg, FL

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

    Pros

    If you are from India or fresh out of school, you'll think it's better than nothing.

    Cons

    It's all about selling bodies to the customer. If you're a seasoned professional, you'll be dumbstruck how some projects are run - what's a SDLC ? I've never met so many sound bite machines in my life. I used to think all consulting companies were the same until I worked for this embarrassing company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The management I encountered were just trying to not rock the boat. As long as they were billable to a project, that's all that mattered. My advice: mandate certified PMP professionals run projects so they won't have to snow customers when timelines come apart due to improper resource leveling.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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