Accenture Reviews

Updated July 25, 2015
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  1. Helpful (3)

    Employee

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Accenture

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

    Pros

    Some projects are great and some folks are smart. Accenture hires very smart individuals in the analyst class (however most don't have good social skills because Accenture tend to hire engineers). Also, Accenture has a fair share of cheap labor from getting people over from India and working them to death by threatening to cancel their H1B visa.

    Cons

    The folks who stay around in Accenture (the folks who have been here for more than 4 years) are usually idiots who cannot find opportunities elsewhere. In addition, they tend to play politics more than they create value. That is to say, most of these folks, if they don't rise up to become a managing director, are worthless. The projects can vary widely. The last project I am on is with analytics and the people at the client site are amazing - some of the best people I came across. The folks I came across in my first project - a government healthcare project in California - are filled with some of the worst people. They blamed each other for mistakes and tried to achieve results at the expense of people. I was asked to stay up for nights on end in order to help the system. Even when I couldn't help, the manager asked me to stay on to "learn". For 3 months I hadn't slept more than 3 hours per night and nearly went nuts. There are people who literally DIED on the project and I am not sure if it's due to stress of the work and the politics but I would imagine so. The folks who get promoted are all political bunch who get promoted at the expense of others. The very first team I was on, the manager who micromanaged the crap out of his resources got promoted working them 7 days a week and at least 12 hours a day. The manager himself was promoted to senior manager and none of the resources he had were promoted. In addition, he kept such a stronghold on them that none of them were able to leave the project even though they knew that the project is a dead end and no skills can be learned. I moved to the next role where I literally have to stay up 12 hours a day and click a button each time. The supervisor asked me to work on the weekends but he himself works about 4 hours a day. At the end I tried frantically to get out of the role and he ended up slashing my review as a form of retaliation. During the review process I asked him why he gave me such a review and he straight up told me I have mental problems and called me stupid. Speaking about professionalism and constructive criticism. After the review came to a close, my career counselor called me and told me of the rating and told me that I was at the risk of layoff. His threats totally made me feel as if I am worthless (you should never base your value on your performance, especially at a crap company like Accenture). The career counselor did nothing to assess the situation but rather just said I was bad which is not constructive at all. It does nothing for self growth. It was only later on that I found out that they had difficult filling the role and the supervisor knows this. As an act of retaliation he slapped a bad review. I saw another folk who was pulling day and night for a manager and wanted very much to move out. The manager kept making empty promises that he can move out and get on better roles only to extend his roll-off date longer and longer in order to keep him. At Accenture, the project manager has the most power and can put a tight leash on his resources to prevent them from moving around. Some people languish in a roll which they hate for years. It robs them of all humanity and dignity as a person. Some folks have been doing the same thing forever even as if they are called consultants and as a result they are never able to leave Accenture because of how little skills they have. Accenture also routinely lay people off in order to meet the numbers to please shareholders. There is a great disconnect between the top management and the pawns on the ground and it works more like a slave-master relationship. As a result, no one means anything to the company, not even the managing directors. Accenture just went through a wave of layoff of some of the most tenured people with the company. There is absolutely no loyalty Accenture has for its employees. The current CEO was brought in in order to cut expenses so it justifies his position and moves. I am writing this as I no longer to fear the retaliation from Accenture as I got another job lined up and it's almost a liberation feeling like being freed from prison to leave Accenture. If you want to have a good career, don't come to Accenture. Go to other small firms to pick up skills and take on ownership. Accenture is for people who cannot create value but rather just there to collect pay checks and play politics to get promoted. Having said that, I have came across some very bright folks and it does somewhat have good healthcare benefits but the compensation and rewards is no where near enough for me to endure the pay and suffering in my earlier years here.

    Advice to Management

    Have a reverse review process of managers of how their subordinates feel about them. The performance review system needs a massive overhaul. 100% of the time, reviews are subjective due to the immediate supervisor. It sometimes reflects nothing on the employee.


  2. Great experience!

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Accenture full-time

    Pros

    Good compensation and work life balance.

    Cons

    Bad adjustments each year and just okay benefits


  3. Helpful (2)

    Sr. Manager

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Accenture full-time

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

    Pros

    There are some good practice groups if you can find them. Lots of learning opportunity.

    Cons

    One strike and you are out! If you are an experienced hire, everyone will tell you that the first year is the toughest by the company's leadership admission, however, they don't do ANYTHING about it!!! It's feels much like a Fraternity You might feel accepted but that does not mean that you belong.

    Advice to Management

    Be more inclusive. Mentor new hires. Setup new hires to succeed and not fail. Don't tell people to grow their network in an environment where everyone works virtually!


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  5. Unix Engineer II

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Unix Engineer in Roseville, MN
    Former Employee - Senior Unix Engineer in Roseville, MN

    I worked at Accenture full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    It was a nice place to work up to two years ago when things started to go to hell and a hand basket. I worked there for just under 8 years. Right now I have nothing good to say about it except I hope the upper management enjoys their golden parachutes. :-(

    Cons

    The IT department will run you into the ground, as of two years ago when management changed its direction it was a great place to work, Now the IT department has been using its people as slave laborers because they are very slow to add more staff. Due to this I worked over a two week period just under 130 hours and then on one weekend starting of Friday with a 13 hour day and by 5pm on Sunday I had 30 hours in. I would not recommend anyone who does not want to be driven into the ground to consider employment here in the IT department. When a server goes down they treat it like a life and death situation which is insane.

    Advice to Management

    Wake up and smell the roses, start giving people raises, even cost of living raises and do not take away annual bonuses. This has been your biggest down fall and when that stops people will run away in droves like what is happening today. The only way to get a raise here is to get promoted to management or a different department and even that is not guaranteed. It seems to be all about you hood winking the investors into thinking that every thing is fine when inside it is not. Also some of the Directors and VP's need to get people skill training, they belittle people on phone calls in front of other co-works if you even mention that you do not know something.


  6. Helpful (3)

    Culture of Bosses

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    It's a labor camp so you are forced to learn.

    Cons

    one of the worst company to work for


  7. Senior Software Analyst

    • 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
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good work life balance. Can work from home.

    Cons

    I'm working in this company for several years. Company's performance degraded over last 3 years which has impacted each and every individual in the company. I'm getting good rating but there is no hike in the salary for last 3 years. I can't believe this when you are working in the organization like Accenture.

    Advice to Management

    Please focus on Employees benefits first and then investors. Because your employees are your true assets.


  8. Helpful (1)

    Accenture Federal's HR department is a disaster.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Junior Functional Support Analyst in Fort Meade, MD
    Former Employee - Junior Functional Support Analyst in Fort Meade, MD

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Nothing I can think of

    Cons

    Accenture Federal's HR was a nightmare. I received an offer letter contingent on TS security clearance in early February 2014 and the company canceled my clearance in March 2015 before I was given or denied the clearance. During my clearance process, they would regularly tell me that they had non-cleared opportunities for me, only to pull back these opportunities. My contact left the company and no one bothered to tell me until I reached out months later. After they canceled my clearance process, they made no effort to find me another position within the company

    Advice to Management

    Treat talent with more respect. I was willing to wait for Accenture and they did nothing to help me find work, even though they hired me thinking I was a strong candidate.


  9. Helpful (2)

    Terrible experience with incompetent Delivery Manager for Netbond Programs.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Scrum Master in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Scrum Master in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at Accenture

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Remote flexibility Great team members Great working with AT&T on projects

    Cons

    Management is incompetent, especially when it comes to Agile and Scrum Teams. The delivery managers (Zeta Cooper) is clueless and loves to micromanage self organizing scrum teams. She gets rid of GREAT scrum masters and replaces them with ones who are less experienced. Scrum Masters are expected to be puppets within the Netbond Program.

    Advice to Management

    Get a clue!! Don't hire Managers to oversee Scrum Teams, who are self organizing and thriving. It destroys the moral and productivity of the team.


  10. Helpful (3)

    Quick to hire: quick to fire

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

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

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

    Pros

    I have nothing good to say about them

    Cons

    Managers are on serious power trips and don't care about you. They are there to take credit for your work to get ahead. If you don't brown nose them they find reasons to fire you. You don't have access to all the systems needed to do your job. Terrible!

    Advice to Management

    Enough with the power trips.


  11. Typical consulting company.

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

    I have been working at Accenture

    Pros

    If you get in to the project with good Management then it is good

    Cons

    There is not much room for growth. Typical consulting company.



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