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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great Job, Terrible Career

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Excellent project work, great training opportunities, smart people, tough and challenging client problems, a good place to start your career in consulting.

    Cons

    Terrible rating system and they do not value high performing employees, especially at the more junior levels. From my understanding this is a more recent phenomenon. Everything you're reading here is true...they froze salaries for NA and Europe, even for top performers. It's not 2009/2010...attrition will skyrocket, talent will flee, and it will take a good 2-4 years to dig themselves out of the hole they just made.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    YOU, the shareholders of the company (and a large part of the companies share holders are current or former ACN leadership) need to take the hit for financial performance last year, because it is NOT a down market for the type of talent contained in this company. The raises/bonuses this year were WAY under market...you're not thinking long term and you'll suffer for it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Project Manager QA

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Accenture full-time

    Pros

    Good onsite opportunities in the company

    Cons

    nothing much. employee recognition can be better

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

    Most North America salaries were just frozen

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    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Florham Park, NJ
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Florham Park, NJ

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

    Pros

    People mean well, good customer base and opportunities for customer facing people. People are respected for their differences.

    Cons

    Salaries and bonuses for above manager are now officially a joke. Mgmt really tells a good story about caring for people to The Street but morale is down, attrition is up up and bonuses were slashed to immaterial levels for nearly all people. If you want a good name but will see pay go down over time, then it's worth it at the junior level of your career. No onshore job is safe to move offshore. 20% of people got a raise.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay freeze was painful folks. Reminder it costs shareholders 10k to hire every new person and the client quality issues will continue.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 5 people found this helpful  

    Growing dissatisfied

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    Current Employee - Level D in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Level D in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Accenture full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    1. Competitive pay for entry level employees
    2. Great job for introduction into a professional company
    3. Decent growth potential

    Cons

    1. Moving above mid level can be very difficult. It can become quite political.
    2. Management ignores supervisor input in employee evaluations. (Supervisor rates well, Management claims average or less)
    3. Over the last two years management has made the choice to reduce benefits for employees that are not client based. No business can run without support staff, however Accenture has made a clear choice to not provide any raises or bonuses for those employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management has made a clear choice. That choice is to only support employees that are client based. They claim they are trying to provide capital savings for future growth. That would be fine if all branches of the company were equally effected. "Services" employees received bonus and pay increases however "enterprise" got nothing. In one week the company has alienated almost all support staff. The company owes every employee an apology. Although the company has strengths the last two years have had record profits and reduced benefits. Walmart provides its staff a raise average of 20 cents an hour every year. Accenture provided 0 cents. It is something people need to thing about when looking for employment.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    where people don't matter much

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Systems Specialist in Providence, RI
    Former Employee - Senior Systems Specialist in Providence, RI

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

    Pros

    the company provides salary in exchange for services. They hire you if the client is paying, therefore they leverage your work for income. their internal training is non-functional and irrelevant. they have many non-functional internal websites and this is the only employee/employer relationship you can have.

    Cons

    no structure, no strategy. Hire and terminate employees like used kleenex. Business model based on cheaper offshore resources, little to no management, website-based HR and employee care. Cynical subjective yearly review process. Unfair variable pay policy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Internship

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    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern

    I have been working at Accenture as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Good experience
    Every moment you could learn something interesting

    Cons

    Work Life balance
    No space in the headquarter

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good exposure, project experience. Very political, shady, no transparency.

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    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Accenture enables exposure to clients (large and mid sized companies) and client leadership. This is a huge plus for personal as well as professional development.

    Cons

    The pay and promotion structure is very convoluted and shady. I've seen great people get passed up for promotion while others with better connections get promoted. The review process is not transparent in the least and depends on how much you are liked by leadership. Once you get a bad review, it is impossible to pull yourself out of that no matter how great your work is in subsequent review cycles. At that point, the only option is to leave the company and move on. This is partly why Accenture has an extremely high turnover rate in the consulting world.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to people with good ideas at all levels of the company, not just at the higher levels. There are so many missed opportunities, bad project planning and management, client dissatisfaction due to this. Clients are not happy with the work but feel trapped into contracts because they need the work completed even if it's poor quality. Make them want to stay because they love the quality of work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Good place to start but keep an eye out for other opportunities

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Systems Integration Analyst in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Systems Integration Analyst in Arlington, VA

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

    Pros

    Challenging work; intelligent and helpful coworkers (for the most part); good medical plans; ample training resources

    Cons

    Unless you're an engineer, abysmal compensation that isn't adjusted based off location (besides NYC and California). Avoid the federal space at all costs (lots of bureaucracy and stringent guidelines), and no annual bonus. Ambiguous policies that somehow always work against employees instead of helping them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Federal space specifically: convey information to your employees regarding policy changes that will have a major impact on their daily activities or standard of living.

    Company-wide: Rethink the methodologies of your "competitive annual compensation research". Experienced Masters holders should not be earning the same as entry-level Bachelors graduates. Create less ambiguous policies.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great place to work. Many roles positions being transitioned overseas.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Finance Specialist in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Finance Specialist in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Accenture full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Accenture is a great place to work and meet and learn from the best in consulting and or finance. Employees get to work from home 3 to 4 days a week.

    Cons

    Unfortunately Accenture has transitioned so many roles/positions overseas to lower cost countries. They are the leaders in outsourcing so you maybe taking a risk if you take a role here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop transitioning American jobs overseas to lower cost countries. Too many in the US, specifically Chicago, have lost their jobs due to Accenture thinking of the bottom line first and foremost.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Where you come to see your dreams wither away..

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    Former Employee - CFM Analyst in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - CFM Analyst in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    5 weeks pto, flex work schedule, young people

    Cons

    Dumb, one track minded co workers. Mundane, monthly cycle (wash rinse repeat), terrible direction, cheap pay, the hub for "uhh and ummm"

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you're doing - sell the name, comfort, and unambition

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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