Accenture Reviews

Updated January 25, 2015
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  1. Never leave

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    great place to work. think i'll retire here

    Cons

    can't think of a thing. fantastic place. you should be happy to be here and do as your told. it's an absolute privilege to work in these hallowed halls.

  2. Helpful (1)

    Very unpleasant internship in Federal Services

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    Former Intern - Systems Integration Analyst Intern in Washington, DC
    Former Intern - Systems Integration Analyst Intern in Washington, DC

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

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

    Pros

    Many fun events to foster community, multiple workshops to develop professional skills, well developed internship program, HR was great

    Cons

    I had an incredibly inept manager who explicitly lied on my review, zero access to higher management, micromanaged, did not appreciate the way I saw people sell each other out, and was underutilized and bored.

    Advice to Management

    Develop a spirit of community and growth, rather than one of ruthlessness, with zero integrity.

  3. Knowing people in management is a must

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    Current Employee - Software Developer Specialist in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Software Developer Specialist in Washington, DC

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

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

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule on my project. Long term engagements. Exposure to any number of technologies. Each engagement is ran as its own profit center, so experiences can vary greatly.

    Cons

    No client interaction. Lack of direction from management. Stack ranking causing competition between employees can lead to back stabbing. When going through the hiring process, some employees will hire less experienced and talented people than themselves to look good. Meat grinder mentality with high turn over. Pay for experience is the lowest I have seen. Work life balance tag line is a bold faced lie.

    Advice to Management

    Learn how to manage something. Managers that actually do a task seem to only be mid level management and not the managing directors as the mid levels are admittedly way over capacity.

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  5. Helpful (3)

    Not a great place!

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    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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    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 Management

    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.

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

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    Former Employee - Strategy Manager in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Strategy Manager in Washington, DC

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

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

    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 Management

    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.

  7. Helpful (1)

    Encountered hostile work environment

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    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 Management

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

  8. Management Consultant

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    Former Employee - Management Consulting Consultant in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Management Consulting Consultant in Washington, DC

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Accenture is the opportunity to decorate your resume with gold inc. you will be very young, and you will have a decent salary, that will help you with everything in other to provide stability to your professional career.

    Cons

    I think is a great company to start if you want to get into consulting but the HR department is very incompetent, when the application process starts they won't even look at your FaceBook page, nor Linkedin Nothing, the department is very relax and they really just care for GPAs and experience which you can perfectly lie about (the companies I with didn't even had a website to begin with), after working here for a year I felt like having a good GPA was the only thing they cared about. HR will give an offer to everyone with a 3.4 (or above) GPA and a heart beat.

    Advice to Management

    keep doing what you are doing, but keep an eye on the HR department. SPECIALLY in the Washington offices.

  9. Solutions Workforce, 2nd class citizens. Don't bother

    Former Employee - Senior Programmer in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Senior Programmer in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    I think I lucked out because the project I was on was excellent. Your mileage may vary but this is my experience on the project.

    Worked with excellent people. My team was a mix of solutions, consulting, and services people. All of them were extremely helpful, reliable, and most importantly smart. I was even able to sit down with my senior managers to discuss technical issues. At least on my project, I was seen as an equal to consulting and services guys. If there's one thing I missed about working at Accenture, its the people.

    Management really cares about your career and tries to help. They tried to help me grow by giving me more senior level responsibilities, and let me try out fields that I was interested in.

    Corporate events were fun. There's usually a few large company parties every year. You can even take time off your project to volunteer around the area.

    Work life balance is excellent. I was able to take a really hard college course online while leading an implementation project.

    I actually learned a lot of information technology skills. I'm no longer employed in that industry but I still find myself using those skills at my new job.

    Cons

    I may have written a lot of positives but I wouldn't recommend joining Accenture under the solutions workforce at all.

    You do the same work as consultants but the pay is well below average. I went back to school and I'm currently interning at a different company. My intern salary is is $8000+ more than my final Accenture salary and $18000+ my starting salary. That's not even counting the $5000 relocation bonus I got. What a joke!

    The rating process is all about politics. Despite leading and developing a large implementation project as a senior programmer (2nd level of solutions), I only received a rating of "Average."

    Advancement in your career is very slow. Most people will get stuck as an SSA (Senior Systems Analyst), which is one level away from Manager.

    HR and many other consultants will look down on you. Lucky that never happened to me on my project but when I met other analyst, I definitely got that vibe. I remember on the first day a consulting manager asked everyone who was part of the solutions workforce. When we raised our hands he just shook his head, like we didn't know what we got ourselves into.

    New consulting hires get to go to Accenture Core Analyst School, which is basically a several week non stop party disguised as "training". New solutions hires go a classroom for formal technical training in either programming or testing. the first week of training is just sitting in a room doing online training! If you fail the class you get fired. Training outside project sponsored classroom stuff is non-existent.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of solutions entirely, or at least have some kind of equality between the solutions and consulting work force.

  10. Helpful (2)

    Accenture is rigid, insular, arrogant, and stuck in the past

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    Former Employee - Senior Executive in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Senior Executive in Washington, DC

    I worked at Accenture

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    There are many very smart people

    Cons

    They think and act like they are the very smartest people in the world

    Advice to Management

    Get realistic about growth plans and listen to new ideas.

  11. Helpful (3)

    Trainwreck

    • Comp & Benefits
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    Former Employee - Consultant in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Consultant in Washington, DC

    I worked at Accenture

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    A great place to have on your resume. Lots of other people who have worked there with whom to network.

    Cons

    Half-assed way of doing business. Terrible communication. If you're not a mindless cheerleader, you get shuffled to the back of any line.

    Advice to Management

    Run your business the way you say that your clients should run theirs. Internally, the company is a mess. Never again.

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