Accenture Reviews

Updated January 21, 2015
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  1. EH..skip ACN and go to a higher paying firm

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Management Consulting Consultant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Management Consulting Consultant in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Accenture

    Pros

    - good people
    - diversity of projects
    - fun company events
    - lot of PTO

    Cons

    - work/life balance
    - performance process is not transparent at all
    - awful pay/raises/bonuses

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 5 people found this helpful

    Growing dissatisfied

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  3. 1 person found this helpful

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

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
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  5. Small Fish, Big Pond effect

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    - Camaraderie exists, but it's a luck of draw base on project you get place (which highly depends on timing and luck)
    - Early career candidates/employee benefits from seeing diverse environments and work dynamics, which are invaluable experience to bring to next job in career.

    Cons

    - Due to large size, can easily get lost in population. As a result,
    - Lack meritocracy; Promotion (performance review) becomes a self-promotion / -marketing exercise; so better (louder) you are greater the likelihood.
    - Hear numerous time from co-workers how their Paid-Time-Off balance exceeds the carry-over limit, which is a sign of culture

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. Profit Valued Over Employee Well-being

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Computer Programmer/Configure III in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Computer Programmer/Configure III in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    The pay and most benefits are competitive with other competing companies.

    Cons

    As mentioned the pay and most benefits are competitive with other competing companies, but it comes at a very high cost to the employee.
    - Loss of many many perks
    - No overtime pay
    - Vacations are often canceled and then PTO hours are lost at the end of the fiscal year as you can carry more then 240 hours.
    - The review system is very political and unfair which directly drive pay raises and promotions. There is much favoritism in the company.
    - Very few opportunities if you're not in the Consulting arm of the firm.
    - Easier for the company to burnout employees and replace them with younger hires.
    - Little training opportunities that provide value to the employee. Accenture prefers they use their in-house training and books rather than show capability by earning certifications.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management in Accenture has turned a blind eye to employee well-being over profits. Long hours are always a must with time off often being canceled with no recompense. Raises and bonuses have taken the hardest hit over the year and the review system is very political in such a way you can do very well on one project but another may have other employees they wish to promote first, and will give newer members lower ratings.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful

    Accenture FEDERAL Services

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - SAP Functional Analyst in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - SAP Functional Analyst in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Excellent PTO and flex-scheduling; especially for entry level positions. For the most part, the office was a pretty easy going atmosphere with a lot of great people.

    Cons

    As I discovered just shortly after my orientation, Accenture Federal Services is significantly different than Accenture LLP. AFS employees are paid less, do NOT receive any special consulting or industry specific training, and are not given the flexibility to work on any commercial based projects. I was very disappointed in how the firm preaches career development but in the AFS side, that is very difficult to obtain. After discussing with mentors and managers I discovered it was easier to leave the company for a commercial based role rather than switching over to Accenture LLP. Promotions are also very difficult to come by. The overall federal project work is very dull and typically takes months to even obtain access to the client systems. Employee retention on federal projects is low; especially for less experienced analysts.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value career development and not just federal project roles, encourage employees to be internally certified AND to obtain industry specific certifications, value younger employees by promoting them in accordance to performance and NOT based on the length of time they are on a project.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful

    Offshoring America

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

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

    Pros

    A job if you can get it and keep it

    Cons

    Terrible leadership by the partners who have already achieved enormous wealth. They treat employees like hired hand resources that can be expended at any time and greedily look for every opportunity to push jobs to China, India, and Philippines - they are rewarded for doing it no only for Accenture but for their clients where they earn have of their company revenue by offshoring America. The focus is extremely short term and they have diluted their talent pool by doing this and it is hard to understand what their value pro is beyond a paycheck. They treat you bad, work you to death, there is little development and they'll spit you out as soon as they can find a way.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop destroying the American economy which has allowed you to succeed. Was the company not founded by Americans?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. Accenture treats employees like widgets ("Human" Resources)

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

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

    Pros

    Accenture follows rigorous business and technical processes that form the basis of its reputation

    Cons

    Accenture treats (treated) its people like widgets ("human" resources) to burn and churn. It treats (treated) people who provide internal services all the worse (although this basic paradigm is common in business) -- in particular, they have no career growth plans and treat those who wish to grow as annoyances.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your people better and see your churn rate decline, while your performance rise.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful

    Good for recent grads - not so good for anyone over 24

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

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

    Pros

    free happy hours, comfortable chairs, smart people

    Cons

    laddering instead of meritocracy. if you aren't in the clique you are out of luck. all talk no action - no actual training provided, it is more like sink or swim. bait and switch recruitment where they tell you one thing and give you something completely different. pay scale not up to par with regions in which people are working. excessive travel instead of remote working.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Tell the truth to your potential employees so they don't end up bitter. The good ol' boy network is out of date. Try something new like actually promoting on merit instead of which career counselor is the best salesman and friends with more people.

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

    Good if you want to be bored

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Systems Integration Consultant in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Systems Integration Consultant in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    - The people here are great. Most of you collegues are recent graduates or young professionals which means lots of humor in the office and lots of happy hours.
    - Two yearly Accenture Happy Hours geared to getting you drunk

    Cons

    - Long hours. Be prepared to work long hours on the whim of your manager/senior managers. They are worried about delivering their promises to the client regardless of your plans.
    - Work/Life Balance. Pretty bad. You will find yourself working almost non-stop during rush times and even when things are slow getting out of there with 40 hours are rare.
    - Promotion Opportunity. More and more people are missing their promotion cycles due to management making stringent rules for promotion. Promotions do not go to those who deserve them most of the time and usually end up going to those managers like; regardless of your ability to deliver.
    - Turnover. In my 4 years at working with Accenture, 67% of the Company was hired after me. In a 350,000 person company, that is a huge number of people. Turnover is high because there is high burnout potential. Most employees do not stick around past their consultant year.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Practice what you preach. If you are a company that rewards on merit; follow your rules. The arbitrary promotion cycle needs to be fixed.
    Learn to say no. In consulting it is rare to hear a manager say no, but make sure you can actually deliver what you promise. Overextending your workforce will lead to a higher turnover rate.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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