Accenture Reviews

Updated July 29, 2015
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  • The consulting world is filled with many craziness but I love the fact that Accenture fosters a good work/life balance (in 609 reviews)

  • Good work culture in organisation (in 543 reviews)

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  • Absolutely zero work-life balance (in 1194 reviews)

  • No work life balance for technical developers (in 192 reviews)

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  1. Consultant

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    varied work environment, ability to travel to exciting places, ability to pick up new skills, gain experience in multiple industries

    Cons

    travel can get to be too much, getting out of a bad project can be almost impossible, work life balance can be almost non existent

    Advice to Management

    fitting resources to better fit thier roles. allowing for better management of projects and being more mindful of risks.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Blah

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The people can be wonderful. The opportunities for involvement in the community and organization are wonderful. Fundraising and charity opportunities. Easy to make friends on large projects.

    Cons

    The people can be AWFUL, Promotions based off seniority in the company rather than merit means you get some really bad managers. Easy to get lost on large projects.

    Advice to Management

    Promote based off merit. Be nice to your employees. Actually pay attention to work hours. Get more involved in the events they plan and support.


  3. EH..skip ACN and go to a higher paying firm

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    Current Employee - Management Consulting Consultant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Management Consulting Consultant in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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


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  5. Helpful (5)

    Growing dissatisfied

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Level D in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Level D in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  6. Helpful (1)

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

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Small Fish, Big Pond effect

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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


  8. Profit Valued Over Employee Well-being

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Computer Programmer/Configure III in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Computer Programmer/Configure III in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  9. Helpful (2)

    Accenture FEDERAL Services

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - SAP Functional Analyst in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - SAP Functional Analyst in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  10. Helpful (2)

    Offshoring America

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Finance Analyst in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Finance Analyst in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

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


  11. Accenture treats employees like widgets ("Human" Resources)

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Manager in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

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



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