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Accenture Reviews in Washington, DC

Updated December 9, 2014
Updated December 9, 2014
9,423 Reviews
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Pros
  • 55k range but the work/life balance is not worth the price in my opinion (in 609 reviews)

  • Good work culture generally but depends on the project u are working for (in 543 reviews)


Cons
  • work life balance despite being a tag line of many internal inititatives is a joke (in 1194 reviews)

  • Managers repeatedly ask you to stretch---I told you no WORK-LIFE balance:-( (in 192 reviews)

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  1.  

    Accenture is a great place to launch your career

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Management Consulting Analyst in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Management Consulting Analyst in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Accenture offers great diversity in project assignment for the person who is wanting to travel -- and travel you will when you below to the Consulting group. The best part of working at Accenture for me -- the people.

    Cons

    Accenture is light on the top and heavy on the bottom with regards to the hierarchy pyramid. Very difficult to make it up the ranks and still be paid competitively.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Great place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Management Consulting Manager in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Management Consulting Manager in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Truly a meritocracy... if you perform well, you'll be given more responsibility.
    Great benefits (particularly the PTO and training) and the pay is generally pretty good.
    Opportunity to transform and create value for clients.

    Cons

    Work-life balance can be difficult to navigate (particularly for the Consulting workforce where travel is often required 4 days/week)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Raises should be higher for high performers (experienced hires shouldn't be making significantly more than internal promotes).

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to build lasting relationships

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - SAP Manager in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - SAP Manager in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Accenture full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Excellent e-learning, good place of build relationships and skills....

    Cons

    No work-life balance.
    Culture not good for experience hires, because getting placed on projects is based on your personal network within Accenture.
    Raises are very conservative

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Accenture Leadership should do more for integrate experience hire into corporate culture

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great Place to Start a Career

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Smart, competitive people. Reasonable hours for competitive pay.

    Cons

    Very tech heavy- not great for anyone trying to pursue a career in MC.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn to Utilize talent of entry level employees more.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Accenture is a good company to work - Build your network, learn all you can and you will succeed.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Consultant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Consultant in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    The best thing is the people and compensation. You will get A-1 training.Travel to chicago and get to experience many cultural experiences.

    Cons

    You have to travel and building a family may be difficult. The rating process is not favorable but strive to do your best and you will succeed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be Fair! Coach your employees to be the best they can be. Provide them with opportunities to grow.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Your career is what you make of it*

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    • Work/Life Balance
    Current Employee - Management Consulting Senior Analyst in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Management Consulting Senior Analyst in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Accenture full-time

    Pros

    It's a great first company to work for, and if you find a gangbusters team, stick with and make your career. If the stars align and have a proper support network, you are able to move around from project to project to get new experiences.

    Cons

    *It is possible to get stuck on a project for an extended period of time without any choice rather than to leave the company. This hasn't happened to me, but many of my peers have churned due to the feeling of being trapped.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    For those projects that tend to be black holes, focus on how the teams can be encouraged and engaged across an account or even between project teams.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great place to start your corporate finance career after college

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Federal Client Financial Management in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Federal Client Financial Management in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Great support staff on learning core job functions. Great executire presence in Federal Financial Management projects

    Cons

    very low pay compared to competitors w/ learning curve trailling off after 3rd year of employment. Each iterative promotion as you performing the same job functions, but with greater numbers and larger reports.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Expand Financial Management responsibilities to include client facing activities similar to B&P leadership or consulting resources

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Better than it's competitors in most cases.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Consultant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Consultant in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Good core values. Employee receive good training. Clear growth hierarchies.

    Cons

    Worklife balance depends on the client someone is working at and how client expectations are managed by leadership.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great place to start, very high caliber of people, very political and clicquey

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Washington, DC

    I worked at Accenture full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Combines industry knowledge with technology so you learn why all aspects of the project is important to a client. You get great exposure and build your resume fast. The leaders in the field really care about the clients.

    Cons

    Hard to move up based on performance. More important to know the right people the higher up you go in the organization. Many cases of senior people that dont fit the LoR but are protected because of who they know. Client pays for this bloat

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The Core Values of CORBIS are excellent and yo need to walk the talk in all aspects of culture, not just some.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 7 people found this helpful  

    Great people and experience, but there are severe challenges as a huge corporation

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 an year)

    Pros

    The people are fantastic. Most of them will go out of their way to help you in whatever way they can. They tend to care about your professional development and advancement in the firm (and in your career).

    The work can also be very interesting if you network with people that do the type of work that interests you.

    Cons

    There are several distinct challenges at Accenture.

    First, it can be easy to either feel lost in the staffing process or trapped in a niche. This can be mitigated by aggressive networking.

    Second, when you are unstaffed, HR will try to force you to join the projects that need warm bodies (aka the bad ones). It is in HR and the firm's interest to maximize your chargeability, but this may not align with your career interests or skill-set. Again, this challenge is best mitigated by aggressive networking.

    Third, the review process can be challenging given the number of employees involved. Even high performers can be passed over for promotion if they or their reviewers lack the rank or political savvy necessary to lock in a high rating.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider lowering chargeability targets slightly or at least offering a week-long "grace period" after an engagement ends before HR starts pressuring employees to join another project. This will greatly improve morale, and it may even allow employees to find the projects where they will perform at their highest potential.

    Hold more office-wide or at least functional/industry social events to allow employees more opportunities to network outside their specific teams.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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