Avanade Reviews

Updated May 29, 2014
Updated May 29, 2014
488 Reviews

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Review Highlights

Pros
  • The work life balance is good, especially for the consulting business (in 25 reviews)

  • Company is filled with experts in all Microsoft technologies (in 48 reviews)


Cons
  • Work-life balance is hard to come by if you have a family or want any time off (in 51 reviews)

  • No work life balance, be prepared to work 12 to 16 hour days (in 10 reviews)

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  1. 4 people found this helpful  

    Worst working experience of my life

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Functional Consultant
    Former Employee - Functional Consultant

    I worked at Avanade full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    -Better than being unemployed
    -Lots of free time for people on bench
    -Minimal work on Fridays

    Cons

    -Poor pay
    -Totally unnecessary and meaningless weekly travel to client sites (that is if you are staffed)
    -Terribly boring work
    -You get to build very specialized skill-set (only front-end microsoft stuff), not ideal for getting jobs after this company
    -You get to build VERY little set of skills in the core skills, such as Excel, SQL, Access, etc if you are on the functional team. Most of times, you are just doing mindless data entry into Excel, and just taking notes from endless boring client interactions. No 'analysis' of any kind involved, although your job title may be 'business analyst' or 'consultant' or whatever. Honestly a monkey can do this job. Basically the stuff that a 7th grader can do. Very little skill development.
    -This company is hands down the most disorganized organization that I've ever known to exist (both in first hand experience and from anecdotes). What happens is that the sales guys always grossly over-estimate the level of business demand for the quarter, so they always over-hire. When the sales guys don't end up closing the level of business deals they thought they would, what happens is there are tons of people who end up unstaffed - many times for months on end, who are basically doing nothing and ultimately end up getting let go. (ironic that I always got an email every 2 weeks from upper mgmt about '..due to our phenomenal growth..")
    -Extremely toxic environment to work in. On projects, people constantly gossip over each other and are busy pointing fingers in case things go south.
    -Extremely political: from getting staffed on a project to getting promoted, it's all about 'who you know' and whether the upper mgmt likes you.
    -Extremely random/ unfair review process. This is getting to detailed, so I will skip. Just be mindful that many people at this company would gladly smile in front of you and tell you that you are doing good work, but would stab you in the back later come review time.
    - Looking back, I feel like I learned very little of value during my stint at this company, and only did a ton of grunt work while I was there. I'm glad I got out and now on a job that challenges me more and gives me far better opportunity to improve my skill-set

  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    BODY SHOP for Accenture

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Avanade full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Paid while on the bench.
    Paid overtime.
    Good starting place for someone with less then 2 years experience or limited skills.

    Cons

    Pay is low, at least 10% below market.
    No work life balance, can’t take vacation while on a project.
    Micromanaged from both Accenture and Avande.
    401k match after 1 year (High Turnover).
    Limited to Microsoft technology.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop paying lip service to get people in the door.

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

    Boring, terrible, will likely be irrelevant within next 10 years

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Business Analyst
    Former Employee - Business Analyst

    I worked at Avanade full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Fair work life balance for most projects

    Cons

    Recruiting is terribly misleading toward non-technical hires. I was concerned that my lack of a technical background would put me at a disadvantage working at Avanade and the recruiter told me verbatim "that will not affect your ability to get staffed or promoted, because you're being hired to a role that doesn't require technical knowledge going in. Anything you need to learn they will train you for." So I take the job. Then, there's a complete lack of opportunities for non-technical BA's in my area that don't know SQL. They say..OK, go learn SQL to get stafffed. Their version of 'training': provide me with a SQL review book that ON THE FIRST PAGE actually says "you will need at least 2 years of prior direct experience with SQL in order to be able to pass the MIcrosoft certification exam, THIS BOOK ALONE IS NOT ENOUGH" so....I take the exam twice and don't pass both times. They seem surprised by this even though I show them the book THAT THEY SUGGESTED and how it says that approach would never work. This led to lots of time not being staffed which makes it next to impossible to get promoted. HAd I know this, NEVER would've taken the job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop sucking

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    No work-life balance, no ethics, no processes, just treat people like slaves

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    Current Employee - Manager  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Manager in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Avanade full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great training program. They have a great training program/team who truly cares about building your career

    Cons

    Unfortunately project execution is a joke. All projects I was in were in some way screwed up either by the Accenture relationship or by poor management practices. They promote based on how hard you work on your last screwed up project so the people that end up leading projects continue the vicious cycle of having to marry your job to get the project done.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get the bad apples out before it becomes part of the company culture. Work on the misconception of "All I have to do to get promoted is marry my job for a couple of projects".

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Process Heavy and Unexciting Work

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Avanade

    Pros

    It's in Seattle in a great location. Work/Life balance is good.

    Cons

    Co-workers are technology adolescents. There is little to no risk with software and how they create software. The business is built upon implementing old technology.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Demand objective results.

  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Unless your entire world is developing Microsoft solutions, and, nothing else, only then will you have a job

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director
    Current Employee - Director

    I have been working at Avanade full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Avanade is the number #1 Microsoft Partner owned 80% by Accenture and 20% by Microsoft

    Cons

    Industry experience doesn't help, it's who you have worked with inside Avanade that counts. The higher you go, the more ruthless hidden behind smiles they are

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Forward to the past? If an old business model didn't work once, and you have to spend an excessive amount of energy convincing people it will be better this time, is it worth it? All it seems to have done is created an entire new crop of "leaders".

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 8 people found this helpful  

    Unimpressive

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Group Manager  in  Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Group Manager in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Avanade full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Training
    Great place to start a career (if you're unencumbered)
    Access to technology

    Cons

    Middle management is wholly ineffective; generally not to be trusted.
    Large percentage of personnel are junior resources, many young turks.
    Many resources in 'managerial roles' have no ability to manage a team.
    Management's view of resources is staff-augmentation mentality. Yes, for FTE's, too.
    Not a place for senior hires to advance their careers - very little upward mobility.
    Travel commitments are a massive grind.
    Management adopts a 'wait and see' attitude on advancing change (works fine for us)

    Recruitment and hiring managers will tell you whatever you wish to hear to join; they need warm bodies.

    My experience was not positive. I would not recommend this company to anyone with more than 10 years of experience. If you have 0-5 years - great place for an education. 5-10 years, you can probably learns some things that will help you polish existing skills. The main difficulty will be surviving the travel commitments to accumulate enough seat-time to actually learn something.

    This is a company that is largely geared towards developing junior resources.

    The travel is a grind, and will generally eat up most people in the first 6 - 12 mos. If you have ANY kind of family or personal life that you value, this is NOT the job for you.You (or your spouse, sig other or kids) will quickly learn to hate this job - you're paid well, but essentially never around. Usually doesn't end well on that front.

    You can expect 60+ hour work weeks, every week, and that's in addition to whatever travel commitment you have. There is a 'teacher's pet' syndrome within most service lines. If you're not on that preferred list, you will get the worst assignments with the worst travel commitments. Like to travel cross-country? Very possible.

    Management will tell you that's all in the past since they have recently gone to a regional model. Don't be a sucker. See the comment above about '...will tell you anything you want to hear...'

    You can expect 12-15 hour days that frequently span offshore hours. That doesn't change very much from client to client. A large portion of the work you will do will be managing the client because the company likes to sell. Sales sells, and Delivery tries to deliver. GIGO (Garbage IN, Garbage OUT).

    Expect zero work/life balance when you're on the road. They own you, and the expectation is that you're spending most of your days dealing with politics, general mismanagement and sales/contract fallout, and evenings doing your 'real' job'. The typical funny comment is when you get to 6pm and people say, 'ok, what are we ordering for dinner'?

    Career Management is a joke. I had no CM meetings of any substance with my CM in 8+ months. The only time I heard from my boss was when things were not going well. You can expect very little praise or recognition for hero efforts.

    Overall, incredibly unimpressive.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Separate with your tenured middle management at the Director level and re-balance.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Stay Away - Lowest Pay + Worst Management

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior .NET Developer  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Senior .NET Developer in Washington, DC

    I worked at Avanade full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    glassdoor requires that I put in at least 20 words for Pros. But this company has little to no pros. You can imagine why Microsoft loves this company.
    It's a technology company, that's about the only Pro I can think of.

    Cons

    One of the worst companies to work for.

    Pay is very very low, such that it is truly not worth working for. That's because the company's revenue to number of employees ratio is very small.
    There are many companies big and small in this area who pay double or more than what this company pays.
    The company is very cheap and does Microsoft's bidding in terms of driving down the pay rate of developers and engineers.
    Management also lies. They will lure you in, by promising to increase your pay if you show quality work. But that will never happen. The pay raises are an insult. It comes nowhere close to the rate of inflation.
    If you have a family to feed. This is the last company to work for. Specially with the level of inflation we see these days.

    To add insult to injury, you will also be Micromanaged. You will not be treated with respect by Management, rather they are quite rude and arrogant.

    I can write up more Cons, but I believe the two, Very Low Pay and Being Micromanaged, are enough to help those with self respect stay away from this company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Micromanagement? Seriously?
    You actually expect people to do quality work or stay for the pay you give them?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Awful

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Avanade full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    None - couldn't think of any

    Cons

    Politics, incompetence, and lots of other 'cons'

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    I didn't choose consulting to sit at home with nothing to do

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Avanade full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Great training program for new hires. The people I have met are great. Some upper level people are really good about reaching out to new hires

    Cons

    I've been working from home unstaffed since I got out of training 4 months ago, which is the total opposite of what I was told throughout the recruiting process (80% travel, working in project teams, being around people, etc). I haven't met any coworkers except at the one company event there has been, and the office is always empty. All this is especially frustrating when I moved across the country not knowing a soul, based on promises of travel and working with people...instead I've been ignored for 4 months, as have the others from my training class. No new hire should be expected to sit with no real work to do for 4 months, or anyone for that matter.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be honest about this new operating model-is this going to mean no travel/increased virtual projects or not? Have a place for new hires to go when they get out of training-very unmotivating to sit at home alone for 4 months, not to mention wasteful of good talent. Stop sending emails talking about "record sales" and then telling us we may not be staffed for 9 more months...clearly that isn't right

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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