Avanade
3.5 of 5 434 reviews
www.avanade.com Seattle, WA 5000+ Employees

Avanade Reviews

Updated Apr 4, 2014
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3.5 434 reviews

                             

75% Approve of the CEO

Avanade CEO Adam Warby

Adam Warby

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73% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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un-inspiring but large Microsoft provider of offshore services

Group Manager (Current Employee)
Chicago, IL

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

ProsBig companies have specialists to do every type of job function, so good for specialists who don't like to do multiple things, although not a good place for technology generalists for the same reason.

ConsIn my opinion: People are not developed via their archaic stack ranking/quota system. Promotions gained thru popularity and politics and not through skills development.

Most executives (SVPs and up) don't get their hands dirty at the customer/project level, yet have all the answers on non-stop internal conference calls.

Old boy Accenture / Microsoft nepotism at executive leadership level. If you worked for Microsoft or Accenture 20 years ago and have a relationship, you are qualified to be a CVP or higher at Avanade.

Most projects are run by Accenture hard as*es (kindly labeled 'drivers'). These folks will expect you to work all hours due to over-promising, or just because they have nothing better to do but to go back to the hotel. At best you are treated like a sub-contractor and lack a seat at the table. Accenture takes all of the leadership roles on projects, leaving Avanade the individual contributor roles which can limit your growth.

Advice to Senior Management1) aspire to be more than an average offshore heavy staffing agency for Microsoft skills.

2) Strip all of the Accenture numbers out of your P&L and look at your true management effectiveness over the past 10 years. Stop confusing Accenture revenue growth with Avanade brand success.

3) Ditch the direct sales force, and management layers. Fold the consultants into real Accenture orgs and allow consultants to be on par with their Accenture cohorts.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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If your X Accenture you will have no issues...

Consultant (Current Employee)
Chicago, IL

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

ProsHealth benefits are decent

Cons2 weeks vac time to start, they say they grow, want their people to take training - only if your selected to attend the training. Most of the training are online webinars. Very high schoolish - if upper mgmt likes you then your slotted for a project. If they don't then your on the bench and let go. If you take a stretch role there is no forgiveness if you make an error. They claim its the people that help however everyone is trying to get the same roles or they are over worked and can't help. X Accenture people always get slotted for projects. Its who you know. MS projects in Seattle your treated poorly - no one there knows or care that MS also has ownership in Avanade.

Advice to Senior ManagementYou are not practicing what you preach - your mission is not true!

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Not the place from which to expect work-life balance and good compensation

Manager (Current Employee)
Houston, TX

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

ProsGreat place to get experience on anything Microsoft. The pace is that of two or three years that of a normal company. In other words, spend a year in this company and you gain two or three years of experience at another company.

ConsAwful work-life balance. They truly expect you to be on all the time. This is partially due to Accenture's culture of expecting people to marry their jobs and poorly managed projects. Compensation is a joke and bonus/raises are even worse. A lot of people leave after year-end reviews because of how insulting raises are (especially compared to the amount of work)

Advice to Senior ManagementPractice what you preach and don't burn out your employees. Invest in people's careers by paying a decent salary and maybe they won't leave after year-end reviews.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Rapidly becoming Accenture Jr.

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

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

ProsAll the pain of Accenture without the brand recognition.

ConsLittle opportunity for Sr people. Terrible recognition programs. The compensation is the same for top performers as poor. No commission or overtime.

Advice to Senior ManagementWinter is coming...

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Death by Process

BDE (Current Employee)
Houston, TX

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

ProsSmart, talented, highly skilled teams to work with

ConsDeath by legal processes. 40-50% of your time is spent doing business administration work to make sure you are policy compliant in order to sell a solution to a customer. There are reviews for determining if you can pursue a potential client all they way through the process of executing a contract.

Advice to Senior ManagementHire financial / business administrators to support the sales teams so they can focus on selling.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Right for some. Not right for others.

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Avanade full-time

ProsHard to get fired. Latest technologies. If you're unskilled and rely heavily on networking/talking to survive professionally, this is a good place.

ConsLight on the software development. No respect for skill. Rampant conflicts of interest, and unfair leveling and promotion schemes.

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Marketing is not their priority, they are a sales driven company, a company needs both.

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

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

ProsOffer great salaries
Going thru a re-structure, if successful it will take them in the right direction to grow the direct business
Backed by Accenture and Microsoft -share leads

ConsSales and marketing struggle to be aligned
Top Executives lack respect for marketing
Not all positions are set up for success
Playing catch up building the infrastructure of the company

Advice to Senior ManagementMake sure you give your employees the "true" picture of where you are in the re-org and the implications to your position. Ask for transparency with the situation.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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high priced, low-value body shop

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Avanade

Prosinteresting and challenging projects
talented engineers

Consengineers are viewed and treated as a commodity
incompetent leadership

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Sounds great on paper, but fails on most engagements

Senior Consultant (Former Employee)
Houston, TX

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

ProsLots of travel, good assuming you like it. Average pay and benefits. Great fringe benefits like airline miles. You are usually stuck in the trenches with likeminded coworkers, so you build team camaraderie and make friends quickly.

ConsThe mentoring/management system is convoluted - you get a random boss who doesn't know you, doesn't care about you, and doesn't spend any time with you. Semiannual reviews are like meetings of a secret society, and you have no chance of going anywhere if you don't know someone on the inside. Upper management is largely inaccessible. Avanade is attached to their partner Accenture at the hip, even though Accenture engagements are universally horrible and have high failure rates - but they refuse to cultivate independent engagements. Their other partner, Microsoft, is treated like a competitor - expect no help from them.

Advice to Senior ManagementDe-emphasize Accenture engagements and focus on independent growth. Make the review and career growth process more transparent.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Disappointing

Manager (Current Employee)
Seattle, WA

I have been working at Avanade full-time for more than 8 years

ProsGreat pitch for those wanting to develop a rewarding and gainful career in technology on the Microsoft platform

Cons- Client selectivity is poor, likely due to rate levels and pressure to deliver results
- Project work can be non-gainful and almost embarrassing to work on
- Most corporate communication is content-free, almost to an intelligence-insulting degree
- Unclear if Sr. Leadership has any real autonomy outside of Accenture

Advice to Senior ManagementNeed to be a little more square with your employees regarding your business model. If you feel to cannot do that--that alone probably should tell you something.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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