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Avanade Reviews

Updated October 14, 2014
Updated October 14, 2014
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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 50 reviews)


Cons
  • The work/life balance is not balanced - the time commitment expectations are unreal (in 52 reviews)

  • Based on project, may end up working long hours (who doesn't now a days) (in 21 reviews)

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  1.  

    Mixed

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    If you are a consultant you are large and in charge. Avanade was founded by consultants. And yes any company needs good sales people. Avanade does not necessarily believe that.

    Cons

    Being in Sales is not necessarily respected. There is a lack of effective communication from the top down. Very dysfunctional with over kill to process.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It would be great to bring in some true sales leadership. Achievable quotas. The 360 review process is geared towards consultants not sales. That should be changed. We are talking about people that view and do their jobs different. And that is ok! Cannot have a room of consultants that do not know how to take a conversation further than the space they are in. Analytic vs Creative

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    ChopShop Consulting Company that attracts with naming Microsoft & Accenture

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

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

    Pros

    Market to above market salary.
    Great benefits.

    Cons

    Implemented a regional model in which staffing is to occur from the region as opposed to cross territory means less opportunities/projects that meet your skill set or passions become available.
    Corporate policy that you will be laid off if you are on the bench for more then 3 months even if you just finished a couple of year project.
    The great training opportunities that they preach during hiring is much less then what they advertise. The two weeks of training that they sing praises about is nothing more then two weeks of utilization time that you can right off of any bench time. They don't send you on training or classes unless your in on one of their clicks or if you get lucky!
    The management style is completely off base as your manager is not someone who you work with and get to know. You can spend a year or two proving yourself doing all kinds of great things and the only thing your manager knows is the one or two things that you did good/bad etc.
    The company is very "clicky" if your new good luck with getting on the decent projects you go into the pool to be staffed and the project owners grab the same guys that they always work with for their next project.
    Overall its an Organization about who you know and who you don't know. Additionally, they give far too much power and creditability to far too many Directors. This needs to be greatly redone and environment needs to be created in which you work ethics, skills and experience speak for themselves, not some some overhead management that doesn't know you from a hole in the wall.
    Last words, be careful, their is a reason this company is always hiring, yes they are growing but they also have excessive management layers that like to exercise their power.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    One piece of advice is that they people that interview you, go through your education, experience, and ask you a million questions to see that you are talented should be the ones you work with when you join the company. What happens when you start with the company is the people that you work with, work for, and your manager, all don't know you from a hole in a wall.

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

    Direct Business Doomed by Red tape

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Avanade

    Pros

    Amazing Technical Talent, great collaboration across the BDE's and Solution Architects.

    Cons

    As a direct sales person, you are setup for failure from day one with the amount of paperwork and process it takes to move sales through the pipeline. There is unnecessary process and overhead models being forced down from the Executive and Accenture influence.

    Not Agile. It takes 3 weeks to get ROM pricing approved. A customer loses interest and goes with a company that is responsive.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Revise the sales process, minimize the paperwork by 60%, reduce the contingency padding on the sales model to be competitive in the market.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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  5. 8 people found this helpful  

    Avanade doesn't really care about your career

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Systems Analyst in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Systems Analyst in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    Can't think of many. I was very excited to join Avanade at first, but it didn't take long to be disillusioned

    Cons

    - Avanade is so focused on growth that they stopped caring about people they already have. In the 3+ years I worked there nearly every month we'd get an email about this or that benefit being "replaced with [something worse] so we can be better aligned for the future growth". What that meant most of the time is that benefits/perks were getting worse and worse as time progressed.

    - Compensation is extremely sub par. I didn't realize that until I started looking for a new job. Even with other consulting companies in the area I was able to easily get offers 25-40% higher than what Avanade pays (and with better benefits).

    - Don't believe recruiters when they tell you that you will be working on exciting projects with exciting clients. The clients are exciting (in the Seattle area mostly MS, but many other big names throughout the country). The truth is that most of the work is very mundane, boring and not challenging. You will be staffed on the same client for months if not years (if you're billable and client likes you, no amount of complaining will get you off a project even if it's not a good fit for you or your career).

    - Nearly none of the people I started working with 3+ years ago are with the company anymore. Morale is low, attrition is high

    - AvanadeU (and training opportunities) is not as great as they make it out to be. I would much rather have a subscription to PluralSight that listen to boring "lectures" over Lync. While on the client it's nearly impossible to attend any of the training sessions

    - There's no company culture to speak of. You're on a client site all the time, you interact with client's employees. Because of that you are more part of the client's culture than Avanade's. But you're not an FTE at the client, so there's something very important missing. You're basically on your own and it sucks.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Growth is not everything!! You are losing good people because you simply don't care about providing them with pay, benefits and opportunities that they deserve.
    - Stop patting yourself on the back in every company-wide email. Every deal won, every project completely was "thanks to this or that dedicated VP; I mean, yes, there were hundreds of other consultants on the project, but it's the VPs persistence that made it all happen"

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 4 people found this helpful  

    The shine has worn off this rising star

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director
    Current Employee - Director

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

    Pros

    Great access to Microsoft technology, amazing innovation with customer projects.

    Cons

    Large disconnect between marketing and the needs of sales and the service lines. Marketing's focus on campaigns is consuming large investments while showing little return. And let's not even start on the value of a costly Formula 1 sponsorship. Executive leadership has lost touch with the employees. Communications from them is nearly non-existent. Dissatisfaction is running high throughout the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 4 people found this helpful  

    A good apple gone bad

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Director in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Director in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    Mostly smart people who are passionate about what they do.
    Still strong potential in some areas and countries with solid leadership in place.

    Cons

    Lost their entrepreneurial sprint as they have grown into a larger and bureaucratic enterprise.
    Way too many business units are focused on cost containment.
    Some business have atrocious attrition because a lack of career path growth and are out of touch with the market competitive compensation packages.
    HR has clearly lost their way and the loss of key people reflect that.
    Still can't work out how to make themselves a viable business in the direct space with so much reliance on Accenture for work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Either finally let go of the Accenture apron strings and really become your own entity or face the reality you are just a low cost body shop for your parent.
    Fix HR and the lack of leadership in that organization.
    Understand that recognizing and rewarding with a one size fits all mentality is effecting how you attract and retain people in some very competitive markets you so desperately say are important to you. This is even more evident with a lack of senior female leaders in the organization.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 5 people found this helpful  

    un-inspiring but large Microsoft provider of offshore services

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Group Manager in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Group Manager in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Big 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.

    Cons

    In 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 ManagementAdvice

    1) 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Consultant in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Consultant in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Avanade full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Health benefits are decent

    Cons

    2 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 ManagementAdvice

    You are not practicing what you preach - your mission is not true!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 4 people found this helpful  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Manager in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Avanade full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great 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.

    Cons

    Awful 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 ManagementAdvice

    Practice 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.

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

    Rapidly becoming Accenture Jr.

    • 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 (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    All the pain of Accenture without the brand recognition.

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Winter is coming...

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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