Avanade Reviews

Updated June 22, 2015
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Avanade CEO Adam Warby
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Pros
  • Work life balance (used to be there, not anymore) (in 25 reviews)

  • If one wishes to gain exposure to cutting edge Microsoft technologies implemented at the largest Fortune level organizations then this is the place (in 50 reviews)

Cons
  • Expect zero work/life balance when you're on the road (in 52 reviews)

  • It is consulting work so sometimes long hours are required to hit customer deadlines (in 21 reviews)

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  1. Bring everything and expect nothing

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Director in New York, NY

    I worked at Avanade full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Has a reputation for being able to fix problems others can't

    Cons

    Very expensive to the point that companies should really question is the problem really as bad as they convince me it is - or does it really need fixing at all

    Advice to Management

    Stop the serious attrition by committing to each employees success not just hiring/releasing for each project. How's that regionalization working out for you?


  2. Welcome to MS Region Kindergarten!!

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA

    I have been working at Avanade full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Certifications (If you care about it)

    Cons

    Compensation
    No appreciation or loyalty
    Everyone is replaceable mentality
    Inexperienced home grown leaders, which reflects the Region

    Advice to Management

    Seriously?


  3. Helpful (1)

    Internal Corp Roles

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Avanade full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Good people, trying to do good work, but Accenture and Avanade gets in the way

    Cons

    - Salaries, especially for internal corporate (non-client facing consulting) roles, are far below market
    - Recruiters will flat-out lie to you, don't believe anything they tell you about the work, career trajectories and realistic timelines for promo or growth opportunities, assume that the level and salary you negotiate at sign-up is where you'll be for years and annual bonuses/salary increases are microscopic
    - Line managers are poorly trained and will ding the team for even the most minor of error and employees are rarely recognized even for substantial achievements - e.g., if you ask if it's ok to turn something at noon tomorrow that was originally due today and your manager says, "no problem" - expect to see "misses deadlines" in your review
    - HR does nothing about the toxic and unprofessional people in the organization
    - Avanade likes to massively over-engineering every process and corp is filled with people doing busywork in an effort to try to look like they're adding value

    Advice to Management

    Pay people what they are worth, fix the blame culture, focus on internal efficiency, clean house and hold people accountable for bad behavior


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  5. Accenture

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

    I worked at Avanade

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Large projects and Fortune 500 customers

    Cons

    Unable to sell direct, most work through Accenture
    Culture moving from consulting excellence to sales excellence


  6. Helpful (9)

    Terrible Projects, No One Cares

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

    I worked at Avanade full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Avanade has very good benefits. The 401k offers excellent fund choices, and the 3% match (received after a year) vests immediately. Their health plan is great and very cheap!

    Avanade has a minimum amount of training required every year, and they actually have funds to accommodate this. The company also provides vouchers for Microsoft exams.

    Avanade provides $2000 a year as a sort of tech fund, which is great. The company also provides a company cell phone plan (although data is paid by the employee if below manager level).

    Cons

    Unfortunately, the positives of Avanade cannot outweigh the fact that most of the company's assignments are terrible. I use the term "assignment" rather than "project" because most of the work is not even project-based. Much of Avanade's work is filling roles within Accenture accounts, or even staff aug for Avanade's own clients. True to consulting, the sales folks do not care if the work is something that will keep consultants engaged or happy, or help consultants advance their careers. Most assignments are far from leading edge. If the client likes you, it's possible to get stuck on such a dead-end assignment for years!

    If you are lucky enough to get on a direct Avanade engagement (i.e. not owned by Accenture), then your chance at a promotion will increase significantly. However, you will also get to experience Avanade's terrible project delivery. Account managers have little to do with the delivery side, and thus there is often a giant disconnect between expectations and what is actually delivered.

    The heavy travel requirements may be a negative to some, but I actually very much enjoyed that aspect of the job, especially the free vacations that can be had with the many airline and hotel points. However, being away from home 4 days a week is certainly not for everyone.

    Career managers are hit or miss. My own career manager was actually quite good, but most are not so lucky. At the end of the day, though, while your career manager can be essential to advocate for you during the yearly review, they really have very little influence on your daily work or your job satisfaction.

    Compensation is below industry average.

    Advice to Management

    Please take more interest in the work you are selling. Just because a customer is willing to pay for something doesn't mean you should take on the work. Good consultants do not like to work with ten year old technology, and certainly not for a year plus. Client relationships are important, but so are your employees.


  7. Mixed

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    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


  8. Helpful (5)

    ChopShop Consulting Company that attracts with naming Microsoft & Accenture

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager
    Former Employee - Manager

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  9. Helpful (3)

    Direct Business Doomed by Red tape

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

    I worked at Avanade

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    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 Management

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


  10. Helpful (4)

    The shine has worn off this rising star

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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.


  11. Helpful (10)

    Avanade doesn't really care about your career

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    - 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"



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