Avanade Reviews

Updated October 10, 2014
Updated October 10, 2014
495 Reviews
3.5
495 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • The work life balance is good, especially for the consulting business (in 24 reviews)

  • Company is filled with experts in all Microsoft technologies (in 49 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.  

    Leadership has multiple faces

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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 5 years)

    Pros

    Free training, good benefits, large amount of technical knowledge. Overtime pay

    Cons

    Very hard to advance, long hours, work life balance has no balance

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Overall good company

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

    I worked at Avanade full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    If you work in the Service Line, you will be exposed to everything under the sun. Fast-paced environment in that line. If you work on an ATS project, expect to be there until you decide to move to Service Line, or you outgrow the contract's financial constraints. As with everyone else, getting paid to train is a huge benefit.

    Cons

    Our CM never really had much communication with upper management, which left a lot of the people on the contract in limbo. Career advancement is slow. There wasn't a happy median for communication, either there was too much, or not enough.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Compensation should be in line with the person's skills, not necessarily what the employee says they can do. Communicating everyday about how good Avanade is doesn't necessarily mean we believe it, we work on contracts to better the company, what else can the company do for its employees to make them better?

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Good

    • 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 an year)

    Pros

    Good Training, people, projects,

    Cons

    Challenging projects, durations, At times project are fun:)

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good Training

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Great Training. The culture is supportive and encourages helping other people and teamwork. Very easy to approach your boss and discuss things.

    Cons

    You can get placed on really bad projects or no projects at all and you're just left all alone not really building any skills. The salary is lower than similar places.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try and help people on the bench and help them do things for the company. Otherwise they will leave.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great talent, poor sales approach

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Sales in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Company has very skilled and knowledgeable technical experts. Impressive library of assets to be leveraged for sales and project delivery purposes.

    Cons

    Typically not very cost competitive in the regional / local direct markets. Majority of services sold and delivered on Accenture's coat tails. Many internal processes that incumber speed and flexibility when working with clients.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider deploying local sales and delivery if you want to grow direct business

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Huge company, lots of bragging rights, but out of touch with reality

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

    I worked at Avanade full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Benefits, MSDN subscription, expense account (obviously as a consultant), massive amount of resources available in terms of technical documentation, methodologies, etc.

    Cons

    Grueling travel schedule, client must have the same holiday dates otherwise required to work, seemed to be a notion of perpetuating their presence otherwise projects could probably have been moved along quicker, and a lot smoother. Heavy, heavy, heavy favoritism. Knowledgeable people who tout their certifications and past experiences, but don't effectively manage, nor deliver... which they seem to enjoy doing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Living in the corporate culture of who is more senior than whom is not a profession.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Great company

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

    I worked at Avanade

    Pros

    Amazing team of individuals to work with

    Cons

    I have no problems with this company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I have no advice for management

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Stepping Stone, Not Corner Stone of a Career

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

    I worked at Avanade full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits for "quality of life." Given the right leadership alignment one can create opportunities for themselves within Avanade with the solid business case. Great career development model and learning/training repository. Global company provides exposure to international and diverse project work.

    Cons

    Work-life balance is hard to come by if you have a family or want any time off. Compensation is low to avg and they will take as much as you give, then ask for more. Like most companies of the similar size and model advancement opportunities are based on internal politics over achievements. Leadership is not consistent, some sectors have strong leaders while others have no business being in people/career management of any sort. For an "innovative" technology company, most of the innovation is externally focused leaving internal process and technology antiquated. Since Accenture leads and owns most of the projects, Sr level/Exec advancements opportunities are hard to come by.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hard to give advice to upper manager, as I'm not really sure how much influence they have over Accenture who pretty much runs the show.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Fast Moving Company

    • 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

    Pros

    Great for starting out of college as you will get a lot of training.

    Cons

    Too much work related to Accenture related accounts.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to win more direct business and take ownership of delivery.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good "foot in the door" opportunity

    • 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 (more than an year)

    Pros

    On site support, wide variety of opportunities, good for entry into IT field for career changers

    Cons

    Lower than market pay rate, redundant forms/logs, limited access to Avanade resources for contract employees, administrative/corporate inefficiencies can limit employee productivity.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There's something to be said about employing the "Keep It Simple Stupid" methodology when it comes to the administrative activities that employees are responsible for completing in regards to training, compliance, time reporting, etc...

    No opinion of CEO

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