Deloitte Reviews

Updated August 30, 2015
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  • Advanced attitude towards work-life balance (in 471 reviews)

  • Probably a good place to start your career (in 167 reviews)

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  • Absolutely no work-life balance (in 1260 reviews)

  • There is no Work-Life Balance at all (in 254 reviews)

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  1. gone downhill in a hurry

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    Current Employee - Manager in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Manager in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Everything about this place turns on a dime when consulting work is plentiful or not. Can be lots of fun when this go right.

    Cons

    When work cycles into lower gear -- fewer big contracts up for grabs -- this place will turn on you and treat many 'valued employees' like garbage.

    Advice to Management

    get real


  2. AMS SUCKS

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    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    good salary while hiring . That's all . AMS practice is the most unethical practice in deloitte

    Cons

    once you are rolled out you are treated like nobody. USI useless managers working at client site zero comm skills

    Advice to Management

    if you are hiring for AMS practice make sure that AMS management is involved . The problem is consulting management is there at client side but once you are rolled off from the project they will run away


  3. Helpful (2)

    Worst of the Big 4

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    Former Employee - Specialist Master in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Specialist Master in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Deloitte full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    A consulting career at Deloitte opens up lot of career opportunities when you want to make a move outside of Deloitte

    Cons

    Deloitte is a sweatshop, company culture is not very different from the culture portrayed at Amazon in the New York time Article. In consulting, the utilization targets are pretty high, add to that travel time and time one is expected to spend in the office and internal firm activities and one will average 50-60 hours a week consistently. This is not a place to work unless you foresee yourself making it to Partner or Director. Deloitte is a great place to work if you are right out of college and this is your first job. Deloitte experience looks great on your resume if you are going to apply for business school and get an MBA, and most college grads work here for a couple of years and go get their Business Degrees. But, Deloitte is not a great place to work for people without a consulting background or people who have been in industry for a long time. Management makes it known that the culture is very competitive and it is survival of the fittest: they openly acknowledge that only a select handful will stay at the company for the long-term and make partner\director at the firm. Advise to new-hires is not to waste much time at Deloitte. Decide for yourself in a year or two of joining, if you are in the good graces of your senior leadership and if you can enjoy the gravy train of promotions and raises and be able to work your way up the leadership chain. If not, there are better opportunities outside of Deloitte, you will be wasting your time here with sub-par reviews, raises and opportunities. The performance management system at Deloitte is the most burdensome and obnoxious one I have seen in my career. Rest assured that mid-year and year-end reviews will be the most stressful and unappealing time of the year at Deloitte (several Partners and Directors will private acknowledge this as well). The ratings are bell-curved on a scale of 1-5 and most practitioners are expected to fall in the middle 70% rating of 3. The highest ratings of 1 and 2 are reserved for the folks that have brown-nosed partners and senior manager through the course of the year. Most folks will be forced into the middle and given the standard 3% raise and a small bonus.The lowest raters of 4 and 5 are typically 'counselled-out' of the firm. Favoritism and nepotism are rooted solid in Deloitte, and, if you not part of the 'in crowd' or the 'old boys club' look elsewhere.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your employees as more than a number. Everyone does not need to be on the Partner\Principal track to be successful at Deloitte. Take a cue from Accenture and chuck out the Deloitte Performance Management (DPM).


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  5. Never accept a position in GES

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    Former Employee - Tax Consultant II in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Tax Consultant II in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Deloitte full-time

    Pros

    no pros really othan than being able to add Deloitte's name to my resume.

    Cons

    Title says it all. GES in San Diego has the worst management and senior management. One of the senior managers is even racist and will absolutely let you know how he feels about you.

    Advice to Management

    Search for better people who are more capable of being in managerial positions.


  6. Helpful (3)

    The grass isn't as green..... you'd be better served going with PWC, KPMG, or E&Y

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    Former Employee - Business Strategy in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Business Strategy in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    I worked for Deloitte (DC area) for about 2.5 years. I developed a great network, and was challenged professionally the entire time. I improved on my time management skills dramatically, and enjoyed the freedom of working remotely. Due to the rigorous demands, I am now a much more competent business professional. If I had to sum up the pros of working for Deloitte, they would be as follows: * Ability to work remotely * Professional development * Top tier/elite network of business professionals; Top Leadership is exceptional and amongst the best in the DC area * Potential for upward advancement -- I was promoted during my first review (after being with the firm for 7 months) In short, a solid opportunity for those at the beginning of their career aiming to absorb information, develop new skill sets, and develop professionally. However, the Cons most certainly outweigh the pros. I try to provide as much detail as possible as I wish I would have come across a review like mine before accepting their offer.

    Cons

    The cons outweighed the pros by a long shot. The cons are as follows: * Work/life balance - By far the absolute worst I've experienced. The average work week is 60 hours, and this is a pretty even keel number. I can't recall one week where I worked less than 55 hours, and there were times when I was working 75+ hours/week. In addition, I was pressured to be online and respond to my Manager during the week as late as 11pm--my wife loved this, let me tell you. If you have a family, your time with them will become very limited. Yes, there is PTO in addition to the firm Holidays, but you are required to literally give up your life for those perks. * Compensation - Deloitte is well behind the curve in this regard. Deloitte employees have two jobs/obligations; one to the client, and one to the firm; both of which are highly demanding. The benefits are average at best. The pension (which they sell heavily as a reason for a lower base salary) doesn't materialize until the 4th year (automatically enrolled after a year; vested after three years), and the 401K match leaves a lot to be desired. Friends of mine employed with Deloitte competitors, made (on average) about $10K - $15K more per year (same level/years of experience/credentials). They were doing the same type of work, and getting the same client exposure. In addition, they worked about 10-15 fewer hours per week. Insane!! * Red Tape/Internal Processes - The amount of Red Tape is enough to make you feel like you're in a straight jacket. * Politics/Support - Shocking to say the least. To say that this is a "firm of favorites" is an understatement of catastrophic proportions. I'm still in disbelief over what I witnessed as an employee...and how it just continued with no end in sight. The politics game is rampant/universal, and this is where Deloitte can make some huge strides. A co-worker/friend who worked in the same division was consistently getting sidelined when it came to mid and annual reviews. He was extremely sharp, and worked harder than anyone on his team, but because he wasn't one of the Team Lead's favorites, she did not communicate his progress, brilliance, and dedication to Leadership. In fact, she tried to sabotage him on a few occasions. He communicated this to HR and nothing was done. Consequently, others in the group who were less qualified (who this same co-worker actually mentored and helped) were promoted while he was passed up. I remember him telling me how one of his team members who was recently promoted was still asking him for help....she was previously a peer...he was now reporting to her, and she still needed his guidance. This was a hard thing for me to witness. In addition, from what I gathered, this was not an isolated issue--this phenomenon was prevalent across multiple lines of service/departments throughout the firm. Communicating this inequity to upper management would most certainly jeopardize one's employment. This was the determining factor in my resignation. From an ethical perspective, I couldn't stomach what was going on. Lastly, there is a bit of a gender bias towards females throughout the firm. I was lucky enough to be on the Team Lead's good side, but if you're a male, I'd highly recommend considering PWC, KPMG or E&Y if you want to be treated fairly.

    Advice to Management

    Communication, from the bottom to the top, would alleviate the improper use of power. Power abuse amongst Managers/Team Leads is absolutely rampant throughout the entire firm--it's sickening. Instead of having all of the communication come from Managers/Team Leads (to Leadership), Seniors and Consultants should be encouraged/permitted to communicate directly with Leadership.... perhaps via a periodic survey, on a monthly or quarterly basis. As it currently stands, there is nothing preventing a Manager/Team Lead from fulfilling his/her own personal agenda, and keeping those reporting to him/her, who are otherwise ready to be promoted, from being promoted. This is a huge problem, and if not addressed, attrition will continue to digress. Ever wonder why the firm seems to be a revolving door for employees with less than a year of tenure? Deloitte coins the phrase "we like to set people up for success". Per the above, this only holds true if you're lucky. Make some changes...make Deloitte more than just a good resume builder. Make it a good place to work. After being with the firm for almost three years, I can honestly say that I wish I would have accepted PWC's offer....


  7. Do yourself a favor - Work for a company that cares about you.

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    Former Employee - Audit Senior Assistant in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Audit Senior Assistant in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Deloitte full-time

    Pros

    -Learn a lot about the industry you work in. -Learn client management skills.

    Cons

    -No work life balance. Period. You will be working weekends. You will be working til 8pm in off-season and midnight in busy season. -Management cannot manage effectively. You will endure a lot of "fire-drill" days due to incompetence from the top down. Scheduling is a nightmare for this reason. -Never treated like a person, always like a resource. -Stuffy "better than thou" workaholic culture. -Indoctrination that compensation was generous and job opportunities for staff lower than Manager position is near impossible. Fact: the compensation is not above market and job opportunities for junior staff is plush.


  8. Most lonely & boring job ever

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Deloitte as a contractor

    Pros

    Their name on your resume

    Cons

    Very boring, not much work to do.


  9. Pathetic

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Nothing i can think of

    Cons

    All you can imagine . Bad compensation , Low quality work , no learning


  10. Deloitte

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    Former Employee - Consultant in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Consultant in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Deloitte (More than a year)

    Pros

    Deloitte is great for someone who likes a constantly changing environment where they want to expand their skill set and work is their only/primary responsibility.

    Cons

    No work-life balance and the company cares more about their bottom-line than their employees. Expect to have long work hours (with no overtime pay) and long commutes. Also a highly competitive culture where people care more about getting ahead than their coworkers (in other words, watch your back).

    Advice to Management

    Think about your employees as people rather than resources and money signs. This will stimulate employee loyalty and reduce over-turn costs.


  11. Assistant Manager

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    Pros

    Deloitte is not good working place. Please dont join. Buggers make you work ovenight and at the end they will throough you out. Not good. Castism and people are very self centered.

    Cons

    not good working environment andhence its better not to choose deloitte. Please choose something else other thann deloitte. please dont go for it.



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