Deloitte Reviews

Updated March 30, 2015
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  1. Demeaning work driven by a multiple personality client driving an inept program office.

    Former Employee - Project Manager
    Former Employee - Project Manager

    I worked at Deloitte full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    There were none so I can't sugar coat it. Do yourself a favor and avoid this company if you have half a brain.

    Cons

    Program manager had no control over the client and as a result there were no meaningful expectations ever expressed by this immature customer to meet. Customer is stuck in training mode with no functional areas defined and no projects that align with their missions. As a result zero improvement has been obtained after an eight year slog.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get a clue and hire people at the right level to challenge the client to come up with meaningful metrics to meet their high level goals.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. Make sure to ask what Consulting Service Line you are being hired for and avoid AMS

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate 6
    Current Employee - Associate 6

    I have been working at Deloitte full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    -The pay is above market
    -Good benefits

    Cons

    -AMS is not consulting: Application Management Services is a service line of consulting. They will hire you on as a Consultant (Senior Consultant in my case) and then tell you that you are actually being placed in the AMS Associate model. This means you are locked into a single project. At one point one of the Deloitte partners came to tell us more about the AMS Associates model and actually said that there is no career growth for AMS and thus there is no pressure to perform so we should be comfortable with that.
    -Micro management is also encouraged from above and you will have zero work-life balance in AMS. So there goes that "No pressure" theory.
    -Tedious and lengthy review process: In general, the review process tiresome and overkill. Twice yearly, It involves writing an essay and backing it up with all sorts of emails and "proof" that you have been doing your job.
    -Probably the worst part is that you are locked into a single project and work in a call center type environment doing development or SI work and must track every hour of your day to include the 15 minutes you walk to Starbucks.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -Provide a viable career path for "Consultants" in the Associate model.
    -Use a 360 review process
    -Truly make an effort to improve work-life balance
    -Do what you say, say what you do. Don't use a bait and switch during the hiring process.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. Mixed experience

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

    I have been working at Deloitte

    Pros

    Strong client experience and junior talent

    Cons

    Need to be in the inner circle to make and grow as partner or principal

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. No Work Life Balance

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

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

    Pros

    1. Good place to start your career.
    2. If you are smart, you will get great exposure over time.

    Cons

    1. No Work Life balance. Most of the times there are crazy hours even upto 110 hours a week.
    2. Not enough compensation for the lack in work life balance.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  6. Audit Senior

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Audit Senior in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Audit Senior in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    - Great PTO (5 weeks)
    - Fitness subsidy
    - Free CPE

    Cons

    - Unrealistic budgets
    - Unrealistic deadlines
    - Outrageously long hours (80-90+ hours during busy season)
    - Bad tone at the top
    - Encouraged to eat hours
    - Focus on achieving higher billing rates at the expense of reducing already unrealistic budgets
    - Horrible work-life balance (life almost non-existent during busy season)
    - Understaffed jobs

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus less on billing rates and more on realistic expectations, budgets, and deadlines. Realize people have lives outside of work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. Hellacious hours, back stabbing people, most projects waste client money without adding value

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

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

    Pros

    Brand; big firm resources; travel (if that's what you like/want), multiple office locations offered

    Cons

    Very few people who truly care about you / your career -> the ones that do leave because they know it's a place of backstabbers and politics. If you don't suck it up and play the game, your career will be seriously hampered. This firm is all about money hoarding - trample on and kill the lowly to fatten those at the top. Clients are either extremely lazy, clueless, or inept and let Deloitte waste their money.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    360 Feedback -> this firm will NEVER change until that is implemented

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. Sweat Shop In Las Vegas

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Audit Senior in Las Vegas, NV
    Former Employee - Audit Senior in Las Vegas, NV

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

    Pros

    You get to have Deloitte on your resume. That's it.

    Cons

    80% of the workforce in this office is allocated to a specific client/engagement team, and that team is extremely dysfunctional. The people on that team work 20% more than everyone else on average and are not rewarded monetarily or even in their evals for the additional work. Furthermore, because it is such a toxic engagement, people FLEE this place constantly. That leaves you with no managers or seniors with institutional knowledge or experience to train others. Furthermore, you are loaded with projects year round to keep you working well over 50 hours / week. There is no such thing as busy season here because you will never see your family or friends again. If you request to be on another engagement, you are treated like a piece of dog meat and blackballed by being labeled as having a bad attitude. Just when you think it couldn't possibly get worse, it always does. I wouldn't recommend this office to anyone, as it is renowned for having the lowest billable rates per employee in the region (meaning that you're overworked and underpaid compared to your peers in the entire western region). What's worse, you don't learn anything because nobody wants to help others because they're too busy trying to fight for their own survival. There is always a mass exodus from this office, and it's for good reason. It's extremely difficult to leave here without quitting, as transfers to another office or another team are pretty much impossible because the partner group is constantly blocking you and forcing you into situations you don't want to be in. I've seen people quit literally within a couple months of being hired. Do yourself a favor and don't even consider this place.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I would share advice if I thought management would listen, but there's nothing I could say that hasn't been said by the hundreds of people that have already quit and moved on with their lives.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. No work ethics

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Specialist Senior in Sacramento, CA
    Former Employee - Specialist Senior in Sacramento, CA

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

    Pros

    Good and highly skilled tech team

    Cons

    Stupid managers always trying to show off.
    Dirty politics. No body cares about client requirements.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fire all the managers and get new ones who work for the company instead of their own benefits

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful

    Deloitte's Workday practice - not my cup of tea

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Workday Senior Consultant in Pleasanton, CA
    Former Employee - Workday Senior Consultant in Pleasanton, CA

    I worked at Deloitte

    Pros

    Big, sizable practice, mostly the result of purchasing smaller boutique. Lots of people who know Workday. Some are smart, talented, and could be your friends.

    Cons

    You'll go out of your way and work on the weekends to help project succeed, but your managers will threaten you that your job is on the line if things don't get done. That manager is still practicing and doing well at Deloitte. Work in fear was common.

    The actions of one of the most senior principles don't align with his words. Behind scenes, stress/money/time will change any promises made. Publicly you'll hear one thing, but wait until there is difficult situation, and you might experience very different things. When you loose trust and respect of leaders, it is time to move on.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Just because someone is lower on the management chain, doesn't mean he/she is relevant. Respect, listen, and try to help and relate to those who are few levels down.

    Doesn't Recommend
  11. 1 person found this helpful

    Grinds you up and spits you out

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

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

    Pros

    You learn core consulting and client-facing skills. That's about it

    Cons

    Where to start? This company is not for someone to come mid-career who already has a spouse and family. This firm is like having three full time/part time jobs and only getting paid for one. The Consulting side requires that you not only work over 90% of the time for the client. But you also spend extra time each week looking for "firm activities" (PRD hours) for which you will be graded at the end of the year. You may spend 10-20 hours each week searching for Managers/Sr. Managers who have these hours to give. Then you need to do the work...on top of the hours searching...and on top of the extra hours you spend for your client.

    Oh and did I mention that there is no minimum metric whereby you have met a standard by which you know that you are going to get a decent review?

    But wait...there's more. You also are not judged on your own merits. You are judged on a curve with he rest of your consort (Consultants vs. other Consultants). So even if you perform:

    Over 105% of your hours for the client for the year.
    Spend 10 hours looking for PRD each week.
    And then for the year you end up with 160 PRD hours...

    But the rest of your consort does 360 hours. You get downgraded in your review. You could go from a good score to a bad score and then:

    1.) Be put on a "PiP"
    2.) Have your promotion year extended out 1 to 2 years
    3.) Are declared ineligible for any bonus or cost of living increase

    Its the kind of thing that happened to me.

    The pressure to keep salaries low and screw employees out of bonuses and compensation is great. Just so that the partners can split up the pile of money at the end of the year.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Understand that people have lives. They don't live to work at this company. You should NEVER mention the works work, life balance in conjunction with the word Deloitte...ever.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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