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    I worked there as Manager

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Deloitte

    Pros

    they pay good enough for each month

    Cons

    more side rumor in the company

  2.  

    Auditor

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    Former Employee - Auditor in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Auditor in Dallas, TX

    I worked at Deloitte

    Pros

    company culture and experience were pretty good

    Cons

    hours were horrible during business season

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    need to pay more for hours worked

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    senior manager

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    Former Employee - Audit Manager
    Former Employee - Audit Manager

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

    Pros

    good benefits, good opportunities, good networking, great skill set earned, compensation not always at market

    Cons

    work life balance, expected to work above and beyond at times

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    listen to emplouees

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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    Candid, objective review - the most comprehensive one here !

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    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

    I have seen so much of reviews about Deloitte here, but none that talks about the different career models and the respective pros and cons. If you are reading this review, and if this is helpful, please go ahead and rate this so that this pops up to the top of the list.
    I am from the Information Technology side of Deloitte, so this review focuses on Deloitte Consulting(technology).
    There are many practices in Deloitte Technology Consulting(SI, Deloitte Digital, Oracle etc), but that is not as important as the career model that one gets into. So to start with, there are three career models - Associate track, Specialist track and the Consulting track. Each track has unique HR definitions, and will have impact on your career and life here one way or the other. So I am going to focus on the pros and cons of each career model as I have seen it, objectively, and without getting any personal as much as I can.

    People usually ask me this - if Deloitte is not a great place to work, how the hell then this is a Big 4 consulting firm. The answer is simple(sorry to those MS lovers) - it is the same reason why Microsoft Windows OS is so successful. Meaning, play hard on marketing, show everything good on paper, and use the infamous "bait and switch" sales technique.
    For those who are not aware of what "bait and switch" means - look it up , you will find it interesting.

    For those who are not aware of the Deloitte terminologies, "firm development activity" means activities that are outside client service work(ex. proposal work, firm improvement initiatives, white paper work, etc. ).

    General pros - Incidentals paid to the penny(usually no questions asked), decent office facilities, tailored expense reimbursement process, a Deloitte training center called Deloitte university which is good to learn consulting skills, occupational perks(mobile phone, travel points etc) and the opportunity to meet folks from different countries/cultures/knowledge areas who bring in varied perspectives.

    Associate track -
    You are hired for a project and to do specific duties. A significant performance driver for year end ratings is your utilization. Center associates are billed to a particular center, and project associates are billed to a particular project. Both are literally the same with slightly different names for book keeping purposes.
    Pros : no travel is expected from you, and also you do not have to do any "firm development" activities, and neither have any "annual training" requirements. In general, the associate track is advertised as a travel free, less stressful option, in a perceived cut-throat environment. Whether the aforementioned happens or not is just based on chance.

    Specialist track -
    You are hired as a consultant to bring in specialized skills. The HR expects a specialist to bring in more technical skills than a consultant. As a specialist grows, the focus will be more on delivery rather than sales.The specialist never becomes a partner but will end up as a competency director.
    Pros : Bench period, clearly defined career model, lots of training, graduate school reimbursement, 80-100% travel is expected from all specialists(could be a pro or a con), there is no up-or-out policy with the specialists, but everything else remains same as the consultant track.See below.

    Consultant track -
    You are hired to bring in either functional expertise or good relationship building skills. The consultants culminate as partners, which in many cases is the single most driver for many consultants to keep working because partners make a ton of money.
    Pros : Bench period, clearly defined career model, lots of training, graduate school reimbursement, 80-100% travel (could be a pro or a con), and as you grow you get into more of relationship building and sales.

    Cons

    In general, Deloitte is usually a cut throat environment. Which means, you usually end up working a lot. I believe that the glowing reviews that I see here are only due to one of the following,
    a. The firm is very particular about marketing, and putting up a clean image. So I would think someone paid or encouraged folks to do a positive review.
    b. It is a big firm, so even if the chances are small, you could be that lucky one to end up in a good project. It is a rarity, but possible.
    c. Folks got hired right out of college, and they are unaware of the work ethos that is existing outside of Deloitte to give a critical review.

    General cons - The resource manager here who is supposed to find the next opportunity for you is usually a person who does not know what the heck is going on. So to be successful here, you have to boot lick or whatever - also called build a network, and stick to it. If not, then good luck finding the next good project.
    You have a long day at work(say like leave at 2 in the morning), but you are still expected to come back at 9 . This could change though if you know to stick to that network(see above).
    You are expected to sacrifice everything for the benefit of the project ( ex. who cares if your son is participating in something important on a weekend, if you are required to work, then chuck the son, get to work ! ).
    Learn to piggy back - it is not much of how or whether you can do it, but how you can make others do it and take the credit for it, and cover yourself in the whole process.

    Associate track -
    Cons : ambiguous career model, no bench/beach/float period. If you do not have a project, you stand the risk of termination. Lower utilization could significantly and adversely affect year end ratings which could also pave way to termination. As the project moves, the associate may have to move, and in many cases will have to relocate if he/she wants to keep the job. The firm will not fund for training/conferences/education, have fewer opportunities to tap into any networking events- so in many cases will be always be in the blind on the firm big picture. Although the associates are capable, they are not given the same respect or treatment that folks in the other tracks get.

    Specialist track -
    Cons - 80-100% Travel (could be a pro or a con ), need to do firm development activities, and plus 40 hours of training each year. Many projects, at least, the ones that I have seen so far, will require at least 60 hours of client service work each week, so adding travel to this, plus the firm development activities, plus the training requirements, and plus the networking that you have to do to ensure that you get staffed, will take a big big toll on your personal life.

    Consultant track -
    Cons - 80-100% Travel (could be a pro or a con ), need to do firm development activities, and plus 40 hours of training each year. If you do not get promoted by a specific period, you stand the chance of termination. Other cons are similar to the Specialist track.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you don't get at-least the new initiative right - the new work life balance initiative that is in-flight here, then you will end up losing a lot of good people. Period.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Good firm, difficult work life balance

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    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at Deloitte

    Pros

    Good networking and learning skills, ability to work in different industries and problem areas, lots of learning opportunities, good compensation.

    Cons

    Bad work life balance, lots of travel, limited local projects, weekend work is expected on some projects

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on work life balance

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Long Hours Challenging Work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Deloitte

    Pros

    gain a lot of experience

    Cons

    No life, too pushy for hours; under pay

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Good place to start a career

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    Current Employee - ERS Manager in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - ERS Manager in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Deloitte full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Strong brand recognition and teams of smart people, industry and role experience. National staffing model meant substantial travel.

    Cons

    Travel and work often came at the expense of personal planning or time. Training and experience became very narrow, making it hard to leave consulting. More senior tasks were expected to be learned without guidance.

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

    Great learning experience at the Analyst and Consultant levels

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    Former Employee - Consultant in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Consultant in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    - Learning and development opportunities
    - Great projects if you know the right people and play the game
    - Bright people, especially at the Analyst and Consultant levels
    - Large alumni network, especially of Analysts and Consultants who leave to do more interesting things

    Cons

    - Pay increases little from year-to year (even for 1 and 2 rated performers)
    - Very high expectations for "extracurricular" activities outside of project work
    - At the lower levels, you have to complete for ratings by gaming the system
    - Lots of corporate-speak, bureaucracy, etc.
    - Some projects deliver very little value to clients, which can be difficult to live with

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I don't have any advice. The cons that I mentioned are just part of working at a large consulting firm. They actually do try quite hard to do a good job, but realistically, don't think that things could be improved. Try it for a few years. If you don't like it, you'll have solid opportunities afterwards.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Former BTA and Technology Consultant in DC Office

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    Current Employee - Technology Consultant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Technology Consultant in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    - People
    - If in federal practice... comfortable hours/lifestyle

    Cons

    - If in federal technology practice... LONG projects, so lack of variability
    - Inability to move around the firm in the short term

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow movement between federal and commercial practice more easily.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  11.  

    good learning environment and challenging.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Deloitte

    Pros

    Lots of responsibility at the start and plenty of variety of projects. Stable work environment. Good networking opportunities.

    Cons

    Long hours. Little say in project placement early on. Travel either all the time or not very much at all. Training requirements outside of scope of work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better recognition for top performers.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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