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Updated October 6, 2014
Updated October 6, 2014
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  • There are options for partial telecommuting which contributes to work/life balance (in 471 reviews)

  • Great place to start your career as a recent graduate who is looking for experience (in 167 reviews)


Cons
  • As per me not a long term career option for people who give imp to work life balance (in 1260 reviews)

  • Literally no work life balance(Or No life only work) as a Center associate (in 254 reviews)

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  1.  

    Same people who ruined Bearing Point still work here

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    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Arlington, VA

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

    Pros

    Good name to your resume, they can easily match whatever salary requirements you requested

    Cons

    They people are the major cons. It's a politically charged environment of idiots who lie on reviews when they have to, old people who should retire already, and young people who are trying to desperately to move up the ladder. It's a terrible environment to exist and you are ranked against your peers instead of your performance. I had a career counselor who was an idiot that never paid attention to me. I had a manager who just flat out lied to clients and employees and a talent staffing lady who tried to match me to positions I had no previous experience with. It's a stupid environment to work in and anyone who is talented leaves.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Leave the company, you are what's wrong with Deloitte Federal consulting

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    If you know what is best for you do not work here for any reason period.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Specialist Master in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Specialist Master in Arlington, VA

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

    Pros

    Can't think of one, oh they hired me. Worked there 5 years.

    Cons

    Full of discriminating folks especially in HR towards folks not in HR, you have to wonder how this happens. They do hire veterans but do not count on any assistance or understanding if you have a military related disability. Just a terrible place to work, do not believe all the hype they will feed you. You will regret it if you quit your current job to go there so please learn from my mistake and stay far away from them. Wish you the best of luck.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Poor Company don't waste your time.

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

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

    Pros

    The greatest thing about this company is the name recognition, benefits and access to training.

    Cons

    This company will do anything to steal you away from your employer including offering more money for fake
    Promises. This has been a traumatic experience for me. As a senior consultant I was expected to work 65-70 hrs a week. In my year end review the leadership suggested that I don't work work enough hours. There is no team continuity. It's a completion where you are competing aganist your own peers constantly causing more friction. The average duration at this company is 2 years and that's only because most sign a signing bonus and are locked for 2 years. Managers and seniors managers call you at 2-3am constantly. This company promotes flexibility.. But you spend 30
    Hours doing, proposals , business decelopement, dealing with your clients etc... I work on the federal
    Side. Deloitte is nothing but a
    Fraud as even when government
    Personnal get recruited over they leave after 4 months. My suggestion is to never work for this horrible company who does nothing but abuse
    You mentally and physically. Yea
    You make a descent salary but you're doing triple the work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change your business model and stop stealing people from companies with fake promises

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    Hit or Miss...depends on your luck

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

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

    Pros

    1. Name Recognition.
    2. Great training programs.
    3. DU is a beautiful campus.

    Cons

    1. Politics, politics, politics…beware at all times.
    2. No work-life balance…no explanation needed.
    3. If coming in as a Senior Consultant, ensure you have a project PRIOR to starting. Many Senior Consultants come hired onto the bench, which tanks your utilization, and you will be penalized. Senior Consultants are not a hot commodity in the Federal space. It is easier to hire an Analyst or Consultant on a project than a Senior Consultant.
    4. Not easy to switch projects if not a match for your skill set. The manager will pretty much screw you on your review for this.
    5. Not as “client focused” as promoted. More often than not, it is all about the sale of new business than focusing on the task already given. Clients suffer.
    6. Manager -level and above will throw you under the bus to save their own hide. You must play the game well and be-friend the right people to ensure your end of the year review is not affected.
    7. Your vacation is not your vacation. You have to pretty much beg to take off. Also, keep in mind; taking vacation tanks your utilization.
    8. Not as easy to move within the company as promised. One has to actually PROVE themselves qualified in order to move somewhere else. This will require approvals all over the place.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a hard look at the management in place. I encourage 360 reviews to be required for every project manager by their project team. That will identify all weak links. Partners are too far removed from everyone to be the advocate and solve problems. As long as the politics out-weigh the experience, turn over will continue to increase. Utilization shouldn’t be required for first year employees. Navigating thought the company is hard enough as is.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Suck Up to Management, Conform, or Fail

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Audit Senior Assistant in McLean, VA
    Current Employee - Audit Senior Assistant in McLean, VA

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

    Pros

    Standard Promotions. Earnings a little bit more than minimum wage. Looks good on the resume. You learn alot. High quality work performed on enagagements; but only due to fear by management of PCAOB comments.

    Cons

    Work Life Balance - One of Deloitte's biggest jokes, which is why the firm has been trying to change the term to Work/Life fit. If your life is more than your work at Deloitte, Deloitte is not a good fit for you. When starting at Deloitte, please remove all your facebook friends, breakup with your boyfriend/girlfriend, and delete all personal contacts from your phone. Deloitte is your life now.
    Promotions - You will not be promoted any faster than Deloitte's schedule.
    Work - Take your time finishing your work. If you finish all your work fast and ahead of schedule, you will just be assigned someone else's work; and it will also burn you out in the process.
    Management - The firm has been promoting alot of workaholics recently. If you are not abiding by their schedule, they will look down on you and think you are not trying hard enough. Many of these workaholics don't know what to do with themselves if they have only been working 40 hours a week. Many of these workaholics are in bad marriages, and prefer to be at work than spending time at home with their 'so called' loved ones. Therefore they often will search for more work to do and generally will try to find additional work for the engagement. These workaholics consider 'light' work weeks 40 hours, and often say that they don't know what to do with themselves if they are not working more hours.
    Raises - The 15-20% raises they told you to expect each year in school was a complete lie. You can generally expect a 2/3% raise each year, unless it is a promotion year, in which you can expect 5-13%.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop promoting workaholics - it is ruiining your culture.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Potential, All Too Often Unrealized -- Disappointing for All

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Manager - Services in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Senior Manager - Services in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Deloitte often manages to hire great people and to foster a culture that values people (as opposed to "human" resources or widgets). It offers loads of training and values outside certifications (unlike many firms of similar or larger size).

    Cons

    March 2014:
    1. DTTL: Does not function as a global firm, only a global umbrella, thus there is no "Deloitte." The current US head seems to be retreating from predecessor's efforts in that direction. Thus, too many Deloitte worldwdie entities cannot draw on the overall firm, because agreements are not in place to enable this. The basic reason for this continued disunity seems to be greed on a partner-by-partner basis -- a lack of partner/ principal/ director (PPD) consensus to act as "Deloitte."
    2. Deloitte US firms: (Of which there are 4 go-to-market members and at least 1 internal, back office provider) reputedly fight each other in the commercial marketplace and threaten to bring that mentality to the Federal practice (though the new Federal head may be well aware of this problem and likely to challenge it, if not preclude it).
    3. Deloitte Federal: Aims to bring in superior practices from Deloitte US now that BearingPoint buyout has finished but faces leftover bureaucracy, which politics for position and power rather than strive to provide top-quality services internally and thus is poised to poison new (commercial) Federal head's efforts.
    4. Employees: As is typical in any large firm, many great people find their hard work undermined by politicking office bureaucrats, which converts many people into "lane-swimmers" and actively demoralizes people from entrepreneurship -- ironically, despite the fact that the firm still follows a partner model. A guiding principle should be that all employees act like PPDs and thus merit reward; instead, the performance management system seems to function as 1) legal cover for bi-annual lay-offs and 2) personal cover for favoritism among the bureaucratic-minded.
    5. Bottom Line - Employees: Like most firms, if you come to the firm a desired talent and find yourself wanted and protected by one or more PPDs, you will do well over time. If a PPD has not pursued you to join, or if you have not "blossomed" to a such a degree or landed in a lucky position that makes you sought after by a PPD, then plan to work here 1-2 years and then move on, after exchanging long hours of your honest service for a good name, training, and benefits.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    1. Read Pros and Cons above -- carefully
    2. Bottom Line - PPDs:
    2.a. Reward employees first and foremost who act as your PPD stewards -- after all, Deloitte is a partnership!
    2.b. Create real accountability for PPDs and lead the firm to a higher level with true leadership ("do as the captain says -- and does," not "do as the captain says -- not does")
    2.c. Un-clutter PPD schedules so they can provide the leadership needed
    2.d. End the double standards between PPDs and employee so they you gain meaningful buy-in and long-term employment out of people who will not otherwise become PPDs
    2.e. Start by providing (at a minimum) cost-of-living increases in benefits

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Federal AVA (Accounting, Valuation, and Analytics) is a practice of Audit Readiness, not Analytics.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Consultant in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Consultant in Arlington, VA

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

    Pros

    -A lot of the consultants and senior consultants are very smart, nice people.
    -For the type of work done, I felt that the pay was competitive.
    -It's very easy to advance in this practice.

    Cons

    Another reviewer on glass door posted a review of AVA that I feel is very accurate. I'll rehash some of those points as well as add my own.

    - You will mostly use tools that no one in data analysis has any business using. A prime example is a program called ACL. I have used many types of software, and ACL is by far the worst. The management is under the impression that this is a useful tool. It is not. It is not able to handle data even at the GB level, and has a syntax that a small child might come up with. I can somewhat understand that on certain projects, the government provides this tool and doesn't have the funding for SAS, but even then there are many great open-source tools that should be used instead. However, the usage of ACL doesn't stop there. Instead, it is used on projects that have access to SAS, in spite of the fact that ACL is always much slower (and more prone to error) than SAS. Additionally, programming time is much longer on ACL, due to the poor design and clumsiness of ACL's syntax.
    - SAS is very underutilized in a practice that is built on summarizing and joining tables. PROC SQL is not allowed, and neither are WHERE statements. Both would speed up the reconciliation process greatly with no detriment.
    - Placement of consultants on projects is done extremely poorly. I cannot count the number of instances that a person who would be a good fit for an opening on a project is passed over for someone who would be a poor fit. This causes both the project manager and the consultants to be unhappy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Don't lie to people about the type of work that they will be doing during interviews. I think this is the number one reason for the high turnover in Federal AVA.
    - Ensure that your managers treat the consultants with trust and respect.
    - Don't use stupid tools for simple tasks. ACL is not a data tool, and no one in AVA should be using it. There are plenty of great (free and open-source) alternatives that are much, much better.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    If you are bright and talented, this is NOT the place for you!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Services Manager in McLean, VA
    Current Employee - Services Manager in McLean, VA

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

    Pros

    If any, it would be networking and access to training provided through Deloitte University.

    Cons

    1. All the warnings in the world cannot prepare you for the internal dysfunction within this organization!
    2. The ethics hotline is useless when reporting violations because investigations are performed by internal Deloitte personnel who may and have had direct professional relationships with the employee being investigated.
    3. Favoritism and politics protect corrupt employees from reprimand or dismissal.
    4. Abuse of authority is common within Services management on all levels, and perceived as necessary in order to silence the voice of overworked service employees.
    5. Partners are fearful of addressing concerns or making waves internally because it may impact their ascent. As such, many are willing to ignore the suffering of other Deloitte personnel if there is no professional career gain in it for them.
    6. Changes made to the firms operating structure providing Deloitte Services oversight of administrative operations has been brutal on the moral across all functions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Upward management feedback should be used to measure performance across all functions.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 5 people found this helpful  

    Sucks...

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant - Consulting (Federal) in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant - Consulting (Federal) in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Benefits. That's pretty much it.

    Cons

    Long hours and pay scales under the industry average. They will tell you that the pay ranges are the same (even with their new push to go more towards bonuses) but this is not true when you closely examine their competitors. Furthermore, the best titles to be in this company are Partner or Director. Anyone under them is basically expendable. This firm will chew you up and spit you out. Which is why there is such as high turnover rate. You not only have to have a 90% utilization rate but you also are judged upon how much "PRD" work (firm activities such as white papers, proposals) you do. They don't set the amount of hours you have to meet and you are not allowed to know what others in your consort are doing even though at the end of the year you are judged by what others with your Title have done. So if you did 50 hours of PRD work but the average is 150 hours, you not only don't get a good rating, your rating will actually GO DOWN!! If you do 150 hours the next year and the average is 300 hours, your end of year rating with GO DOWN!! I know because this happened to me. The best part of this is that they don't just come to you and say "I have these activities that I'd like you to do". You only discover them by networking and chasing after them. So, to sum up, you not only have to do your job and make the client happy by working a ton of hours. You then have to spend another 10-20 hours a week finding someone who has enough PRD hours and the right kind of PRD (because not all hours are equal). Once you've found the hours to be able to put in, you then have to do them. This company is only good for people just out of college who want to get their feet wet in Consulting or people who have worked elswhere who want to come to Deloitte and skip to the Sr. Manager, Director, Partner levels. Very few of the college grads who start with Deloitte actually rise up through the ranks to make it to Partner.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop lying about Deloitte respecting work/life balance (you know you don't). Start paying your employees more and stop treating them like the equivalent of the copy machine that can simply be replaced. Yes, the benefits are nice. But golden cages are still prisons and those "benefits" come at the price of health/home life and lower salaries

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great people generally though a lot of bureaucracy

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

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

    Pros

    Really smart people, lots of variety in type of work and clients, great benefits, progressive policies regarding family-planning and LGBT communities. Generally people are not only very smart and hard-working, but Deloitte makes sure to recruit personable people who are also great to be around in and out of the office. Deloitte also invests a lot in its talent in terms of continuing education and training.

    Cons

    Federal is looked down upon and not appropriately compensated, too much red tape creates risk aversion and busy work. There are opportunities to move between member firms, though it can be very difficult.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    By the time the market gets back on its feet Deloitte needs to start better compensating its employees andcompensate accurately. The federal practice especially also needs to recognize that an MBA is not necessarily the most valuable degree in the world, in fact MPPs, JDs etc. are equally if not more valuable to the work we do in federal and this should be recognized in our income.

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