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Deloitte Reviews in Washington, DC

Updated July 13, 2014
Updated July 13, 2014
6,486 Reviews

3.6
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • There are options for partial telecommuting which contributes to work/life balance (in 425 reviews)

  • Great place to start your career as a recent graduate who is looking for experience (in 146 reviews)


Cons
  • As per me not a long term career option for people who give imp to work life balance (in 1093 reviews)

  • Literally no work life balance(Or No life only work) as a Center associate (in 221 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    They will teach you marketable skills, but don't expect them to let you manage your own career.

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

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

    Pros

    Compensation is good, training is good, promotions are clear-ish, overall you'll learn, but you'll want to get out after a year or two.

    Cons

    I've spent a considerable amount of time growing my network, building my expertise, and finding projects that match my skill set, interests, and benefit the firm. When it came down to it, however, and I was offered a fantastic project opportunity that management would not let me pursue. In order to succeed here and get where you want you need to screw people over and that simply doesn't match my values. I'm very disappointed with Deloitte because I believe that the firm and it's people have a lot of potential.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Practice what you preach. If you tell us that we can 'manage our own career' then let us do that when the opportunities arise. Don't be a hypocrite and force your employees to work against one another in order to get ahead.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Ok company- Management must care more for employees to retain talent

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    Current Employee - Specialist Senior  in  Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Specialist Senior in Arlington, VA

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

    Pros

    Good health and vacation benefits
    Good office culture

    Cons

    Poor work-life balance
    No office supplies at client locations i.e. water/snacks/coffee/stationary etc.
    Parking issues/out of the pocket costs at the Deloitte offices

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management need to put employees first when negotiating contracts
    Match employees skills with right projects to increase their job satisfaction.
    Get rid of talent management if employees must find their own work as there is no need for talent management

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Excessive hiring from one country

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

    I worked at Deloitte full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Can't find much pros as the company culture is heavily changing to a particular south Asian country. It is a bizarre environment under the direction of current chief.

    Cons

    Long term degradation of an American enterprise. It is sad that you can circumvent hiring practices to favor one particular country and dilute branding.

    I would not want to be a part of this culture anymore. Ask the co levels and you will find out that they view Deloitte heading into the same direction as Accenture, IBM!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remove and centralize hiring within proper geography or insert critical reviews to question talent search, on boarding and retention.

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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    All that glitters is not...

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    Former Employee - Contracts Management  in  McLean, VA
    Former Employee - Contracts Management in McLean, VA

    I worked at Deloitte full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Salaries are good. Benefits are decent. Flexible working hours.

    Cons

    Unless you are part of the Partner/Principal ladder, they tolerate you at best. You are held to standards that are not written on paper, but held against you nonetheless. Bad habit of hiring leadership from without instead of cultivating talent from within. Are moving to increased "hoteling" experience to increase "teamwork". Don't know about you, but it is not productive to have to find a new desk everyday; to work in an open area with all sorts of distractions and interruptions. Really just a "justification" for cheaper office space.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be inclusive of support services and let them do the job their career field demands. Recognize their contributions. You make mistakes as often as anyone else in your business (yes, we see it and we hear it).

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Not A Good Firm

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

    I worked at Deloitte full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The fringe benefits are very good.

    Cons

    Utilization is your worst enemy. I don't know why it is said that this is a great place to work. The layers of red tape between never ending progress reports and trying to keep your job is just too much. Also, it is not easy to switch counselors, when you get a bad one it is really bad.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Talent (HR) is not helpful. The entire system should be replaced. Once on the bench, it is really your job to network and find yourself another job. Talent will give you anything anywhere, if it does not work for you too bad.

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

    A lot of potential, but challenging to "own" your career

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Analyst  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Analyst in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, solid people, some interesting work (though tough to come by)

    Cons

    Pay is not competitive with peers, PTO allowed is generous but impossible to take due to utilization requirements, very challenging to take control of your own project selection as a more junior-level employee, work-life balance can be very

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The best talent is going to continue to leave after a few years if more is not done to allow them more control of their own career

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good for some, but not for me

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    Current Employee - Technology Consultant  in  Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Technology Consultant in Arlington, VA

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

    Pros

    Good opportunities for training (both internally and externally) and career growth. From working there, I really learned to take charge of my career. Despite being a Software Developer, I liked the emphasis put on skills such as communication, teamwork, networking, and industry knowledge, in addition to technical skills. This has definitely helped me to grow and stand out in my field.

    Internal initiatives allow employees to explore new career areas outside of client work.

    Benefits are good, and so are the amount of available PTO days.

    Cons

    Work/life balance can be very poor. While I worked on projects where this wasn't the case, I was working 80+ hours at my last project there. There were even some weeks where I worked around the clock. The last straw came when I had a conference call that went from 9pm to 2am in the morning, only to have my manager call me the following morning at 7am to see if I was up working again, despite the late night. Mind you that I had to be at the client site that same morning. It was a non-stop cycle. I can honestly say that since I've left that I make way more money, work way less hours, and I'm able to enjoy other parts of my life now.

    In addition to client work hours, the internal initiatives were forced on all employees, and if you didn't do a lot of them, you would be evaluated harshly at Year-End. This caused a lot of people to just "check the box", particularly with community service activities, where I would hear people constantly say things like they're just "getting their hours in". I'm sorry but I feel like you should have a purpose for doing volunteer work, not just because Deloitte tells you to do it.

    There is a lot of favoritism at the firm as well, more than I've seen at any other job that I've had. I also felt that there was little to no respect for experienced hires. Which was unfortunate because I found that most people that grew up in the Deloitte culture were very generalized and didn't have the skill set that experienced hires had. Many of the young analysts were also very rude, arrogant, and disrespectful, and I felt that senior management encouraged this kind of behavior.

    I could seriously go on and on, but this highlights some of my biggest complaints. If you're one that wants to live life, and not be chained to a job, be very very cautious before deciding to come to Deloitte. I would also forewarn anyone who has a family (poor work/life, no regard for family duties), or someone who (like myself) is in a very tech-focused field (much of Deloitte's tech consulting firm is "process" based - they have very few software development projects).

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Lack of Work Life Balance

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Consultant  in  Rosslyn, VA
    Former Employee - Consultant in Rosslyn, VA

    I worked at Deloitte full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Competitive Salary
    Great training programs available
    Great medical benefits

    Cons

    Lack of work/life balance
    Inconsistency in rewarding employees - some managers take care of their teams, while others do nothing to provide incentive or reward.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider providing management training to engagement managers on the specialist track. Also should review the utilization requirements and PTO - PTO is really just comp time - this should be explained to applicants during the interview process. Any leave needs to be made up to maintain utilization requirements.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great reputation, but strong internal politics can make your experience terrible

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

    I worked at Deloitte full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Solid pay for the field, great reputation as a big 4 consulting firm, talented people

    Cons

    staffing works primarily through networks, strong internal politics, if you don't come into the firm in a strong position it can be difficult to advance, management will work you into the ground and not think twice about it. Federal consultants are second class citizens.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop hiring people at lower levels that are not talented enough to be partners someday

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Non motivating male dominated empire

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    Former Employee - Manager  in  Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Manager in Arlington, VA

    I worked at Deloitte full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Excellent training opportunities; Good facilities

    Cons

    Very intrusive; total lack of clarity on technology; Too large of a company lacking personal interaction between teams

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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