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Deloitte Reviews in Washington, DC

Updated December 16, 2014
Updated December 16, 2014
6,948 Reviews
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Pros
  • 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.  

    Overall a good company

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - ERS Senior Consultant in Rosslyn, VA
    Current Employee - ERS Senior Consultant in Rosslyn, VA

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

    Pros

    You are your own entrepreneur. You can excel.

    Cons

    You are your own entrepreneur. You can also fail without guidance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide specialist with definitive career path.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great professional development, but very demanding

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Human Capital Analyst in Rosslyn, VA
    Current Employee - Human Capital Analyst in Rosslyn, VA

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

    Pros

    Great benefits and professional development, and many opportunities to try out new areas of interest. Great apprenticeship model and mentoring environment.

    Cons

    The work is very demanding, you are expected to do "extra-curricular" work to meet goals.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Utilization targets unreal

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

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

    Pros

    Extremely structured career path(s) in management as well as technical areas.
    Impressive roster of clientele in Federal and Commercial markets.
    Great name overall in the industry

    Cons

    Highly competitive sales and managed revenue targets.
    Promotions hinge upon disruptive work life balance, If one is willing to put in 80 hours a week and, go ahead and enjoy rewards.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reduce utilization targets for senior consultants and managers to focus efforts on training and professional development, please be more generous when sending employees to conferences

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Political and hard driven, hard to maintain work-life balance, but will learn tons

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Management Consulting Manager in McLean, VA
    Former Employee - Management Consulting Manager in McLean, VA

    I worked at Deloitte full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Learn tons on subject matter, leadership and managing cross-functional teams. If you get on a project with a good team and leadership, it's mostly good. Travel perks are good (can travel to other places besides home for the weekend for the same money), so if you are young and want to take advantage of it, you can see a lot of the world.

    Cons

    Work-life balance - requirements around client work, firm initiatives, people development, learning etc. Need to do at minimum 45 hrs client work and handle all the other activities in addition. Also, add travel hours (from personal time) every Monday and Thursday. You will be on a fast train through life!
    Political - need to manage up big time and don't expect understanding.

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

    Deloitte Federal BTA

    Current Employee - Federal Business Technology Analyst in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Federal Business Technology Analyst in Arlington, VA

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

    Pros

    Location near Washington, DC
    Good public transportation
    Easy 9 to 5 hours
    No travel

    Cons

    Really everything is a pro

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make it possible to move from Federal to Commercial

  7. 6 people found this helpful  

    The awesome staff and client challenges save this review from being one star. Read CONS.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - PPD Track Senior Manager in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - PPD Track Senior Manager in Washington, DC

    I worked at Deloitte full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    You'll find some of the finest workers at all levels. I met some of the most creative, intelligent, humble, and professional staff, and worked at the absolute highest levels of top tier clients. I worked with a humble senior executive who I'd find drying the countertops in the men's room, just because it needed doing. Great leaders. The work is meaningful, and typically is focused on solving important, expensive, complicated problems. You may even work with "names" that you see in the news. Pretty cool stuff. Weigh that CAREFULLY against the CONS below.

    Cons

    Along with all the good people, you will encounter some top-notch jerks, spoiled frat boys, and back-stabbiing managers at Deloitte. It's all about the numbers, your metrics, so some will poach staff from other teams, lay blame at subordinates feet, and game the HR/Review process (Google "Rank and Yank") by hiring shills that they will fire later to keep their teams in place. In any given HR review cycle, which is a ridiculously complicated back-room evaluation called "consensus", where a third party presents your case for continued employment to a small group of HR and partners. The goal? Find the 70% that should be kept, the 20% that should be promoted, and the 10% that WILL be fired. Oh, and by the way, that process essentially brings the delivery at the firm to a standstill for the month of May every year. I'll call it out as others have, forget Work/Life Balance. Once you have your forty billable hours, you have about 40 more hours weekly of expected "Firm Contributions" where you must author white papers, proposals, lead training, and lots of other things the the partners are too cheap to pay to have done. So they blackmail the non-PPDs (staff) into doing this stuff that most other firms PAY people to do, by making Firm Contribution impacts a MEASURED part of your evaluation. Keep in mind, this is an $8 Billion firm, which from the CEO on down, REQUIRES people to work for free, beyond their billable client service. To me, that not just unethical, it borders on illegal. Lastly, when the firm is going to let someone go, there is an elaborate system designed to keep former employees from filing for unemployment benefits. First, after consensus, we'd put people on a Performance Improvement Plan. Give them a couple months to try to rectify the shortfall that put them in the "Yank" 10%. Once they haven't rectified it, call them into a meeting where we'd confiscate badge and laptop, explain they are no longer in service at Deloitte, and explain all the "parting gifts"-- which are actually means by which the firm hopes you won't file for unemployment. Staff get some "salary continuation" for some weeks, and continued coverage of insurances, job placement coaching which stresses "take less salary and get employed faster". Again, it's a nice separation package, but the intent isn't benevolent, its purely to keep unemployment claims (and insurance) minimal for the $8billion firm. Please, before you join Deloitte, weigh the pluses and minuses and interview a lot of OTHER firms, and ask tight questions around all you've read here. Deloitte is crazy--like a fox.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get the other side of your mouth sewn up. You can't preach about Moments That Matter, the success of Deloitte University, and our Commitment to Community while at the same time chopping 10% of your workforce annually, and blackmailing staff to do for free what you (Ethically) must pay for. Training, Proposal Work, Research, White Papers are all things other firms PAY their people to accomplish. Your reputation as a sweatshop is getting to be a millstone around your neck; clients read Glassdoor, and it influences their decisions. Run a Lean Six Sigma Process Improvement project on annual Consensus starting with metrics collection on cumulative hours spent across the firm versus value created offset by billable hours not billed in May. The annual cost of consensus FAR, FAR, FAR outweighs any value to the firm. Adopt an evaluation process not designed by Audit & Enterprise Risk (AERS) bean-counters and worry-warts, but by some of your alleged 'innovators'.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Good reputation, poor execution

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Experienced Hire in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Experienced Hire in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Really smart and talented people. Good for recent college graduates with little or no experience. Lots of training available. Compensation is very competitive.

    Cons

    If your job is your life, then this is the place for you. For those who want to spend uninterrupted time with their families, be active in their communities, or have time for activities unrelated to their employer, do not take a job on anything other than the ASSOCIATE career track. Even then, be careful. I have worked on a number of projects and the management style is uneven. It runs from non-existent to very oppressive. They are always bringing in new people as others get burned out or leave for other reasons. Performance evaluations are constant. This is a large firm, no way around it. To its credit, HR has been trying to give it a smaller feel, but with mixed results thus far.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Respect your employees as human beings, not just "resources" to be drained of ideas and energy. Some of you are good at taking the joy out of working.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great place to accelerate a new career

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 3 years)

    Pros

    The firm's overall total rewards package is excellent - largely due to the wide range of locations and options provided to practitioners. The health benefits are also great. On a client level, there are a lot of opportunities and options for different types of work (at least in the Federal sector).

    Cons

    The 401(k) may be one of the worst matching programs I've seen in the past. Senior leadership is beginning to notice the horrible attrition rate which is likely due to poor work-life balance and the inability to take even half of the PTO that the company provides each year. As an example, I'm likely going to lose three weeks of PTO come December 31st. Financial compensation is touted as 'rewarding to top performers,' but this last year individuals that did no extra work received very similar raises to what was received for the best rating in the firm (can't speak for everyone in this situation though as it may have been singular to my role and function).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There are initiatives out there to better work-life balance, but they don't seem to be going anywhere. Take a stand and do something instead of putting on a show of doing something - most practitioners can tell the difference. Also, enhancing your 401(k), instead of knocking the matching percent, would be a good benefit to increase.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Huge company with limited mobility

    • 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

    This is a huge company with their hands in quite a few technologies.

    Cons

    If you don't know the right people, there is extremely limited mobility within the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Rely less on networking, and more on merit.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Solid first job out of school and got me into the MBA program I wanted to go to.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - HRT Consultant in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - HRT Consultant in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    There are a lot of great people working there, and for the most part there is a very collaborative culture.
    PTO/benefits package was pretty great (20 days PTO with up to 5 weeks carrying-over).
    Depends on experience, but I was not really forced onto any projects I did not want and I was able to pick what opportunities/engagements I wanted to work on.
    I was able to find several good mentors within the firm that helped me navigate my career and my away around the company.

    Cons

    They do not treat experienced hires well (especially junior staff). Unless you negotiate well, you will be routinely making anywhere from 10% - 25% less than people at your level (including people with less experience).

    The amount of time they expect you to put into internal Practice Development work (not including 40 hours of training) is extremely frustrating, given how many of the efforts bring the firm no value and are literally just reduplicating ongoing efforts or something that has been done by firm practitioners in the past.

    You are either all-in on Deloitte or you are not. They force the brand on you at all times.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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