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Deloitte Reviews in Washington, DC

Updated August 15, 2014
Updated August 15, 2014
6,483 Reviews

3.6
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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. 7 people found this helpful  

    Is the Juice worth the squeeze?

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Consulting Manager  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Consulting Manager in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    (1) Know what you are getting into. This isn't a marriage...Deloitte wants you because they can sell you and make money off the top (like a traditional staffing firm). They aren't there to baby you or hold your hands (200,000+ employees can't be THAT personal). Since you can't sell yourself and cut out Deloitte, you have to know that you are there for one of the following: $, the "experience", the network, or the name (most likely the name and the $$).
    (2) Use them as much as they use you - take advantage of the travel, the fitness reimbursements, the pay, tuition, maternity/paternity leave, the clients, mediocre training, certifications, and most importantly the network. The next real step after deloitte is to start your own firm, go to industry, join another firm, or undergo a career change.
    (3) The best jobs at deloitte are the innovation team, the visualization studio team, and then staffing team (or internal project). The first two because they are cutting edge firm initiatives that secure tons of client work. The latter because its a high paying position that can be done virtually.
    (4) Managers do the heavy lifting, SCs, Consultants, and analysts have the highest ROI and do busy work, Sr. Managers are there to win work and split time on engagements, PPDs are there for their network and sheep herding. Take advantage of this breakdown!
    (5) This company is a money making machine. If you like tech adoption or system integration (90% of projects)., you can make a killing here and be very happy.

    Cons

    (1) 95% of the time the projects aren't the least bit interesting. Everyone shooting for partner wants to make a buck on their bread and butter tech implementation. The only way to land a "cool" project is to spearhead the effort of have someone in your network pursuing the engagement. Otherwise, you will be staffed to the first thing that resembles a fit. Again 200,000+ employees - all need to be staffed.
    (2) The rating system is bogus. You get a 1-5 rating for each project. Kiss enough butt you can get a 2. 1 is literally not an option to select on your assessment! If you are on a 1 yr project for a short phase and deserve a 2, and even give yourself a 2, you will get slammed with a 3 since there are other people who will be on the project longer and they will cry if they don't get one of the few (LIMITED) 3's. I've been told in confidence that this was the case on two assignments I was on. Will I try hard on my next project?....
    (3) Its all about who you know. A true networking paradigm/ frat house/ etc. If you want to get promoted or recognized at Year end, this is how you do it.
    (4) Upward feedback is a joke. Want to rate your team/ superiors after each project (like you are evaluated)? Nope! You have wait till the week before your Year End submission to evaluate these guys. Guess what, they will be called upon for your annual evaluation a few weeks later and can surely pick you out of a review (good/bad) if it was done a week prior!
    (5) Commercial travel is the pits! I've traveled 6 days a week for 5 months (cross country) only to work 15 hr days, eat poorly, forget about exercising, and be treated like a lemming by the project leads.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create an environment where people can explore different service offerings. Have a 360 feedback system available after each engagement (PE). Have bonuses every 6 months to actually "pay for performance". The "bait and switch" routine is getting old: Intersted in Project A...come on aboard, by the way the scope just changed and the work is 2x as long, 1/2 the resources, and has nothing to do with Project A!

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Extremely fulfiling at lower levels, no so much at higher levels

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Specialist Leader  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Specialist Leader in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Deloitte full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Own your own career
    Great place to start your career

    Cons

    Cut Throat Environment
    Tough environment
    Your work funds overpaid partners
    Low yearly increases
    Extremely long hours
    Extreme amount of extra curricular activities required
    Extremely poor work life balance
    Not good place to finish your career
    Promote not keeping technical due to extreme amount of overhead type work
    Independence is horrible (force types of investments you can own)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop setting goals so high so you can actually meet target
    Stop with the firm activities and extra stuff
    Allow flexible work schedules

    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not a place for innovation

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

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

    Pros

    Looks good on resume, you can meet good people in pockets of the company.

    Cons

    Minimal development, stay in your box and be happy.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Best place to launch career

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA

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

    Pros

    Training, collegian atmosphere, variety of experience, fast-paced, benefits

    Cons

    Feeling as if always "on-call"; emails never stop; demanding, poor life-fit balance

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work-life balance

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Interesting work -- competitive environment!

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Consulting Senior Manager  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Consulting Senior Manager in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Great environment for development of junior staff

    Cons

    No tolerance for low utilization -- must be billable at a high level all the time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Break down the cliques at the Partner level.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    I was hired as part of the BearingPoint federal acquisition and then not allowed to grow my own practice area

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Manager  in  Rosslyn, VA
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Rosslyn, VA

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

    Pros

    Well rounded competency based delivery

    Cons

    cliquish management of ratings and promotions, not conducive to experienced talent

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    re-examine your adherence to ethical standards.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Great Place to Work.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Business Technology Analyst  in  Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Business Technology Analyst in Arlington, VA

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

    Pros

    Competitive compensation, inclusive of perks & 'total rewards'.

    Cons

    Excessive expectations outside actual client service work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get it together.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company for those who don't have an active personal life

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Federal Project Controller  in  Rosslyn, VA
    Current Employee - Federal Project Controller in Rosslyn, VA

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

    Pros

    lots of training, competitive pay, different ways to advance

    Cons

    horrible work-life balance, promotions are based upon what you do compared to everyone else which is difficult b/c they expect you to do 45+ hrs minimal and then do initiative work after that

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you work your life away, you will eventually get promoted.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not for the faint of heart

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    • 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 for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Amazingly smart and talented people; wealth of resources to grow your consulting skills and knowledge base; lots of coaching and mentoring if you have an engaged counselor/mentor

    Cons

    Work/Life balance is a joke; firm activity expectations are difficult to fit in with client work; some project managers are still stuck in the "butt in seats" mentality and don't allow or encourage working off site.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be realistic about work life balance. While you say it's important, it's difficult to manage both client and firm initiatives effectively AND have a life outside of the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    OK at first.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer  in  Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Arlington, VA

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

    Pros

    Good Benefits, lots of networking and training

    Cons

    They expect more from the average employee than any other defense contractor and the expectations aren't in line with what can be accomplished given market and Deloitte's parameters.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The Federal Practice needs to change the business model.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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