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Updated February 19, 2015
Updated February 19, 2015
87 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. 3 people found this helpful  

    For those ready to put in the extra time

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

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

    Pros

    If you know the right people, you can get ahead
    Offers a variety of projects to suit your interests
    Does offer training if you seek it out

    Cons

    * Get ready for extra work, they call it "give-back" or "emminence", but it's really just work that is done off the clock and it's not optional (bid and proposal, editing white papers, Community of Practice work)
    * Tough to get ahead because they give you a projected promotion date, then they push that out at least a year or two to suppress your salary and lock you into a pay grade for a few years
    * 401K is an absolute joke, 1.5 % that is only vested after 4th year with company. They do offer a pension, but only if you are still with the company after age 55 and have not been fired prior to that point. Good luck with that.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get serious with your 401k, I know the P/P/D level could spare some change to those that are not millionaires.

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Specialist Leader

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

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

    Pros

    Myriad avenues for growth as a consulting professional
    Great benefits
    Deloitte University

    Cons

    So large, difficult to build and keep relationships.
    HR staff not useful in finding next role in company
    Your skill set gets lost..becomes a competition for new work

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop all the "feel good" rhetoric. Be real and honest with your employees. Decide how Specialists fit and use them accordingly.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great learning experience at the Analyst and Consultant levels

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    • Career Opportunities
    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
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  5.  

    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
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Not for senior-level Experienced Hires

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    Former Employee - Specialist Leader in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Specialist Leader in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    A very "mature" corporate environment. You're surrounded by very talented people.

    Cons

    Very systematized. Either you pull the oar exactly when and how they need it pulled, or you don't "fit". Everyone is in BD, no matter what they tell you in the interview.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hearing "you're too expensive" from someone who travels into town on Deloitte's dime every week and doesn't bill one hour is hypocritical. Deloitte's overhead on moderate salaries is the issue.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  7.  

    Utilization targets unreal

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    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
  8. 9 people found this helpful  

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

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    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
  9.  

    Good reputation, poor execution

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    • 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
  10. 23 people found this helpful  

    Is the Juice worth the squeeze?

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    Current Employee - Consulting Manager in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Consulting Manager in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Deloitte full-time (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
  11.  

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

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    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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