Accenture Reviews in London, UK

Updated August 29, 2014
Updated August 29, 2014
8,366 Reviews

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Pros
  • 55k range but the work/life balance is not worth the price in my opinion (in 488 reviews)

  • Good work culture generally but depends on the project u are working for (in 456 reviews)


Cons
  • work life balance despite being a tag line of many internal inititatives is a joke (in 971 reviews)

  • No work-life balance for consultants trying to make it up the ranks to Managing Directors (in 161 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great accelerated exposure and good work-life balance

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Consultant  in  London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Consultant in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    1. Brand - a notable thing about Accenture is the brand name. It’s the biggest Management Consulting firm in the world the brand name is clearly one that is well renowned and so immediately it's a fantastic CV booster.
    2. Exposure – Accenture’s model relies of consultants delivering value for money for the client while also being profitable for the business, so it’s not uncommon to find yourself in a challenging role with good exposure to key projects and programmes in the industry
    3. Networking – the UK business is boasts several thousand employs so it’s a fantastic opportunity to meet new people with different skills and from a diverse set of backgrounds great for building up your own network
    4. Work-life balance – few consulting firms will offer 30 days paid holiday along with 3 corporate volunteering days, on top of that there are several opportunities within the year to meet and have a drink on the project, the department or internal networks
    5. Training – fantastic training opportunities especially for graduates but also across the board
    6. Perks – subsidised gym membership, corporate discounts, health check days

    Cons

    1. Variance of projects - your personal well-being is very much contingent on your project and the work you do, so there is definitely a risk that is you are not placed on the right project for you then could be doing either a role you do not like or at a client / environment you do not like and this could be for a medium to long period of time. As it’s often difficult to move yourself off chargeable client work consultants may find themselves getting pigeon holed in a particular role just to meet demand.
    2. Attrition – the positive about exposure can work in reverse if the promotions and consequential salary hike do not keep up with the accelerated responsibility and scope of contribution; consultants can often feel demoralised doing a role “above their pay grade” causing them to consider their options and leave the firm.
    3. Politics – like any consulting firm internal politics can influence promotion decisions as it’s often who you know rather than what you know, but this is expected for an organisation of the scale of Accenture.
    4. Competition – competition is fierce and performance reviews are forced into a distribution, often this is not the most conducive environment for teamwork

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More coaching in the workplace, be watchful of attrition, more variety

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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  2.  

    Excellent Technology Delivery

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Manager  in  London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Accenture full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Delivery approach
    Rigour
    Quality of people (Below MD level)
    Excellent Learning and Development programme
    Good total rewards package

    Cons

    Poor quality of MD level personnel
    Career progression
    Value relationships over delivery

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Good company to work for

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Consultant  in  London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - IT Consultant in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Interesting and varied work, good pay and training. Bright people to work with and a can-do attitude to problems. Generous sick pay. Care more about results than hours in the office. Particularly good to get experience for your first couple of years out of uni.

    Cons

    Culture is gradually improving but some projects are still dominated by straight white men of a certain background.

    Recommends
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  5.  

    Great Company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Analyst  in  London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Analyst in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Accenture full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Your experience depends on the project you're assigned to, but the people who are on your Accenture team are always incredibly friendly, excellent people to work with. Some are very technical roles but what can you expect from a technology consulting company! You're definitely well looked after and there's tons of office events Accenture run.

    Cons

    Promotional ladder can get a bit political and the work/life balance isn't the greatest, but I've heard this tends to be the case mosly in London offices.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Lots of opportunity

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Analyst  in  London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Analyst in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Great place to start career
    Lots of training opportunities
    Chance to work with senior members of client companies
    People

    Cons

    Pay compared to counterparts in the industry should be better
    Bonus Structure is non-existant at more junior levels

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Excellent environment for the self motivated

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Program Manager  in  London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Program Manager in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Accenture as a contractor for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Learn skills , practices and method that will stand you in good stead for life.
    Work with so many smart people form many different backgrounds
    Learn to how to operate under pressure.

    I have worked in Other 'blue chip' companies later - only then did I realize how good the skill I learnt really were. And how badly so many companies were at execution.

    All the people are pretty smart. All trying to make the best of where they are in different ways - its up to you to learn how to apply yourself and navigate you way.
    You can complain about politics etc - but any large corporate has the same issues.

     The quality of the people you work with in terms of skills, emotional maturity and diversity is generally amazing. you really notice when you work elsewhere.

    Great environment that allows you to take and use your initiative..

    Cons

    It can be tough. everyone expects a lot of you. expects to you step up and get on it - delivering projects is not a 9 to 5 job.
    If complaining and feeling sorry for your self is how you react to situations when they don't go you way - then its probably not for you.

    Work Life balance can be an issue. You need to work out how to do that. Don't expect the company to do it for you.
    In my experience - don't expect any large results driven company to make that work for you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Its easy to get people to work hard because that the type of people they are and the organisation it is. however authority could use a bot more leadership at times.

    Recommends
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    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Supportive environment that lets you choose your own projects (within your specialty)

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Systems Integration Consultant  in  London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Systems Integration Consultant in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Note: Refers to United Kingdom Only

    People: The people are generally supportive and want to help you. I have never had a problem with a manager and can be quite open with them for instance if I am not enjoying a role or experience a problem dealing with a client.

    Hours: one of the benefits relative to strategy consulting firms is the size of Accenture. You are responsible for finding your own projects. I have not been afraid to ask people currently on the project what the work hours are like and if you are expected to be out of town Mon to Fri or can work one day from home. At smaller consultancies, there are far fewer roles available so you are usually assigned by HR to a role regardless of whether it suits your needs.

    Training: There are lots of training days which is great, but if you want to take any additional training which is not part of the mandatory training, this requires an MD to sponsor you (pay for it out of his or her budget) or get a project to pay for it (unlikely).

    Benefits: 30 days of annual leave in the Consulting group (United Kingdom and Ireland) which is more than any other consultancy. Maternity leave is also the best I have heard of at 9 months full pay plus you accrue annual leave during that time. 30gbp per month in subsidised gym benefit.

    Cons

    As a graduate, it is marketed that you can have a varied experience before specialising. However, more and more, they want you to specialise immediately after joining the company in a particular technology or industry and it is difficult to switch after, especially since roles are usually 6 months+ in length.

    HR and recruitment can be not so supportive. I would say internal Accenture HR is lovely and great. However, Accenture uses a high proportion of contractors in HR and Recruitment who tend to ignore your questions.

    As with many large companies, you are expected to do a lot of extra curricular activities which may or may not be related to your job but promote teamwork and learning internally and PR externally. Most people like myself find the non work related stuff to be annoying. Sometimes you do learn from doing it, but a lot of time it is time consuming and you feel you shouldn't be evaluated on these brown nosing activities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    See cons

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Accenture Awesome place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Programmer  in  London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Programmer in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Best policies for women.
    Supervisors help to move up in career.

    Cons

    Still keep on talking about Accenture everywhere even though left the company in 2012. Unable to come out of its effect...really good company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management is really good in Accenture , they help you to grow in career.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Good for Grads

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer  in  London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    More options, you can choose project

    Cons

    Doesn't care about Solution employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get a grip

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great Opportunities, with Limitations

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Analyst  in  London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Analyst in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Scope of work, opportunities, salary, people

    Cons

    Forced scheduling can damage your ability to develop and work to the best of your skills and ability, with limitations on how often you can move projects/roles to suit your interests and skills.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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