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Accenture Reviews in Manchester, England

Updated Jul 16, 2014
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3.9 14 reviews

100% Approve of the CEO

Accenture CEO Pierre Nanterme

Pierre Nanterme

(5 ratings)

77% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • 55k range but the work/life balance is not worth the price in my opinion(in 482 reviews)

  • Good work culture, Vast training programmes, inter -technology & domain shifting(in 451 reviews)


Cons
  • work life balance despite being a tag line of many internal inititatives is a joke(in 963 reviews)

  • No work-life balance for consultants trying to make it up the ranks to Managing Directors(in 160 reviews)

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    Its been a good experience working in Accenture

    Associate Software Engineer (Current Employee) Manchester, England (UK)

    ProsAccenture provides best training for starters. They provide good incentives if you work away from home office. You have to look for your own role within the company. This might be good if you want to work on particular area.

    ConsTravelling is must. Getting projects in your home office is always difficult. Hence work life balance is bit tough.
    Sometimes projects end up in between and you should be prepared to move on and look for another role which is bit annoying.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Fantastic company to work for and gain experience

    Senior Manager (Current Employee) Manchester, England (UK)

    ProsYou do get good training and working with many clients is a great way to build experience. The internal knowledge base is also very good. Pretty much anything you can think of has been done elsewhere across the world and people are generally very willing to help you do something similar for your client. Generally the best people do get promoted first.

    ConsIt is your career and nobody is going to book training for you - you have to be proactive and make that happen (not necessarily a con, more something you need to understand).

    Promotions are done as fairly as possible considering the variety of roles Consultants work on but if your line manager doesn't rate you then you are going to lose out against your peers - better to move to a different project in that case. However, don't discount how much work you need to do to ensure that those in the meeting have a good view on what you have done - over and above your line manager.

    Finally, Accenture does expect at all levels but particularly as you get more senior to manage a lot of internal work "on the side" in addition to your client role. This is true of all big Consultancies but be prepared for this. It can be quite tough. I can be finishing client work at 7-8pm and then working on Accenture items until midnight-1pm typically at least one to two nights a week.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMore than 10 years after IPO, Accenture is now very much a listed company with shareholders to please. As a result from an accounting perspective reducing salary increases to the next level continually and very limited 'in level' salary increases can make sense on a balance sheet, but culturally undermines the feeling that after all the late nights you are at least getting well paid. Consultancies rely on this so be careful before going much further in this direction.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Once loved the company, but over time it has lost its shine as poor work/life balance wore me down.

    Consultant (Current Employee) Manchester, England (UK)

    ProsCompany passionate about its diversity and always striving to do better. Strong leaders who are dedicated, compassionate and value their people. Many people in the company are bright, driven, hard-working and inspiring. Innovation and collaboration is valued and encouraged. A lot of interesting projects and challenging roles. Opportunity to shape your career and change directions. Exposure to a range of work and clients. Good investment in training and development. A place to build skills and experience quickly.

    ConsLong hours (overtime is expected on every role - no one works their contractual hours) and terrible work-life balance. Some roles involve considerable travel and living out of a suitcase can become exhausting and is not sustainable long-term. The Performance Management process is awful - the company aims to be a meritocracy, but there is a lot of luck involved (timing, manager, project dynamics) and it can become very competitive and at times bitchy. Some people are not recognised for their true contribution, particularly if they have had a non-standard situation during the period e.g. part-time working, returned from maternity, been unwell etc. If you want to succeed you need to be prepared to walk over other people. Process and policy can sometimes be lip-service and the reality does not always live up to the promise.

    Advice to Senior ManagementWork on ensuring the meritocracy that you speak of exists in reality - reform the performance management process. Continue to support diversity within the company and maintain the positive culture - challenge those who do not value or support this. Look at ways to make flexible working an option for junior consultants as well as those in senior or Enterprise roles.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Systems Integration Consultant (Former Employee) Manchester, England (UK)

    ProsTrainngs are good and beneficial

    ConsPressure at work and pressure of promotion is too much

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    Flexible work arrangements, interesting work, access to leadership in top organisations

    Management Consulting Manager (Current Employee) Manchester, England (UK)

    ProsDrive and shape your own career, actual global opportunities, great people

    ConsCan take too much on and become too busy!

    Advice to Senior ManagementLook after your working mums and dads, and take care of partners (wives/husbands) to drive real engagement

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Dynamic, interesting but stressful place to work with an always-on culture

    Finance Specialist (Current Employee) Manchester, England (UK)

    ProsYou are trusted to work hard and manage yourself. Everyone is driven. Results are much more important than hours.

    ConsGlobal teams expect fast responses out of hours. Work can be extremely stressful. Considerable travel & hours expected.

    Advice to Senior ManagementAim to simplify the approvals bureaucracy - things have started to slow down.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great place to work

    Senior Manager (Current Employee) Manchester, England (UK)

    ProsAccenture is so big there are plenty of varied opportunities for everyone. The network you develop is critical - both internally and with your clients to help you effectively develop your career to your potential.

    ConsThey expect a lot of you - be prepared for that.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    lots of work and play, presitgious consultancy

    Senior Executive (Current Employee) Manchester, England (UK)

    Prosbright colleagues, ability to travel, salary

    Conswork life balance is impacted

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Service Manager (Former Employee) Manchester, England (UK)

    ProsWell respected name looks good on a CV.

    ConsPoor pay, your worked hard, and constantly under threat of redundancy. All training is online and you have little chance of getting funding to do Prince2 or ITIl courses. The recognition scheme is a joke and is based on a point system that you can use to but things from a catalogue. Services is constantly squeezed all the time and the pay reflects that.

    Advice to Senior ManagementYour recognition scheme is a joke we wanted money not some crappy point system based on an Argos catalogue.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    They work you hard but it's fun

    IT Manager (Current Employee) Manchester, England (UK)

    ProsGood people, interesting travel, great training. You can move up fast.

    ConsVery hard work and long hours. More recently with the redundancies in the UK the opportunities for promotion at a high level seem stilted.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMake sure people are being compensated at the market rate, otherwise they will go - Big 4 consultancies are mostly the same.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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