Accenture Reviews in New York City, NY

Updated August 25, 2014
Updated August 25, 2014
8,344 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.  

    Solid, but waning.

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    Current Employee - Senior Manager  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    You can develop deep functional experience quickly.
    Big projects with interesting clients.
    The people are awesome (but I have seen quite a few good ones leave lately).

    Cons

    You need to manage your own career (e.g. seek out projects and mentors that will get you where you want to go).
    Limited industry training.
    With growth comes less focus on people.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start: Improving work-life balance, meritocracy and retention of high-performing SENIOR resources.
    Stop: Eliminating promotions/raises in one region due to poor performance in another.
    Continue: Developing innovative and relevant service offerings that help us build relationships with clients.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Great Career Experience

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Management Consulting Manager  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Management Consulting Manager in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    The opportunity to work in a number of different environments. Great career experience for entry level or experienced hire.

    Cons

    The work life balance is not aligned with the company line. Work groups tend to be tight knit and only like working with previous project team members. It is who you know not what you know.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to the employee feedback from surveys and be consistent with decisions regarding project assignments

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Software Engineer

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  New Brunswick, NJ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New Brunswick, NJ

    I worked at Accenture full-time

    Pros

    - Good place to learn latest technologies
    - Sense of strong team work
    - Most higher ups are approachable for any issues.

    Cons

    - Salary, perks was not up to market trends.
    - No clarity in employee hierarchy.

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  5.  

    Best Comany for Working Moms

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    Current Employee - Associate Manager  in  Edison, NJ
    Current Employee - Associate Manager in Edison, NJ

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

    Pros

    Highly flexible, great opportunities, Good Benefits

    Cons

    Crazy hours at work. Apart from that nothing ..

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 8 people found this helpful  

    Great place to launch a career!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Systems Integration Consultant  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Systems Integration Consultant in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Offers an opportunity for intelligent, problem-solving and ambitious people to do exciting work that you would never get to do in industry. Working for Accenture or any of the big IT consulting firms is like IT boot camp. The work is challenging. You (mostly) build great camaraderie with your colleagues who are super smart and likely close to having the same amount of ambition and commitment to success. (Be warned you will be disappointed when you leave consulting for industry.

    Traveling is awesome when you are young. You get to work for some great clients and if you are lucky in some great locations. If you are savvy you can see the world while getting some great work experience. Awesome for someone out of college.

    The quality of the experience is incredible. You will learn Accenture Delivery Methodology which is a great asset that will benefit you the rest of your career wherever you go.

    Cons

    Travel is usually incompatible with a healthy relationship with a significant other and if you can do that, I don't get how you can travel when you have kids (dads or moms). Eventually the work/life imbalance of consulting will inhibit you from having the relationships you want so if that is a goal, quit when you have gotten enough of the awesome experience so that you have the marketable skills to get a high paying job elsewhere, but aren't too fat, old and bald (for the men) to attract a suitable mate and settle down.

    Most Managing Partners are very bad at managing people (for explanation see 'Advice to Management')

    All in all Accenture will likely be a great experience, which oddly enough can be a con at your next job. Accenture is a well-oiled machine with super smart and ambitious people, which sets you up from great disappointment if you leave for industry because you want a family.

    Consulting will probably land you a great job because recruiters know that you are a high caliber talent with great experience. They will also tell you how that external experience is such an asset and that your new company really values and wants that external perspective. Don't get your hopes up. That has not been my experience. Most corporations have cultures of entrenched bureaucrats (I even say that as someone that worked for the government) that don't want change even if its that idea that you implemented and delivered tons of value when you were consulting at Apple.

    (This could be a review of another company)
    As a full-time employee in industry (even at successful Fortune 500s) you may be very disappointed by: the lack of rationale behind some of the work you do (not value-add, on some VPs objectives and delivering may not help the company, but it will get them a nice performance rating), the messiness of the IT function, illogical processes, poorly thought out solutions, poorly executed plans and seeming apathy. Wait, but you are a consultant right. You fix these kinds of inefficiencies right? You can bring some method to the madness.

    More likely, you will suggest an improvement, your older colleague will resent the suggestion, because they feel threatened because it may suggest something that they are doing isn't as good as it could be and you know better. and thinks of you as a know-it-all that doesn't get "the way things work around here". At this point, you may be feeling disillusioned and you can either: accept the mediocrity of your new job and focus on getting satisfaction from something outside of work, make your goal succeeding in corporate politics instead of doing meaningful work, or go be an entrepreneur (or go back into consulting - if no family).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Rethink the Profile of Partners

    Being a good technical consultant and being a good manager of people are very different skillets. My observation was that most project leaders do not have both. The majority of colleagues that left Accenture was due to poor people leadership skills by the project leadership team.

    If this is a problem worth addressing I have 2 suggestions. The first is for the short run, but think the latter would be much more effective in the long run.

    1) Train your Partners to Develop People Management Skills

    Most Partners I worked with had large egos and lost credibility because they relied on positional authority for power, instead of a mutual respect and inspiring leadership. Try to teach them how to be empathic, and to motivate and inspire a team (rallying the troops instead of "because I said so").

    2) Address the Root Cause - Promote people that are actually good leaders of people to Partner

    Understanding the problem takes a bit of psycho-analyzing the role of "Partner". The root of the problem is that in order to be a good leader that respects people. It is foolish to think that someone that doesn't respect themselves would be capable of respecting others. If you have stayed around long enough to become a Partner (btw Partner is a measure of endurance, not intelligence or achievement) you have made a choice that work/life balance is not important to you. The accomplishment of achieving the coveted role and salary of Partner is used to justify the lack of work/life balance. This makes these people dangerous. Their ego becomes a defense mechanism. If being Partner isn't so important they would have to deal with the intense guilt or emptiness about all of the life with their family and friends that they have already lost. All of their striving is probably to prove something and not deal with their underlying issues and feeling of inadequacy. Thus instead of really living life they have chosen the firm as their real family and friends. HOW DO I KNOW THIS? Because I was in the same striving/shame trap. The harder and more you work, the more exhausted you get, the bigger sacrifice you make, the more important you think it is (FYI - It is not that important).

    Healthy people won't sacrifice enough to stay long enough to make Partner. So what happens is that the people that GET how to treat employees never make Partner. Becoming Partner is at odds with this concept of work/life balance and don't expect it for themselves and thus think it unnecessary to respect the work/life boundaries of any of their subordinates. When you feel like you are not respected as a subordinate you resent the leaders.

    I guarantee if you look at any failed project that resulted in significant voluntary turnover, this is at the heart.I

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Worst company. Stay away.

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    Current Employee - Senior Manager  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Can't think of anything good about this company. It is a political mess.

    Cons

    What you do, does not count. A lot of favoritism. People work in their own silos. No team spirit at all. They employ more people just for the head count and possibly for bragging rights only. No growth prospects. Too much internal politics. Managers are morons.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't bury your heads in the sand.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Good Company

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    Current Employee - Sourcing and Category Manager  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Sourcing and Category Manager in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Training available, lots of growth possible, can move around more easily

    Cons

    long hours, lots of politics

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Bait and Switch

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Business Analyst  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    You learn to do things you never imagined doing (stepping out of your comfort zone) and lots of networking opportunities if you take advantage of them.
    Decent benefits and PTO (if you get a chance to take it).

    Cons

    Burning out their travelling employees (HR will sell you the role as 50-75% travel and it ends up being 100%) and as a result there is no work life balance. They claim to support and encourage self improvement via classes or whatever method but do not give you time to take advantage of this (due to workload) be it at work or on your personal time. They will cater to the offshore teams more than the onshore teams (scheduling, opportunities to learn, etc). You are oversold on positions and when you do secure it, you are under-qualified for the role (this goes back to my statement above about being able to work on self improvement).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Too much office bullying at times which can lead to raises/promotions being based on popularity and not merit. Leadership seems too focused on the client/account and competing consulting firms and look at employees as just headcount. While we are there to do a job, try taking time to listen to our input on how to be more successful at the client's site or issues with the managerial structure into consideration. Depending on the project, it is impossible to find a new role especially when your current role will not release you (forcing you to potentially resign). The bonus structure leaves a lot to be desired. Work on listening to and actually trying what employees recommend on the quarterly surveys instead of focusing on the bottom line. When employees are motivated and happy, they will succeed; Happy employees = a successful company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Great company to work for right out of college if you are unsure of what you want to do

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    Current Employee - Analyst  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Analyst in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    pay is pretty decent compared to other non bank / consulting firms

    Cons

    Promotions are 50% the work you do and 50% the people you know.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Technology oriented Management consulting

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    Current Employee - Senior Consultant  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Big company with offices worldwide and opportunities to work on a wide variety of projects and industries

    Cons

    Bureaucratic; technology is the company's bread and butter so if interested in other type of work, it can be challenging. Because of it's size, people can be lost in the shuffle and make it difficult to manage their career.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have a better onboarding process; provide the right training to the right people; make sure peopel are evaluated and compensated consistently across groups and projects

    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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