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Accenture Reviews in New York, NY

Updated January 14, 2015
Updated January 14, 2015
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Pros
  • 55k range but the work/life balance is not worth the price in my opinion (in 609 reviews)

  • Good work culture generally but depends on the project u are working for (in 543 reviews)


Cons
  • work life balance despite being a tag line of many internal inititatives is a joke (in 1194 reviews)

  • Managers repeatedly ask you to stretch---I told you no WORK-LIFE balance:-( (in 192 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good Overall experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Management Consulting Consultant in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Management Consulting Consultant in New York, NY

    I worked at Accenture

    Pros

    Flexability to work from home, variety of different types of projects and clients, very smart / fun / interesting peers to work with

    Cons

    Upper management is sometimes not as smart or as high quality as the analysts and consultants which creates a strange dynamic, long hours, unpredictability of your schedule, a promotion schedule/timeframe that is forced on your,

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider the idea that not everybody is motivated by making more money. Instead of "climbing the corporate ladder" some people might prefer (instead of continually offering more money) the company to offer better hours or more autonomy on your work location or schedule as you "rise" in the company, instead of just more money.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Best amongst Today's IT Consulting

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

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

    Pros

    Good work culture/life balance, Ample opportunities to explore and learn new domains, some great talent across the globe, lot of networking platforms

    Cons

    Slow and Inefficient appraisal process, counseling is not up to the mark

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    NA

  3.  

    Excellent global company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Manager in New York, NY

    I worked at Accenture

    Pros

    The company follows mature processes. It has defined methodologies, fine tuned over the years, that can be leveraged across multiple industries and types of engagements. Accenture has a truly global workforce.

    Cons

    The rapid growth in headcount over the last few years makes it challenging to retain the advantage of an exceptionally talented workforce. Work-life balance is a victim.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to leverage its strengths in the consulting area to compete against technology pure-play companies

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Good place to work for a couple years

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Management Consulting Consultant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Management Consulting Consultant in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    There are a lot of smart people here who are generally willing to help you learn and succeed on projects. You can learn a lot by yourself by going on our internal knowledge exchange. The vast majority of employees are nice people who are focused on delivering results for clients. If you get on interesting projects, you can learn a lot in a short period of time. 5 weeks of PTO and most weekends free. You usually can go to around one conference a year for industry training.

    Cons

    Weekly travel becomes a grind. Although some projects have implemented flexible schedules to work remotely more often, many haven't. There are plenty of projects that aren't that interesting. The performance process this year was worse than in previous years, with no raises or bonus for many employees. Even if you get a raise, Accenture still pays under market. Promotions are also slow compared to other consulting firms. The laddering system is broken and seems arbitrary at times when you see who got promoted each year.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase compensation. Increase engagement of senior leadership with their local offices. Increase the pace of promotions. I'm not sure how Accenture's going to keep its next generation when analysts are often expected to work 2.5 years after college before promotion, when many were ready for it after 1 year (and this is coming from someone who's not even a millennial). Increase transparency - it came as an unpleasant surprise to employees to not get bonuses/raises after hearing about strong results for months beforehand.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    ACN a good company to join as a starter

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in New York, NY

    I have been working at Accenture

    Pros

    Accenture, as an IT consulting company, provides opportunity to learn technology, and travel to different cities for client works. Each project is is a different experience. You basically feel like worked for many companies in a few years.

    Cons

    Work and life is out of balance during project time, specially before system go-live.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management should have more focus on its employees, besides putting them to work and work. The management can do much more to improve employee satisfaction, or the employees will be burned out after repeating out of work life balance on projects.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    High pomp and show company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Consultant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Consultant in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Big brand name
    Grand parties
    Excellent tactics to lure clients
    Nice Medical benefits

    Cons

    Very few people who know their stuff
    Over charge clients 10 times more than actuals
    No work life balance
    Leadership does nothing solid but draws formidable salary and perks
    have to be a sycophant for career progression

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Respect and retain talent, guys or things are gonna go downhill only..

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Great employees, hard work, growing company, shrinking compensation.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in New York, NY

    I have been working at Accenture

    Pros

    A company full of super bright, hard working, and customer-focused employees and leaders. Dynamic and forward-looking with high profile clients globally.

    Cons

    Accenture is chipping away at employee compensation and benefits. Bonus pool was funded below target in 2013 despite record profits and profitability, and at 48% of target in 2014.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    People are Accenture's primary resource. Rewarding shareholders at the expense of employees is short-sighted and attrition will constrain Accenture's continue growth.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    HATED it at First

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Analyst in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Analyst in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Started with Accenture as part of an acquisition (non-Consulting). I was skeptical at first. There are A LOT of weird/strange/stupid polices at first glance. Some definitely are stupid. But many start making more sense as you learn about the company history and understand the challenges involved in managing 300,000+ people. After a trial period, I can honestly say I like really like it here!

    - Many people get to work from home full or part time. This is an incredible benefit, and should be pushed for or inquired about when joining (see other rant in 'Advice to Mgmt')

    - Pure Technical chops can get you staffed on good/cool projects but....

    - Being and outgoing person can help you network and find great advocates.

    - Fantastic vacation package for NA resources.

    Cons

    - Many things do NOT make sense about the company as a new joiner. Improve the training. Focus on calming people's nerves who are new to the craziness.

    - Review process is flawed. Everyone hates it. A company this prestigious shouldn't have these kind of problems. Maybe Deloitte can rewrite them? (save $$$!!!)

    - Pierre (CEO) seems like a bobblehead doll and doesn't seem to really do much besides pose with school children and other random employees. Not really a CON, just an observation. Show him doing some real work or doing something non-happy sunshine smile smile happy feel good. It will help people at the bottom feel C-level management is working hard too.

    - Some actions I've seen being taken that are causing good talent to flee. It makes me nervous, and that's why I have to mark neutral on the company outlook.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Improve new joiner training. Help people who have never been with a 300,000+ person company ease in better.

    - Fix the broken laddering process. It breeds contempt amongst employees toward each other and management.

    - Get in the trenches and imagine what it is really like to be a high performer working on the bottom of the totem pole. Would you want to stay here if you were underpaid and being passed over for promotions due to politics?

    - Have the board vote for Pierre to do that undercover boss show or something so he can be more useful.

    - Allow more people to work remotely, worldwide. PLEASE keep in mind how much this improves quality of life for your employees, and how much they save on commuting costs. Lync is fantastic! Do a big 'green' campaign talking about Accenture reducing carbon by taking XXXXXXX number of workers off the road bla bla bla. The PR peeps will eat that crap up! Also means less $ to shell out for office space, and more $$$ to retain good talent!

    - Stop bringing in outside talent and placing them over qualified people who are already in place. Train those people to be managers! Send them to manager boot camp in that place that everyone hates.

    - Trim fat on unnecessary MD's and middle management, not on good talent!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    All depends on project....

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Consultant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Consultant in New York, NY

    I have been working at Accenture

    Pros

    People, different types of work, stock option

    Cons

    Long hours, pressure, demanding clients

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Consultant

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Consultant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Consultant in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    very good place to work

    Cons

    Might be challenging at times

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep it up

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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