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Accenture Reviews

Updated December 17, 2014
Updated December 17, 2014
9,390 Reviews
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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. 17 people found this helpful  

    Fools rush in where angels fear to tread

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Consultant
    Former Employee - Consultant

    I worked at Accenture full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    1. There are some great talents in this firm. If you are a headhunter, you might want to scout around from among the
    workforce

    2. It is a good place to test your limits. Without the right opportunities, you might have never known that you could drive a project to completion at break neck pace with inadequate resources.

    Cons

    1. This is the kind of company optimized for those who are walking, breathing examples of Niccolo Machiavelli's "The
    Prince" and with some real skills. As they say, 1 helping of professional skills and 2 helpings of political skills.

    2. The so called "steep learning curve" really means you are molded into a jack of all trades, master of none. This might be dangerous for your future career.

    3. For every "good" opportunity, there are also as many dead-end positions to be filled (see the above point). Try not to be in one of those.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The system rewards slave drivers at every level and make these slave drivers compete to out-do each other, at the expense of those under them. If not corrected now, the system would eventually break down when all that's left are your slave drivers and no actual workers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 17 people found this helpful  

    No Work-Life Balance, Bonus and Merit is a Joke

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Systems Integration Consultant
    Current Employee - Systems Integration Consultant

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

    Pros

    Accenture is a great place to learn about consulting on a global scale. The health insurance plans are affordable and strong and 25 days of vacation is a big plus.

    Cons

    You will dedicate your life to your project and be told by management to only record 40 hours worked in a week despite this being clearly against Accenture policy. The bonus and merit structure is a complete joke. You will be told about solid bonuses and raises when you receive your verbal offer, but they do not come to fruition. Despite turning out very good numbers for FY 2014 and increasing the stock dividend 10%, the majority of employees did not receive a raise this year and bonuses averaged a paltry 2% for those at the Consultant level. I expect extremely high attrition in 2015.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value your employees. Everyone at Accenture is treated as an expendable commodity and the latest round of Bonus and Merit only further enforces that.

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

    Nice colleagues; odd culture;

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Manager in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Everyone is very nice and most people are pretty outgoing. Colleagues at every level are highly responsive. Everyone is focused on delivering excellence to clients. Funding for team building, training, social outings, BizDev, etc seems incredibly abundant. >5 weeks of vacation time. Dollar for dollar (up to 6%) matching on 401(k).

    Cons

    The people are generally average or above average. There are very few really stellar people who stick around. Managing Directors get to that level because they can sell, not because they're good leaders or good at developing talent. There is a significant bias that favors those who have spent their entire careers at Accenture. They often say working 1 year at Accenture is like working 3 years anywhere else...this is really not true and is indicative of the overly high opinions these "leaders" have of themselves. Not as many "leaders" have advanced degrees as you'd hope/expect.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You really need to train "executives" (Managers, Sr. Managers, and Managing Directors) to actually be leaders and understand and embrace what that term means. It's not just about selling.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 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 an 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
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Accenture - Great Place to Work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Manager
    Former Employee - Project Manager

    I worked at Accenture

    Pros

    Accenture offers great diversity in project assignment for the person who is wanting to travel -- and travel you will when you below to the Consulting group. Accenture's benefits are comprehensive and those which are offered by shared pricing are done so at very reasonable pricing. The best part of working at Accenture for me -- the people. Meeting people from all around the world was exciting and I often found myself looking forward to new projects just to see where the team members would be from.

    Cons

    Work life balance is the biggest challenge and disappointment as there is always so much to do and honestly, you want to do it. The clients Accenture works with are awesome and it is so easy to fall into the "desire to do your best at all costs" mode. Management stresses the need to ensure individual monitor their work life balance, but truly, it is difficult and the biggest challenge.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work more with employees who want to stay with the company but face personal challenges. After 8 years, I needed to quit traveling to take care of a family member who was seriously ill. I was not able to get anyone to seriously work with me in finding a role which would enable me to stay home and work even though I live in a city of over 5 million -- definitely not a small town and Accenture has a viable presence. Hated to leave the company but family must come first.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Financial Analyst

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Accenture

    Pros

    Great work/life balance. Lots of opportunity for growth.

    Cons

    Employees feel disposable at times.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
  8. 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
  9.  

    Solid company

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Accenture

    Pros

    I like how the company is very non-eccentric. It's very process driven, and the processes are well defined and well refined. This means you are unlikely to be under the jurisdiction of one person's cult of personality. The company thrives on best practices. So it's unlikely you are going to get stuck working for someone who is "way out there."

    Cons

    The road never goes away. So if you are an on-the-road consultant, you can't work your way out of this. The partners travel almost or just as much as their consulting subordinates. Accenture's motto is "High Peformance. Delivered." The key word here is "delivered." This is not a critique of Accenture per-se; it's a simple fact of life for a consulting firm of this nature. So you may graduate up in pay and levels, but you don't graduate away from the road. It's something to think about if you can't stand travel or have small children.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consultants often request to be staffed locally. But it's a tough economy, so the partners are going to want to staff the most competitive team in order to win the business. This may mean sending consultants frequently on assigments that require plane travel and overnight stays. It's important for the consultants to remember that the partners at Accenture are bidding on jobs; they are competing against other firms. So they want to put a team in front of a potential client that looks very strong to the client (i.e. one that fits their needs very well in terms of domain expertise and experience level). On the other hand, you don't want to have high leave rates from consultants due to never-ending out-of-town assignments. It's a tough balancing act.

    Recommends
  10.  

    Senior Systems Integration Analyst

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Accenture

    Pros

    If you are looking for a large global company with opportunity, plenty of benefits, and a wide variety of experiences to offer, ACN is a good fit.

    Cons

    Should get paid more as an analyst for the amount of work we have to do.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  11.  

    I love the people (smart, career-focused, but still know how to have fun) .. The work is interesting and exciting

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Strategy Analyst in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Strategy Analyst in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Accenture full-time

    Pros

    The people and the learning opportunities are great. Fun events and work life balance flexibility (for a high paying, exciting job). Great opportunities to make a difference.

    Cons

    Not thrilled about how performance management works, but I do think that with proper attention to it .. anybody can succeed if they want to

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Performance management is …. tricky - not sure how I would fix it, but it needs attention …. Think about the following: currently, superiors evaluate their inferiors … but how about vice versa? I feel this would help expose the fakes (sometimes our superiors need to learn how to be better / "management" means that you can "manage" .. focus on finding folks in management that are not cut out for "managing" .. there are many snakes in your weeds, my friends)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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