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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  

    Accenutre: a pretty good place to work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Analyst  in  Charlotte, NC
    Former Employee - Analyst in Charlotte, NC

    Pros

    Their PTO program is outstanding and definitely helps maintain a good work/life balance. Furthermore, it depends on the project that you're involved with but I had a very good experience with my project. The management was helpful whenever I needed anything and the work was challenging rather than being mundane busy work. Furthermore, since Accenture is such a global company, there is a lot of different choices for professional growth and there are a lot of people that will help you get where you want to be.

    The mandatory training can be a great way to network with fellow employees, although I personally didn't think the content was very useful.

    Cons

    As with the case with any company, you're bound to run into a couple of idiots when working for such a large company. However, it seemed that in Accenture, you have a higher chance or running into those who are very arrogant and think they are God's gift to the company.

    Also, the promotion process is almost like a lottery where you need to have a manager fighting for you in order to get promoted. A lot of times, due to this inefficient procedure, the new hire that goes out to happy hour with his manager seems to have a better chance of a promotion than those who do well but choose not to or cannot socialize with their managers (e.g. the manager is not a drinker or goes home after work each day, etc).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote the individuals that do well in their job, not the ones that go drinking with you after work.

    Recommends
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  2.  

    Not a bad place

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Developer C  in  Birmingham, AL
    Former Employee - Software Developer C in Birmingham, AL

    Pros

    Flexible Schedule
    Ton of PTO

    Cons

    On my project, the work started to dry up or was outsourced to India

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value the people you have

    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Proactively manage your careers and try to enjoy your project!

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Level D  in  Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Level D in Austin, TX

    Pros

    On good projects, you are definitely well-treated by management and feel a good sense of kinship with your co-workers. Clients respect and recognize the work you do, and management tries its hardest to retain you and position you for success. Projects are also very good with accommodating flexible work plans and schedules. Smaller projects generally tend to be better in these regards, and the on-the-job training is enough to drive your career path within the company.

    Career counselors are genuinely interested about you and try their best to be helpful. Definitely take advantage of this by consulting them about any situations you may be facing. If you are proactive with your career and a good networker, you will be able to go far within Accenture!

    Accenture has been really striving to ensure that all personnel get some senior executives and partner face time, to answer questions about the company's action and future.

    Cons

    Unfortunately, I feel there is little in the way of guidance for the Services track. While there is accessible material on the Services career progression, there is not much on training that should be taken, what is required for advancement to the next level, or how to find new projects. There is also a sense of the Consulting workforce still being the superior workforce, something that Accenture is trying to fix.

    In addition, the size of Accenture makes it difficult for employees to feel a real connection with the company, or to feel that their work has made a difference. This is not an issue Accenture can do much about, but just a general malaise that plagues bigger companies.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work on:

    Better explaining the Services workforce career track and the requirements / general timeframe for progression
    Equalize training budget accessible across all workforces (by equivalent levels)
    Work harder on equalizing Services and Consulting workforces
    More work-related networking opportunities for project-bound personnel
    Explain alignments and role of employees in these alignments better - will help with sense of belonging

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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good Company...Great People

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

    Pros

    People
    Opportunities to build marketable skills
    Access to current research and development
    Strong economic performance and stability
    Virtual work environment

    Cons

    It's a large company of bright people and it isn't easy to stand out without managing your career to the exclusion of other very important aspects of life.
    I think senior management is respectful of employees, but fairness if very difficult to achieve with the current performance management structure.
    Comparable market skills are more highly compensated in the local boutique consulting firms.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to focus on your people
    Focus on local market compensation practices

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Accenture tidbits

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Consultant  in  Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Consultant in Philadelphia, PA

    Pros

    The people you work with are probably the best team that you can be placed in.

    Cons

    The work/life balance is a struggle if your a traveler.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Senior management needs to improve the method that employees are rated during annual reviews.

    Recommends
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  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Exactly what you would expect with a big consulting company...

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Consultant  in  Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Consultant in Minneapolis, MN

    Pros

    In the consulting workforce, you have the opportunity to get promoted quickly. You also get a pretty nice benefits package. Good training options, health, ESPP, and 401k matching.

    Cons

    As other people have mentioned, pay at Accenture lags market averages. There also is the politics thing others have mentioned, but I think this is something that you should expect EVERYWHERE. People have impressions about you that are deeper than what you perceive your performance to be. I have accepted the fact that politics is a part of the game and learned to play it. I would suggest the same to anyone else.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Lead by example. There are many times where management will ask younger people to put in longer hours while they go home or go golfing, etc.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    A fun, young, and hardworking culture

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst  in  Reston, VA
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Reston, VA

    Pros

    The people are fun and helpful. Everyone is very young, which is nice. The culture is open loose, you will often hear people laughing and joking around in the office.

    They promote an atmosphere of learning. Everyone is very helpful. Everyone at every level welcomes people to come to them for help or anything. Even the senior executives welcome anyone and everyone to come talk to them.

    Generally, you will have the freedom to complete your job the way you want it, but you can get help when you need it.

    Cons

    Expected to work long hours. They don't pay for educational expenses.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to build stronger relationships with clients instead of constantly pushing to maintain margins.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Good Consulting Company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Analyst  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Chicago, IL

    Pros

    Great exposure to a variety of work. Great networking potentials with all of the clients and travel opportunities if you're into that sort of thing. Clients respect your advice coming from a reputable consulting company such as Accenture.

    Cons

    Lots of travel. Don't work here if you are intending to stay in the same place for a long period of time. There's lots of corporate politics that get in the way of everyday business. If you like seeing your products come to fruition, this is not the place for you since the projects are often only for a part of the product development process.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You seem to be doing a decent job.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Good place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Management Consulting Manager  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Management Consulting Manager in Chicago, IL

    Pros

    People, People, People, People People

    Cons

    Not enough time at home

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take care of your people

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Consultant at Accenture

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Consultant  in  Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Consultant in Atlanta, GA

    Pros

    The best technical talent works for Accenture. Despite what they tell you at interview, Accenture comprises of techies or people who are slowly learning to be techies to advance their career in Accenture. Even the senior management is very technical and there is a very strong focus on performance. The fact that even management is technical savvy helps during tough projects.

    Cons

    Due to everyone being a techie, one is forced to become more and more technical very quickly.Functional folks are strongly urged to learn programming and those who don't do that quickly are marked as "bad performers".

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better salaries for consulting folks who spend a lot of time outside their homes. It is really surprising that Accenture consulting salaries are the lowest amongst the big-5 consulting firms. They don't distinguish much between consulting and solutions (no travel) workforce salaries.

    Recommends
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