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Accenture Reviews in San Francisco, CA

Updated November 14, 2014
Updated November 14, 2014
9,173 Reviews
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Pros
  • 55k range but the work/life balance is not worth the price in my opinion (in 588 reviews)

  • Good work culture generally but depends on the project u are working for (in 524 reviews)


Cons
  • work life balance despite being a tag line of many internal inititatives is a joke (in 1147 reviews)

  • Managers repeatedly ask you to stretch---I told you no WORK-LIFE balance:-( (in 184 reviews)

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    8 years at Accenture

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

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

    Pros

    You get the opportunity to choose your career path; offers great fringe benefits; you can choose your work location amongst over 150 countries.

    Cons

    Salary is not at par with competition; if you dont have a sponsor, you will not move up the ladder regardless of the good work that you do.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Performance review process is not transparent and seriously flawed.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    Sometimes you get lucky, sometimes you don't

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

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

    Pros

    Lots of different projects in short spurts (3-6 months, generally). PTO policy is solid and collecting miles and points is always nice. Will encounter lots of smart people throughout your career. Will learn to adapt to different clients and environments quickly. Great place to launch your career.

    Cons

    Compensation, promotions, and project selection are generally out of your hands. If you get lucky with a proactive senior manager and rank well on your project, you may get a good rating, you may get a raise, and you may get promoted. There are no guarantees. If you're interested in a certain type of project, you may not get placed on the project. It's based on who's available at the time. There is a large exodus of individuals every year around the same time (aka ratings time).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recognize talent when it's there & raise project team morale

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    If you love consulting

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

    I worked at Accenture full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Smart, highly motivated people that want to do the right thing for the client. Collaborative and collegial style; but it is a very strong culture. Colleagues are willing to share but you have to know your stuff for your level. The work is intense, but then again, this is high stakes consulting. Clients pay a lot to get things done. If your just starting out it's a great place to learn. It's also great if your experienced, but you're gonna have to learn how to translate your experience into the methodology. I came for the work; and stayed for the work and people.

    Cons

    It's consulting. It's a lot out of town; and it's no where near 40 hours a week. Sincere effort is made to make it a meritocracy, but know that scope of your role can also have a significant impact on rating. It is also a grow or go environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make an extra effort to remember that it really is all about the people - - particularly as your grow past 300K globally.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Great colleagues, unrealistic work/life balance if you don't get good at setting boundaries

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

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

    Pros

    Great development, benefits and colleagues. Lots of exposure to various industries, type of project, size of team, amount of responsibility. Can move in to areas of interest. Great support from a designated career counselor throughout all levels of senority.

    Cons

    Time expectations including project work, administrative tasks, career planning, and volunteer work is over the top and leaves little time for personal life. Too much information is piled on at one time leading to a sort of information indigestion or brain paralysis. No time to process all of the information that is available.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Encourage setting aside time for admin, development and volunteering during the work week so that weekends are free for personal life.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great place to work

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

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

    Pros

    Great people and learning opportunity. Interesting clients and room to explore what you are interested in. Great collaboration, colleagues genuinely work together.

    Cons

    Continually changing the operating model for no tangible benefit. Can be very bureaucratic. Performance management system is very time consuming; a lot about who you know.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need better internal change management

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Accenture has great people - they just don't know how to treat them or match them with the right roles

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

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

    Pros

    - Like any consulting firm, you can switch to different projects and across different clients, so you are potentially learning something new every 6 months-1 year
    - Most people work from home on Fridays, and Accenture has probably one of the best work-life balance lifestyles compared to other top tier firms
    - Great people and expertise. The firm has over 250K people and continues to grow (and lose) people every day. You can find experts in any field for sure. The problem is...knowing where to find them.
    - 20-day PTO policy (includes sick days) is pretty darn generous.

    Cons

    - A bunch of Management Consulting analysts are unhappy with how the firm has treated them due to re-organization and re-alignments. They were promised strategy work and are doing staff augmentation, vendor roles, while brand new hires are held for exclusive strategy roles. Constant re-orgs like this without considering the full impact to people at all levels are inconsiderate and lead to very poor career development.
    - Projects will want to keep you for as long as possible, so it can be extremely hard to get out of an industry or a client
    - Bad training. They have level specific training that can be helpful, but it has nothing to do with the actual work you're doing onsite with clients.
    - Like any consulting firm, you will have internal extracurriculars to do on top of your client work for higher performance ratings and such. It can get exhausting and pretty not worth it as you try to run the hamster wheel of trying to get promoted like everyone else.
    - Unless you are extremely good at networking and/or are happy with doing manual project management type roles, don't join this firm. There are some really great opportunities, I won't discount that - but they are hard to find and even harder to obtain because there is so much organization bureaucracy in your way.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please realize the impact that your decisions have on people across the firm. Treat your people better - actually care about them and their professional development. And also do a better job of matching the talent you hire with relevant roles.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Consultant

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

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

    Pros

    -Able to build your career
    -Learn as you go culture
    -Competent co-workers
    -Great culture

    I refer to it as the bachellors of your professional career

    Cons

    -As you continue to grow in the company your chances of staying local decrease

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -Start building a local business model

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Not a horrible place to work

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

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

    Pros

    A lot of opportunities
    Bright coworkers

    Cons

    Low pay and not focused on work-life balance

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great for a short amount of time

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

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

    Pros

    Exposure to top international companies

    Cons

    Least sexy consulting work.
    Staff Aug work

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great for go-getters

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

    I worked at Accenture as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Lots of opportunities, diverse clients & project availability, intelligent & driven people, fun managers. Ability to grow and move upwards very quickly so long as you ask for it.

    Cons

    Need to continuously put yourself out there to get the best opportunities, stigma of being "on the bench" (eg. between projects). You'll have a good or bad experience based on four factors: (1) the account, (2) your specific project within the acccount, (3) your direct team, (4) your specific role within the team.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest a little more into the new employees that are still getting used to the culture. Right now, the culture is a bit sink-or-swim, so a little help guiding new hires in would be great.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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