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Accenture Reviews in San Francisco, CA

Updated December 4, 2014
Updated December 4, 2014
9,381 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. 1 person found this helpful  

    I really enjoyed working here. Great people, good perks, interesting work.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Strategy Consultant in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - IT Strategy Consultant in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    1. People - maybe I got lucky, but I have been surrounded by nice, intelligent, hard working people. From several years of working here I only me 1 person I did not like.
    2. Dynamic work - if you work in strategy, you bounce around clients and get to see many different environments and learn about different aspects of IT in a way you may not have considered before.
    3. Stay West - a pilot that keeps west coast people on the west coast. Of the several years here, I only spent 6 months flying to another city/state. That's right, almost all of my work has been on Bay Area clients.

    Cons

    1. It's a public company, so it feels the pressure from shareholders unlike many of our competitors. Unfortunately some things, like team building and investing in your people (with more than offsite training, which is still good) have gone by the way side.
    2. Because it is a public company, much of senior managers and junior "partners" are busy selling. Problem is, strategy projects are small, so you have strategy folks being forced to sell IO/AO work to make the numbers.
    3. Performance review process is, as always, skewed towards brown nosers and people who spend forever on a client (so, not strategy folks). If you're not a social butterfly and are in strategy, it may take some time until you get the bonus. Hard work is recognized, but not as much as it should be.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Your people are what makes your company. So, why not invest in them? Why not build a community around the office and encourage Sr. Managers and MDs to mentor and form closer relationships / mentorships with consultants? You won't be able to sustain the growth if you don't develop talent. Also, fix performance reviews. Skewed towards non-strategy folks who stay on clients forever.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Technical Recruiter

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technical Recruiter in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Technical Recruiter in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    great work life balance! Lot's of great training and access to fantastic tools and resources. Absolutely fantastic management

    Cons

    Base comp might be a little lower than the market calls for right now. But company is top shelf!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep doing what you are doing!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Systems Integration Consultant

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    Current Employee - Systems Integration Consultant in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Systems Integration Consultant in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    -Ability to work in a lot of different industries
    -Good work-life balance. People tend to be very relaxed on Fridays. I've felt an unspoken rule, where you don't message someone on Friday unless it's extremely urgent

    Cons

    -Bad career counseling and management. You are pretty much on your own with your career.
    -Inability to really select which projects you want. HR has a lot of power and tends to throw you onto something to maximize your chargeability, without really listening to your needs and wants.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -Less rhetoric

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Great company to start your career in...and then move on...

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Accenture full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    You get great exposure to many very important companies. In addition their training on how to work with the client and be a consultant is top notch. Their training facility in St. Charles is very good for networking and seeing what coworkers from all over the world are up to.

    They also have a very good alumni program

    Cons

    In 2008 Accenture moved to a variable compensation model (less raises but slightly higher bonuses) which pretty much meant that all employees got paid less (on average less than competitors at the lower levels), while shareholders received record dividends (all Senior Executives got very nice bonuses). Basically this signaled a switch from viewing employees as Assets into viewing employees as liabilities (thus not always adhering to the "Respect for the Individual" core principle). During this time many people HAD to stay on because of the economy, but once the economy turned the attrition rate spiked a bit.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I worked at Accenture for almost 8 years and during this time there were many "global initiatives". The best of which was a push to instill into all employees the Core Principles. My advice to leadership is to use the core principles (and adherence or non-adherence) as a tool to determine who should stay or who requires additional coaching before getting promoted. During my tenure there was a lot of intimidation, rude behavior, and plain preferential treatment based on close relationship (of the personal nature) which demonstrated a lack or core principals. Yet these people that "played the game" tended to get promoted. Listen to employees concerns and you will be more likely to keep people that will be willing to stay for the long run.

    Another piece of advice is for management to compensate loyalty.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Great place to start your career!

    Current Employee - Business & Systems Integration Consultant in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Business & Systems Integration Consultant in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Challenging/interesting client work, meeting a lot of good people, developing client-facing skills,

    Cons

    Limited personal growth and training for experienced hire, no clear direction how to grow professionally, work-life balance does not seem to exist,

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Put more focus and efforts in developing people.

  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company, lots of room to grow

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    • 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

    Accenture is a great company for someone fresh out of school. There are plenty of projects and Accenture has so many divisions that you can network your way to do what you want to do. Furthermore, the compensation is very generous and Accenture generally cares about employees.

    Cons

    The review process can be very unnerving especially when you have to be compared against your colleagues. Even if you are doing what you're supposed to, you might get a below expectation rating.

    The work itself sometimes require you to give up social life.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great Learning Experience

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

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

    Pros

    Solid company with great benefits and solid on the job training. Great for learning the many facets of consulting in a very short period of time.

    Cons

    Requires extensive travel and must have great networking skills to ensure your utilization remains high. Requires constant interviews with various partners to remain staffed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Ensure all new consultants understand the importance of networking and high staffing ratios.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Interesting with room for career advancement

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    • 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 3 years)

    Pros

    Great people, variety of projects, high level of responsibility, time off, and traveling. Outside the mission of each project, the best part are the people you'll meet and the paid time off.

    Cons

    Make sure you know the group you're being recruited to, some inflexibility in moving across groups or off bad projects. I didn't know exactly what group I was being recruited to and had little say with my initial alignment, which is hard to move away from.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow for more mobility within and across projects and more transparency during recruitment.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Great place to launch a career

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

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

    Pros

    Good people, a lot of professional development opps, significant amount of travel (if that is what you like), strong culture, and variety of experiences.

    Cons

    You don't get to pick you projects, so you could end up on a terrible one with no way out. When I was leaving, I looked around at all the Executives and there was not a single one whose life I wanted. That was a sign that it was time to leave.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good starting point

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

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

    Pros

    Great benefits:
    6 weeks (240 hrs) PTO
    100% match up to 6% of your salary (match after 1 year of employment)
    Employee stock purchase plan (ESPP)

    Cons

    Base salary is on the lower end.
    The annual review process while seems fair on paper is not the best system. The ratings process revolves around a bunch of phone calls and comes down to how well people know/like you over how well your preform.
    While project specific, you will most likely work 50-60+ hours a week.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consultant with the people doing the work before you make promises on what is possible.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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