Accenture Reviews in United Kingdom

Updated September 22, 2014
Updated September 22, 2014
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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.  

    Summer Intern at Accenture

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    Former Employee - Summer Intern  in  London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Summer Intern in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Accenture as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Extremely good teaching and support. Managers of all levels are extremely helpful and willing to answer questions. They want you to ask and learn.

    Cons

    An extremely large company that is recruiting like crazy, so if you are looking for a long career it is a long ladder to climb

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Overall positive experience

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Manager  in  London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Accenture full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Accenture always has one eye on the present and the other on the future. The firm is open to new ideas and technologies thus creating opportunities for employees of all levels to be continuously learning and challenged. Work from home days can often be easily agreed although regular work from home is more challenging and primarily role dependent. The company has strong values and ethics and well published internal policies. The company has truly embraced the nature of being a global firm.

    Cons

    A strong internal network is required in order to succeed and progress within the firm. This is most easily demonstrated when seeking new role opportunities for growth or promotion. Strident competition for best annual ratings means there is pressure to work long hours (i.e. be visible) and to be available and contactable outside traditional office hours. Executive leadership can often appear distant from the experiences being encountered by those "on the ground".

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide increased communication, support, transparency and parity in the process of open internal role fulfilment rather than primary reliance on the informal network. To remember true management and leadership is a two way street, it requires communication, trust and empathy to flow in both directions if the best business results are to be achieved by an engaged team.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Good but Techy

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business & Systems Integration Analyst  in  London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Business & Systems Integration Analyst in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Accenture full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Lots of fun people, good exposure to different industries, lots of opportunities

    Cons

    More technology consulting than management

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    It's all a big game

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Analyst  in  London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Great work ethic and people. Everyone is ambititous and it makes you want to achieve more. Great benefits package: Gym subsidy, free private health insurance, sales purchase plan, pension contribution, cycle to work scheme.

    You learn a lot of how to act like a professional and think for yourself. The support structure for analysts is great. There is the consultant group and you get a careers adviso and can find even more people to help you through the company in order to play the game better.

    Cons

    It's a big game. Promotions are based on merit which is good but you need to be very good at playing the promotion game well.
    Accenture has shareholders (you included) which would like to see the value rise. This can only be done if the work is staffed which often means you may not be doing the strategy consulting you thought you'd be doing like during the interview process case studies. You'll wont start off in the best role, but through your netowrk you'll be able to find a good one. Hang in there!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give realistic expectations and descriptions of projects

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

    Good company to work for

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Consultant  in  London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - IT Consultant in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Interesting and varied work, good pay and training. Bright people to work with and a can-do attitude to problems. Generous sick pay. Care more about results than hours in the office. Particularly good to get experience for your first couple of years out of uni.

    Cons

    Culture is gradually improving but some projects are still dominated by straight white men of a certain background.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Excellent Technology Delivery

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Manager  in  London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Delivery approach
    Rigour
    Quality of people (Below MD level)
    Excellent Learning and Development programme
    Good total rewards package

    Cons

    Poor quality of MD level personnel
    Career progression
    Value relationships over delivery

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Great Company

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Analyst  in  London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Analyst in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Accenture full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Your experience depends on the project you're assigned to, but the people who are on your Accenture team are always incredibly friendly, excellent people to work with. Some are very technical roles but what can you expect from a technology consulting company! You're definitely well looked after and there's tons of office events Accenture run.

    Cons

    Promotional ladder can get a bit political and the work/life balance isn't the greatest, but I've heard this tends to be the case mosly in London offices.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 5 people found this helpful  

    Great accelerated exposure and good work-life balance

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Consultant  in  London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Consultant in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    1. Brand - a notable thing about Accenture is the brand name. It’s the biggest Management Consulting firm in the world the brand name is clearly one that is well renowned and so immediately it's a fantastic CV booster.
    2. Exposure – Accenture’s model relies of consultants delivering value for money for the client while also being profitable for the business, so it’s not uncommon to find yourself in a challenging role with good exposure to key projects and programmes in the industry
    3. Networking – the UK business is boasts several thousand employs so it’s a fantastic opportunity to meet new people with different skills and from a diverse set of backgrounds great for building up your own network
    4. Work-life balance – few consulting firms will offer 30 days paid holiday along with 3 corporate volunteering days, on top of that there are several opportunities within the year to meet and have a drink on the project, the department or internal networks
    5. Training – fantastic training opportunities especially for graduates but also across the board
    6. Perks – subsidised gym membership, corporate discounts, health check days

    Cons

    1. Variance of projects - your personal well-being is very much contingent on your project and the work you do, so there is definitely a risk that is you are not placed on the right project for you then could be doing either a role you do not like or at a client / environment you do not like and this could be for a medium to long period of time. As it’s often difficult to move yourself off chargeable client work consultants may find themselves getting pigeon holed in a particular role just to meet demand.
    2. Attrition – the positive about exposure can work in reverse if the promotions and consequential salary hike do not keep up with the accelerated responsibility and scope of contribution; consultants can often feel demoralised doing a role “above their pay grade” causing them to consider their options and leave the firm.
    3. Politics – like any consulting firm internal politics can influence promotion decisions as it’s often who you know rather than what you know, but this is expected for an organisation of the scale of Accenture.
    4. Competition – competition is fierce and performance reviews are forced into a distribution, often this is not the most conducive environment for teamwork

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More coaching in the workplace, be watchful of attrition, more variety

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Lots of opportunity

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Analyst  in  London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Analyst in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Great place to start career
    Lots of training opportunities
    Chance to work with senior members of client companies
    People

    Cons

    Pay compared to counterparts in the industry should be better
    Bonus Structure is non-existant at more junior levels

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Excellent environment for the self motivated

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Program Manager  in  London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Program Manager in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Accenture as a contractor for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Learn skills , practices and method that will stand you in good stead for life.
    Work with so many smart people form many different backgrounds
    Learn to how to operate under pressure.

    I have worked in Other 'blue chip' companies later - only then did I realize how good the skill I learnt really were. And how badly so many companies were at execution.

    All the people are pretty smart. All trying to make the best of where they are in different ways - its up to you to learn how to apply yourself and navigate you way.
    You can complain about politics etc - but any large corporate has the same issues.

     The quality of the people you work with in terms of skills, emotional maturity and diversity is generally amazing. you really notice when you work elsewhere.

    Great environment that allows you to take and use your initiative..

    Cons

    It can be tough. everyone expects a lot of you. expects to you step up and get on it - delivering projects is not a 9 to 5 job.
    If complaining and feeling sorry for your self is how you react to situations when they don't go you way - then its probably not for you.

    Work Life balance can be an issue. You need to work out how to do that. Don't expect the company to do it for you.
    In my experience - don't expect any large results driven company to make that work for you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Its easy to get people to work hard because that the type of people they are and the organisation it is. however authority could use a bot more leadership at times.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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