Accenture Reviews in Washington, DC

Updated October 3, 2014
Updated October 3, 2014
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Pros
  • 55k range but the work/life balance is not worth the price in my opinion (in 576 reviews)

  • Good work culture generally but depends on the project u are working for (in 514 reviews)


Cons
  • work life balance despite being a tag line of many internal inititatives is a joke (in 1114 reviews)

  • Managers repeatedly ask you to stretch---I told you no WORK-LIFE balance:-( (in 181 reviews)

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great place to start your corporate finance career after college

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Federal Client Financial Management in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Federal Client Financial Management in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Great support staff on learning core job functions. Great executire presence in Federal Financial Management projects

    Cons

    very low pay compared to competitors w/ learning curve trailling off after 3rd year of employment. Each iterative promotion as you performing the same job functions, but with greater numbers and larger reports.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Expand Financial Management responsibilities to include client facing activities similar to B&P leadership or consulting resources

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Better than it's competitors in most cases.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Consultant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Consultant in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Good core values. Employee receive good training. Clear growth hierarchies.

    Cons

    Worklife balance depends on the client someone is working at and how client expectations are managed by leadership.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great place to start, very high caliber of people, very political and clicquey

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Combines industry knowledge with technology so you learn why all aspects of the project is important to a client. You get great exposure and build your resume fast. The leaders in the field really care about the clients.

    Cons

    Hard to move up based on performance. More important to know the right people the higher up you go in the organization. Many cases of senior people that dont fit the LoR but are protected because of who they know. Client pays for this bloat

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The Core Values of CORBIS are excellent and yo need to walk the talk in all aspects of culture, not just some.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 7 people found this helpful  

    Great people and experience, but there are severe challenges as a huge corporation

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

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

    Pros

    The people are fantastic. Most of them will go out of their way to help you in whatever way they can. They tend to care about your professional development and advancement in the firm (and in your career).

    The work can also be very interesting if you network with people that do the type of work that interests you.

    Cons

    There are several distinct challenges at Accenture.

    First, it can be easy to either feel lost in the staffing process or trapped in a niche. This can be mitigated by aggressive networking.

    Second, when you are unstaffed, HR will try to force you to join the projects that need warm bodies (aka the bad ones). It is in HR and the firm's interest to maximize your chargeability, but this may not align with your career interests or skill-set. Again, this challenge is best mitigated by aggressive networking.

    Third, the review process can be challenging given the number of employees involved. Even high performers can be passed over for promotion if they or their reviewers lack the rank or political savvy necessary to lock in a high rating.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider lowering chargeability targets slightly or at least offering a week-long "grace period" after an engagement ends before HR starts pressuring employees to join another project. This will greatly improve morale, and it may even allow employees to find the projects where they will perform at their highest potential.

    Hold more office-wide or at least functional/industry social events to allow employees more opportunities to network outside their specific teams.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Profit Valued Over Employee Well-being

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Computer Programmer/Configure III in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Computer Programmer/Configure III in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    The pay and most benefits are competitive with other competing companies.

    Cons

    As mentioned the pay and most benefits are competitive with other competing companies, but it comes at a very high cost to the employee.
    - Loss of many many perks
    - No overtime pay
    - Vacations are often canceled and then PTO hours are lost at the end of the fiscal year as you can carry more then 240 hours.
    - The review system is very political and unfair which directly drive pay raises and promotions. There is much favoritism in the company.
    - Very few opportunities if you're not in the Consulting arm of the firm.
    - Easier for the company to burnout employees and replace them with younger hires.
    - Little training opportunities that provide value to the employee. Accenture prefers they use their in-house training and books rather than show capability by earning certifications.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management in Accenture has turned a blind eye to employee well-being over profits. Long hours are always a must with time off often being canceled with no recompense. Raises and bonuses have taken the hardest hit over the year and the review system is very political in such a way you can do very well on one project but another may have other employees they wish to promote first, and will give newer members lower ratings.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Accenture FEDERAL Services

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - SAP Functional Analyst in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - SAP Functional Analyst in Washington, DC

    I worked at Accenture full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Excellent PTO and flex-scheduling; especially for entry level positions. For the most part, the office was a pretty easy going atmosphere with a lot of great people.

    Cons

    As I discovered just shortly after my orientation, Accenture Federal Services is significantly different than Accenture LLP. AFS employees are paid less, do NOT receive any special consulting or industry specific training, and are not given the flexibility to work on any commercial based projects. I was very disappointed in how the firm preaches career development but in the AFS side, that is very difficult to obtain. After discussing with mentors and managers I discovered it was easier to leave the company for a commercial based role rather than switching over to Accenture LLP. Promotions are also very difficult to come by. The overall federal project work is very dull and typically takes months to even obtain access to the client systems. Employee retention on federal projects is low; especially for less experienced analysts.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value career development and not just federal project roles, encourage employees to be internally certified AND to obtain industry specific certifications, value younger employees by promoting them in accordance to performance and NOT based on the length of time they are on a project.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Accenture

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Accenture full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great people; Fun work and interesting clients.

    Cons

    Senior Management does not live their core values.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not a great place!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Excellent benefit, free laptops and live-well assistances. Depending on what project you're on sometimes you get free food. There is always a social event or charity event to join. There are some excellent training programs to take advantage of.

    Cons

    I have worked in there Federal division for a while on the east coast and I find my experience with Accenture very bad, maybe because I have been on some pretty bad projects. Even though Accenture credit it's self for best work/life balance, it's a complete lie in my opinion. The manager don't directly verbally disagree if you need to take PTO but you'll hear them complain about, it's super annoying. Sometimes you have to firmly say you need PTO or you prefer weekends off otherwise they'll put so much work on your plate you won't ever have time to breath and sometimes upper management complains if there are no schedule weekend work. The performance system is awful they compare you against everyone who are at your career level for that contract division and then if you successful at "winning" for your level at that division then they compare you with everyone for the federal division who are at your level.....it feels like America next top model. There are managers that try to find the slights issue that they can find to put on your performance review, from entering wrong charge codes to not asking enough questions. I notice that there are a lot of arrogant Software Developers, often make you feel dumb and compare your intellect with other people just so they can feel better about them self, some are very rude, some will talk about you behind your back to other developers, some won't help you even when you ask them for help. I've met manager that just don't care about anyone but only care about what the client wants and rush in "last minute" requirements/design so that they can make the client happy even though it affects the development process, which can cause the developer to work very late forcing you to develop something really ugly while trying to reach the deadline, which can cause the entire application to break because of the lack of details of rush requirement, which causes manage to rethink about the requirement because it doesn't "fit" at all in the application, which cause great confusion, a lot of waste of time and money. I notice that there are a lot of vague requirements and designs and there were times that certain pages of an web application that was not tested by the test team. But then again, some of this is very common at other tech/consulting companies.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Implement a No coding after 11pm policy, too many developers have broken code because no developers wants to stay after 12 midnight to fix it. Tell Middle and Upper management to properly details their requirement and design, too much vagueness causes too much confusion. Stop comparing people with other people during performance review period, I know its to encourage competitiveness but sometimes the managers have a way of classifying people as inferior.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  10.  

    Avoid if looking for a career in management consulting; turbulent times for the firm.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Strategy Manager in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Strategy Manager in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    - Opportunity to travel
    - Standard consulting benefit of a lot of experience in a short amount of time. One year at Accenture is like 2 years in industry given the rapid pace of learning and breadth of client experiences you are exposed to.

    Cons

    There are a variety of reasons I would caution people away from Accenture right now. Probably most salient and objective is the fact that at the management ranks are being offered "packages" to leave. Additionally, the firm has been through multiple re-organizations in the past several years. This is a turbulent time to be at Accenture.

    Another major con is the quality of work and emphasis on specialization, which in effect significantly limits your career progression. The reality is Accenture does not do a lot of strategy work and does not have that reputation. They are viewed more so as an operations shop: process redesign, training, change management. 80% of the time that work is tied to IT work (hence the need for process redesign, training, etc.). On top of that, Accenture is organized in a way that forces you to determine a specialization in subject matter. This would not be a bad thing if the firm truly offered and allowed you to sample a variety of work before finding your fit. That is not the case, so people end up getting pigeon-holed in specializing in whatever project they were on the longest, even if it was their first project at the firm. This is less likely at PWC or EY who are new to management consulting and have less red tape, and similar to Deloitte where the internal hurdles literally inhibit you from career exploration (but salary at Deloitte is higher).
    ht, or the analysis fair is an afterthought.

    There are other points to ding Accenture on (e.g. performance management, being cheap, lack of work life balance) but I'm not sure those criticism are unique to Accenture. I will say I was also disappointed in the caliber and leadership styles of management. Accenture is developing significant culture issues because of the turbulence at the firm and in the industry.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get your messaging and go to market strategy figured out. Being "digital" is not a strategy. Hire / steal big guns from prestigious firms in order to bring in the work advertised on campuses / in recruiting events as being performed.

    In a dream world, separate the management consulting business entirely from the technology business.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Great People, Pay Could be Better

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

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

    Pros

    I love the people of Accenture. I've made some solid friends here and I generally don't mind working late hours beside people I actually like. Office culture is project-dependent, but if you work at Headquarters, dress is relatively formal. The organization is huge, but feels relatively horizontal. Everyone is on a first name basis. Work-life balance has been good in my experience. The amount of time one has available to pursue leisure activities will ebb and flow depending on the needs of his/her project and role.

    Cons

    The laddering/performance rating process is a crap shoot. If you start at the wrong time of year, you're screwed. If you have a career counselor who doesn't advocate for you, you're screwed. If your boss just doesn't like you, you're screwed. Compensation is lacking relative to other firms and year on year raises are low. However, promotions mean a significant bump in pay. Training used to be good, but they've cut back significantly.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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