Accenture Reviews

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  1. Accenture is a great place to launch your career

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Management Consulting Analyst in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Management Consulting Analyst in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Accenture offers great diversity in project assignment for the person who is wanting to travel -- and travel you will when you below to the Consulting group. The best part of working at Accenture for me -- the people.

    Cons

    Accenture is light on the top and heavy on the bottom with regards to the hierarchy pyramid. Very difficult to make it up the ranks and still be paid competitively.

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

    Joining as an experienced hire

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manager In Enterprise Partner Support in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Manager In Enterprise Partner Support in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    They have a great benefits program, generous PTO time off (which includes sick days), good training programs. They will promote the experienced hire program, though there is not much of a structured program. Accenture is a great brand name and will enhance your resume. They are a very demanding company to work for. You will be expected to work overtime. They will talk about how work-life balance is really important and how you should use flex time to your advantage. Just don't do it during busy times and that is most of the year. It is a very stable company however I was laid off due to budget cuts and I had the least tenure in my group. They do provide the opportunity to move around if your position gets cut however it is limited time and the hiring process is slow. It took me 7 weeks to get hired, when you only have 30 days to close on a new opportunity, you have to move fast and hope they do too. It is admirable that they give you the opportunity.

    Cons

    Experienced hires are well respected and they bring in new blood and new ideas, they are so happy to have you on board. What I actually experienced is that Accenture has many "lifers" who have been there forever- right out of college, 10-20 year tenures. They are heavily invested, promoted through a laddering system by their peers, and to experienced hires, you are reporting to people, typically younger than you, with less overall years of experience in the business. All they know is the Accenture Way.

    I had a few very successful years, I tried to get promoted, I would always be trumped by a lifer. It is also very difficult to get credit for your work. Typically it melts into your Sr. Managers and executives and you will not be spotlighted for your efforts. Folks at Accenture evaluate you by "the time you have been with Accenture". They do not recognize for one minute your past years of experience with other firms when it comes to recognition of your capabilities and promotion time. They also promote and assign bonuses through a system called Laddering where your peers chime in and vote on who deserves the promotion and bonus the most. If you are popular and have been around a while, you will of course get the most votes. A Sr. Manager I was interviewing with recently told me that the turn around for experienced hires is 80% in less than 5 years. They also made a comment that Accenture chews up and spits out experienced hires and why was I still here at 3 years? These blatant comments really concerned me and maybe getting laid off was not such a bad thing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    As mentioned earlier, work life balance is promoted, however in reality, it is difficult to practice and you are not winning any brownie points when it is busy. They expect you to work overtime when the work is there. They do have a really good benefits program however in 2015, they have cut back their healthcare program to one consistent program for everyone, but you can choose from 3 healthcare firms. They raised your contribution from 85/15 to 80/20. Costs did not go down. You pay extra for dental and eye care plans, they do cover the bigger percentage costs for these programs. They do offer group rates on optional life insurance and some specialty programs like pet insurance, AD&D, upgraded life insurance, critical illness, etc.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful

    Great opportunities but at a grueling pace

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

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

    Pros

    Great people to work with at the analyst and consultant level. Great experience in a lot of different roles. Great training opportunities. Great "brand" to have on your resume. Opportunity to get involved in any type of extra-curricular you want. Defined paths to promotion. Great benefits.

    Cons

    No work/life balance. Unrealistic expectations from leaders who have married the company and prefer not to have lives outside of work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Spend time developing analysts and consultants - getting to know them as people - it will keep them more satisfied and inclined to stay long term. Staff projects appropriately, don't break the backs of 24-29 yr olds.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. Great place to work

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

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

    Pros

    Truly a meritocracy... if you perform well, you'll be given more responsibility.
    Great benefits (particularly the PTO and training) and the pay is generally pretty good.
    Opportunity to transform and create value for clients.

    Cons

    Work-life balance can be difficult to navigate (particularly for the Consulting workforce where travel is often required 4 days/week)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Raises should be higher for high performers (experienced hires shouldn't be making significantly more than internal promotes).

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

    Great place to build lasting relationships

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

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

    Pros

    Excellent e-learning, good place of build relationships and skills....

    Cons

    No work-life balance.
    Culture not good for experience hires, because getting placed on projects is based on your personal network within Accenture.
    Raises are very conservative

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Accenture Leadership should do more for integrate experience hire into corporate culture

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. Good place to start

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 a year)

    Pros

    -Wonderful opportunities to learn different technologies.
    -Amazing people to work with.
    -Good type of challenges.
    -Okay benefits
    -Good amount of PTO but you don't always get to use it.
    -Depending on the project remote work is an option.

    Cons

    -Things aren't always very clear or communicated properly.
    -long work ours may happen and you don't always get recognition for it.
    -Often just seen as a resource and not a person.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Its a large company so its easy to make people feel like they are just resources and not human beings. Maybe consider having more of a human element as well as give better compensation for the long hours that are being worked.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  8. 5 people found this helpful

    Growing dissatisfied

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    Current Employee - Level D in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Level D in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    1. Competitive pay for entry level employees
    2. Great job for introduction into a professional company
    3. Decent growth potential

    Cons

    1. Moving above mid level can be very difficult. It can become quite political.
    2. Management ignores supervisor input in employee evaluations. (Supervisor rates well, Management claims average or less)
    3. Over the last two years management has made the choice to reduce benefits for employees that are not client based. No business can run without support staff, however Accenture has made a clear choice to not provide any raises or bonuses for those employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management has made a clear choice. That choice is to only support employees that are client based. They claim they are trying to provide capital savings for future growth. That would be fine if all branches of the company were equally effected. "Services" employees received bonus and pay increases however "enterprise" got nothing. In one week the company has alienated almost all support staff. The company owes every employee an apology. Although the company has strengths the last two years have had record profits and reduced benefits. Walmart provides its staff a raise average of 20 cents an hour every year. Accenture provided 0 cents. It is something people need to thing about when looking for employment.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. Good people

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Systems Integration Analyst in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Systems Integration Analyst in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    The people are good, sometimes the work can be really boring though. They have been very flexible with time off for health concerns. Good work life balance and sometimes the account will have fun events.

    Cons

    They won't let you travel if you are an analyst, which is something I really wanted to do. Federal sucks you in and keeps you there.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let people work from home more often

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. A GREAT FIRST JOB OUT Of school

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

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

    Pros

    Great work life balance overall. Was able to accrue a lot of PTO in a short amount of time. Really awesome career growth opportunities.

    Cons

    Compensation was only partially competitive. Uses laddering system for raises which is counterproductive for collaboration.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful

    Good exposure, project experience. Very political, shady, no transparency.

    • 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 a year)

    Pros

    Accenture enables exposure to clients (large and mid sized companies) and client leadership. This is a huge plus for personal as well as professional development.

    Cons

    The pay and promotion structure is very convoluted and shady. I've seen great people get passed up for promotion while others with better connections get promoted. The review process is not transparent in the least and depends on how much you are liked by leadership. Once you get a bad review, it is impossible to pull yourself out of that no matter how great your work is in subsequent review cycles. At that point, the only option is to leave the company and move on. This is partly why Accenture has an extremely high turnover rate in the consulting world.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to people with good ideas at all levels of the company, not just at the higher levels. There are so many missed opportunities, bad project planning and management, client dissatisfaction due to this. Clients are not happy with the work but feel trapped into contracts because they need the work completed even if it's poor quality. Make them want to stay because they love the quality of work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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