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Acquity Group Reviews in Chicago, IL

Updated July 8, 2014
Updated July 8, 2014
89 Reviews

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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Strong in strategy work , I believe there are a few smart people left in the organization (in 8 reviews)

  • The people are nice and friendly (in 4 reviews)


Cons
  • Expensive benefits, no 401K match, non-existent flexible/unlimited PTO policy (in 8 reviews)

  • No 401K match, no clear vacation policy, horrible management (in 7 reviews)

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  1.  

    Very smart, fun people to work with, and some good career growth opportunities within the organization.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manager  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Manager in Chicago, IL

    Pros

    The people, the interesting projects, advancement opportunities

    Cons

    Company grew very quickly, resulting in some disorganization and constantly changing internal initiatives (organization of business units would change every year or so). This may have changed as the company was recently acquired by Accenture.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    On its way down from peak in 2012

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    Former Employee - Senior Associate, Technology  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Senior Associate, Technology in Chicago, IL

    Pros

    Reasonable benefits with Accenture 401k partial matching, stock-purchase program.

    Cons

    Exodus of smart people continues since acquisition. Projects are becoming more focused on outsourcing. Few opportunities for leadership growth with extra Accenture overhead. Hard to find good developers for projects due to turnover.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Your top employees aren't going to stick around when the culture is disappearing and the raises/bonuses whittle down every year.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    High Turnover

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Specialist  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Specialist in Chicago, IL

    Pros

    In my mind, the acquisition by Accenture was a good thing. Very few agree.

    Cons

    Poor morale. Low energy and enthusiasm. High turnover. The company struggles with an inability to find the talent necessary to keep up with growth expectations. Old equipment. Disorganized. Poor communication. Very young and inexperienced. More senior professionals will likely feel like they are working with interns, which can be very frustrating.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you're going to adopt the Accenture way of doing things, you're going to need to make changes among leadership in areas of corporate support that is left over from a very different company. They're caught up in the old way of doing business.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Horrible! Never join!

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    Former Employee - Director  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Director in Chicago, IL

    Pros

    None that I can think of.

    Cons

    No 401K match, no clear vacation policy, horrible management. Even though Accenture has acquired them, operating management is the same. They have failed in delivering every project they have taken up, the list is endless.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Accenture should fire all the Acquity management folks

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great people, terrible execution

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    Former Employee - Manager  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Manager in Chicago, IL

    Pros

    People are awesome, smart and willing to work hard. Salary & compensation is above average.

    Cons

    Travel isn't always the greatest (up to 100%). Management leaves you out on an "island" at the client sites and doesn't always have your back (in an attempt to keep the client happy).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to the "peons" in the field, at the client sites. They have a better read on the project status than you do. Feel free to say "No" to a client every once and awhile - show some backbone and protect the people doing the actual work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Do not do business with this organization, unless it dramatically changes

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    Former Employee - Manager  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Manager in Chicago, IL

    Pros

    There are some amazingly talented creative people within this organization. The concept of "Career Managers" is one that should be carried forward after the merging is complete.

    Cons

    I wouldn't wish working for this company on my enemies. The project management is unforgivably terrible. The client partnership is unaware of the capabilities and limitations of the creative and technical staff; they consistently will say or do anything to get the client in the door, and lean on creative and technology to pick up the slack... and eventually on legal to mitigate a gross failure to manage expectations. The ethical accountability of the staff borders on legitimate criminality.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    In this day and age, you live long enough to be bought and swallowed by a big fish, and it appears you did just that. I have considerable doubts that Accenture Interactive will be a positive change for the clients and associates within the organization. Morale issues have contributed to massive attrition in creative (especially front end development), and this must be addressed. As Accenture is now the accountable stakeholder, there is one strong point that you must address:

    Reel in your sales force and client partners and SAY NO to unrealistic requests (or give realistic responses). Acquity has a very negative established reputation in this respect, and you will not only have to address the cause but spend (probably) years in damage control to repair the trust lost in the marketplace as a whole.

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

    Not for the faint at heart...

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    Former Employee - Manager  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Manager in Chicago, IL

    Pros

    Working with bright, motivated people, something new everyday.

    Cons

    Extremely fast paced, things are changing at lightening speed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take the time to listen to employees.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 4 people found this helpful  

    Poor leadership losing touch with a once great workforce

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    Current Employee - Creative  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Creative in Chicago, IL

    Pros

    - A few really intelligent people
    - Free soda

    Cons

    - No 401k match
    - Poor communication
    - Disconnection between sales team and delivery team
    - Super high attrition
    - Layoffs of quality, high-performing employees - with no clear reason
    - Nonexistent career support

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees. When employees frequently ask for 401k matching, don't turn it into a recurring joke. There needs to be a serious effort to admit mistakes and rebuild a very fragile relationship between the employees and leadership.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good, but not great

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Analyst  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Chicago, IL

    Pros

    Great pay from employer. Room to grow for the hungry. 'Go and get it' mentality is adored here.

    Cons

    Dull culture, overworked staff. Poor management. Hiring and firing often.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 8 people found this helpful  

    Stay away!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    Pros

    Strong in strategy work , I believe there are a few smart people left in the organization.
    Free soda!

    Cons

    They hire in masses, hire experienced people as Sr Managers and Directors and ask them to do development/coding ! Project pipeline not very strong now. Rumor is that they had 2 rounds of layoffs already - may be many more to come the way they are losing clients.

    I am not adding anything on the benefits part as anyway it is pathetic and many others have already highlighted the same.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to grow up as an organization, listen to your employees and plan properly.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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