Avanade
3.5 of 5 469 reviews
www.avanade.com Seattle, WA 5000+ Employees

Avanade Reviews

Updated Jul 4, 2014
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3.5 469 reviews

                             

76% Approve of the CEO

Avanade CEO Adam Warby

Adam Warby

(257 ratings)

73% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Pros:
  • "Good team work environment, good work/life balance, good compensation"
    in 24 reviews
  • "Company is filled with experts in all Microsoft technologies"
    in 47 reviews
Cons:
  • "Work-life balance is hard to come by if you have a family or want any time off"
    in 48 reviews
  • "Long hours at client sites based on client demands"
    in 19 reviews
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    BODY SHOP for Accenture

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Seattle, WA

    ProsPaid while on the bench.
    Paid overtime.
    Good starting place for someone with less then 2 years experience or limited skills.

    ConsPay is low, at least 10% below market.
    No work life balance, can’t take vacation while on a project.
    Micromanaged from both Accenture and Avande.
    401k match after 1 year (High Turnover).
    Limited to Microsoft technology.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop paying lip service to get people in the door.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great company

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsAmazing team of individuals to work with

    ConsI have no problems with this company.

    Advice to Senior ManagementI have no advice for management

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    My experience at Avanade was phenomenal.

    Manager (Former Employee)

    ProsThe company was, and by all reports is, very exciting to work with and always offered interesting clients and projects.

    ConsFor some the continual travel might be tiresome but I found it to be exciting. The company held some great team-building and recognition events and also had a very good bonus structure.

    Advice to Senior ManagementLike all large and growing companies, internal politics could sometimes rise up, especially in times of belt-tightening but if you have to work as an FTE then politics are a part of life.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Nice place to work

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsStress less place to work

    ConsNothing found yet. It is nice place to work.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Rapid Response Engineer (Current Employee)
    Seattle, WA

    ProsLow stress environment. Very little customer interaction for this position. Free Microsoft Certification Testing. Opportunities to move up within the company after testing completion. Resources and assistance available 24x7.

    Cons12 hour shifts on a rotating schedule. Leadership does not coordinate well with shared sites.

    Advice to Senior ManagementSites are not unilateral on procedures and management styles. If same procedures are being utilized then why two different sets of instructions? Accountability is skewed on site accountability depending on which manager is on shift.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great place to gain experience

    Senior Analyst (Current Employee)
    Houston, TX

    ProsGreat access to training
    Company is filled with experts in all Microsoft technologies
    If in the right region, the travel benefits are amazing

    ConsSalary isn't competitive
    Really hard to travel if you live in a high growth area

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    A good company to chart a long term career with

    Solutions Architect (Current Employee)
    Los Angeles, CA

    ProsThere are good career advancement opportunities and it is clear when you need to do for advancement. Good variety in job types and flexibility in where and when you work.

    ConsAccenture owns Avanade and pushed processes that are designed for the worlds largest companies down, which creates too much process at the 1,000 to 5,000 seat clients, of which we have many.

    Advice to Senior ManagementRight size the process. Smaller accounts should have less process than larger.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Wonderful People, Exciting Culture

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsStrong focus on training; fantastic initiatives for Diversity and Inclusion that other companies should follow; talented people with a fun company culture; wonderful flexible work possibilities (depending on role); And of course technology and innovation are a high priority

    ConsSometimes the flexible work options makes it hard to separate your work and personal time. We are so enabled with our technology that almost any device can keep you working where ever you are, so sometimes you feel you have to. A lot of people seem to check email at all hours of the day so there can be a pressure to do the same. Also, as a global company, you may have to take off-hours calls because if your team is not local. This makes work-life balance difficult to maintain.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe company needs to invest more in the core services. Avanade has doubled in just a couple of years, but we don't take the time to grow the supporting teams that are the backbone of the company. The executive leadership team needs to realize that the year-over-year growth requirements are going to need larger budget increases (at least occasionally) to the "overhead" side of the company so that both technology AND staff can be grown. Currently increasing headcount has to be sacrificed in order for spend to be redirected into supporting business efforts and this is no sustainable. We do great work for other companies, we need to stop and invest in ourselves as well.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Worked on some internal tools for the company, a KB for consultants

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGreat people, excellent training, great management. The culture was a good mix of Microsoft and a big 5 accounting firm, i.e. very professional

    ConsNone, really; most consultants travel extensively.

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    Stepping Stone, Not Corner Stone of a Career

    Program Manager (Former Employee)

    ProsGood benefits for "quality of life." Given the right leadership alignment one can create opportunities for themselves within Avanade with the solid business case. Great career development model and learning/training repository. Global company provides exposure to international and diverse project work.

    ConsWork-life balance is hard to come by if you have a family or want any time off. Compensation is low to avg and they will take as much as you give, then ask for more. Like most companies of the similar size and model advancement opportunities are based on internal politics over achievements. Leadership is not consistent, some sectors have strong leaders while others have no business being in people/career management of any sort. For an "innovative" technology company, most of the innovation is externally focused leaving internal process and technology antiquated. Since Accenture leads and owns most of the projects, Sr level/Exec advancements opportunities are hard to come by.

    Advice to Senior ManagementHard to give advice to upper manager, as I'm not really sure how much influence they have over Accenture who pretty much runs the show.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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