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Avanade Reviews in Houston, TX

Updated November 8, 2014
Updated November 8, 2014
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • The work life balance is good, especially for the consulting business (in 24 reviews)

  • Company is filled with experts in all Microsoft technologies (in 50 reviews)


Cons
  • The work/life balance is not balanced - the time commitment expectations are unreal (in 52 reviews)

  • Based on project, may end up working long hours (who doesn't now a days) (in 21 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great place to gain experience

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

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Human Resources Is More Trouble Than Help

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Consultant in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Consultant in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    For promotions they attempt to be as far as possible during calibration

    Cons

    The criteria necessary for being promotion are not well defined. Excuse is given to every employee is, "You are responsible for your career." So you're left to guess what are the best possible choices to take throughout the year. It is largely luck based on what engagement you may be fortunate to get on.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    No work-life balance, no ethics, no processes, just treat people like slaves

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Manager in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    Great training program. They have a great training program/team who truly cares about building your career

    Cons

    Unfortunately project execution is a joke. All projects I was in were in some way screwed up either by the Accenture relationship or by poor management practices. They promote based on how hard you work on your last screwed up project so the people that end up leading projects continue the vicious cycle of having to marry your job to get the project done.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get the bad apples out before it becomes part of the company culture. Work on the misconception of "All I have to do to get promoted is marry my job for a couple of projects".

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 4 people found this helpful  

    Not the place from which to expect work-life balance and good compensation

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

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

    Pros

    Great place to get experience on anything Microsoft. The pace is that of two or three years that of a normal company. In other words, spend a year in this company and you gain two or three years of experience at another company.

    Cons

    Awful work-life balance. They truly expect you to be on all the time. This is partially due to Accenture's culture of expecting people to marry their jobs and poorly managed projects. Compensation is a joke and bonus/raises are even worse. A lot of people leave after year-end reviews because of how insulting raises are (especially compared to the amount of work)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Practice what you preach and don't burn out your employees. Invest in people's careers by paying a decent salary and maybe they won't leave after year-end reviews.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Death by Process

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - BDE in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - BDE in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    Smart, talented, highly skilled teams to work with

    Cons

    Death by legal processes. 40-50% of your time is spent doing business administration work to make sure you are policy compliant in order to sell a solution to a customer. There are reviews for determining if you can pursue a potential client all they way through the process of executing a contract.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire financial / business administrators to support the sales teams so they can focus on selling.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    PM in Houston

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    Quality training. Great delivery methodology. Nice events - they truly make an effort to connect consultants. Get to work with very competent team members.

    Cons

    Archaic annual review process. The process is horrible and it is all about who knows who. They actually get everyone in a room for a level above candidates being stack-ranked and talk about each candidate. Keep in mind 90% of the people in the room don't know the candidates.

    May not be staffed on a company project, but instead be staffed on an Accenture project where Avanade employees are not treated very well.

    Very much a good ole boy network that I thought was gone from the workplace until joining Avanade.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a look at your Houston office - why are so many good management-level people dissatisfied?
    Find a better way to stack rank instead of calibration meetings.
    Get "direct" business instead of demotivating staff with working on Accenture projects. If we wanted to work on Accenture projects, we would have applied at Accenture.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Sounds great on paper, but fails on most engagements

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

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

    Pros

    Lots of travel, good assuming you like it. Average pay and benefits. Great fringe benefits like airline miles. You are usually stuck in the trenches with likeminded coworkers, so you build team camaraderie and make friends quickly.

    Cons

    The mentoring/management system is convoluted - you get a random boss who doesn't know you, doesn't care about you, and doesn't spend any time with you. Semiannual reviews are like meetings of a secret society, and you have no chance of going anywhere if you don't know someone on the inside. Upper management is largely inaccessible. Avanade is attached to their partner Accenture at the hip, even though Accenture engagements are universally horrible and have high failure rates - but they refuse to cultivate independent engagements. Their other partner, Microsoft, is treated like a competitor - expect no help from them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    De-emphasize Accenture engagements and focus on independent growth. Make the review and career growth process more transparent.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    An OK place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Business Analyst in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Business Analyst in Houston, TX

    I worked at Avanade as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    An OK place to work

    Cons

    Lots of bureaucracy, pay on the low side

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more inclusive of your contract employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    The blind leading the blind...

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Business Analyst in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Business Analyst in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    The money is well worth your chance to learn... from the client, and the clients' industry. Anyone can get online education courses about anything that Avanade offers you.

    Cons

    The go to great lengths to make you think they have direction. But their direction is often in direct conflict with what Accenture's goals. Despite how they play up the partnership with Microsoft, that was in the past. Avanade "orients" you to do things their way, but more often than not you are being paid to do things the clients way which has little or nothing to do with Avanade's or Accenture's method.

    Bottom line is Accenture is the slave master to developers and tech writers from India, Avanade is the slave owners to the PM's and BA's who are put in the middle between what the client wants and how Avanade will burn through the budget trying to implement their method leaving you dazed and confused.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It wouldn't matter... they won't listen.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Place to Work !!

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

    I have been working at Avanade full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    - Current Technology
    - Globally Connected - Laptops issued have phones/headset, MS LYNC
    - Fantastic Methodology (for SD, PM, etc. - well planned out and people trained)
    - Push Employees in Training/Certifications
    - Great Place for Someone Right out of College - Good Mentors
    - Pay is in Line with Market

    Cons

    - Not much say in Projects You Get Assigned To - They don't even ask if you are interested
    - Totally don't understand the capabilities of some of their staff - A very senior level person may be assigned to a very junior level position (this is more than frustrating and people will leave if they are not challenged
    - Not at all impressed with BDMs - they go to client sites and don't say hi to company employees (we ARE providing part of your paycheck Mr. BDM), while on the bench BDMs may not return calls, etc. - if these folks are in sales, they should have GREAT relationships with both customers and consulting staff
    - You have a standardized methodology - why are only some projects using it?

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sales Teams / Account Managers - At least make an attempt to say HI to every person working for Avanade when visiting a client site
    MANDATE that all projects use your proprietary Delivery Management Methodology - this should not be a pick and choose - ALL projects should use it

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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