Avanade Reviews

Updated September 15, 2014
Updated September 15, 2014
484 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • The work life balance is good, especially for the consulting business (in 25 reviews)

  • Company is filled with experts in all Microsoft technologies (in 48 reviews)


Cons
  • Work-life balance is hard to come by if you have a family or want any time off (in 51 reviews)

  • No work life balance, be prepared to work 12 to 16 hour days (in 10 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Great company to work for

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    Current Employee - Chief Technology Officer  in  Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Chief Technology Officer in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    Great company, outstanding benefits and employee focused career management

    Cons

    Lots of politics that can impact career growth

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    provide more growth opportunities to project delivery teams

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Place, Great Environment, Great People

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Avanade full-time

    Pros

    Great culture, smart people, excellent benefits, awesome training, no manager (yes, has concept of Career Manager who helps you grow within the company professionally, they are more like mentors/friends and do care for people whom they mentor). As this is consulting firm, managers are more project based. Over all great people to work with. No serious complains. You work hard/smart and eventually get rewarded.

    Cons

    You might spend periods on bench (without project... but not a big issue) as Avanade is very picky about the projects and do not sign up client by lowering rates just to win (i guess that's Pro actually). Might end up doing lots of travelling (this is pre-condition before joining usually for most positions, unless otherwise clearly stated). Based on project, may end up working long hours (who doesn't now a days)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you do best, maintain the culture.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3. 5 people found this helpful  

    Director

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    Current Employee - Director
    Current Employee - Director

    I have been working at Avanade full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Great training, great compensation and great people. Fantastic place to start your career.

    Cons

    All the great leaders have left or are leaving. All the incompetent leaders are staying
    Avanade's failure to develop its direct non Accenture revenue has resulted in Avanade becoming the second class citizen of Accenture.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I recently went to a global training for newly promoted directors. It was a great conference.

    Each student was asked to name a great manager that they admired. Several names were came up multiple times "Mitch Hill, Richard Von Hagen, Adam Warby, Sean Jazayeri, Mike Gilkey, Dale Christian". Someone observed that most of the great leaders have left.

    That evening, a few of us got together and someone asked us to name the leaders we admire the least. Several names came up repeatedly. Unfortunately, all of them are still at Avanade.

    So my question to Avanade is why is that the more respected leaders left or are leaving?

    Recommends
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    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to start career

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Solutions Developer  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Solutions Developer in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Avanade full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    They offered a lengthy transition program for new college grads of about 5 weeks.

    Cons

    Not a lot of say on client that you will be assigned to

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Ultimately, I was part of layoffs during economic down turn, unfortunately I didn't see it coming at all. Maybe a little better communication of hard times. Instead, they had us come in for a week of training and then on Friday laid off a lot of us.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    To date I have lived the best experiences and challenges in my career at Avanade.

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer  in  Recife, Pernambuco (Brazil)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Recife, Pernambuco (Brazil)

    I have been working at Avanade as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    Friendship, meet new people and different cultures. Good benefits.

    Cons

    The biggest challenges we encounter are making good deliveries in shorter periods with different technologies.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Avanade does push collaboration

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    Current Employee - Senior Analyst  in  Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Avanade full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Working here has been a huge beneficial experience. Coworkers assist with your ambitions giving you the opportunities to grow as much as you would like, coming to work is something to look forward to.

    Cons

    Small amounts of typical work cons such as processes still in development as well as some micro management with individuals trying to claim their place in the company. Overall minimal issues compared to most other businesses and is far within a tolerable range.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus more on developing internal resources proactively.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great opportunities and really smart people!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Avanade

    Pros

    The company provides so many ways to contribute, learn and lead. I've found so many smart people to learn from! The training is amazing and the culture is fun, challenging and supportive all at once. I'm also very pleased to see the amount of communication and recognition the company invests in.
    I am lovin' it so far!

    Cons

    It's not a company for those who want a slow pace. If you are part of the delivery channel, you need to keep yourself relevant, up to date, and constantly delivering. This is not for everyone. I personally love that aspect of it but have heard from others that it is a lot to keep up with.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep the culture of community and recognition going. This is a really great aspect of the place.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  9.  

    A very friendly and driven company

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    Current Employee - Senior Consultant  in  London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Extended Benefits is nice.
    Interesting customers and opportunities
    Great colleagues

    Cons

    Work life balance isn't as good as prescribed.
    No work from home contracts based out of Avanade or Accenture offices
    Not much direct work, mostly working with Accenture.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great people, great processes, great technology

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Avanade full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Good compensation & benefits, access to latest MS technology, interesting large-scale projects, respectful and transparent culture, rational organizational structure. No other company does global Microsoft projects that really stretch the bounds of the products.

    Cons

    As with any large company, it takes time to learn how to navigate the org, understand go-to-market strategies and solution offerings, There is plenty of support to get that done.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    An innovating and fast growing IT company!

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    Former Employee - Junior Online Marketer  in  Almere-Stad (Netherlands)
    Former Employee - Junior Online Marketer in Almere-Stad (Netherlands)

    I worked at Avanade full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    An innovating and fast growing IT company with lots of room for self improvement. Interesting customer driven projects and very sociable colleagues. Many training and learning opportinities.

    Cons

    The marketing department was a bit small when I worked there (as was the marketing budget) leaving us little room to create 'wild' marketingcampaigns. But the company has grown a lot since then, so I am not sure if this is still a con for the current marketers.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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