Avanade

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Avanade Reviews

Updated January 27, 2015
Updated January 27, 2015
523 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 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. 3 people found this helpful  

    Used to be fun and challenging, not anymore

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Solutions Architect in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Solutions Architect in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Avanade full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great people ( many left and many good people are leaving.)
    Work life balance (used to be there, not anymore)
    Cool projects
    Training and
    Extended Benefits

    Cons

    Too many reorgs which leaves people confused
    Opportunity to work locally is rare
    It has become a clone of Accenture with lots of office politics especially during annual reviews where favoritism is rampant

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Grow business and trim the fat at the top level starting from Directors and above.

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

    Premiere MSFT Technologies Services Provider - You'll Get Out Of It What You Put Into It

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Avanade full-time

    Pros

    Avanade is a top-tier consulting services provider that offers the best of both Microsoft's and Accenture's services organizations strengths. For its customer facing technology consultants and delivery managers it provides never a dull moment, challenging and rewarding work assignments. As a year-over-year global growth organization there are plentiful opportunities for individual growth based on one's capabilities. One should only be limited at Avanade by what one is willing to put into their career - in my experience a real "meritocracy." If one wishes to gain exposure to cutting edge Microsoft technologies implemented at the largest Fortune level organizations then this is the place. Very compressed experience - for example, 5 years at Avanade is equivalent to 10 years of typical corporate experience. Excellent salary, bonuses and benefits including top of the line health insurance, 80 hours of required annual training time and a technology purchase "extended benefits" budget of up to $2K provided annually. Excellent training and best in class individual professional development support provided from entry level through junior, senior and executive level positions.

    Cons

    Top tier IT services consulting is challenging and not for the faint of heart. It takes absolute dedication and willingness to constantly compete in a stable of thoroughbreds to succeed at this level - especially at Avanade. Experiences will vary over time and across projects and customer cultures but often significant personal sacrifices are required including near constant travel; demanding schedules like nights, weekends, getting up at 4:30 am on Sundays to fly across the country and getting back home at 9 pm or later on Fridays for months on end. I've worked away on the road through more (and at home through major holidays) birthdays and family milestone occasions than I can recount. Also Avanade in my view has become bloated around unnecessary and excessive layers of process, policy and internal oversight organizations seemingly needing to justify their existence through regularly implementing, changing and re-implementing Byzantine layers of reviews, approvals, added costs to customers and hoops to be jumped through leading to an inability to be agile around supporting innovative and new business development pursuits and opportunities. These constantly increasing layers of processes spill over into other areas including performance review and delivery of customer projects. Top technical talent are routinely tapped for opaque internal roles developing assets and technology offerings in isolation and often of questionable real value rather than supporting the business where more needed at the major account and customer level.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Perpetual growth for growth's sake and executive level management by spreadsheet is eating away at Avanade's rah-rah, can-do-anything, customer focused fabric. The larger Avanade becomes the more important it is to work harder to maintain its high energy, start-up like, innovative and tightly-knit culture. Bring back en-mass area level fly-backs or airlifts; sponsor, fund and support regularly scheduled regional -and- service line level community events; send more key delivery level technologists to external major industry events. Penny wise operational skimping in these areas will over time undermine Avanade's greatest assets - its people and more importantly its tightly knit culture.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Fast paced, hi-tech, business growing well, great people and culture, operates in the Microsoft/Accenture ecosystems

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Avanade full-time

    Pros

    Great people and culture - much more switched on and less political than most companies. Work will vary project by project but you can create your own opportunities by specializing in new and hot areas and by getting more involved in supporting sales to open or expand customers relationships. Benefits are excellent especially extended benefits (gadget fund). Future seems bright and mood is quite upbeat.

    Cons

    Travel and being stuck on a tough project even though there is now more focus on local work in the new US org model. Have to learn to protect the personal time. Sometimes customers are not aware or willing to try the new Microsoft technologies which could be better than what they are using. Finding time to train on all the new releases.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More direct business to show the full power of what Avanade can do with the Microsoft stack. Keep pushing on the technology leadership.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    Avanade's Microsoft's Region -- "UP-AND-OUT CULTURE" | Leadership Dysfunction

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    Top 1% Talent in NA possessing Highest Business Acumen with Deep Technology Expertise

    Paid Certifications, Technical Training

    Perks: "Gadget Budget"

    Compensation: Only for Experienced Hires

    Cons

    Use to be a decent company, but recently Implemented a regional model which means less opportunities with projects matching one's skill sets.

    Avanade's Microsoft Region, which throughout the organization is already known for its “up-and-out culture", is not organizationally strong enough to support rapid development for its resources due to Leadership Dysfunction.

    Organization pride's itself on having only the top 1% talent, but the disloyalty in the ranks forces that talent out within 24 months. Evident after more then half of Microsoft Region's workforce who recently quit in 2014.

    Overly ambitious Regional Goals at the cost of all top talents.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    People Don't Leave Companies -- They Leave Bad Leaders!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Leadership has multiple faces

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Free training, good benefits, large amount of technical knowledge. Overtime pay

    Cons

    Very hard to advance, long hours, work life balance has no balance

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Mixed

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    If you are a consultant you are large and in charge. Avanade was founded by consultants. And yes any company needs good sales people. Avanade does not necessarily believe that.

    Cons

    Being in Sales is not necessarily respected. There is a lack of effective communication from the top down. Very dysfunctional with over kill to process.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It would be great to bring in some true sales leadership. Achievable quotas. The 360 review process is geared towards consultants not sales. That should be changed. We are talking about people that view and do their jobs different. And that is ok! Cannot have a room of consultants that do not know how to take a conversation further than the space they are in. Analytic vs Creative

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Workplace driven by accounting and risk management

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

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

    Pros

    Deep microsoft centric skillset of the employees across a broad range of technologies, many smart people, some of the executives at the region and area level are very sharp, strong internal training investments, tends to promote very quickly up to the manager/group manager levels

    Cons

    Very bureaucratic, last few years have added layers to financials making it difficult to win business, led by CEO that is accounting rather than people focused, inherited Accenture's risk-management-first attitude which drives nearly everything, training investments are great internally but enabling employees for external training doesnt happen, company's philosophy for tuition reimbursement is terrible, people may be promoted too quickly - leading to a disconnect between title and actual capacity as well as a lack of lower level personnel to put on projects

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Realize that we need more flexibility to compete in the marketplace, trust and enable your employees who own P&Ls. The idea that a regional executive doesn't have signing authority to greenlight anything but the largest projects is ridiculous, re-examine our services to allow us to price skills differently, focus on work-life balance, at most senior levels realize that people are your core assets and to keep our premium position in the industry we need to be people focused again not spreadsheet focused

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Lots of Travel...

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

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

    Pros

    Lots of perks, training and support

    Cons

    Career managers are not well trained to really help you where you want to be. I used to have a call every once in a while with my CM and he will tell me things to do, but never really helped me move up or anywhere

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make sure you have a solid and clear career path and better tools to measure the progress of each consultant

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  10.  

    Good benefits, decent training, poor management, a little disorganized

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manager
    Former Employee - Manager

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

    Pros

    The people are really great. The benefits are good as well. They pay for certification as well.

    Cons

    Management is poor as well as the on boarding. Hard to locate information or to find anyone who can answer questions

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please consider the goals of those working under you.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 4 people found this helpful  

    Worst company to work for!

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

    I worked at Avanade full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    They provide training and certification in AX.

    Cons

    Company is not able to find projects and falsely promises
    its employees that they will be on projects soon. They kept me
    waiting for months to place me on a project, and then laid me off.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop making false promises and raising employees' expectations!!!
    LEARN management lessons from your competitors!!!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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