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Avanade Reviews in Seattle, WA

Updated January 12, 2015
Updated January 12, 2015
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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.  

    Tremendous experience

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Avanade as an intern (more than an year)

    Pros

    Very professional environment with a variety of opportunities available

    Cons

    Not so fun if you aren't heavily interested in technology

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Engage Interns more

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Place to Work

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

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

    Pros

    Pretty well paid, awesome co-workers, good benefits, challenging work, use of cutting edge technologies, abundant training, clear & consistent path to promotions, ability to drive change at any career level.

    Cons

    Work-life balance can be a challenge, HR Leadership has some unreal expectations and is starting to become focused way more on the bottom line than anything else.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Trust the leaders that report to you. They have more experience than you in certain areas and therefore may know of better ways to do things. They have the best interest of Avanade and it's bottom line in mind at all times. By just letting them do their thing, you will see the results you want.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Superior collaborative environment

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

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

    Pros

    Top 5 reasons to consider working here:
    1) The collaboration is amazing.
    2) There is full communication across all levels within the company (Analyst to Director).
    3) Intellectual knowledge is freely shared, which makes learning a joy.
    4) Your worth is measured by your product knowledge - rather than your title.
    5) The training opportunities are exceptional. Certifications, classes, professional development - all inclusive.

    Cons

    Top 3 reasons to look elsewhere:
    1) Accenture owns Avanade and the work cultures are very different. One rough Accenture project (and there's plenty of those) and you'll be on LInkedIn looking for your next opportunity.
    2) An overly collaborative environment unfortunately sacrifices any chance for true leadership development. There are plenty of Managers, but exceptionally few leaders here. Accenture is not looking for leaders with their hired help.
    3) The bonuses/pay-raises are insulting.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep on keepin' on. Be great if we could buy-out from Accenture, but I don't see that happening anytime soon.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 4 people found this helpful  

    Meh - Take it or leave it

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Consultant in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Consultant in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    There's a lot of opportunity for learning and growing, good benefits, intelligent people (at least in certain areas).

    Cons

    There is a lot of corporate bloat, slow-to-grasp people, and a lack of transparency.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more open and transparent about what you do and don't know.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

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

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    • 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 an 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
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Need to learn how to treat people

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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

    Pros

    lots of educational benefits to include cert study guides and vouchers
    get to touch a lot of technology from exchange to lync to storage devices

    Cons

    Working night shift pays less than day shift counter parts due to in balance in over time (night shift loses 5-6 hours of OT per pay check)
    No shift diff for working nights
    hand books says you get more time off than you do due to being 12 hr shifts

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn how to pay people working nights properly and this might be an OK place to work. Night shift is seen as the weaker employees and treated like second class engineers. Properly staff night shift so people can take breaks and have more than 2-3 people covering an entire NOC.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Great company to work for

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Chief Technology Officer in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Chief Technology Officer in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Avanade full-time (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
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Solid performing company;

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

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

    Pros

    Smart people! Singular focus on Microsoft makes for more integrated approach to building out service offerings. Mark

    Cons

    Some "good old boy" thinking at the most senior levels.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide true opportunities (not lip service) for employees to move in to new areas of business to gain experience and/or demonstrate talents in areas other than originally hired for.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Avanade does push collaboration

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Avanade full-time (less than an 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
  11. 9 people found this helpful  

    Avanade doesn't really care about your career

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Systems Analyst in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Systems Analyst in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Avanade full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Can't think of many. I was very excited to join Avanade at first, but it didn't take long to be disillusioned

    Cons

    - Avanade is so focused on growth that they stopped caring about people they already have. In the 3+ years I worked there nearly every month we'd get an email about this or that benefit being "replaced with [something worse] so we can be better aligned for the future growth". What that meant most of the time is that benefits/perks were getting worse and worse as time progressed.

    - Compensation is extremely sub par. I didn't realize that until I started looking for a new job. Even with other consulting companies in the area I was able to easily get offers 25-40% higher than what Avanade pays (and with better benefits).

    - Don't believe recruiters when they tell you that you will be working on exciting projects with exciting clients. The clients are exciting (in the Seattle area mostly MS, but many other big names throughout the country). The truth is that most of the work is very mundane, boring and not challenging. You will be staffed on the same client for months if not years (if you're billable and client likes you, no amount of complaining will get you off a project even if it's not a good fit for you or your career).

    - Nearly none of the people I started working with 3+ years ago are with the company anymore. Morale is low, attrition is high

    - AvanadeU (and training opportunities) is not as great as they make it out to be. I would much rather have a subscription to PluralSight that listen to boring "lectures" over Lync. While on the client it's nearly impossible to attend any of the training sessions

    - There's no company culture to speak of. You're on a client site all the time, you interact with client's employees. Because of that you are more part of the client's culture than Avanade's. But you're not an FTE at the client, so there's something very important missing. You're basically on your own and it sucks.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Growth is not everything!! You are losing good people because you simply don't care about providing them with pay, benefits and opportunities that they deserve.
    - Stop patting yourself on the back in every company-wide email. Every deal won, every project completely was "thanks to this or that dedicated VP; I mean, yes, there were hundreds of other consultants on the project, but it's the VPs persistence that made it all happen"

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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