Deloitte Reviews

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  • Advanced attitude towards work-life balance (in 471 reviews)

  • Probably a good place to start your career (in 167 reviews)

Cons
  • Absolutely no work-life balance (in 1260 reviews)

  • There is no Work-Life Balance at all (in 254 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (165)

    Great Place to start your career - Carefully read the cons

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - AMS Associate in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - AMS Associate in Boston, MA

    I worked at Deloitte full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    These folks know exactly what they are doing. They set high standards, and consistently deliver. Their project expectations and planning is excellent. The top level management folks are extremely smart and have a great sense of vision and planning. If you go to company social events (which are very frequent by the way), it is quite easy to have conversations with upper management people (Partners). Deloitte's hiring pattern is very consistent. For the young starters, they hire smart, well spoken, and subtly aggressive candidates. They have excellent training and knowledge management. They have a well oiled and empowered HR and Tech Support group. Things get done pretty fast. Their paid time off program is really great, and pretty straight forward. No messing about. They have a big social responsibility program that encourages volunteering. It also presents a great opportunity for youngsters to take event organizing responsibilities. This can be very very useful. Once, I volunteered for an event where we painted rooms for an orphanage center. There was a young guy who did the organizing. We were 10-12 people, with 3 senior executives actually doing paintwork. Quite unique. I have personally seen that Deloitte's top talents tend to start young, spend a 3-4 years, then take a hiatus to pursue a Graduate Degree (typically an MBA). The firm sometimes re-hires these consultants after their MBA with generous financial incentives. They offer much better packages to folks graduating from top universities. Sometimes they can offer huge joining bonuses. I worked in the IT consulting division.They tend to get top-end projects. On projects, the average age seems pretty low. A lot of 20-somethings, then there are a handful of 30-40 year old people and some senior Management folks. Beginner salaries can be a bit low. (which is expected. It takes some time to build credibility in the Consulting business) Overall, a great place to start your professional career. If you pay attention, you will get seasoned very quickly.

    Cons

    Work-life balance can become poor, especially during tight project timelines (This is expected in the Consulting Business). The employees have a significant amount of "firm-internal" training and knowledge contribution tasks. There are annual goal expectations. It can get tedious if you continuously work on high demand projects. There is intense competition, especially during targeted promotion/milestone years. There can be some backstabbing. It's part of the experience. It is not as bad as it sounds, and seems manageable. A lot of times, being young and inexperienced has it's flaws. The company has a simple way of seasoning consultants. They get pushed into high pressure situations, and they learn fast, and quickly start managing their own work. But they tend to be blind towards intricate details, especially in complicated IT product implementations. This has an interesting effect. If someone is able to do the hands-on work, everyone else tries to piggy-back on that person for their actual work. The hands-on guy gets overwhelmed, and others try to use him/her as a key resource. -- I personally went through a crunch project, and found a number of people "managing expectations" (piggy backing), while a handful of people actually knew the end-to-end solution and did the hands-on work. This created a lot more work and mental anguish than needed. Because of the expressed pressure, the hands-on guys have a hard time building and growing their reputation and subsequent performance evaluation rating. This also affects the project execution timelines. IMPORTANT: Make sure you thoroughly read through your employment agreement and understand the implications. In recent years, they have started hiring for specific projects ONLY. This falls under a particular "AMS service line". In this case, if your assigned project gets into a problem, you are exposed to the risk of employment termination. Their HR and Management are very helpful, and they will try to get you a new project. But there are several constraints like location, your skills, and limited time. I went through this, and it was somewhat unnerving. This was one of the reasons I ended up leaving the company.

    Advice to Management

    I have high regards for the Senior Management in this company. I think they are the market leaders in the industry, especially with their consistent high standards. Personally, I think they should strongly encourage some "end-to-end" hands-on responsibility in the IT consulting division. There are very few hands-on guys. I have seen a lot of segregation of duties between people that causes endless heartburn during crunch project timelines.


  2. Intern

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Audit Staff in Boston, MA
    Current Intern - Audit Staff in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Deloitte as an intern (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    They don't expect interns to know or do much, just have a positive attitude and help wherever you can

    Cons

    Don't get too much to do, can be frustrating when you cannot figure something out and don't want to bug everyone again


  3. Great Company to work for!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Massachusetts in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Massachusetts in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Deloitte full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Strong culture and integrated strategy for growth is resulting in superior performance in the market. Lots of opportunities.

    Cons

    Too big in size that makes navigating your career a bit more tasking. The quality of employees is not consistent.

    Advice to Management

    The quality of talent needs more focus. That is the only constraint that will limit you to gain market leadership position in the consulting industry. Also, match demand and supply of project work more fluid.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Excellent Place to work

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

    I have been working at Deloitte

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Ample of room to grow. Lot to work and explore

    Cons

    Three things: Work Work Work and the fourth is Work life balance

    Advice to Management

    There is something called "Work life balance"


  6. Great Place to Start

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

    I worked at Deloitte full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    World class training; Young and energetic culture; Great experience coming out of college; Industry focused; Great benefits

    Cons

    Hard to manage work life balance; Long hours; Busy seasons from October to February; Stretch their people too thin; Hard to take PTO

    Advice to Management

    Be there for your consultants and senior consultants;


  7. Great experience

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Business Technology Analyst in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Business Technology Analyst in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Deloitte full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great culture and lots of training opportunities. The All Analyst training that new hires go through is loads of fun and a great learning experience

    Cons

    Deloitte seems to increasingly be focused on IT consulting, which might not be the best place for those looking to do purely strategy type work.

    Advice to Management

    Not much, had a great experience at Deloitte. I didn't feel like there was much international opportunity at the time but that may have changed


  8. Great career track with heavy workload

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

    I have been working at Deloitte full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Many opportunities for personal and career development. The firm values individuals, their opinions, and their work efforts. Great pay and benefits. An abundance of learning opportunities allows new graduates the ability to take their careers in many directions.

    Cons

    Forced ranking during yearly reviews gives demerits to otherwise qualified employees. Heavy emphasis on utilization targets that can't be met if all vacation days are taken. Workload beyond 45 client hours per week completing firm development activities. The need for networking to get on assignments means that only the portion of Deloitte that you know (or that know you) is available for your career growth.


  9. Good Experience for Entry Level, Not Somewhere You

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Human Capital Consultant in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Human Capital Consultant in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Deloitte

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    - great compensation - generally rewarded for the amount of work you put into the job - most people in the firm are good to work with - great vacation/time off policy... if you're able to take it

    Cons

    - travel is not as cool as you think - your happiness depends on how good your manager is - too much technology / implementation work, too little strategy/visioning work - don't expect work/life balance

    Advice to Management

    - figure out ways to better align projects with practitioners' actual interests or passions. It's no fun doing client work that you are not motivated to do. - find ways to improve work/life balance


  10. Specialist Master

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Specialist Master in Burlington, MA
    Current Employee - Specialist Master in Burlington, MA

    I have been working at Deloitte full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    - positive work environment - employee friendly policies

    Cons

    - work culture encourages competition rather than collaboration

    Advice to Management

    Need to think over and make improvements to the performance rating process


  11. Deloitte - SpM

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Specialist Master in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Specialist Master in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Deloitte full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Better culture than other places

    Cons

    Too much travel associates, not much flexibility, need to do a lot of Networking to go up the ladder



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