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Deloitte Reviews in Boston, MA

Updated January 12, 2015
Updated January 12, 2015
7,198 Reviews
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Pros
  • There are options for partial telecommuting which contributes to work/life balance (in 471 reviews)

  • Great place to start your career as a recent graduate who is looking for experience (in 167 reviews)


Cons
  • As per me not a long term career option for people who give imp to work life balance (in 1260 reviews)

  • Literally no work life balance(Or No life only work) as a Center associate (in 254 reviews)

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  1. 80 people found this helpful  

    Great Place to start your career - Carefully read the cons

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

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Fantastic! Drive your own career.

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

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

    Pros

    Learning. Good pay. Loads of vacation to take if you can plan it properly.

    Cons

    Prepare to work hard and long hours.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There is more to someone else's life than satisfying your ego.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Good place to start your career

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

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

    Pros

    Challenging environment, available trainings, competent co-workers, some interesting perks such as fitness subsidy. Great place to start your career as you will learn a lot in a relatively short period of time.

    Cons

    Absolutely no work-life balance, high turnover. Management support can go from great on one engagement to non-existent on the next

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Culture changing for the worse

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

    I have been working at Deloitte

    Pros

    stable and secure work environment
    access to and experience working with the world's largest clients
    good benefit package

    Cons

    poor training and development
    very political and bureaucratic organization
    leadership / organizational structure is confused and disjointed
    Firm is undergoing cultural change (for the worse) due to high attrition ...losing sense of identity

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    firm should look to revisit compensation packages (significant disparity by level)
    too many layers of firm "leadership", by title, without any sense of actual leadership
    sense of community is waning and company is slowing losing its own identity

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Great Place to start out after earning college degree

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

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

    Pros

    There is a great opportunity to learn and achieve at this company. Most partners display a reasonable level of respect to and for newer employees. As in almost every organization there are a few who treat staff in lesser positions as if they were an expendable commodity rather than a valuable asset, but on the whole one feels respected and valued.

    Cons

    It is a large accounting firm, and as such is known for a large influx of year-one employees fresh out of college every year. Compensation is reasonable, but hours and hidden hours are contraindicative to a work-life balance. Perks are fair, but promotions were few ---everyone can't advance, some, even most --- need to move on to move up. They don't have any career path at all for innovative tax and technology combination-minded and skilled staff. Fit the expected pattern and exceed expected work volume accurately and you'll do well. Don't expect to share unusual gifts to expedite workflows and save processing hours and ergo costs -- they don't know what to do with that --- your reward is to ....move out...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn to reward innovation and get up to speed in combining technology and innovative time-saving streamlining automations and applications. If you have someone come to you who can do these things & you don't know who you can have supervise them - but their developed applications WORK--then have the wisdom and guts to realize the gold you have in your hands and make them that manager, director or partner who can lead the way for the company---rather than push them out the door because you're not sure who can supervise them - given no one has done the amazing things they're doing for you.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Staff Accountant

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

    I worked at Deloitte

    Pros

    Big Office, Lots of people to go to for Questions

    Cons

    Large Office , you get on a lot of clients,

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Really Smart People, Projects Leave a Bit to Be Desired

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

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

    Pros

    Smart Co-Workers, Deloitte is the fast follower in Tech, Good Salary and Benefits.

    Cons

    The tech projects I worked on leaved a bit to be desired. Work can be mundane.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Consulting company to start your career at

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

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

    Pros

    Good pay/benefits for travelling consultant, additional benefits and ample learning opportunity

    Cons

    Demanding, stressful, retention policies, everything runs through networking

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great company, but high burnout rate

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

    I worked at Deloitte full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    * Great place to start a career, as learning opportunities are limitless. Deloitte also resonates from a resume-building standpoint and can open up plenty of doors to outside opportunities.
    * Good benefits
    * Firm is making an effort to increase work flexibility / work-life balance, though difficult in client service

    Cons

    * As with any client service position, work life balance is major issue. At the mercy of clients, so schedule can be completely unpredictable depending on service line. This is not unique to Deloitte...same issue at any Big 4 firm. Beyond that, it is a positive place to work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    While a lot of efforts to overcome the work-life challenges have failed (somewhat impossible given line of work), I think the alternative is to compensate employees accordingly for the sacrifices, especially at the junior levels.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Best entry level job possible.

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

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

    Pros

    I have met so many amazing new people and gained phenomenal leadership skills. My job challenges me every single day and is constantly so exciting. Deloitte provides amazing training opportunities and social events. The salary is better than any entry level job I know. Fridays in the office are a great opportunity to network and unwind from the week.

    Cons

    You do work a lot sometimes, but if you love your job, you don't mind.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep doing what you're doing.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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