Deloitte Reviews

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Pros
  • 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. Great place to start

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - ERS Senior Consultant in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - ERS Senior Consultant in Los Angeles, CA

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

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Great on-the-job perks (alternate travel, client expenses) in addition to health benefits.

    Cons

    Politics and system of year-end ratings cause abundance of stress


  2. Administrative Assistant

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Administrative Assistant in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Administrative Assistant in Los Angeles, CA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great people, great benefits, great company.

    Cons

    No opportunity for advancement. Some difficult people to work for.


  3. Great career - let me do what I want

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Specialist Leader in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Specialist Leader in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Deloitte full-time (More than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    Pay is good. Get to work at home, flexible. I know what I can make

    Cons

    Deloitte hires really good people. The rating system tends to get the bottom 10% to leave. But often the bottom 10% is better than what they could hire.

    Advice to Management

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  5. Great Starting Point

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

    I worked at Deloitte (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    You will work with great people, many of who you will keep in touch with for the rest of your career. This job opens a lot of doors into private accounting and beyond, and the name looks very good on your resume. A good amount of vacation time is also very nice.

    Cons

    Working in such a large organization it sometimes feels like the company doesn't care about you or that you're not making an impact. Hours can be extremely tough, especially for the low pay.

    Advice to Management

    Many times teams are pressured into staying as long as management is onsite, despite their work. By providing more flexibility and autonomy to your teams you will have happier and more productive employees, and likely better budgets.


  6. Tax Senior Manager

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Costa Mesa, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Costa Mesa, CA

    I have been working at Deloitte full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    You would have big four name on the resume, people you work with are educated and decent for the most part, clients are pretty good

    Cons

    You may be way underpaid for the work you do and the level you are in, work life balance is difficult and expectations are high

    Advice to Management

    Treat your employees fairly, make sure the compensation is fair by level and within the individuals in each level, appreciate your employees


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    Great place to start your consulting career

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Deloitte Consulting is a great place to start a career for those just graduating from college. Those who rise up from the analyst level are able to better work the system at Deloitte, compared to experienced hires. Also, as a market leader in quite a few industries, Deloitte has a great variety of clients and is able to provide a rich experience across industries and technologies to its practitioners. You'll be able to work in an area of your own choosing, within reason. People are generally nice, and there are some truly spectacular people within the firm, those who take the time to mentor you and bring out the best in you. Upper management (Senior Managers, Partners, Principals, Directors) are also generally very accessible. Compensation is pretty good, until you take into account the items I mention in the Cons section. Vacation time is generous at 5 or 6 weeks, 401k matching, Deloitte contributed pension plan, and an annual incentive program (bonus), along with other benefits and perks. You'll also be able to earn airline miles and hotel points, and do "alternative travel" instead of flying home on weekends. There is a firm-wide initiative to establish a "Big Firm, Small Feel" to Deloitte, providing flexibility and predictability to Deloitte practitioners. Work-life balance has been a hot topic within Deloitte. This initiative is a pro, as Deloitte leadership recognizes this is a problem, but it is also a con as I'll describe below. Deloitte can be a great place to work, especially for those that are competitive, self-motivated and have the drive to advance through the ranks.

    Cons

    To succeed at Deloitte, you'll need to: 1. Give up any semblance of a normal life. Expect to put in 50-60hours per week on client engagements, at the very least. If you are on an technology implementation with an offshore team, expect your evenings to be sacrificed to dealing with offshore developers. Weekend work is also a possibility, depending on the schedule of your client engagement or other firm activities that are on your place. Also, expect to travel. Whether that's commuting by car because you're on a "local" project or by plane/train, traveling Sun/Mon - Thurs is the expected routine for most Consulting practitioners. 2. Network, network network. If you are not naturally good at selling yourself, you'll need to figure out a way around that real quick. The only way to get on projects quickly is based on the strength of your network. A Resource Manager is assigned to you, and there is an internal project search site, but the best roles are usually staffed before they even appear on the project search system. Where you build your network is also important, as they'll need to be able to speak up for you during consensus meetings. Having a big network in the East in a different service line will not necessarily help you to get that great rating. 3. Contribute to firm activities. On top of your 50-60 hour work week, you’ll need to contribute to the firm in some other way, whether it is by working on pursuits, eminence activities, or other firm initiatives. There’s no way around this. You’ll quickly notice that those who excel at Deloitte Consulting either have no life because they spend all their time working, or they’ve found a PPD/SM who has taken a shine to them and is able to protect them during mid-year and year-end. 4. Find a PPD/SM who you trust, get along with well, and takes a liking to you. Preferably, this PPD/SM will be in the same service line and region as you, so they’ll be in your consensus meetings. Preferably a PPD/SM that is well connected, so they can help you grow your network and ensure that you are staffed on good projects and good roles. With that said – although you are given 5 to 6 weeks of PTO, it would be impossible to take all of your allocated PTO every calendar year without impacting your utilization. Only client work explicitly counts toward your utilization, so taking PTO while on a project means you are not being utilized. I believe the utilization year is based on a 2000 hour year. You can do the math. While Deloitte is a market leader in quite a few industries and has top level partnership with several technology providers, they’re not doing enough to ensure those coming up the ranks have the specialized industry knowledge that is required to excel in a specific industry. Practitioners do not choose an industry specialization until the manager level, so may end up working across multiple industries during their formative years at Deloitte. Also, once you are pigeon-holed into a particular technology, it is very hard to branch out to other tools, even though they may be very similar in nature. There is also now a tendency to staff off-shore (India) and/or near-shore resources on projects due to cost. There may be one or two functional resources actually at the client site, while there could be a whole group of developers who work half way around the world. Depending on the resources, you’re in for long nights as most off-site resources will lack the functional and business understanding behind requirements, and the actual build may suffer as a result. You’ll have to be able to review the work offshore does with a fine tooth comb depending on the team you’ve got. The “Big Firm, Small Feel” initiative, in my experience, has not done anything to help with work-life balance. This initiative was supposed to encourage projects to schedule work from home weeks, limit time spent on offshore calls, ensure that PTO can be taken as “personal time off” and not “pretend time off”, and to introduce a measure of predictability in practitioners schedules. However, in practice, this initiative, IMHO, has not met its objectives. Being able to work from home is highly dependent on the client, as some clients need to see its consultants onsite every Monday to Thursday. Off-shore calls are unavoidable for most of us, and due to the shuttle schedule offshore, late evening calls are unavoidable. PTO, even if taken, will have a direct impact on utilization. Unless you are on a long term project where you can plan your PTO against project deadlines, it’ll be very hard to get PTO approved. Basically, while the ideas and objectives behind this initiative are good, the implementation of it is truly lacking.

    Advice to Management

    Revise the utilization goals for practitioners so that it is possible to use the 5 to 6 weeks of PTO without impacting utilization. Train counselors to be more than just a representative of the practitioner at consensus meetings. Help them to become a true guide for their counselees within Deloitte. Besides upward feedback, provide a formal way to measure a counselor’s performance against Deloitte’s expectation of a counselor. Even though at Deloitte, “You own your career”, it can be difficult to network with the RIGHT people at times. Provide a directory of sorts, or something along those lines. For those with a declared industry, have the resource managers ensure that they are staffed on a project in that industry. Have resource managers play a more active role in communicating with practitioners during the staffing process. I have been committed to multiple projects at once because the resource manager did not notify me I was already staffed, while I was able to find a project on my own and was in the process of updating my resource manager.


  8. Competitive Pay

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Human Capital Analyst in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Human Capital Analyst in Los Angeles, CA

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

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great and very intelligent people and great pay

    Cons

    Huge company with disjointed culture. Lots of travelling practitioners makes for a weak network.


  9. Big gap between busy season and off season

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Audit Senior in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Audit Senior in Los Angeles, CA

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

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

    Pros

    Unique opportunities available within the firm. There are so many offices all over the world so chances to transfer offices. Relatively flexible schedule with plenty of paid time off

    Cons

    Your satisfaction widely varies depending on the project and team. Project evaluations are done by the people above you in the team.


  10. Senior Manager - Technilogy

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

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

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

    Pros

    Good Colleagues and great work culture. Very flexible for females and accommodating to various cultural beliefs. Good compensation and focus on growth.

    Cons

    Too much emphasis on irrelevant firm activities . I really like firm activities that grows the Deloitte market share, but not the ones that generate no revenue and stresses out our practitioners .

    Advice to Management

    Reduce firm activities and consider leveraging one Deloitte more effectively.


  11. Expectations

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Los Angeles, CA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Meets expectations had some reservations coming if

    Cons

    Next level a challenge to master

    Advice to Management

    Keep focused on people



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