Deloitte 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. Featured Review

    Helpful (16)

    Excellent training, networking, office culture

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Tax Senior in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Tax Senior in Minneapolis, MN

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

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

    Pros

    Young, fast paced environment with ample opportunity to learn and grow. Such a great place to own your career, set your parameters and develop a network. Smart people and endless resources.

    Great expense policy. Free meals, parking, mileage, coffee, professional dues, tuition.

    Cons

    The hours can become long, but you can work from anywhere. During busy season some people show up around 9am and work until 9pm, while others work 7-7pm depending on your preference. Of course, your schedule depends on the clients to which you're assigned.

  2. Helpful (112)

    Great Place to start your career - Carefully read the cons

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    • 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)

    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.

  3. Helpful (50)

    The toughest job you'll ever love.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Arlington, VA

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

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

    Pros

    --The people I work with are amazing. Smart, motivated, and willing to work together.
    --Opportunities grow on trees. Want training? Here you go! Want to lead an effort? Have at it!
    --Senior leadership is generally pretty approachable.

    Cons

    --If you're on the "PPD Track," you are required to put in hours outside your project work on "firm activities." It can feel like a lot, and it can feel like a distraction from client work at times.
    --Bait and switch--they give you tons of vacation time, but you can't use it without hurting your utilization. Utilization is high. It works out to about two weeks vacation, plus holidays, if you're capped at 40 hours per week (most Federal projects are)

    Advice to Management

    Let's get real about how much you can expect of people before they decide their lives are worth more. There's a lot of turnover because people get burnt out. Instead of cycling people through, why not pull back a smidge and see if you can get some of those folks to stick around? Most people treat this as a training ground for something else they want to do--suck out all the marrow and then walk away. Wouldn't it be better to realize the investments you put into people. All that training, walking right out your doors--it's a shame.

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  5. Audit senior manager

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Audit Senior Manager
    Former Employee - Audit Senior Manager

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

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

    Pros

    Lots of career opportunity including global assignment. I was able to take advantage of that and lived overseas for a few years.

    Cons

    Working hours and despite having 30 plus days of PTO, it's really hard to take time off. Once you are manager and above you are always on.

  6. A huge company with a small company feel

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in New York, NY

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great career development structure and lots of learning opportunities.

    Cons

    They don't adjust salaries for location. Adjusted for cost of living, I make 60% of what my colleagues in Chicago do

    Advice to Management

    Continue to provide development opportunities for your younger consultants, and be fair between functions. The reason S&O consultants make much more than others is unclear.

  7. Great People but don't forget to drink the Koolaide

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate 6 in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Associate 6 in Seattle, WA

    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

    Some of the smartest people I've had the chance to work with. Great Projects and unlimited growth. Benefits are above normal, not great but good. And the time off is great if you can get it all in. Master of your career. Strides to improve the work life balance.

    Cons

    Put in your hours, drive to sometimes unreal deadlines, and always be looking for that next deal. Some managers, senior managers and PPDs really need to transition from technical to real manager.

    Advice to Management

    Keep the work life balance action in place and you will retain many more people. Make sure the staff knows how to unplug.

  8. Senior consultant

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Columbus, OH
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Columbus, OH

    I have been working at Deloitte

    Pros

    Culture. Deloitte has a great culture of smart people that are fun to work with and enjoy their jobs.

    Cons

    Travel. The work life balance at deloitte can be difficult for people who are not used to traveling.

  9. Great opportunity to learn, particularly early in the career

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Manager in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Huge company with amazing depth and breadth of resources; Consulting has really smart people that work on a variety of problems and are generally easygoing and humble

    Cons

    Huge company and easy to get lost in the miasma of administrative details, bloated shared services and general 'replaceability' of non-high performers

    Deloitte's audit and tax business impose a litany of requirements (around transparency) on the Consulting business - some of these are legitimate, others drag the Consulting business down

  10. International Intern

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern

    I worked at Deloitte as an intern

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

    Pros

    Fantastic People to work with. Also Deloitte University is not something to be afraid of, probably one of the best times I had while working there

    Cons

    The traditional long intern hours

    Advice to Management

    To make sure all interns can handle the work load, so that other dont have to pick up the pieces when working in a team setting

  11. Audit senior

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Audit Senior in Birmingham, AL
    Current Employee - Audit Senior in Birmingham, AL

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

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

    Pros

    The people are all smart and the work you perform in constantly changing. I enjoy a challenge, which is something this job offers.

    Cons

    There can be work life balance challenges if you do not take control. Personally, I work out a plan with my supervisors that works for me and my family. In addition, there can be some backstabbing from co-workers as most people that work here are type A and trying to get ahead.

    Advice to Management

    Place more value in your employees and do everything you can to keep them around. This is a high turnover job, but if employees felt more valued I don't thing it would be.

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