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

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

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

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

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (12)

    Captain of your own Ship

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

    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

    Decent salary, great benefits, ability to travel and build travel points, impressive professional versatility.

    Cons

    Unpredictable work projects - e.g. some engagements last weeks, or months; each employee is their own company (with their own brand etc) and greater emphasis is therefore placed on networking. If you're not good at networking, become an expert in a particular field or map out a systematic plan to network.


  2. Helpful (150)

    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.


  3. Helpful (46)

    Excellent training, networking, office culture

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


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  5. Helpful (3)

    Everyone's experience varies

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - ERS Senior Consultant
    Current Employee - ERS Senior Consultant

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great people to work with. Colleagues can be first rate and great to learn from. Support for training is often excellent. As you advance, you are expected to provide rationale (a business case) for training that suits your goals. You can own your career and drive new experiences and opportunities.
    The corporate culture is designed to be appealing to recent graduates and mid-level management that drives the work that supports revenue. Upper management often works as hard as employees. Upper management is almost always professional and polished. The global brand is in great hands. Given the natural flow of new employees, the culture is constantly scrutinized and updated in useful ways. Opportunities are plentiful but do not always match the skillset, industry, or service line of an employee. Turn-over is expected to be high and skill sets are often balanced with hiring with no need for downsizing, although it does happen.

    Cons

    The experience is not the same for everyone. A person who may thrive in one service line can be ignored or even blocked in others. Your choice of counsellor determines your advancement to a much greater degree than is rational. Retention is low in technical fields because skill sets are not recognized as valuable. Skilled technical people are treated like commodity accounting graduates--rhetoric aside, anyone can be replaced. Advancement is based solely on a person's ability to conform to the accounting sales model (high potential entry level workers managed by experienced managers under sales and revenue driving leadership).
    The workload is staggering to many. When there is no work (briefly in most cases), metrics effectively make that your vacation. People will argue, but functionally, if you are not billing a client, you are burning a small reservoir of hours. If 85% of your time is expected to be utilized, only billable hours count toward that. The 15% is calculated based on training, holidays, time off, etc. As a junior staff member, you have little control over when you are staffed and when you are not. On a positive note, you learn how to network, promote your skills, and use official resources to minimize your unutilized time.

    Advice to Management

    Recognize that some of the advanced skill sets you want cannot be obtained from a recent graduate or by blindly believing people's resumes. New hires are not always better than internal resources. Advancement and retention should be based on the skills you need to do the job and proven performance not to a model that does not track your service line. In other words, look at your business, not just the metrics and policy check boxes. Develop your talent with meaningful, leadership-driven opportunities, not rhetoric-driven fire and forget initiatives.


  6. Great place to work

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

    I worked at Deloitte

    Pros

    Enthusiastic place where we can learn more !

    Cons

    negligible cons when compared to advantages.


  7. Challenging work - must give a lot but get a lot

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Deloitte full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Challenging Work, great pay and benefits, wonderful people, work very hard

    Cons

    Work demands often require personal life sacrifice, higher the level the more you have to play political games

    Advice to Management

    Look to value your people more for what they do, sacrifices they make


  8. Helpful (1)

    Not Bad but not perfect

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

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

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

    Pros

    -Benefits ( Fitness, overall Health coverage, and 401k)
    -Constantly change work environment that never stagnates
    -Great Resume Builder

    Cons

    -How they align talent; tough to switch service lines, college grads get aligned based on what service line is recruiting at there school, not by skillset.
    -Promotions, performance ratings, career advancement are 90% who you know and 10% what you actually are doing


  9. Phenomenal place to learn and become established

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant Technology Systems Integration in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant Technology Systems Integration in New York, NY

    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

    Great people, challenging client work, impactful delivery. Excellent performance is the expected standard

    Cons

    Lot of networking needed to gain support for fast track growth.

    Advice to Management

    Better compensation for top performing practitioners


  10. Overall great company

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Deloitte

    Pros

    You should know what you're getting yourself into with a Big 4 Company in terms of stress and workload. With that said, Deloitte really strives to better the work/life balance, take care of its people, and offer great PTO and benefits

    Cons

    It's really hard to break out of the standard promotion track unless you're what they call a "superstar"


  11. Helpful (8)

    Deloitte wants employees for life, if you are willing to figure them out

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

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

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

    Pros

    - Leader in their industries
    - Some of the smartest, experienced people you will work with
    - Top brands and client
    - You can make your own career, company supports moving around every two years if desired
    - Entrepreneurial culture, if you are willing to put the work in to learn they will let you go to new industries
    - top in cyber, technology and key industries, work with the best clients and people
    - Networked culture, if you put the time in to meet people you will go places.
    - Deloitte is a premium company that requires commitment but they have excellent benefits and perks
    - Changing work model to offer more opportunities to work from home
    - Large investment in training and education at every level

    Cons

    - If you don't like networking you won't go far
    - If you don't want to put the time in to learn, contribute to the company and travel you won't last
    - If you are not flexible and willing to stretch yourself you will think it is too much work

    Advice to Management

    Have people designate and specialize earlier in their careers so they can focus earlier on industry expertise. Value internal services and training offered more.



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