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Deloitte Reviews

Updated August 28, 2014
Updated August 28, 2014
6,486 Reviews

3.6
6,486 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • There are options for partial telecommuting which contributes to work/life balance (in 425 reviews)

  • Great place to start your career as a recent graduate who is looking for experience (in 146 reviews)


Cons
  • As per me not a long term career option for people who give imp to work life balance (in 1093 reviews)

  • Literally no work life balance(Or No life only work) as a Center associate (in 221 reviews)

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  1. 13 people found this helpful  

    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 for 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. 5 people found this helpful  

    Great Company, but don't be naïve.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Audit Assistant  in  McLean, VA
    Former Employee - Audit Assistant in McLean, VA

    I worked at Deloitte full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The people are intelligent, and you will learn a great deal in a very short amount of time. A wild ride that is quite enjoyable. Large company with awesome resources. Excellent to have on your resume.

    Cons

    You have to always cover your own behind, because that is top priority for everyone else. If its you or them, lets just say its going to be you.

  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Excellent

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - ERS Manager  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - ERS Manager in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Diverse Accounting Experience, Friendly People, Open office culture, Good time-off policies, Competitive Compensation & Perks, Excellent Growth Opportunities, Excellent goodwill value, Very Good resume value. Easy to carve-out your niche and then work on stuff you are an expert in or love.

    Cons

    Work-life Fit is challenging, excessive travelling, Late Hours, Seasonality of work, No fixed workplace

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It is advisable if the work-life fit is given more thought. Better and relevant training of new staff. More insights into the business for all the employees, including Seniors and Consultants. More discussion on the available career paths to Partnership / Directorship.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    An excellent career choice for an aspiring partner

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

    I have been working at Deloitte full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Deloitte is a partnership. The culture and incentives of a partnership are very different from that of a corporate environment. You will be required to build the skills that will make you a business partner (communication, flexibility, diversity of thought and skills, planning, sales, engagement delivery). But it's also in every partners' best interest to grow more partners, so you'll find a mentoring/apprenticeship culture. The Firm has, in recent years, become even more aware and encouraging of work-life fit, though the experience varies greatly within the Firm.

    Cons

    Like many professional services firms, Deloitte will consume you if you allow it. Individuals who do not do well in setting and managing boundaries experience burn out, and there won't be many people (if anyone) to stop this from happening.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great training for the business world, impressive on a resume, completely burns you out

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Consultant  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Consultant in New York, NY

    I worked at Deloitte full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Deloitte gives you a ton of experience and basically acts as a very intense training program for Business Analysts who are just out of college. You're given a lot of responsibility, and it'll give you a lot to put on a resume and to talk about in future interviews. For me, it really built my confidence because I had just about every potential problem and challenge thrown at me, and always managed to figure it out and come out the other end having learned something.

    Cons

    Absolutely no work-life balance. The culture is to work at your client's office 8:30 to 7 at minimum, and then to go back to your hotel and either continue client work, or do 'firm initiatives.' It completely burns you out, but the company doesn't care, because that's just their business model. They always have a new crop of BAs graduating from college and ready to replace those that have left because they can't take it anymore.

    Also, as a BA you have very little control over what project you get staffed on - you will basically get shipped off to wherever you are needed, regardless of your interests. And at the end of the day, most of the work is really just not that interesting - clients are paying us to do the work that their employees don't have time to do, and to put in tons of extra hours to get it done as close to perfectly as possible. Again, you learn a ton, but it's because you get so many impossible situations thrown at you that you have no choice but to figure a lot out as you go.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Care more about retention of BAs. Most are extremely high performing, but are largely miserable, and only stay until they can find a better opportunity somewhere else.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    great

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate V
    Current Employee - Associate V

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

    Pros

    Upward Movement is amazing - but make sure you align yourself with those considered "performers"...

    Cons

    Work Life Fit? good luck.,

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give your employees what they deserve, otherwise this place is a sieve for talented mid career professionals.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Excellent work environment; many opportunities to grow and excel

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

    I have been working at Deloitte full-time

    Pros

    Deloitte is a great place to work. People here are sharp and very helpful and the opportunities to gain wide variety of experiences are ample. You can work in different areas and industries and get great domestic and international travel opportunities. The benefits are good and salaries competitive

    Cons

    Work life balance is sometimes difficult to achieve and it takes some time to adjust to the dynamics of professional services environment

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great company to work for

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

    I have been working at Deloitte full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Work with top notch Fortune 100 clients. Seen as a market leader. Immediate credibility

    Cons

    Work Life balance needs to be adjusted

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Company has adopted Predictability as its core values for work life balance

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    good start

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

    I worked at Deloitte for more than a year

    Pros

    $$, lateral opportunities, good people, interesting work

    Cons

    work-life balance, advancement opportunities, training is average

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Rewarding consulting experience coming out of an MBA program

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Deloitte full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Very diverse opportunities - the firm is playing in all major industries and functions and is well known and respected in the professional services space for down-to-earth approach, great work ethics and focus on successful execution. National staffing model allows to align with the team and function of your interest. There are also plenty of opportunities to get involved in eminence or community efforts.

    Cons

    It may be difficult to navigate complexities of working in such a large firm (although I got plenty of support from colleagues in my office). Practitioners play significant role in driving their own careers, which means expectation of choosing a few focus areas and proactively building your network in these. It may be difficult at first, but works as a great training for any future career.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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