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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)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (17)

    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 (151)

    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 (47)

    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 (5)

    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 but..

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

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

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

    Pros

    Great company, great clients, and nice benefits (except the 401k, I have seen smaller companies with much better matching)

    Cons

    Year end assessment isn't fair. Once you hit manager and above your project delivery will mean nothing if you don't have high sale volume.

    Advice to Management

    Reassess how you perform year-end evaluation. Give project delivery at least the same weight as sales, at least on tough projects where managers don't have time to do business development work.


  7. Business Technology Analyst

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Deloitte

    Pros

    Pay is very competitive for consulting

    Cons

    Travel can be tiring, plenty of bureaucracy, high turnover


  8. Overall Top-Notch Place to Work

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

    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

    - Bright colleagues with a passion for excellence
    - Room to grow if you are able to perform at a high level
    - Flexibility to take your career in many directions (though mostly within the existing opportunity set)
    - Opportunity to experience many different projects in a relatively short period of time
    - Access to brilliant experts in most any field
    - Very strong corps of Managers and Senior Consultants
    - Growing diversity among senior leadership (at least gender diversity)

    Cons

    - Bureaucratic processes
    - Risk averse culture
    - Way too much fluff in "Firm Initiatives"
    - Still a strong emphasis on "How Many Hours Did You Put In?" despite messaging to the contrary

    Advice to Management

    - Increase the focus on client delivery. That does not mean passive execution. Rather, we should redirect the energy we put into fluff firm initiatives towards innovating for clients and spreading that knowledge throughout the firm.
    - Get serious about reducing the emphasis on number/hours put into firm initiatives. Consensus panels are still harping on it. It is foolish to burn good people out on meaningless "contributions." Expect excellence where it matters - driving our business towards advantaged capabilities and positions.


  9. Good Capacity Building

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

    I worked at Deloitte (More than 8 years)

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

    Pros

    Working at Deloitte is all full of learning professionalism and capacity building. Every assignment is a learning opportunity and every project is another chance to apply your lessons learned for improvement.

    Cons

    Relationship makes sense in a project driven organization to secure a job. There is a corporate learning system that keeps employees busy with mandatory training and tests.


  10. Deloitte AML Consulting

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Deloitte

    Pros

    Flexibility and travel and PTO

    Cons

    Long engagements and travel and small bonuses

    Advice to Management

    Recognize outstanding employees by rewarding them


  11. True meritocracy and performance punishment are two sides of the same coin in the Consulting arm

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

    I worked at Deloitte full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    - Human Capital Consulting practice is arguably the largest in the world based on both comprehensive service portfolio and revenues
    - Meritocracy for the most part: good performers are recognized through compensation and given more and more responsibilities (trending into performance punishment - see cons)
    - Devoted to a diverse workforce - especially for women
    - Lots of opportunities to get involved in firm initiatives from recruiting all the way to the development of white papers and research (however more on the formal tie to performance management in cons)
    - Competitive compensation with opportunities for high performers to get quick salary raises and performance based bonuses at all levels
    - Various career paths available including specialized technical ones with minimal client interaction
    - Amazing training - both online and delivered through classrooms. Training is often provided through the state of the art Deloitte University and at all stages of your career to ensure that practitioners are equipped with the necessary knowledge to step into roles as quickly as possible
    - Great methodologies for serving clients built through years of experience
    - Good culture that is very collaborative and not as cut throat as in other top tier consulting firms - though this culture does vary significantly from office to office
    - Great support structure that is able to meet all employee needs by calling a single number
    - Opportunities for exotic travel every so often (especially with the influx of large global projects)

    Cons

    - The concept of "performance punishment" is often used to describe high performers that are given more and more responsibility - oftentimes overloading the employees. A key skill to learn early on is when and how to say no, and setting personal limits since otherwise Deloitte will continue to ask for more. For high performers, there is an expectation that they will be available at all hours - including many many weekends
    - Annual Performance Management includes judging how much the employee has contributed to firm initiatives which puts added pressure on employees to take on additional responsibilities beyond client service in order to obtain the highest ratings and compensation increases
    - Junior consultants have extremely minimal say in the staffing process. High performers are in high demand and more often than not assigned to the most high profile projects - even if they don't align with their interests and some times despite requests to the otherwise. This also extends at the more senior levels to a more limited extent. However, this is the case with most if not all large consulting firms
    - There is pushback to transfers within the various consulting divisions in case the employee would like to experience the various roles and if there is a particular role that appeals to the employee more (though this could have been partially mitigated with the implementation of a proposed rotational program at the Analyst level
    - Much like most consulting firms, networking is a necessary evil that needs to be perfected by the employee to ensure that they are getting the right leadership sponsors. And while this may be easier at Deloitte due to the relatively easy access to leadership and the relatively flat hierarchy, practitioners unable to network effectively are often overlooked for the choice projects and may be unable to garner good performance appraisals
    - Travel is an almost guaranteed aspect of the job in certain consulting divisions

    Advice to Management

    - Help junior practitioners achieve better work/life balance through:
       - Exploring remote working opportunities to minimize travel
       - Regular and sometimes forced measures to balance workloads since junior practitioners are generally uncomfortable with balancing their ability to say no while being able to effectively develop a network with leadership
    - Have a formal process for ensuring that employees are placed in the roles and on the projects they want; within reason and after proving that they deserve it - maybe through the implementation of some system that allows high performers to put in a request with their resource managers to be identified when an opportunity aligned with their interests is available, and then actually giving them preference for that role/ assisting with the transition to that role if they are already in an existing role on another engagement
    - Monitor employee engagement and satisfaction through the counselor program - especially for high performers that may be at a higher risk of burnout
    - Continue to emphasize training and potentially implement annual training for all levels - not just at a promotion or for new hires. This will build additional camaraderie within the ranks



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