Deloitte Reviews

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Deloitte Deloitte US CEO Cathy Engelbert
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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. Featured Review

    Helpful (36)

    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
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    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 (178)

    Great Place to start your career - Carefully read the cons

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - AMS Associate in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - AMS Associate in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Deloitte full-time (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 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 (64)

    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
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    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 (2)

    Advisory Manager

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Advisory Manager in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Advisory Manager in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good people. Many opportunities to try new things or switch market offerings or industries. Many professional development programs for high performing professionals.

    Cons

    Difficult for minorities and women to get ahead - hard to find sponsors - work-life balance is a huge challenge at all level, but especially the Manager level. While many programs are available for advancement and professional development, all are geared towards high performer, leaving out those that may actually need true development opportunities.

    Advice to Management

    Focus should be on not just high-performers but also those mid-range performers that could also be high performers if a little support was provided.


  6. Audit Senior

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    -World class training -Fast paced professional development (go from new hire to leading engagements in 2 years) -Awesome vacation policy (around 5 weeks for new hires) -Well respected in the industry (Big 4 experience is a prerequisite for many desirable finance/accounting jobs) -Fun, young upbeat workforce (most audit personnel are under 30) -Immediate face time with high level executives

    Cons

    -Very competitive -Long ours during peak times, and increasingly longer hours throughout the year -Generally lower pay when compared to a comparable position in private industry


  7. Good career start

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Tax Consultant in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Tax Consultant in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Deloitte full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good networking Good Benefits Good Training Great way to start your career as many people will offer you a job afterwards.

    Cons

    Longer hours bunched into a few months Terrible Raises, even worse than other Big4 Lots of Turnover

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing. Keep the good ones/ones who don't mind the hours, let the other ones leave.


  8. Great place to work

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Deloitte full-time

    Pros

    Deloitte has great people and great benefits. The experience that you gain is extremely invaluable and you take this skill anywhere you'd like after you are done.

    Cons

    There are lots of hours involved as is true for public accounting but that is the nature. Do not use that as a knock again TV is.

    Advice to Management

    I believe the management is doing s fine job and the firm could not survive without the expertise that exists within the firm


  9. Helpful (1)

    Entrepreneurial and exciting but with some caveats

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Manager in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of opportunities and career-building options; smart, hard-working colleagues; interesting work that requires creativity, an entrepreneurial spirit rules the culture

    Cons

    They are trying but work-life balance is a struggle at times - especially given the travel requirements; again, they are trying but the performance management system communicates the firm only cares about the top 20% of employees - as defined by their standards of 'top'

    Advice to Management

    Level the playing field a bit


  10. Senior Consultant

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Benefits and great work experience

    Cons

    Difficult to maintain work life balance


  11. Good Firm

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Transaction Services Consultant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Transaction Services Consultant in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The firm really invested in each individual in training them.

    Cons

    Lower than other big 4 and industry average compensation.

    Advice to Management

    Increase the base salary for campus grad and staffs to at least mean industry average and the other big 4's.



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