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Updated March 4, 2015
Updated March 4, 2015
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Review Highlights

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

    1 person found this helpful  

    Excellent training, networking, office culture

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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)

    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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Every day is an adventure

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Mobile Applications Architect in Hermitage, TN
    Current Employee - Mobile Applications Architect in Hermitage, TN

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

    Pros

    Interesting work, great teams. You never get bored

    Cons

    VERY high work load. You feel like you are constantly context switching.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let people have time to focus on task and not be spread so thin.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 94 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 (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
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  5. 35 people found this helpful  

    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great company for starting a career

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

    I have been working at Deloitte

    Pros

    Culture, people, opportunities, time-off policies, compensation, variety of projects, networking opportunities, training, work-life balance, flexibility

    Cons

    With such a large company, you need to know how to grow your own network and find your own opportunities

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Brilliantly smart organization but there are cold spots; exclusion exists and experienced hires have a tougher time.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Deloitte

    Pros

    Always surrounded by smart people. Local community support is amazing. Fascinating projects to be done and serious team work. Admirable joint effort presentation and delivery of services to clients.

    Cons

    Heavy emphasis on networking; rewards type A personalities most; difficult for experienced hires to adapt to the way things are done; on your own a bit and forced to figure out a lot by yourself the day after Orientation. While doing your regular job, you are plagued with worry about getting on the next engagement to maintain utilization metrics. Not everyone is let in on the secret formula to success--whatever that may be.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Exclusion exists: Please increase diversity at the top; work on retaining experienced hires more.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Challenging work, strong leadership

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

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

    Pros

    Leadership is strong and diverse. Every principal or director got to be where they were because they had a particular brand which makes them unique. It's encouraging to see that type of focused leadership. 2. Your career is entirely yours to own. If you're very driven and know what you want to do in the firm then you'll go far. 3. Because it's a jumbo-sized firm you'll often team up across company silos and be exposed to work you wouldn't get anywhere else. 4. The pay and benefits are mostly great, except their 401k.

    Cons

    Work-life balance is tricky but not impossible. It mostly depends on the project(s) you work on, as some are more flexible than others. It can be hard to plan your life longer than 3-6 months out because you never know when you'll get staffed on an intense project that requires you to travel to the client on a regular basis. Finally, your career moves up very fast so you'll want to take advantage of working on a variety of things. When you level up and are expected to find your focus, it will be too late to try other opportunities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find more ways to adapt work-life flexibility in the staffing system across all projects. Have a variety of local office events, which is critical to making this big firm feel like it has localized networks where people can feel included.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Best company all around.

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

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

    Pros

    Work-life balance is actually a thing here. Some may have it worse but I got extremely lucky and have a ton of flexibility. You just have to put in the work up front and you will be trusted to work remotely once a week etc. Depends on a lot of factors but its possible. The pay is decent in almost every state. In SF, it's a bit hard to live on this average given the high cost of rent but its manageable. The people are amazing. Everyone is so kind, smart, and has amazing work ethic. Very professional all around and these people will be your colleagues for life.

    Cons

    You have to do a ton of networking to get noticed. Everyone that works here is doing a great job so you have to work extra hard to set yourself apart. So this can also be a "Pro" but it takes a lot of time and prep to email, set up lunch dates, quick meetings, etc. Effective networking can get you very far here. Other than that, there are absolutely no cons.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Nothing at all. They do everything just right.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great company to begin your career with

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

    I worked at Deloitte

    Pros

    The colleagues and partners I worked with were some of the most professional, yet genuine individuals in the business. The focus was people-centric and a true emphasis on growth and development - if you were committed. They expect you to take the lead but will provide the tools necessary when requested. Additionally, the benefits and time off were extremely generous.

    Cons

    Became quite centralized in regards to some policies and practices. Deterred the ability to creatively manage.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Great people, great culture, interesting work, hard life. I like working for Deloitte, but I left because I couldn't see

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Consultant in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Consultant in Boston, MA

    I worked at Deloitte full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great exposure as a young professional, lots of opportunities for hard and soft-skill learning, clear career path, interesting projects, lots of variety

    Cons

    Inconsistent project burn, one-upsmanship with activities to achieve high ratings, modest pay and bonus relative to other firms, so much travel

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do things to help keep office culture strong, find ways to provide a break from travel burnout, don't give in to the temptation to give the highest ratings to those who spend the most time on meaningless internal firm activities

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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