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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 (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 (49)

    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

    • 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
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Lots of room for personal growth. Very clear career development path.

    Cons

    A lot of work is unrelated to actual career goals.

    Advice to Management

    More approachable top level management


  7. Work with smart people all over the globe

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great opportunities to learn and develop
    Very entrepreneurial
    Smart people

    Cons

    Firm politics
    Geographic focus or the leadership (without looking at the big picture)

    Advice to Management

    Integrate with the global markets


  8. ERS Sr Consultant

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

    I have been working at Deloitte

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

    Pros

    Great for travel and meet and network new people.

    Cons

    A lot of adaptability needed

    Advice to Management

    Better raises


  9. Good company, interesting work, no work-life balance

    • 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

    - Great training opportunities
    - Impactful client work
    - Great exit opportunities

    Cons

    - Little to no work-life balance
    - Aggressive travel schedule
    - High turnover
    - Required "extra-curricular" firm activities


  10. Audit Staff review.

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

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

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

    Pros

    Your responsibilities will grow at a fast pace, however you will also be placed on a team who will help train you to provide the skill set needed. There are also endless resources available and many training sessions both on the job and off the job to help you excel within the Company. The brand of Deloitte, will also make you highly attractive to external recruiters and headhunters. It is an excellent place to start your career post college.

    Cons

    There is a growing desire within the firm to help with a work-life fit, however with the large turnover rates, it is not realistic. The compensation is not at the standards of other BIG 4.


  11. Great people but long hours

    • 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

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

    Pros

    Great people and great place to launch your career.

    Cons

    as with any big 4 the hours



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