Deloitte Reviews

Updated February 3, 2015
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  1. I had an excellent experience working for Deloitte Consulting.

    Current Intern - Business Technology Analyst in Rosslyn, VA
    Current Intern - Business Technology Analyst in Rosslyn, VA

    I have been working at Deloitte as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    I enjoyed working for a privately owned company and appreciated the amount of investment they put in their employees. They definitely do a good job of retaining top talent by letting them define their own career.

    Cons

    The company is very large and some people may not like having to deal with all of the cons that come along with this. Don't expect 40 hour weeks or being able to not check your work phone/email after hours.

  2. Helpful (5)

    Consulting for the Federal side is underwhelming.

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

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    First disclaimer, there is a vast, vast difference between commercial (working for private companies) and federal (government agencies). The two are extremely segregated and cross over is very difficult.

    Great Benefits, especially the leave plan. Deloitte allows you to "charge" time for military service and offers compensation pay for activations (meaning they add extra to your military pay so you still get paid equivalent to your normal Deloitte salary). More leave is offered than you could hope to every take (on the Federal side).

    Good 401K contribution matching and miscellaneous benefits (family leave, legal plan, etc).

    Deloitte has a pretty good professional counselor system (usually someone two levels above you) and great networking opportunities internally.

    Pay is top rate when compared to other federal contractors and even local private firms.

    Excellent growth opportunities, they will pay for most certifications or training and for license maintenance.

    Cons

    The evaluation system is poorly thought out. You are evaluated primarily on the number of hours you bill towards client work, however the "standard" is above what most federal contracts will allow you to bill, let alone time you take for a vacation or internal firm work (more on that in a second). So in the end, most practitioners are in the hole at year end evaluations and are constantly struggling for a new opportunity.

    The firm has a over emphasized internal contribution aspect. Developing proposals for new work makes sense as revenue growth, but leading firm initiatives and "Business Resource Groups" amounts to not much more than busy work. Often committees are created solely for position titles and I would hazard that less than 20% of internal initiatives are tied to new revenue generation.

    The number of hours tagged for these internal projects is also pretty excessive. Keeping in mind that in order to make the metric I discussed above you have to be on client site from 8 to 5 that means that you need to then drive to a Deloitte office and put in another three to five hours a week for internal projects of little perceived value. This seems to work fine for our Analysts just out of college, but for senior practitioners with families the work life balance is pretty tough.

    The Federal practice also operates in much the same way the government does, as an insiders club. Attaching yourself to good Partner means your career will be fine...until he isn't part of the in club anymore. All of the above requirements are essentially waived for those who are attached to partners with important firm clout.

    Business as a federal consultant is pretty tough as well. Remember, the government isn't hiring you for the same reason the private sector is, to get something done. They are hiring you to fill a slot or as a staff augmentation. You will almost exclusively work for people who are more poorly educated, possess fewer soft or technical skills, have little to no management or strategic insight, and who usually resent you for being a contractor. It is not an exaggeration to say that most of my project staff (I am a project manager) have masters degrees while only two of our GS staff have college degrees (most are highschool grads). Yet we work for the GS staff and take direction from them, contractors "leading" initiatives is highly frowned upon (it can be a union violation).

    If you are looking to get a sense of accomplishment by seeing an organization or process change, try the commercial side, the federal side is primarily concerned with budget justification.

    Overall, I would sum up the cons as: "unnecessary, extremely burdensome requirements, for little benefit, that is detached from how the firm actually makes money, which itself is somewhat unsatisfying."

    Advice to Management

    Reassess utilization metrics to better fit federal contracting.

    Reduce and/or eliminate Firm initiatives that are not revenue focused.

    Reduce or eliminate talent management staff. Few practitioners really rely on them to find work and their reporting functions are essentially automated now.

    Seriously, stop the firm initiative/brand development nonsense. My entire starting class of consultants has left and each of them cites these ridiculous hoops as the primary reason.

  3. Overall a good company

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - ERS Senior Consultant in Rosslyn, VA
    Current Employee - ERS Senior Consultant in Rosslyn, VA

    I have been working at Deloitte full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    You are your own entrepreneur. You can excel.

    Cons

    You are your own entrepreneur. You can also fail without guidance.

    Advice to Management

    Provide specialist with definitive career path.

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  5. Great professional development, but very demanding

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Human Capital Analyst in Rosslyn, VA
    Current Employee - Human Capital Analyst in Rosslyn, VA

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

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

    Pros

    Great benefits and professional development, and many opportunities to try out new areas of interest. Great apprenticeship model and mentoring environment.

    Cons

    The work is very demanding, you are expected to do "extra-curricular" work to meet goals.

  6. Great place to start your career

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - FAS Senior Associate in Rosslyn, VA
    Current Employee - FAS Senior Associate in Rosslyn, VA

    I have been working at Deloitte full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent starting point for those fresh out of college to learn the basics of consulting and client service. The pay and benefits are great.

    Cons

    Your career is in your own hands but the growth of your network and building a support team around you is critical. Deloitte is a matrix'd organization where you might have many bosses, project managers, client leads, and it's up to you to manage the seeming lack of hierarchy.

  7. Helpful (1)

    I am a happy working mother - challenged and supported by Deloitte

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Consulting Human Capital Manager in Rosslyn, VA
    Current Employee - Consulting Human Capital Manager in Rosslyn, VA

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

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

    Pros

    Quality of co-workers, access to professional development, flexibility, benefits

    Cons

    Probably lower paid than other consulting competitors, but worth it for the pros

    Advice to Management

    Some people should be promoted ahead of their "cycle" and aren't without good reason.

    Some people are really underpaid and you are unresponsive and lose good people. Why not just bump them up?

  8. Helpful (1)

    Great company to start out at and get industry experience and name recognition on your resume.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - FAS Associate in Rosslyn, VA
    Current Employee - FAS Associate in Rosslyn, VA

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

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

    Pros

    Deloitte offers a number of benefits. In addition to an above board starting salary, Deloitte caters to an aggressive and outgoing professional. Along with a strong compensation and benefits package, Deloitte offers a number of continued education programs and provides its employee's with a healthy amount of extracurricular activities to build your own professional brand. Lot's of free professional perks, outings, and get togethers.

    Cons

    It's a big company, so you have to make a name for yourself. Office culture can be a little stubborn at time, but with a little socializing and networking you make your own career.

    Advice to Management

    Company needs to better its work-life fit model and not penalize employees who have earned PTO from taking it. Utilization is important, but it should not factor in holiday time or earned PTO.

  9. Helpful (1)

    Great place for junior staff

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

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

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

    Pros

    Great people; Would have loved to have moved from federal to commercial

    Cons

    when your contract ends, you're on your own to find your next assignment

    Advice to Management

    Keep good people by making it easier to transition to opportunities across segments

  10. Helpful (3)

    I was hired as part of the BearingPoint federal acquisition and then not allowed to grow my own practice area

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Well rounded competency based delivery

    Cons

    cliquish management of ratings and promotions, not conducive to experienced talent

    Advice to Management

    re-examine your adherence to ethical standards.

  11. Helpful (2)

    Great company for those who don't have an active personal life

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Federal Project Controller in Rosslyn, VA
    Current Employee - Federal Project Controller in Rosslyn, VA

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    lots of training, competitive pay, different ways to advance

    Cons

    horrible work-life balance, promotions are based upon what you do compared to everyone else which is difficult b/c they expect you to do 45+ hrs minimal and then do initiative work after that

    Advice to Management

    If you work your life away, you will eventually get promoted.

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