Deloitte Reviews

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  • 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 (25)

    Captain of your own Ship

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    • 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 (2)

    sr. manager

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    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Rosslyn, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Rosslyn, VA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    benefits are above all competitors

    Cons

    low raises and bonuses - especially in services areas - not thought of as value add even though they are winning business for the consulting side

    Advice to Management

    better leadership in services - show less favoritism please


  3. Federal Advisory Consultant

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    Current Employee - Federal Advisory Consultant in Rosslyn, VA
    Current Employee - Federal Advisory Consultant in Rosslyn, VA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great people and environment to work in

    Cons

    Pressure to work long hours


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  5. Benefits

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Rosslyn, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Rosslyn, VA

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

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

    Pros

    Benefits are very generous at Deloitte, from the 401k plan to the health benefits. I particularly like the the health and childcare flexible accounts and the $500 a year benefit toward employee fitness program.

    Cons

    Utilization is one of the most important and rigorous part of the employees' metrics. Although meeting the utilization standard can be easy, especially if you have a steady project, it can be a challenge if you are unable to get in a project. And more than often, the employee is responsible for finding another billable project, with minimal help from resource management.

    Advice to Management

    My advice to management is to put a solid structure in place that really helps the employee find a new project after they roll of from one engagement.


  6. Deloitte is great

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Rosslyn, VA
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Rosslyn, VA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Pros: hands down the best people, culture, and client experiences.

    Cons

    Obvious cons: a lot of work, leadership has high expectations quality, and projects do not always provide the high-impact work of your dreams


  7. Good Pay and Benefits, Poor Work-Life Balance

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rosslyn, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rosslyn, VA

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

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

    Pros

    Solid pay and good benefits including health and fitness subsidy.

    Cons

    Very poor work life balance. Be prepared to put some long hours in.


  8. Recommend

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Rosslyn, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Rosslyn, VA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great exposure to many industries

    Cons

    long-hours, difficult to separate work and life.

    Advice to Management

    Equality needs to be a focus area.


  9. Helpful (6)

    Consulting for the Federal side is underwhelming.

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    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.


  10. 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.


  11. Overall a good company

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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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