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  • Advanced attitude towards work-life balance (in 471 reviews)

  • Probably a good place to start your career (in 167 reviews)

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  • 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 (16)

    Captain of your own Ship

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    • 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. So far so good

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Consultant in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Consultant in Arlington, VA

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

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

    Pros

    Only been with the firm for about 6 months but everything seems to be what they made it out to be in the interview so far.

    Cons

    Though I have a Masters and came in as an experienced hire, I make about what a college new hire makes. This is partially to blame on a low salary history, though.

    Advice to Management

    Great communication, great opportunities, but could possibly have additional processes in place to ensure that employees are in roles that fit. A peer that joined the same day as me left within about 3-4 months due to a bad project and manager.


  3. Helpful (1)

    Not Bad but not perfect

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

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

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

    Pros

    -Benefits ( Fitness, overall Health coverage, and 401k)
    -Constantly change work environment that never stagnates
    -Great Resume Builder

    Cons

    -How they align talent; tough to switch service lines, college grads get aligned based on what service line is recruiting at there school, not by skillset.
    -Promotions, performance ratings, career advancement are 90% who you know and 10% what you actually are doing


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  5. Helpful (8)

    Deloitte wants employees for life, if you are willing to figure them out

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    Current Employee - Program Manager in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Arlington, 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

    - Leader in their industries
    - Some of the smartest, experienced people you will work with
    - Top brands and client
    - You can make your own career, company supports moving around every two years if desired
    - Entrepreneurial culture, if you are willing to put the work in to learn they will let you go to new industries
    - top in cyber, technology and key industries, work with the best clients and people
    - Networked culture, if you put the time in to meet people you will go places.
    - Deloitte is a premium company that requires commitment but they have excellent benefits and perks
    - Changing work model to offer more opportunities to work from home
    - Large investment in training and education at every level

    Cons

    - If you don't like networking you won't go far
    - If you don't want to put the time in to learn, contribute to the company and travel you won't last
    - If you are not flexible and willing to stretch yourself you will think it is too much work

    Advice to Management

    Have people designate and specialize earlier in their careers so they can focus earlier on industry expertise. Value internal services and training offered more.


  6. 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.


  7. Helpful (3)

    Deloitte: We keep you alive to serve this ship. So row well, and live.

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Arlington, VA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    (1) You will build relationships with a variety of smart, motivated people that you can carry with you long into the future. Networking is a large component of the culture. Deloitte is a very large place, but over time you can build a small circle of trusted colleagues that will make Deloitte feel much smaller and less impersonal.
    (2) Deloitte offers good compensation and benefits. This includes very generous paternity/maternity leave. Deloitte pays up to $500 per year as a health/fitness subsidy. Good educational benefits are available if you pursue another degree or a firm-approved certification.
    (3) Having Deloitte on your resume may open up many new opportunities for your career. If you can succeed in Deloitte’s culture, then it speaks well of your abilities to perform under pressure.
    (4) You will be offered an abundance of training. Deloitte University is an excellent facility.
    (5) Most anyone is accessible if you take the initiative to contact them for a meeting.
    (6) Working to support the mission of the federal government can be very rewarding if you find the right project. However, this benefit is not specific to Deloitte, only to federal consulting.
    (7) Great place to start a career for those coming out of college, but I’m less inclined to recommend Deloitte to those with significant experience unless you can make peace with the cons detailed below.

    Cons

    (1) Long Hours - At all levels, expect to put in at least 45-50 hours per week on average (sometimes much more) in order to meet expectations including client work, recruiting, training delivery, proposal writing, performance management duties, counseling to junior practitioners, etc. In my experience, this is not mentioned to candidates during the hiring process.
    (2) Summer - Work-life balance can be poor for many at the Manager level and above in the federal practice, especially during federal’s summer buying season. Frequent participation in proposal activities will be expected and often involves late nights, weekend work, conference calls at all hours, and disrupted vacations.
    (3) Work-Life Balance - Deloitte stopped using “work-life balance” and replaced it with “work-life fit.” Leadership talks a lot about flexibility, meaning that various PPDs still give you enough to fill 50 hours/week but if you choose to leave at 4pm to coach little league baseball, you are given the flexibility to work from 8pm-10pm to make up the extra hours you “owe” the firm. If you try to create balance, it will be very difficult to say no to extracurricular opportunities (especially to a PPD) and you may be branded with the dreaded “not a team player” label.
    (4) Vacation - Paid time off appears generous, however at all career levels you will either not be able to use it all or you will have to work extra hours to make up for the vacation time you use in order to meet your billable hour targets. After a few years, most senior people will begin to lose large chunks of unused vacation each calendar year as you can only carry over one year’s worth of vacation.
    (5) Client Projects – Ask for as much detail as possible about the project you would be working on before accepting an offer. Your job satisfaction comes in a far second to the firm’s bottom line if they are in need of people to staff upcoming contracts. I have seen Business Technology Analysts (BTA) who were hired to do technical work be relegated to writing weekly status reports all day for a PMO. Many highly-skilled people hired with the promise of performing advanced data analytics are withering away on long-term projects with no such work to be found.
    (6) High-Performance Culture – We are told that Deloitte has a “high-performance” culture. Translation: Everyone is competing in order to get the best year-end rating within a forced ranking structure. You can occasionally, at the more senior levels, expect to have others take credit for your work, be cut out of sales metrics you rightfully earned, or have materials that you have written "borrowed" by others without attribution. It is difficult to get PPDs to stomp this behavior out (sometimes they are the ones doing it to you) or to stick their necks out to get you the credit you deserve. In my experience, PPDs are reluctant to confront other PPDs if there is nothing in it for them personally, even if someone is clearly doing something underhanded to you.
    (7) Leadership Accountability - Real, accountable leaders within Deloitte’s matrix structure are rare. It feels like every PPD can boss you around, but no one is directly accountable for your care and feeding. For junior staff, no one above you is going to get in trouble if you sit on the bench. That is solely your fault, even if your leadership is not bringing in enough new business. For managers, if a PPD makes a string of poor decisions on which business opportunities to pursue, he or she will not be held accountable for your lower sales and revenue metrics if nothing pans out for all your hard work. Performance review committee meetings always focus on the individual under review and what that person did to help themselves. No one is held accountable for helping those below them be successful. Keep in mind that this lack of leadership accountability holds true for many other use cases. The risks are very much transferred to the individual at Deloitte much like an experiment in Social Darwinism.
    (8) Kiss Up Kick Down - Performance reviews come almost exclusively from your supervisors. The channel to collect feedback from peers/subordinates is very weak and contributes almost nothing to your year-end rating. If you have a bad project manager above you there is limited recourse available. Without hard evidence, your word will rarely be taken over someone at a higher career level. If your challenges are with a PPD, good luck getting someone to step in unless the behavior is truly egregious.
    (9) Like Having Two Jobs - At times, it will feel like internal Deloitte activities are a major distraction from your client work. If you care deeply about client work and want to focus on that exclusively, it may be an uphill battle for you on performance ratings, compensation, promotions, and ultimately it may affect your job security as you will be seen as “not contributing to the firm.” Deloitte now has a “Project Delivery” career track for people exclusively aligned to client work, but these people receive lower benefits compared to the other career tracks and may be subject to swift termination if a contract ends. Understand which career track you are being aligned to, and the differences, before accepting an offer.

    Advice to Management

    Your attrition rate is remarkably high for many reasons. Most everyone I know at Deloitte is unhappy and interested in other job opportunities. You are clearly understaffed to meet all the requirements to keep your business running properly. Most of the ideas I will give you cannot be implemented unless you either raise your bill rates or are willing to pay yourselves a little less and redirect some profits to make life better for your employees. Otherwise, know that you are wringing your exorbitant compensation out of the misery and stress of others (e.g., late nights, weekend work, missed family events, etc.). Where else can a large number of mid-level managers make $300K, $400K, $500K or more without taking a real risk like starting your own small business? You are working for the federal government. Most of you are not responsible for much other than meeting your personal sales/revenue metrics. Maybe if each of you were personally held accountable for the utilization, well-being, and development of a large number of people, I would feel differently about your compensation. Here are a few ideas that I suspect you have heard before:
    (1) Hire additional employees to perform much of the heavy lifting for firm activities (e.g., eminence, proposals, training, performance reviews). As an alternative, rotate people out of client service for these activities. Either way, you need more employees.
    (2) Lower utilization targets overall or remove vacation and training hours from utilization calculations
    (3) Allow employees to sell back a small portion of earned vacation each year before they lose it
    (4) Reduce the mandatory training hours for federal practitioners
    (5) Lease less expensive office space (current Rosslyn/McLean offices must be extraordinarily expensive) and dial back on the catered lunches, fancy dinners, and happy hours. Use the money saved for other items above.
    (6) Have PPDs carry more of their own weight. I see many PPDs that bill a limited number client hours, but are also ineffective at winning new work. We notice! This negatively affects our careers, is bad for employee morale, and means the staff needs to work harder to support their compensation.


  8. Helpful (2)

    Deloitte Consulting Human Capital

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great people, interesting work (for the most part), dynamic culture, lots of innovation, fantastic parental leave policies. Pay isn't good (see cons), but other benefits are good like a health and fitness subsidy and back up day care program. PTO is also generous.

    Cons

    Work / life balance and compensation. Compensation was restructured two years ago and now raises, even for high performers, barely keep up with inflation. It's really discouraging and people are leaving as a result. You can't pay people poorly and then expect them to sacrifice work / life at the same time. It's especially discouraging when there are rumors that partners are raking in some of the biggest earnings in history ... meanwhile workers' salaries are stagnating.

    Advice to Management

    Your compensation system is undermining retention and employee engagement. Move back to the old structure.


  9. Amazing Colleagues, Tiresome Culture

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in McLean, VA
    Current Employee - Manager in McLean, VA

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

    Positive Outlook
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Deloitte consultants are incredibly smart, articulate, and giving of their time. It is impossible to have a bad conversation as everyone is so down-to-earth and well-spoken. My colleagues constantly impress me with their knowledge and their ideas. I love being a part of a firm with such a stellar reputation and vast resources available to help me learn more about how to help my clients.

    Cons

    Deloitte is an up-or-out model and the stress of continually striving to meet/exceed performance expectations and make your name stand out is unrelenting. A 40-hour work week is rare and, when you do get lucky with one, it's hard to appreciate it because the expectations are that one is always available to give more.


  10. Great company but be prepared to work all the time, including nights and weekends.

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

    I worked at Deloitte (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Excellent professional development opportunities.
    Smart people and intellectually stimulating work.
    Excellent support system and endless resources.
    24/7 tech support.
    Endless opportunities if you are willing to fight for them and stand out in the best of the best.

    Cons

    You are always in a highly competitive position so everyone is constantly trying to 'outshine' each other.
    There is no such thing as work/life balance.
    White collar slavery.
    Overabundance of staff with narcissistic personality disorder.

    Advice to Management

    Stop selling the client an unrealistic work plan that results in staff working like animals.


  11. Recommend

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • 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.



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