Deloitte Reviews

Updated April 19, 2015
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  1. Not for everyone

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

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

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

    Pros

    Pay is competitive...other benefits are so/so.

    Cons

    Deloitte advertises to its employees lots of opportunities for training, but realistically the good training sessions are few and far between as they fill up very quickly. It's also fairly difficult to get to Deloitte University unless you're a new hire or promoted to a new level.

    The "Consultant" job level qualifications are too broad. You have "Consultants" with 2 years of professional experience started directly out of college and those with 8-12 years that have MBAs. Both are "Consultants". Deloitte short-changes Experienced hires.

    Deloitte talks a big-game regarding culture and values for other organizations, but does not take care of its own housekeeping.

    Very cocky atmosphere.

    Advice to Management

    Prior to "Senior Consultant" the "Consultant" job should have an intermediate progression.

  2. Great benefits, but not the best management

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

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

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

    Pros

    Work life balance isn't as bad as some people think. Great benefits including PTO, phone, fitness subsidy

    Cons

    Management only cares about how many hours you bill the client.

  3. Current Analyst, public sector

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

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

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    decent pay, opportunity to use consulting methods in the public sector, big firm with a lot of resources

    Cons

    staffing model is a mess (coming into the firm most new hires are expected to find their first engagement through networking which can take months), big firm is very hierarchical can make you feel like a cog, no work life fit

    Advice to Management

    fix the staffing model

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  5. 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.

  6. Business Technology Analyst

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - BTA in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - BTA in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Deloitte

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

    Pros

    Salary
    Benefits
    Perks
    Large amount of responsibility

    Cons

    Long Hours
    Work outside of client hours

    Advice to Management

    Increase flexibility and predictabiity

  7. A Great Place to Start Your Career

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant - Human Capital in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant - Human Capital in Washington, DC

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

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

    Pros

    Deloitte has been and continues to be a true workplace of the future that, while asking a lot as any large organization or firm does, provides its employees with significant flexibility and predictability and a flat management structure that welcomes new ideas.

    Cons

    It's not always easy to move around internally or try new opportunities in other areas of the firm. It's best to come in knowing exactly what you want to do.

    Advice to Management

    Encourage employees to try new areas, projects, networks, etc., especially high performers. Also more closely align compensation to the market.

  8. Senior Consultant

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Deloitte provides a lot of flexibility with finding the job that's interesting to the employee. As a new hire you'll have the flexibility to find a project that's interesting and fits your needs.

    Cons

    The work hours are pretty hectic depending on the project. Some of the projects will require working more than 10 hours a day on a regular basis.

    Advice to Management

    The company should not evaluate employees on extracurricular activities such as: recruiting, sales, and other firm activities.

  9. Extremely smart people, opportunities to succeed, hard on family life, great leadership opportunities

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

    I have been working at Deloitte

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

    Pros

    Smart people to work with
    Challenging projects
    Opportunities to succeed
    Compensation for performance
    Reliance on building network to succeed

    Cons

    Work life balance
    Reliance on building network to succeed

  10. Consultant->senior consultant

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

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

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

    Pros

    The pro to working at Deloitte is the scope of projects and people. Also they really invested in training their consultants in innovative ways.

    Cons

    The cons focus around how hyper political some of the partners are. They can actually impede revenue growth through their need for control.

  11. Mental Health Discrimination

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

    Deloitte Consulting pays well but in return they want absolute loyalty and effort. Depending on the level you are at, they expect 32 - 36 hours per week in billable time. In reality they want 40+ hours and then on top of that they want 5 - 10 hours of "firm work". Add to that, training time, (40 hours a year) and you'll easily be overwhelmed in short order

    Cons

    Deloitte Consulting is cutthroat. There's about a 20 - 25% turnover per year and they're quick to push out any who don't meet expectations. The company uses a matrix form of organization which means you do not have direct lines of accountability and reporting. I worked for them for almost 6 years, and was let go after being on a year of disability. Multiple requests were made for accommodation and they refused any and all accommodations and then fired me by calling me on the phone and informing me of their actions with only 2 days notice.

    Advice to Management

    Learn some compassion and treat people with basic dignity and respect.

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