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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Specialist Leader

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    Former Employee - Specialist Leader in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Specialist Leader in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Myriad avenues for growth as a consulting professional
    Great benefits
    Deloitte University

    Cons

    So large, difficult to build and keep relationships.
    HR staff not useful in finding next role in company
    Your skill set gets lost..becomes a competition for new work

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop all the "feel good" rhetoric. Be real and honest with your employees. Decide how Specialists fit and use them accordingly.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    great opportunities on client site, but that's only half of what matters

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    • Senior Management
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    • 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)

    Pros

    there are really great opportunities if you are self-driven

    Cons

    there is not a "40 hour work week" here if you want to get good/high ratings

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    improve work-life balance and re-evaluate the usefulness of "firm activities" (especially in federal)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    great

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - ERS Consultant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - ERS Consultant in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    great for new opportunities and diversity

    Cons

    long hours and lots of requirements

    Recommends
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Worth pursuing!

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Contractor - Senior Recruiter in Washington, DC
    Former Contractor - Senior Recruiter in Washington, DC

    I worked at Deloitte as a contractor

    Pros

    The company is not as stiff as you would expect - the staff was easy to work with and driven towards success with the highest levels of integrity. High value placed on professionalism and virtual work...

    Cons

    Like many places, corporate politics requires to pay attention to subtitle comments, which usually have a deeper meaning behind them. If you hurt a client relationship, expect an immediate and negative consequences. Others in the industry pay more...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus more energy on keeping the existing staff over trying to capture the talent from your competitors... Accept that you will need to grow from within instead....

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Business Analyst

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    Current Employee - Business Technology Analyst in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Business Technology Analyst in Arlington, VA

    I have been working at Deloitte

    Pros

    Great place and many opportunities to search for. Many talented people to work with and there is always an opportunity to learn new things. Great compensation but you have to work your butt off for it.

    Cons

    Very competitive internally. Requires to work over 40 hours to achieve your compensation expectations.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    n/a

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great learning experience at the Analyst and Consultant levels

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Consultant in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Consultant in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    - Learning and development opportunities
    - Great projects if you know the right people and play the game
    - Bright people, especially at the Analyst and Consultant levels
    - Large alumni network, especially of Analysts and Consultants who leave to do more interesting things

    Cons

    - Pay increases little from year-to year (even for 1 and 2 rated performers)
    - Very high expectations for "extracurricular" activities outside of project work
    - At the lower levels, you have to complete for ratings by gaming the system
    - Lots of corporate-speak, bureaucracy, etc.
    - Some projects deliver very little value to clients, which can be difficult to live with

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I don't have any advice. The cons that I mentioned are just part of working at a large consulting firm. They actually do try quite hard to do a good job, but realistically, don't think that things could be improved. Try it for a few years. If you don't like it, you'll have solid opportunities afterwards.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Former BTA and Technology Consultant in DC Office

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    Current Employee - Technology Consultant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Technology Consultant in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    - People
    - If in federal practice... comfortable hours/lifestyle

    Cons

    - If in federal technology practice... LONG projects, so lack of variability
    - Inability to move around the firm in the short term

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow movement between federal and commercial practice more easily.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  10.  

    Good

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Accounting in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Accounting in Washington, DC

    I worked at Deloitte full-time

    Pros

    Good salari. Nice people working together. A lot of oportunities.

    Cons

    You have a lot of possibilities to grow.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Solid firm.

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

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

    Pros

    Reputation, talent. Good benefits. Systems work well. Deloitte University is great.

    Cons

    High pressure, negligible base increases, no work life balance. Resource constrained. Top-heavy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give us back our raises.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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