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Just another drone in a company with 200,000+ employees

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Former Employee - Consultant  in  Seattle, WA
Former Employee - Consultant in Seattle, WA

I worked at Accenture

Pros

Five weeks of vacation
Training opportunities
Good opportunity to build your network and connections, especially since the turnover is so high and helps when you are looking for opportunities elsewhere

Cons

Senior leadership is all about making their revenue numbers and do not care about what's best for their teams
You get stuck on roles that do not provide value to the client nor to your career path
Performance reviews and ratings are all subjective, and you are laddered against peers that do completely different types of roles/work
Raises and bonuses are uninspiring, and you are SIGNIFICANTLY underpaid compared to comparable positions at other consulting firms
You are treated as a worker bee and completely replaceable by a fresh graduate

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Value your employees and show them that you care
Make an effort to help employees and encourage/reward them to stay with the company BEFORE they have already made the decision to quit (by that time it's too late)

Doesn't Recommend
No opinion of CEO

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    A good opportunity for growth and insight into the clients.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at Accenture

    Pros

    mentorship and opportunity for training

    Cons

    Low salary, variety of work

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
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    Great manager insulating me from short term thinking acquiring parent company culture

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN

    I have been working at Accenture

    Pros

    Great manager! He's made all the difference!
    He's allowed me to do what Daniel Pink talked about in "Drive" that makes for a fulfilling work experience:
    Autonomy: I'm free to do what I'm good at with as much autonomy as I can handle.
    Mastery: I'm learning to do what will make me better.
    Purpose: What I do will help others do their job better and make it easier.

    I also am able to have a very good work-life balance.

    I also have unusually good and intelligent co-workers here in this subsidiary of Accenture who make working together a pleasure.

    Cons

    The parent company is still, in its heart of hearts, an accounting firm.
    The subsidiary I work for is in the IT service business.
    What's proper leadership best practice, and culture, for one is not suitable for the latter. IT service business needs long term, system level thinking, leadership, investment and a culture that genuinely values experience and team-work over mere short term cost.
    There is thus a short-term benefit imperative coming from above that overrides the long-term cost objections by the front line experts.
    Also, the Performance Review incentives reward internal competition rather than cooperation, leading to perverse incentives that undermine the long term best interest of everyone and the firm itself.
    Those who rise are the ones who are not team players.
    Speaking of rising, I don't see any viable or attractive advancement options for technologists. You want to rise you have to go into management.
    The monetary incentives, though not the topmost concern for me at the moment, are 10-15% below par by comparison to other firms.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a long hard look and study Edwards Deming's work.
    Look at the inherent clash of cultures between the acquiring Accenture and its subsidiary and take steps to grant more autonomy, mastery and purpose to the workers therein.
    Abolish the inherently zero-sum, short-termist Performance Review, and the perverse incentives that pit one part of the team against the other, one employee against the other at the expense of overall teamwork. As the Olympics showed, a basketball team of "All Stars" got beaten by a *genuine team* of players.
    Promote not those who *talk* a good game (but do so at the expense of others in the firm) but who *do* a good game (and do so for the benefit of others).

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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