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Accenture - the good and bad!

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  • Senior Management
Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Washington, DC
Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Washington, DC

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

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

Pros

Accenture is a good place to learn and start your career and has a lot of projects domestic and international. There is also a training budget that consultants can use but you will need to get approval from career counselor, project manager, and Human resource.

Vacation days are 25 days not including holidays and you can carry over a lot of it to the next fiscal year. There is no mandatory volunteering or extracurricular activity that you have to do outside of your project work. There's a lot of communities that you can be a part of and a lot of company sponsored happy hour that you can go to meet people.

Cons

Promotion is based on who you know and not the work that you do. They will give you an excuse for not promoting you or giving you a raise and it will not be based on your productivity. Some of the excuses they have given over the years is "we are forecasting that next year will not be as profitable so raises are scarce this year", or "you joined the project at a bad time and so we can't give you a promotion even though you been with the company for 2 years but next year you will definitely get a promotion to consultant", etc anything to try to get their money's worth even though Accenture is already low-balling a lot of their consultants at a low salary already. You can be billable for 150% and be rated as meet expectations with 2% average raises. The fastest way to get promoted would be start networking and as long as the managers like you, you will get promoted its not the work that you do.

If you are in federal sector you will have a really hard time to move to North America. Consulting will get paid more then Services, and Services workforce gets paid more then Solutions. Of course you will be traveling a lot for consulting, services 50% or less, and solutions will have no travel. But, once you are in a workforce it will be a hassle to transfer to another one because you need approval from your current workforce management and HR.

Advice to Management

Recognize the people that actually put in the work and give them the promotion/raises that they deserve.

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    Leading Company, Terrible Annual Review Process

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

    I have been working at Accenture 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

    - Intelligent People
    - Interesting Work
    - Strong Technology Support

    Cons

    - Salary is low compared to other management consulting firms
    - Benefits are weak
    - Terrible annual review process

    Advice to Management

    Focus on developing your employees and their career ambitions rather than force fitting them into a chargeable role.


  2. Promotion not based on knowlege, experiecne or contribution

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

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

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

    Pros

    Exposure to different industries. Good training opportinities

    Cons

    Performance review system installed by the company is really horrible. It is totally subjective and biased. Working with a manager who is either frustrated or up for promotion can be a disaster. At the end of the day he/she can say anything about individual contributors and there is no system installed to cross check and validate any assertion by such individuals. I believe many will share my observations across the board. Good contributors and performers go without unnoticed and without getting rewarded while those who are good at pretending and talking loud with zero knowledge of specific task at hand often get rewarded and promoted. I have personally seen peoples assigned to a project with zero knowledge of what needs to be accomplished. All it takes is for that person to be a good pretender and get favored. If it continues like this, the issue will have compounding effect on Accenture and its clients.

    Advice to Management

    Most higher managers climbed the ladder by enforcing and implementing a horrible system installed by the company; as such providing input to here is worthless.


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