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Accenture was very different pre-recession; would not recommend to anyone now

  • Comp & Benefits
  • Work/Life Balance
  • Senior Management
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
Former Employee - Moved Throughout Industry, SI&T, and Management Consulting
Former Employee - Moved Throughout Industry, SI&T, and Management Consulting

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

Pros

Smart people. Really great health benefits in the USA. Amount of vacation time is phenomenal (if you ever get to use it). If you watch your execs and HR closely enough, you will learn how to BS and make up slideware like a pro. Treasure and follow the ones that have good ethics and continually drive to deliver client value. This is the PERFECT place to work if you have narcissistic tendencies and little/no ties to family or friends.

There are a lot of really fantastic people that have worked for the firm over the years. Unfortunately many of them have left for greener pastures. The C-level have a good head on their shoulders and most have worked at ACN their whole career.

Cons

For new Analysts it's a great place to start out...enjoy it while you can and get your training at your client's expense. You'll be inflated up to think that you're among the best -- please give yourself a reality check and realize that for 90% of you, you have many years of learning ahead of you before your ideas are worth hearing. The first time you think that your work life is a living hell then you should start looking right then and there. Trust me, it does not "get better." That manager or senior manager that you wonder how they ever made it that high? They aren't going away b/c deep down they know they cannot hack it anywhere else but AccentureLand.

The "global management" team (just under the C-level) has been a constantly shifting group many of whom did not "grow up" in Accenture. They are completely disconnected from what happens in projects on a day to day basis. "People Initiatives" are nice decks and conference calls so that analysts and consultants feel like they are being heard. Don't kid yourself...you're being heard and then summarily ignored.

Congrats! You believe you can save your client $10k a month with some process improvements. The unfortunate part is that your project Director will not care; the firm is so big and the rate card so inflated now that a 5 or 6 digit deal is completely ignored.

Your pay will constantly be undercut by all of the new analysts and "experienced hire" consultants/managers entering the firm. Don't believe for a second that the company will adjust your salary to be in line with newcomers.

Life begins at manager, and there is a lot of kool aid to drink before you're ever considered for M1. You will not be promoted unless you can promote the illusion that you live, eat, drink, and breath Accenture. It's still up or out on the consulting side.

HR will constantly trumpet how much "choice" is available across the company, but you should know that until you're a Managing Director or Principle that "choice" is an illusion. Do what you're told to get ahead, and "career management" is dependent on which Director's coat tails you can ride.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

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    Intense learning experience but also intense workload

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Accenture

    Pros

    - Great learning experience, since you are constantly working on different clients, roles and project types
    - Networking opportunities

    Cons

    - Extreme workload
    - Salaries are not very competitive

  2.  

    Great place to start a career

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Accenture

    Pros

    Great people, fun, young culture, large projects

    Cons

    Tough hours, bureaucratic, a lot of fluff activities

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be realistic about timelines when trying to win contracts

    Recommends
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