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My experience was absolutely horrible at accenture

Former Employee - Management Consultant  in  Houston, TX
Former Employee - Management Consultant in Houston, TX

I worked at Accenture full-time for less than a year

Pros

There are a few perks: You get to travel to different parts of the world and you get paid somewhat well

Cons

Too big and not enough onboarding attention to employees that did not grow in accenture

Advice to ManagementAdvice

You have to actually "grow up" in accenture to even be able to do well, meaning it would be best if you were hired out of college. Those who have experience consulting would have a tough time working there. Please have a program where you learn how to's in accenture for experienced hires.

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    Great opportunity, tempered by lack of control in your career path

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer
    Former Employee - Software Engineer

    I worked at Accenture full-time

    Pros

    -Good culture
    -Good coworkers
    -Great network of advisors- the company provides everyone with internal hr reps, career counselors, as well as a experienced ACC person who you can talk to confidentially and comfortably for no other reason than advice and learning about the company
    -Lots of opportunities to learn and grow, either through company provided training or roles in technologies you aren't familiar with

    Cons

    -Depending on position and location, salaries range from slightly to moderately under industry standards.
    -As an entry level employee, you have little say in your initial projects, which means you can be placed in roles and technologies that have nothing to do with your ultimate career objectives. While this would be acceptable and maybe even desirable for someone starting out wishing to learn more, working in a particular field or role type tends to cement you into that field in the eyes of further projects, leading to a situation where you can get sidetracked and then stuck.
    -Work life balance can be slightly harsh at some projects- which would be fine given that overtime is paid and the company is upfront about this inevitability, but management also hints very strongly that they disapprove of charging overtime. A fellow worker was asked to consider how long their lunch break was, if they got up for water, or how long they went to the bathroom (seriously?) before trying to bill overtime hours that you can be sure they actually worked. Either make strides to improve work life balance and discourage overtime, or accept that you are going to get charged as is. It's not like the standard salary ACC pays is exorbitantly high to begin with.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to align employees- especially new hires who will need real world testing to solidify their training of choice into actual experience in their field- better with their career aims. If projects dictate that they be shifted elsewhere out of necessity, don't simply forget; make a point to bring them back to their original track. After all, they are probably strongest in it and will produce better work for you there anyways.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    3 years as a Business Analyst in Systems Integration - Technology group

    Former Employee - Business Analyst  in  San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Accenture full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    They have an uncanny ability to recruit and hire people who are very similar -- you'll get along with almost everyone. Some of my best friends in life have come from Accenture.

    You'll also get responsibilities that most other entry-level folks won't get -- not necessarily working with C-Suite (although some might), but you might be doing work that other people do in their 40's or 50's. You'll definitely be working directly with people your parents' age, if you are a fresh grad.

    It's not as glamorous as other consulting and i-banking cultures, but you'll get your share of project-sponsored trips, dinners, happy hours, etc... You might also travel extensively.

    Cons

    You can be easily pigeon-holed into doing the same type of work, and even be known as "that expert." That's great if you love it, but most people prefer diversity. You can also be stuck doing "project management", which is sort of a glorified secretary, in my opinion.

    Another con that probably isn't unique to Accenture is that you don't really feel attached to the work -- a lot of times, whether or not it succeeds or fails is either 1) hard to gauge because the project is so complex and massive or 2) you aren't there by the time it "launches."

    My hours were very decent, 8:30am to 6:30pm type of day, but some people do work crazier hours. Some by their (poor) choice, others because their managers sucked. :)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your analysts and consultants with respect -- try harder to help them develop a career instead of viewing them as pawns on a project that you are trying to sell.

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