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Helpful (6)

Churn and burn agency with lip service to work-life balance

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  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
Former Employee - Senior Analyst in Seattle, WA
Former Employee - Senior Analyst in Seattle, WA

I worked at Avanade full-time (less than a year)

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

Pros

Training programs are great for new college grads with little experience. I participated in the Microsoft Dynamics AX "Bootcamp" which was a very rigorous training program that brought new hires with little to no experience in ERP software up to speed very quickly - but only if you put in the effort. After initial training program you can earn multiple Microsoft certifications that have value even if you leave the company, which most do sooner or later. Also, close ties to Microsoft are of great benefit when working on projects.

Cons

They follow a churn and burn model for their consultants, forcing them to travel extensively while paying salaries that are much lower than their competitors. They also charge clients a premium rate for the overtime their consultants work without passing any of the earnings on to the consultants. Consultants are encouraged to pretend they know more than they do for clients and learn on the job, which is difficult. Managers have very outdated ways of thinking, and believe that extensive processes and methodologies are all that is necessary to successful project delivery. They cling to an antiquated methodology that insists you can eliminate all uncertainty on projects and a "one-size" fits all development approach, at least within the ERP practice, which leads to disastrous results. Project managers who have no working knowledge of the product they are implementing are valued over consultants who do all the legwork for clients. Project managers are valued for handling clients well instead of leading effective teams. Overall, working hard is valued over working smart. HR representatives and career managers don't always look out for your best interests, and even when they do, they can't overrule senior management to help you. Your colleagues may be smart, dedicated, hard-working employees, but poor management leads to constant thrashing on projects. Overall, these methods are still profitable to the company, so burning through consultants is no problem because they focus a great deal on training and can always hire more college graduates who are eager to start their careers.

Advice to Management

Do more than pay lip-service to work/life balance. Increase your salaries to attract and retain top talent. Don't encourage your consultants to pretend they're something they aren't to clients, give them the management they need to be successful. Don't hire project managers who can't complete the required training. Value working smart over working hard.

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  1. Helpful (2)

    The blind leading the blind...

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    Former Employee - Senior Business Analyst in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Business Analyst in Houston, TX

    I worked at Avanade full-time (more than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The money is well worth your chance to learn... from the client, and the clients' industry. Anyone can get online education courses about anything that Avanade offers you.

    Cons

    The go to great lengths to make you think they have direction. But their direction is often in direct conflict with what Accenture's goals. Despite how they play up the partnership with Microsoft, that was in the past. Avanade "orients" you to do things their way, but more often than not you are being paid to do things the clients way which has little or nothing to do with Avanade's or Accenture's method.

    Bottom line is Accenture is the slave master to developers and tech writers from India, Avanade is the slave owners to the PM's and BA's who are put in the middle between what the client wants and how Avanade will burn through the budget trying to implement their method leaving you dazed and confused.

    Advice to Management

    It wouldn't matter... they won't listen.

  2. Tons of work but a great company...

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant, Business Analyst in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant, Business Analyst in Chicago, IL

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Very smart people, interesting projects, good opportunity for growth, gadget benefit, and competitive salary for the industry.

    Cons

    Long hours, lots of work and travel.

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up!

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