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

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Former Employee - Senior Analyst  in  Seattle, WA
Former Employee - Senior Analyst in Seattle, WA

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 Managers have very outdated ways of thinking, and believe that extensive processes and methodologies are all that is necessary to successful project delivery.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 ManagementAdvice

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.

Doesn't Recommend
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Fast pace growth in career if you want to work hard

    Current Employee - Group Manager  in  Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Group Manager in Seattle, WA

    Pros

    Project based consulting will give you a lot of experience very quickly. Will have access the cutting edge Microsoft technologies. If you prove yourself and drive your career, Avanade will take risk and let you accelerate quickly. Ability to move around company Internationally with ease. Great training and access to Avanade and Accenture resources. If you are in consulting, you are the product and are treated well. World class training.

    Cons

    Not for people who want an "8 hour day" career. Must be self driven to progress. High chance of travel if not located in a client area. Many times sub to Accenture. Moderate pay to other consulting companies.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do not forget original vision and culture of Avanade. Ensure continuous growing of base.

  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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Keep it up!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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