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Overall a great learning experience

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Former Contractor - Human Resources in Seattle, WA
Former Contractor - Human Resources in Seattle, WA

I worked at Avanade as a contractor (more than a year)

Pros

As a contractor I was able to work remotely, great management/team structure, better than average salary & a fantastic learning experience. I worked with a group of intelligent HR professionals who helped better my career.

Cons

If you don't mind working 10+ hour days and feeling constantly glued to your laptop -- then that would be my only con. That's the case with all contract roles, especially when you're working at a higher level.

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  1. 4 people found this helpful

    expensive career change

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    Current Employee - Group Manager
    Current Employee - Group Manager

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

    Pros

    Depth of technical expertise is impressive.
    Pay is typically above market.
    Excellent benefits.
    Big company structure.
    Impressive toolbox makes life easier.
    Outstanding training programs for all roles.

    Cons

    Ivory tower management.
    No credibility given until proven, even for senior roles.
    No connectivity with company outside of general communications.
    Management by influence only.
    Lack of direct accountability in delivery is significant problem.
    Extremely limited managerial support for non-technical roles.
    Unrealistic expectations for working availability while traveling means you will have no life outside of work when you're on the road. If you try to block off time for anything between 8am-9pm, your team will dissent immediately.
    Lots of 'Gen Y profile' whiners expecting entitlement.
    Exclusive use of 360 subjective feedback for 'spot evaluations' of managerial people.
    Company inability to deal with cross-generational profiles working together.
    (execs are Boomers, directors are Gen X (with boomer qualities), and most of the unwashed masses are Gen Y)
    Typical Microsoft mentality of 'have you beaten your vendor today' exercised frequently.
    Political appointments that elevate jr. people into 'stretch roles' creates risk and conflict.
    This is a company that seems to have difficulty with dealing with senior hires effectively.
    Zero visibility into executive and leadership teams unless you have a special relationship.
    Office politics are unbelievable; propensity to throw people under the bus at the drop of a pin.
    Beware of your team; they will gang up and make a problem about you, and feed you to the sharks.
    There is a very distinct division between technical and managerial resources: technical people are an asset, managerial resources are a throw-away tool.
    Very expensive to maintain quality of life standards at home due to being on the road all the time.
    You count every hour when you're home.
    If you have animals that need care, you will be boarding them. $$$ (kills all of your per diem)
    If you're a single parent, you had better forget this role.
    Obtaining premier travel status takes forever.
    Spend a lot more money on support services so you can maximize your at-home downtime (lawncare, house cleaner /maid service, car care, etc.) Diminishes your real income.
    Medical care on the road is nearly impossible, especially for medications.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start a voice of the employee initiative; management needs to come down from its ivory tower.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. Good for young graduates but no growth if you are experienced

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    Current Employee - Senior Consultant
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant

    I have been working at Avanade full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Provides good training platform for no experience young students who need to start their career.

    Cons

    You feel like another chargeable/staff-aug/capacity resource. Most of the projects there is no consulting process or a professional approach. There are no tools provided except MS Office. You are on your own when delivering as there are no proven methodologies used. Company owned by Accenture and Microsoft. However there are a lot of politics. The relationship lasts till the sales process. After that there is no support from either companies in solution delivery or relationship management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Leadership introduces new operation structures every year. Try to live through one goal/idea/objective and look for feedback before making any big re-engineering decisions.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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