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Do not drink the Deloitte Kool-Aid

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  • Senior Management
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Manager in Arlington, VA
Current Employee - Manager in Arlington, VA

I have been working at Deloitte full-time (more than a year)

Pros

- The only pro is that name recognition, yet compare to the likes of McKinsey, BCG, and Bain, Deloitte is only in the upper-middle tier at best.
- Some at the very top management (e.g. Jim Moffatt) are true visionary, other low level PPDs (at least in the Federal sector) are nothing but glorified sales people.

Cons

- More than 70% of the people in the Deloitte Federal/Public Sector are former BearingPint people from the acquisition in 2009. Many in the BP management were made PPDs to prevent attrition. As a result you see rampant nepotism where those PPDs promotes those old comrades from old BP, or put those young, inexperienced old BP people as project leads. And during the so called "consensus meetings" (or performance evaluation) they flatter each other like old flames.
- I guess this is true for other Federal contractors in the DC area, but Deloitte is nothing but a government milking machine. You should see some of the projects going on here where hundreds of consultants are staffed on a federal client project and doing nothing or just shoving papers yet billing $300-$500/hr. And many are long term contracts (5+ years). Talk about wasting tax payers' money.
- The so called "firm activities" are nothing but free labor to the company. They track how many hours you spend your evening hours networking, writing papers or proposals, recruiting, etc. Those with family and little kids are penalized just because they value family times and cannot meet the stringent requirements. They call this "you control your own career".
- Training is a joke. All the internal training is conducted by, you guessed it, internal consultants. You get firm contribution hours if you give training to other consultants. So you see people sign up to lead when they are not professional trainers or even qualified to do so. Talk about blind leading the blind.
- Human Resources who's primary job is to staff people on projects are not doing their job. You see lots of people on bench and you are on your own to find your own next projects if there are no openings within your own network (which is often the case since the same opening will be competed among people who has the same network). I guess the mantra "you control your own career" is true.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

There is no advice in world that will change the mindset of the old PPDs coming from the defunct BearingPoint.

Doesn't Recommend
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Disapproves of CEO

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Hired based on what you know, promoted based on who you know, and reach the top based on who knows you

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    Former Employee - Consultant in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Consultant in Arlington, VA

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

    Pros

    Great people, great benefits, and consistent career growth opportunities. Respect that all staff were very approachable and, more importantly, no BS about playing "the game".

    Cons

    Experiences drastically differ based on project, service lines, etc.-- it's an exaggerated popularity contest. The matrix structure is a bit unwieldy and even senior staff are often caught in silos.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Suggest not applying consulting "smoke and mirrors" techniques to staff management, will help with retention.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good industry experience

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Deloitte

    Pros

    Good industry experience at all levels

    Cons

    Long hours without extra pay

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