Oakton Reviews

Updated April 22, 2015
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  1. Principal Consultant

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    Current Employee - Principal Consultant in Sydney (Australia)
    Current Employee - Principal Consultant in Sydney (Australia)

    I have been working at Oakton

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Oakton overall has a good work life balance compared to other large consulting companies. If you put in the effort you are likely to be rewarded.

    Cons

    Oakton is now a Dimension Data company, it will be interesting to see how that plays out. The plan we are being told is Oakton will continue to run as a separate brand/company.

    Advice to Management

    Keep communication channels open. Keep consultants involved and able to influence what projects they are working on and would like to work on in the future.

  2. Some good people left, has the potential for a turnaround

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sydney (Australia)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sydney (Australia)

    I have been working at Oakton full-time (More than 10 years)

    Positive Outlook
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    The people. some truly awesome consultants. The best and most inspiring people I've come across in the IT industry.

    Cons

    Culture needs work, some unhealthy norms. Suffers from short-termism. Only financial metrics matter, non-financial metrics are starting to be raised but are mostly lip service at the moment. Gap between sales and delivery. Employee engagement from management is missing

    Advice to Management

    Time for some innovative approaches to be introduced. There is a huge opportunity to make it a great company. Just needs a fresh lens and commitment to deliver.

  3. Avoid it

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hyderābād (India)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hyderābād (India)

    I have been working at Oakton

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    -Decent compensation
    -Free lunch
    -Free gifts during christmas / annual vacation

    Cons

    - Worst Mid-level management
    - Dirty politics
    - Odd time shifts if you are in MS
    - Dirth of quality work and projects
    - No career growth path

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  5. Not had enough growth in terms of money or position.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Oakton (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Work life balance is good.

    Cons

    Not having great exposure to new technologies.

  6. Consultant

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Consultant in Sydney (Australia)
    Current Employee - Consultant in Sydney (Australia)

    I have been working at Oakton full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    If you are self-motivated, you can achieve a lot here. They have a large list of clients and you get to work on latest cutting edge technologies. They are very supportive if you want to learn new technology and diversify.

    Cons

    They are focussed on their onsultants being billable all the time. Social activities are limited. Inter and Intra team bonding is limited.

    Advice to Management

    Remuneration is on par with industry baseline.

  7. Helpful (2)

    Satisfactory

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Consultant Architect in Melbourne (Australia)
    Current Employee - Consultant Architect in Melbourne (Australia)

    I have been working at Oakton full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    On the whole, management are open and approachable, work-mates tend to be competent and intelligent.
    There have been a couple of re-evaluations of the company position in the market (I am not sure if this is pro or con).

    Cons

    As with most consultancies they are more interested you being billable than whether you are suitable for the work or the work is suitable for you. Mileage may differ in other parts of the organisation.

  8. Do not take chance with this company - oakton hyderabad

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    Current Employee - Senior Developer in Hyderābād (India)
    Current Employee - Senior Developer in Hyderābād (India)

    I have been working at Oakton full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    I have worked less than 6 months with this company. I found lot of issues with their work culture. Managers are too worst and always do micro level management. They may pay you well, but you be like a slave in this company.

    Cons

    if you are ready to work 14 hrs a day then go for this company. lot of politics around you and this is not good for any associate.

    Advice to Management

    Top management and managers need to be changed across the organisation, so that new blood will run this organization in better direction.

  9. Helpful (2)

    Declining company controlled by shallow leadership and sales team

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Oakton

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    - Maintains industry relationships with certain niche clients. This provides some good work for existing consultants
    - Has a lot of very bright employees
    - High turnover rate of employees contribute to the wider industry

    Cons

    - Middle to senior management are not inclusive in their plans, remain aloof, and treat employees as dispensable resources to be deployed and dumped at anytime.
    - Sales and senior leadership teams are led by very shallow individuals who are often unable to take advantage of real opportunities because they don't engage in much dialog with anyone but themsleves
    - Very little regard for employees careers, training or continuous improvement. Upward mobility is more focused on relationships and who you know
    - Continuously pushes a facade of professionalism which does not exist.
    - Makes empty promises to clients based on non-existent intellectual capital and then attempts to deliver or make up solutions on the fly
    - Your career is never stable at Oakton. I have observed lots of talented individuals being dumped for flaky reasons as soon as the market takes a down turn.
    - Oakton has a very high turnover rate with lots of ex Oakton employees found every where (Bad for our company but good for the industry)

    Advice to Management

    - Develop an inclusive Company which listens to the voice of its employees and not just that of shallow individuals who have become powerful but lack imagination
    - Appreciate the talent of employees, treat them better and encourage innovation
    - Stop selling non-existent intellectual capital to clients and spend more time building intellectual capital

  10. Helpful (1)

    Great Company - Prosperous & Ahead of the Game

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Melbourne (Australia)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Melbourne (Australia)

    I have been working at Oakton full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    A great culture where you are valued, offered many opportunities and room to move around. Lovely people to work with. I feel Oakton is a true leader in the industry and it is great to be a part of the team.

    Cons

    A little old school and stuck in the 'old' Oakton operations however there has been recent change and movement in the business that suggests this will most certainly be addressed.

    Advice to Management

    Recognise and reward - in any way you can -even the tiniest recognition can have a hug impact on the employee's performance, especially when it is comes from the top.

  11. Helpful (1)

    a boys club of 'yes' men & sales guys

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Canberra (Australia)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Canberra (Australia)

    I have been working at Oakton full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    There are some good and experienced people here - but many more have left or are thinking about it.

    Cons

    More concerned with making a buck than providing anything like quality customer service.
    Poor staff management, poor communications, lack of understanding of IT delivery and the arrogance of senior management has to be seen to be believed.
    There is a core of senior management (boys club) who can repeatedly stuff up and are never held accountable. In fact accountability goes downwards and they will sacrifice others for there own mistakes.

    Advice to Management

    Resign please, for the sake of others.

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