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Updated January 21, 2018
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  1. "great place"

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    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Accenture full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    high ethics, constantly trying to change to be of value to clients, merit based, good benefits, good attention to life balance, great services / attention to delivery.

    Cons

    lots of red tape, oversight.


  2. "Marketing manager"

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    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Accenture full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Accenture is packed with wicked Smart people who are competitive, doing cutting edge work and always pushing forward. Committed to diversity and finding the best people. Doesn’t matter your gender, orientation if you’re smart and good, you’ll excel.

    Cons

    It can be very competitive, very focused on metrics and results. People are Hard charging in the intense environment. It can be too intense. They try to have work life balance but results and performance are more important in the bottom line.

  3. "Not the best time to be here"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Accenture full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Interesting and intellectual people, does wide variety of work

    Cons

    Below market salary, you’ll get lost in 465,000 people

    Advice to Management

    Play the differentiation strategy than cost leadership strategy. Look at Deloitte and not TCS as competition.


  4. "Good benefit"

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    Current Employee - Architect in Deer Park, IL
    Current Employee - Architect in Deer Park, IL
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Accenture full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Able to work from home. Smart people. A lot of training available for employees. Vacation days are earned based on the number of hours worked

    Cons

    Need to work overtime. US employee need to work with offshore contractors and overcome cultural and scheduling differences. The computer company provided are very slow

    Advice to Management

    Plz care for employees schedule


  5. "Good Place to Start a Career, Feels Like a Huge Company"

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    Former Employee - Technology Consulting Analyst in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Technology Consulting Analyst in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Accenture full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great opportunities for networking (social and professional) and personal development, competitive salary (first year analysts are overtime-eligible, depending on the project), access to online learning courses on wide variety of topics

    Cons

    Experience as an employee depends heavily on project placement, career counselor, etc.

    Advice to Management

    Keep your employees happy. I saw many amazing employees leave the company because they were not able to switch projects, could not renew visas, etc.


  6. "Senior system analyst"

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    Former Employee - Senior Systems Analyst in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Senior Systems Analyst in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Accenture part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great work place at Accenture, Allows to grow technically to upgrade skills .
    Work life balance.

    Cons

    Traveling to client Location. benefits are not up to expectation.


  7. "Great company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Ahead of the curve when it comes to technology consulting. Great work-life balance. good diversity. competitive compensation.

    Cons

    some time billability is favored over the best interest of the consultants.

  8. "Big, little company"

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    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Huge company with a small company feel because you work in project teams.

    Cons

    Too big, however, if you have a finance or HR question or issue, then you become a number.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Management Consulting at ACN: makes a better hotel (or perhaps, hostel) than it does a home"

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    Former Employee - Management Consulting in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Management Consulting in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Accenture full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    1. Recognized brand

    2. Some projects can be interesting

    3. Good to have in your background if you are shrewd enough to leave within two to three years.

    4. A good portion of people are quite intelligent and fun to work with. This segment of people seems to be slowly decreasing in numbers, but as of 2017 they can still be found if you are lucky.

    Cons

    1. Talks the talk of meritocracy, but operates on a purely political basis. Good work sometimes helps junior employees get ahead, but not consistently, and not beyond Manager level. Taking credit for other people's work and politicking seems to be the best way to stand out at Manager level and above.

    2. Pyramid is out of whack in Management Consulting. As of late 2017, there is a very high number Managing Directors (MDs) and Senior Managers (SMs), and relatively few Managers, Consultants, and Analysts, compared to what one would expect for the industry. When sales are low, MDs are brought in from outside to goose demand, making it difficult to progress from SM.

    3. Opportunistically and asymmetrically applies an "up or out" policy. Particularly for SMs, there are a lot of people hanging around past the "up or out" expiry date. The firm can't quite stomach promoting people, so some with better options leave; those who decide to stick it out are generally strung along as long as it suits the company.

    4. Flatters younger workers as tactic to keep salaries down. Happy to churn through junior and mid-level employees. Pay trails that of similar firms. Bonuses are especially low for the industry.

    5. From reading publicly available information, one can see that the firm is shifting its market focus through acquisition; the best way to join any consultancy may be to work for a firm that it purchases.

    Advice to Management

    The time for advice to management has passed. I am moving on.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "great benefits and people, poor work/life balance, monolithic"

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    Current Employee - IT Manager in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - IT Manager in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Accenture full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    I have enjoyed in many ways my time at Accenture. You work with a lot of smart/talented people. Great benefits and culture. Decent advancement opportunities on the consulting side.

    Cons

    Very cost conscious, political, and bureaucratic (over 400K employees it rivals almost government levels of red tape!). I work internally for the company, and despite getting year after year of above average performance reviews I am not allowed to advance: effectively pigeon-holed due to favoritism and politics (and lack of budget) and tired of it

    Advice to Management

    Invest more in your TRULY good people or you WILL lose them. Especially senior/experienced ones. The turnover rate at Accenture is incredibly high but maybe they don't care so long as you they turn and burn kids out of colleges/universities and continue to move things off shore.


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