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  1. "Not quite sure yet"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Systems Integration Analyst in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Systems Integration Analyst in Chicago, IL
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Large Global Presence with a lot of opportunities

    Cons

    Starting Salary for entry level analyst

    Advice to Management

    Value people more


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Work hard - play hard"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Opportunities for fast career advancement, high performance culture, top notch clients, & invaluable experiences. Extremely intelligent and driven (yet engaging) colleagues... A plethora of networking opportunities and social activities. Made many life-long friendships at ACN. Generous paid time off allowances.

    Cons

    Despite a lot of lip service given to work-life balance, can be a difficult place for those looking for a private life outside of work. Expect to travel a lot and work long hours. High-stress 'sink-or-swim' scenarios are common... (If it were easy, the client would be doing the work themselves.) Success is simply expected. Failure in a high-visibility role can be hard to recover from, career-wise.

    Advice to Management

    Make training more relevant & easily available.

  3. "great place for fresh undergrads"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits, great for undergrads straight out of college, competitive compensation, strong investment in employees through trainings, positive work environment, allows you to build strong skills quickly

    Cons

    long hours, have to stand out among alpha type people, questionable promotion process,

    Advice to Management

    recognize that employees need work life balance


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Accenutre: a pretty good place to work"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Analyst in Charlotte, NC
    Former Employee - Analyst in Charlotte, NC
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Their PTO program is outstanding and definitely helps maintain a good work/life balance. Furthermore, it depends on the project that you're involved with but I had a very good experience with my project. The management was helpful whenever I needed anything and the work was challenging rather than being mundane busy work. Furthermore, since Accenture is such a global company, there is a lot of different choices for professional growth and there are a lot of people that will help you get where you want to be.

    The mandatory training can be a great way to network with fellow employees, although I personally didn't think the content was very useful.

    Cons

    As with the case with any company, you're bound to run into a couple of idiots when working for such a large company. However, it seemed that in Accenture, you have a higher chance or running into those who are very arrogant and think they are God's gift to the company.

    Also, the promotion process is almost like a lottery where you need to have a manager fighting for you in order to get promoted. A lot of times, due to this inefficient procedure, the new hire that goes out to happy hour with his manager seems to have a better chance of a promotion than those who do well but choose not to or cannot socialize with their managers (e.g. the manager is not a drinker or goes home after work each day, etc).

    Advice to Management

    Promote the individuals that do well in their job, not the ones that go drinking with you after work.


  5. "Another Review"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Analyst in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Analyst in Minneapolis, MN
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    In a tough economy it helps to work for a global company. Accenture is also very geared towards a work/life balance. If you are good at autonomy and self-starting, this is the place you can grow.

    Cons

    Reviews are only once a year and there are no real-time promotions. If you have a bad year or even just a part of it, you have an entire year to wait for any recognition of improvement.

    Advice to Management

    Think about cohesiveness on projects. Bringing in Senior Exec. buddies of yours that know nothing of the client, but tell everyone who is doing the work that they are doing it wrong is counter-productive. You claim to raise great leaders, then develop those that are on the role. If we don't see this happening, what is our incentive to improve?


  6. "One persons opinion"

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    Current Employee - Level C in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Level C in Seattle, WA
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Structure and organization. You get to see how things should be done. Gain a lot of insight into planning and execution. Get to work with a lot of bright people.

    Cons

    Can sometimes be too structured and organized. Because of the model, there are times when someone can be put in a role that is way over that persons head. Base compensation is extremely low relative to competitor pay.

    Advice to Management

    Stop re-orging every 6 months. The lack of continuity is very confusing especially in trying to understand how the individual fits into their respective org(s).


  7. "Proactively manage your careers and try to enjoy your project!"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Level D in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Level D in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    On good projects, you are definitely well-treated by management and feel a good sense of kinship with your co-workers. Clients respect and recognize the work you do, and management tries its hardest to retain you and position you for success. Projects are also very good with accommodating flexible work plans and schedules. Smaller projects generally tend to be better in these regards, and the on-the-job training is enough to drive your career path within the company.

    Career counselors are genuinely interested about you and try their best to be helpful. Definitely take advantage of this by consulting them about any situations you may be facing. If you are proactive with your career and a good networker, you will be able to go far within Accenture!

    Accenture has been really striving to ensure that all personnel get some senior executives and partner face time, to answer questions about the company's action and future.

    Cons

    Unfortunately, I feel there is little in the way of guidance for the Services track. While there is accessible material on the Services career progression, there is not much on training that should be taken, what is required for advancement to the next level, or how to find new projects. There is also a sense of the Consulting workforce still being the superior workforce, something that Accenture is trying to fix.

    In addition, the size of Accenture makes it difficult for employees to feel a real connection with the company, or to feel that their work has made a difference. This is not an issue Accenture can do much about, but just a general malaise that plagues bigger companies.

    Advice to Management

    Work on:

    Better explaining the Services workforce career track and the requirements / general timeframe for progression
    Equalize training budget accessible across all workforces (by equivalent levels)
    Work harder on equalizing Services and Consulting workforces
    More work-related networking opportunities for project-bound personnel
    Explain alignments and role of employees in these alignments better - will help with sense of belonging

  8. Helpful (3)

    "Great for graduates."

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Level B in Hartford, CT
    Former Employee - Level B in Hartford, CT
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Global company. Exposure to multiple large corporate clients.

    Cons

    Travel. Sales v. Delivery. Sales excel. Delivery sucks. Accenture does sales better than any company in the technology services space. This leads to major disconnects on the delivery side of the equation. Being part of huge global outsourcing deals is very exciting on one level but very frustrating on a delivery basis because you never meet client expectations. At times delivery has been down right embarassing. I worked in the Outsourcing line of business. Moving people's jobs off shore is depressing. Directing the Knowledge Transfer stream of the project (where the incumbent trains their replacement) is especially depressing. Of course, if your a Tom Friedman, open market, global driven individual the job is very exciting.

    Advice to Management

    Sell what you can deliver, deliver what you sell. Needs to be more than marketing.


  9. "Not a bad place"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Developer C in Birmingham, AL
    Former Employee - Software Developer C in Birmingham, AL
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible Schedule
    Ton of PTO

    Cons

    On my project, the work started to dry up or was outsourced to India

    Advice to Management

    Value the people you have


  10. Helpful (6)

    "Desperately Seeking a Real HR Function in Accenture"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Wide exposure to a lot of different things with a lot of learning opportunities. Most of the time you will be have to learn on your own with little guidance. However, if you are sharp enough to, you can usually gut through it. In the end, if you can stick it out for a few years, you will walk away much more strong than when you got there, and hopefully be able to leverage the experience in another job. The pay is decent, however, there is definitely a cost to pay for it in terms of lifestyle. In the end, there are some great people here, but they are far and few between.

    Cons

    The HR function is absolutely the most horrific I have ever seen, and the work life balance during consulting is non existent. They are attempting to offshore a lot of work now, so limited opportunities to none for the onshore management staff. There are some long timers here, but they all feel a culture of entitlement. Most of them could not do half the work that they are criticizing you for. Finally, the benefit package is horrible for healthcare. They are in a coinsurance ploy. Take the lumps and learn all that you can, and then get out.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your people without filters. Dont just say you will listen, but hear it too.


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