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Accenture Washington DC Reviews

Updated August 9, 2017
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  • Work life balance can be an after thought even though it's talked as top of mind (in 2696 reviews)

  • Long working hours but that was to be expected from a consulting firm (in 1354 reviews)

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  1. "Great Company, but definitely a BIG COMPANY"

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    Current Employee - Systems Analyst in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Systems Analyst in Arlington, VA

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

    Pros

    -Accenture gives each of its employees great training and benefits on their dime and rally keeps competitive
    -You can work with cutting edge technologies and on project that make a real difference
    -Once again benefits are awesome
    -Very Social company that tries to make people get to know one another and work as a team

    Cons

    -A LOT depends on which project you get assigned to
    - Sometimes your sense of personal worth can be challenged when you work for a company so large, because while there are a lot of perks sometimes you feel a bit unknown/unrecognized


  2. "Office Intern"

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    Former Intern - Supervisor in Washington, DC
    Former Intern - Supervisor in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Accenture as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    learned more about networking

    Cons

    The environment was extremely quiet

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Federal: great work life balance but limited mobility"

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    Current Employee - Technology Consultant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Technology Consultant in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Most people here on the federal side are great, supportive, honest, and professional. I've met quite a few who are really bright and impressive. Company values align pretty closely to mine and feels less corporate than other consulting companies. My managers have been very good about letting me take time off, as well as work remotely. Work life balance, at least on the federal side, has been great.

    Cons

    The work on the federal side is not very exciting. Your clients will be risk-averse and the solutions implemented reflect that. Sometimes feels like staff aug and not really consulting.

    Although Accenture (AFS) likes to think that they're forward-thinking, they really aren't in practice. They are also very risk-averse and shy away from innovative solutions. Many of the people I've encountered are only smart enough and don't really exhibit much intellectual curiosity or creativity. To be fair, Accenture does little to promote this. They're a bit stingy with their training budget and rarely invest in meaningful and/or prudent ways to make the most of their employees.

    Finally, I've encountered a lot of resistance leaving my particular practice. Perhaps the gravitational pull is much stronger because it was designated as a growth area, but it's almost impossible to apply directly for a position outside of your designated practice and senior management aren't very helpful in advocating for your transition. It's actually easier to find a position in a desired field externally than internally.

    Advice to Management

    Make it easier for your employees to get skills and work in areas that your company is looking to grow in. If you claim that AI or IoT is the future, then encourage your employees to take training in that space, not SAP. Find work for your company in new areas, not just the same soon-to-be legacy solution.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Manager"

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    Former Employee - MANAGEAR in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - MANAGEAR in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Accenture full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great company. Lots of opportunities to learn, grow, and excel.

    Cons

    Traditional "up or out" consulting model can create a competitive culture that makes the company great but also takes its toll on employees over time.


  5. "Overall a good experience"

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    Current Employee - Systems Developer Senior Analyst in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Systems Developer Senior Analyst in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    . Great place to launch your career
    . Fun setting and a lot of happy hours where you can easily network

    Cons

    . Government work can be boring sometimes and you rarely ever travel
    . Strict policies to abide by regarding clients

    Advice to Management

    Promotions need to be more transparent


  6. "Technical architect is more accurate but rarely used here"

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    Current Employee - Solutions Architect in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Solutions Architect in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great opportunities, training is strong and growth is driven by initiative. Work across many technologies is possible Earning potential is very strong

    Cons

    Large and easy to get lost, you need a mentor early. Turnover high in early years. Often heavy travel is expected.

    Advice to Management

    Internal tools are still improving


  7. "Systems Integration Consultant"

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    Former Employee - Technical Consultant in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Technical Consultant in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Accenture (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great culture, great people, interesting projects

    Cons

    Employees are overworked to drive profits without proper compensation

    Advice to Management

    Bring back overtime pay for the consulting workforce

  8. "Financial Accounting Advisory Consultant"

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    Current Employee - Financial Accounting Advisory Specialist in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Financial Accounting Advisory Specialist in Arlington, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Accenture full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule (depends on project), competitive pay, generous PTO hours. overall great experience.

    Cons

    uncertainty about future projects. lack of paid training.

    Advice to Management

    treat employees better invest in them give them opportunities for training


  9. "Great Company Culture"

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    Current Employee - PMO Delivery Analyst in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - PMO Delivery Analyst in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    -The People
    -Ability to transition easily from project to project
    -learning opportunities
    -Promotes Telework

    Cons

    -There are a variety of workforces which you must know and understand before you can begin to get the right money. Beware of CD&O

    Advice to Management

    N/A


  10. "Good for consulting, not so much for programming"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Accenture is the only company I've ever worked for that states, straight out, that your network determines your success. It's who you know. And they do more than just tell you, they create and fund network events so you can meet, greet and gain insight from peers and leadership.

    They are a world-wide, multi-national company. I have worked with people on almost every continent. They have clients in every sector of business to suite your tastes and interests. They pursue the latest technology and reward hard workers dedicated to the business.

    Cons

    If you are a developer, your skills will be undervalued. Programming is something that is outsourced to low-cost places like India, Philippines, Brazil, etc., so programmers in the U.S. are considered expensive. The career track for developers has them becoming analysts and managers if they want to continue getting promoted and getting large raises. Once above a certain level, you cannot be a programmer. Accenture specializes in cookie-cutter implementations and systems integrations. If you want to code and be loved for coding, look somewhere else.

    Also, a few years back, Accenture talked a lot about work/life balance. Now it's WORK/life balance. Technically still on a scale, but it is tilted almost completely to the work side these days. And taking PTO is subtly (or not so subtly) discouraged.

    I don't hate Accenture, I just want developers to know what they're getting into.

    Advice to Management

    None. Accenture is being exactly what it wants to be. It is incredibly successful doing that.


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