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Updated August 6, 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. Helpful (2)

    "Opportunities if you're willing to work for them"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - General Consultant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - General Consultant in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Relocation stipend and good signing bonus; strong social responsibility branch and commitment to diversity--Accenture was the first to publish their diversity stats so they could stay transparent and held accountable as they worked toward their goals. Cool programs, like Accenture Development Partners, where you can apply to work pro-bono for a non-profit overseas (usually take a paycut but still sounds amazing).

    Cons

    Performance bonus is nowhere near as high as banking but is offered as 'merit pay'; do not pay for grad school; very little say in what kind of project you land in when you arrive (typical though); no longer sending analysts out of the region for projects (downside for those hoping to jetset cross-country, but more realistic/easier for travel).

    Advice to Management

    Middle management is slightly less approachable than top management at times; team leaders can choose they like an analyst and claim them project after project, which is flattering but stifles opportunity to taste different types of work.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Good Gig"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Manager in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Accenture hires good people and gives them a fair degree of independence. Culture is oriented around accomplishing a lot for your clients, which leads to less of the cynical consulting mindset.

    Cons

    New joiners are on a much more regimented upward slope than those a few years ahead of them. Consulting hours can be demanding for those with families.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to find ways to keep people engaged if they're not moving upwards. Continue investing in training employees to have a wide-skillset, not just those that suit their current project.

  3. "Change Management"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Change Manaeement in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Change Manaeement in Washington, DC
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Like anywhere you can find the people that fit you, the repository of examples and descriptions for each discispline.

    Cons

    Repository can be old/out of date. Org. has air of "we're right" about everything. Need to be open to new ideas and people. Not well organized in terms of training requirements, communications, implementing change internally, etc.


  4. "Strategy Consultant"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Strategy Consultant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Strategy Consultant in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    No pros to this position

    Cons

    Cons Long Hours, Nepotism, Not enough projects, short bench


  5. "Great Company"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Manager in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Varied Projects, Very intelligent people that you work with. The projects really push you to learn and develop as a person. look after their employees better than other companies due to the fact they treat you as an individual,give you opportunities to excel and are prepared to go out of the way to help and understand any problems that may arise whilst working in the remote environment that their employees are working in.

    Cons

    One needs to consistently be patient and understanding with your work colleagues. As we are all there to get the job done as a team it is important that we look out each other and provide help and advice in getting the contact over the line in a safe and ethical manner.

    Advice to Management

    Stay the course. One needs to consistently be patient and understanding with your work mates.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Great company to work for - a lot of bureaucracy"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Management Consultant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Management Consultant in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great learning opportunities, especially for those early in their careers

    Cons

    Bureaucracy often gets in the way of getting things done


  7. "Software Implementation Specialist"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    benefits; time off (5 weeks)

    Cons

    If you use your time off you get penalized because your utilization % is effected and oh... you are also compared against your peers, so its dog-eat-dog. Incompetent young lower management that get egos and are intimidated by anyone over 30 yrs old.

    Advice to Management

    Give more weight to life experience and personal skills than technical skills and time on project alone.

  8. "Great Company"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technology Consulting Senior Analyst in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Technology Consulting Senior Analyst in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Get to wear many hats
    - Culture is great
    - Rarely over 40 hours
    - Interesting projects
    - Post work activities
    - Great Benefits

    Cons

    - Federal can really cage you

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing well - keep developing your leaders.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Unless you have a Computer Science or IT interest- don't do it!"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Consulting Analyst in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Consulting Analyst in Washington, DC
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The organization is great- I won't deny that
    - Very competitive Salary and benefits, especially for a recent grad
    - Very positive/welcoming culture
    - Strong focus on Diversity

    Cons

    - Unless you have a technology or IT background, you will not be satisfied with staffing opportunities.
    I have been in the firm for over a year and although my educational background and previous experience was in supply chain/strategy all I have been doing is technology/systems work. Because that's most of what Accenture is focusing on.
    - They have a new "regional model" which basically hinders travel opportunities significantly and forces you to only work within a very small sector of the country.
    My contract expressed (75- 100%) travel expected, which I was excited about! but I have only traveled for 2 weeks out of my year at accenture

    Advice to Management

    If you hire people under certain promises/expectations- follow through with them


  10. "Good first job"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technology Consultant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Technology Consultant in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Recognizable name, good exposure, challenging work, plenty of networking opportunities, great compensation, 401k match, plenty of PTO

    Cons

    Weak middle management, beholden to federal government, limited upward mobility in established projects, extremely weak middle management. Need to reiterate to convey just how weak.

    Advice to Management

    Take a class on how to manage. Learn how to be a leader. Practice acting like a human. Respect those who work for you. Form human connections.


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