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Updated April 21, 2017
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  • Work life balance can be an after thought even though it's talked as top of mind (in 2540 reviews)

  • long working hours might be a disadventage (in 1254 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Great Company, Very Big"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • 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
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Accenture is a great company. It is the perfect company to start a career coming out of college, as they work in almost every industry, and help teach you lots of quality skills for the rest of your career.

    The people within Accenture are great, and are all extremely smart/talented. Their are tons of opportunities to learn and grow and move up within the company.

    Cons

    The company is very very big, and the bureaucracy of managing a company of this size can sometimes get frustrating for employees. Management tries to be as nimble as possible for things like promotion decisions, but it's just not feasible for so many people.

    Advice to Management

    Keep adopting new policies that allow the company to become more nimble and respond to things faster.


  2. "AFS Tech Intern"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Technology Analyst in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Technology Analyst in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    -Great people
    -The intern program was structured really well-- they flew us out to Chicago for training and they had tons of opportunities to network with senior management as well.

    Cons

    -Not all placements are in a centralized location


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Working at Accenture"

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

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

    Pros

    Great for professionals with young children. Excellent work/life balance. Perfect place for college graduates who need to learn the consulting trade quickly.

    Cons

    Career mobility is fixed in some workforce. Mentorship is a joke.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Senior Manager"

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

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

    Pros

    Best People, Collaborative and Collegial Culture, Strong support network, Flexibility.

    Cons

    Bureaucracy, upward mobility past Senior Manager level

    Advice to Management

    Better succession planning


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Chaotically awesome"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Management Consultant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Management Consultant in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - experience
    - personal growth
    - wide exposure

    Had a good time overall, really learned a lot on the job from being at the company.

    Cons

    - somewhat inadequate staffing
    - hectic lifestyle

    People are sometimes placed in positions which they aren't ready for, and support network is scarce for newer folks

    Advice to Management

    - vet people better for roles


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Can be a good place for experienced hires if you set the right expectations"

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

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

    Pros

    -Good place to come later in your career if you already have an area of specialization
    -Work with a large variety of clients
    -If you have the right network getting projects that interest you is not that hard
    -Training is top notch when you actually have time to do it
    -Benefits are good
    -You will work with some of the brightest people across many industries
    - Employee resource groups are top notch

    Cons

    -Pay is typically below other firms
    -Work/Life balance can be tough if you are a "road warrior"
    -Special treatment is often given to individuals that "grew up Accenture" vs experienced hires especially in the promotion process
    -Many experienced hires leave within the first two years because they aren't properly integrated into the firm well
    -Bonuses, raises and promotions are still very political and the process is vague so negotiate the highest salary possible when you join--you have to do extra things and know the right people to climb up in the firm

    Advice to Management

    -Provide more training to experienced hires on the "Accenture" way of doing things
    -The performance process needs to be transparent


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Getting Lost"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    1. High starting salary out of undergrad
    2. Flexible work schedules depending on project / manager
    3. Your trajectory is somewhat in your hands
    4. Lots of learning opportunities (online or otherwise)
    5. Internal Knowledge Exchange Service

    Cons

    Moving up the ladder is ridiculously difficult and completely behind the curtain. Lack of transparency.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Accenture review"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • 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
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Large, global company with a lot of opportunities. Instead of looking for a job with a different employer, it is easy to find opportunities to grow/change within the organization.

    Cons

    Some leaders may expect long hours; however, there are many leaders that support and encourage work/life balance.


  10. "Great place to work"

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

    I have been working at Accenture full-time

    Pros

    The people are what make Accenture a wonderful place to work. I would highly recommend to new graduates.

    Cons

    The salary is lower than other consulting companies but the culture makes up for it.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work. Accenture is a wonderful place to work. The hiring is the best I have ever seen at any company I have worked for.


  11. Helpful (3)

    "Business Integration Analyst"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Systems Integration Analyst in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Senior Systems Integration Analyst in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Great Benefits. Lots of company activities. Ample online training opportunities. Really great culture during the work week.

    Cons

    Employee's who frequent company happy hours and extra curricular activities are favored and get promoted faster. I always thought this was unjust because those with religious (drinking) restrictions, far commutes , or those or simply wanted to do what their payed to do then go home to their families were overlooked.

    They also stressed proper time reporting at the managing partner level, but when you report the over time you are told to work middle management tries to get you to "get creative" with reporting. A red flag goes up if you report more than 40 hours although you worked well over 40 hours.

    They preach you can own your own career and choose the right project for you. But I was help captive on a project for almost 3 years.

    Advice to Management

    Judge employees by the professional work they do. Not by how often they agree to hang out after hours with the team. Truly allow employee's to move from one project to another once their period of performance is up, as promised during hiring.


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