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Avanade Chicago Reviews

Updated July 25, 2017
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  • The company promotes work-life balance (in 46 reviews)

  • Great people on the planet to make things excellent inside clients (in 68 reviews)

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  1. "Consultant"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 Avanade full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great team environments; excellent benefits and corporate culture; Avanade offers most employees the option to work from home

    Cons

    More communication is needed from upper management to all employees

    Avanade Response

    Aug 1, 2017 – COO North America

    Thank you for being a part of our team; you and all of our people are an integral part of the culture we create and maintain at Avanade. -Jeyan Jeevaratnam


  2. Helpful (3)

    "A good company with serious caveat"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Some of the smartest people that I have ever worked with, actually working with Avanade was amazing.

    Cons

    The Politics and projects that are run by Accenture can (not always) lead to a hellish lifestyle of working late hours for management (Accenture) taking credit and leaving you out to dry. The Microsoft part of the partnership is almost completely absent.

    Advice to Management

    Quit trying to make Avanade Accenture, stop hiring their management into Avanade roles instead of promoting from within.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Senior Analyst Business Analysis"

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

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

    Pros

    Paid training
    MSDN subscription
    Great work environment

    Cons

    Salary is lower than industry standard
    Travel is being reduced (for those that want travel)


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Good place to work"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Director in Chicago, IL
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Knowledge of their people is very good

    Cons

    Communication is not always accurate or timely from upper management

    Advice to Management

    Expectations and communications could be better


  5. Helpful (3)

    "Good Company to work for especially if you are younger in your career"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Excellent Training oppurtunities
     - Get to work with newest Microsoft Technologies-
    - Good Benefits

    Cons

    - Lack of transparency
    - Niche service lines limit your career growth
    - Very top heavy

    Advice to Management

    When you are hiring people with experience treat them like people with experience. Be transparent, when major layoffs happen discuss them dont let people just speculate.


  6. "Flexible and challenging"

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

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

    Pros

    Flexibility, great people, strong vision, challenging work

    Cons

    Pay increases aren't great, heavy at the group manager level and many people stay there (seems difficult to get to the next level)

    Advice to Management

    recognize your best people and find a way to promote then, regardless of how long they've been there are internal politics


  7. Helpful (5)

    "Need to Value Analysts/Sr Analysts"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Avanade is definitely a very collaborative environment with a great office culture (in Chicago at least) if you choose to get involved (would highly recommend). They also offer a lot of great resources in terms of developing new skills.

    Cons

    If you're coming in as an analyst, your experience with Avanade can depend heavily on your first couple of projects (assuming that you have the opportunity to get on more than one). If you're on a project that you're not thrilled to be on, then you'll find yourself in a tricky situation where if you speak up about it, it might negatively affect your performance reviews, but if you don't speak up, then you might find yourself going down a path that you don't want to be on. This also heavily depends on your relationship with your career adviser and whether or not you feel the freedom to speak up about these issues.

    Advice to Management

    Just because someone is performing well and meets or exceeds expectations, it doesn't mean that they are actually enjoying their project. Sometimes people do a great job because it's just their job. Take the time to check in on your analysts/sr analysts to see if they're doing what they want to be doing and allow them the space to speak up without having them feel like it could negatively impact their career path at Avanade. Don't let it get to the point where the only way an analyst/sr analyst can get off a project is if they threaten to leave the company.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Great Company"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    A lot of training material, challenging projects, amazing people and culture

    Cons

    They can't (or are not willing to) sponsor H1B Visas


  9. Helpful (4)

    "The Market is Changing Faster then Avanade"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Sales in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Company is in a sweet spot in the market as Microsoft has gotten it's mojo back. The vision and strategy for Avanade is spot on. Really good people. Avanade's resources and delivery are a notch above.

    Cons

    The challenge comes in the baggage being carried from Accenture and risk-adverse operating model. As customer move to the cloud, they are seeking faster more agile partners and Avanade isn't well positioned to capitalize on this change.

    Advice to Management

    Digitize your own business. Invest in automating key parts of customer experience to rip out cost to reduce cost to serve. The price to value ratio is out of whack


  10. "Group Manager"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Group Manager in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Group Manager in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good opportunities and ability to stay current on Microsoft technologies

    Cons

    Pay, amount of travel is hard to control, projects are sometimes run inconsistently


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