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Avanade Houston Reviews

Updated July 17, 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 67 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Great Company"

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

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

    Pros

    - Travel
    - Great Compensations and benefits
    - Required training and Microsoft Certifications

    Cons

    - Travel. This is always a pro/con due to being away from home 80% of the time
    - Work/life balance will depend on the client you are working with

    Advice to Management

    Put more emphasis on the employees and the work-life balance.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Anything for the client at the expense of the employees"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Business Analyst in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Business Analyst in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good salary, good people, emphasis on continued learning. Great technology.

    Cons

    There is no work life balance. I was on a project where I was working 14+ hours a day, 7 days a week, for a month. I got a "day off" when I got sick. My supervisor had me tell her when I was going to church so she knew not to expect me online (I worked from home). The bottom line is all that matters. Work was outsourced to India for the sake of cost. When quality suffered, the US team had to make up for it. I had daily anxiety attacks. HR and management knew that my health was at risk and they did nothing until my physician intervened and put me on medical leave.

    Getting laid off was the best thing for me.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Great processes and templates"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Business Analyst Manager in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Business Analyst Manager in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Amazing opportunity. Good salary. Really smart employees who really helped out when needed. Great training. Newest technologies.

    Cons

    Low number of women (although great programs to change that). Long hours. Being laid off after working so hard.

    Advice to Management

    Change the review process and get rid of employee stacking.


  4. "A very good technology company"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Director in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Highly skilled talent, Everyone knows everyone and it's easy work amongst when u know everyone. Good training provided and talent mentored.

    Cons

    Niche industry without Microsoft Ecosystem. Working indirect under its parent companies is good n bad. In some cases u compete with your parent. Gets call engineering by when u get into Senior roles

    Advice to Management

    Expand


  5. Helpful (4)

    "Consultant"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Consultant in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Consultant in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Decent Benefits, Supportive Team Members (sometimes); Diverse Work Projects.

    Cons

    Harassment is repaid with retaliation. No direct path for whistleblowers to report wrong doing in the company. Secret layoffs.

    Advice to Management

    Dig deeper into complaints to find out the real reason people are upset. Do not take the word of managers that the person is disgruntled.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Be Ready to Travel"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Systems Analyst in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Systems Analyst in Houston, TX
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Travel Perks
    Exposure to New Projects
    Exposure to New Clients

    Cons

    Compensation is Below Market
    Benefits are Below Market
    Required to be Self-Motivated and Career-Driven

    Advice to Management

    First, recruits need to be made very aware that their career progression is entirely their own responsibility. Any upward movement requires them to first make it known to upper management.

    Second, Avanade needs to eliminate the local consultant division since everyone's performance is based on billable hours. Even local consultants are strongly encouraged to look for traveling positions when none are available locally. In addition, local positions have a very large radius where even a local consultant may need to travel over 30 miles one-way to reach their client. It is just deceiving to hire a "local" consultant only to encourage them to travel.

    Third, total compensation is poor compared to market values. For experienced hires, the compensation is not attractive. Two weeks of vacation is available at almost every other company. The corporate benefits also require a sizeable out-of-pocket expense.

    Fourth, new hires need to be mentored. I came across several who were eager to learn but didn't know where to start. Those new hires are quickly dismissed from projects because they aren't given the right tools to succeed.

    Fifth, make travel time part of the billable hours unless you live 15 miles or less from the client office. Delayed flights are not the fault of the consultant. I wake up at 3:30 AM to make the earliest possible flight. If it is delayed for any reason, it is absolutely a nightmare to make those hours up.

    Sixth, car miles should be reimbursed for anything over 15 miles or something reasonable. Avanade has a habit of hiring travelling consultants who are 30+ miles away from the nearest office only to have the expense policy not reimburse any mileage that is less than or equal to the distance from their home to the nearest Avanade office. Seriously, who chooses to work for a company where you are forced to drive 30 miles one way?

    The biggest benefit of working at Avanade are the traveling perks. You gain points with hotels and airlines quickly. Almost all of your traveling expenses are easily and quickly reimbursed.

    I liked the exposure to different projects allowing you to work with different technologies. I also liked working with the experienced hires as they are generally very knowledgeable.

    There are always the typical company politics which deal with mainly profitability. This, unfortunately, comes from the top down. The way that the projects are priced, staffed, and executed need to be re-evaluated, so that the consultants aren't put under so much pressure. Projects are staffed with resources that maximized the profit margin. Resources who aren't qualified are told that it is a growth opportunity. This ultimately puts the project in jeopardy and damaged client relationships.

    Being billable trumps anything else when it comes to yearly performance. Consultants sacrifice training to reach their yearly billable target. Cheating on certification exams becomes attractive since consultants generally don't have the time to study properly due to impacting their billable hours.


  7. Helpful (5)

    "The Orange Kool-Aid is tainted."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Worked with some great people. Plenty of training.

    Cons

    Bench warning games, and lingering layoff waves. Regional cliques will have many on the outside looking in. Racism.

    Advice to Management

    Fix the South Central region there's some folks in key roles that should be removed. There is a core issue in senior management, which leads to mistrust among the troops.

  8. "Horrible company to work for"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Systems Engineer in Houston, TX
    Former Contractor - Systems Engineer in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Avanade as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    They will give you a job and the introduction is very good

    Cons

    The company will just use you up and then let you go without notice plus they underpay people for their work

    Advice to Management

    Quit your jobs and allow real Silicon Valley experts come in from San Jose and show you how to do it.


  9. "Great company to start with"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Consultant, SD, CRM in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Consultant, SD, CRM in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Avanade (More than a year)

    Pros

    Avanade is a fantastic place to start your career, The training and assistance from other experienced developers/implementers is a great base for any person. Also, the people you work with are second to none in the industry.

    Cons

    Pay is under where it should be, you can be overworked if you aren't careful

    Advice to Management

    More competitive pay


  10. "Has been a great place to work so far"

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

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

    Pros

    - Great training programs
    - Work life balance is good, but obviously project dependent.
    - Friendly and knowledgeable co-workers
    - Good health and 401k benifits
    - Mandatory certifications Sr Consultant and Below
    - Mandatory yearly training hours

    Cons

    - Sales needs to be more effective
    - Dependent on Accenture projects

    Advice to Management

    More direct projects


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