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Updated September 8, 2017
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  • 2k, lower for lower positions) to be spent on tech gadgets or work-life balance (including vacations) (in 51 reviews)

  • Great people on the planet to make things excellent inside clients (in 69 reviews)

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  1. "Avanade"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Avanade full-time

    Pros

    Travel, great customers, cool technologies

    Cons

    They don't know what they are. Rely on Accenture to much for sales.

    Advice to Management

    Have a plan rooted in facts not just egos.


  2. "IT SUPPORT"

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    Former Contractor - Office 365 Ambassador in Seattle, WA
    Former Contractor - Office 365 Ambassador in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work from home and life balance

    Cons

    No need to used US workforce and later outsource to Asia after getting your profit

    Advice to Management

    Dont used US employees and later outsources to Asia

  3. Helpful (6)

    "Does not remotely care about employees."

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    Former Employee - IT Support in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - IT Support in Redmond, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Around average pay. (Only slightly below average)
    A major company looks good on a resume.

    Cons

    Will threaten termination to "motivate" employees.

    We were asked to work between 5-10 hours off the clock a week for the first 3months. This was only stopped when multiple employees went over Avanade's head contacting Microsoft making them aware of the illegal activity Avanade was involved in while working on their project.

    Avanade lies and exaggerates to keep employees around and then in a heart beat screws over a large number of employees to send jobs overseas after promising job stability once project contract was renewed.

    Up until a week before mass roll offs all agents were told our contracts were about to be extended.

    Advice to Management

    Hire managers that have some form of human empathy.

    Avanade Response

    Aug 16, 2017 – COO North America

    One of our core values at Avanade is acting with integrity and respect – which I take very seriously. We have clear policies around tracking and recording time, as well as a process for investigating... More


  4. Helpful (5)

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

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    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.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Not what it used to be"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Avanade full-time

    Pros

    Great place to start career
    Focus on Microsoft
    Variety of roles and clients

    Cons

    Leadership (or lack thereof)
    Changeability has become the main focus
    Unethical and illegal behavior

    Advice to Management

    Become part of Accenture or clean up the mess. When you have regional execs encouraging to charge more hours than you work then you have problems. You have even bigger problems when you investigate it and let him stay on in a leadership role. Shame on you!

    Avanade Response

    Jul 14, 2017 – President, North America

    Acting with integrity and respect is a core value at Avanade and something I take very seriously. As a client-service organization, we have clear policies on how we track and record our time, which... More


  6. Helpful (4)

    "Analyst factory"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Competitive benefits package, good opportunity for a recent college grad

    Cons

    If you're an experienced professional, steer clear. Avanade is an Analyst factory - built around taking newly minted CS grads, hiring them at the Analyst level, and training them up to be productive contributors. Eventually. Most of their training and support programs are optimized for the inexperienced worker. One example of this is the lack of any true defined career path, and the lack of opportunity the more senior you get. In fact, the round of layoffs that occurred at the end of February saw a large number of more senior people ushered out the door. No one will admit to this, but they were just making way for a bunch of cheaper, new college grads.

    In spite of proclaiming that "Delivery excellence and agility are at the core of everything we do", the organization has no respect for the role of Project Managers. Instead, at least half the projects are run by some senior technical resource that has been put in place as a Delivery Lead. Yes, they go through the same delivery management training and certification process, but they lack the years of experience managing projects that actual PMs bring to the role of Delivery Leader. Further evidence of this is the increasing tendency to move the PM role to one of their off-shore organizations. After all, to Avanade, a PM is just a glorified secretary and accountant, only in place to take notes, and keep track of the project financials.

    The other thing that gets in the way of achieving "Delivery Excellence" is the complete disregard for a person's skillset or career interests. Avanade tends to do these "student body left!" shifts. Last year, it was Azure. This year, it's "Robotic Process Automation", or "RPA". RPA is just a fancy way of saying scheduled tasks, but you can charge a whole lot more for it when you lump it in with "AI" and "Robotics". Or, at least that seems to be the thinking of Avanade executives. But, that's not the point. My point is that, regardless of what skills you brought to the table, or professional interests you had prior to joining Avanade, you either get in line with the most recent "student body left" shift, or find yourself back on the job market when the next round of layoffs happen. You joined Avanade because you're a Sitecore developer, and you were sold on all this "digital" work Avanade is doing in Sitecore? Too bad! You're going to learn all about Active Directory and go be part of an Active Directory migration! You're going to learn all about Azure, and how to provision servers in Azure. You're going to learn Blue Prism, and how to automate business processes. You don't get on board with that, expect a bad review and no promotion. How are you achieving Delivery Excellence by staffing people who have just been through just-in-time training and have no real experience with the technology they're expected to go deliver?

    Expect to travel - A LOT. They'll tell you that they've moved to a "regional model" and that most travel will be in region, but the reality is, unless you happen to live near one of the few major cities where Avanade gets a lot of work, you're going to be traveling wherever there is a project that needs to be staffed. Unless you happen to work in Seattle or Chicago, you can expect to be on the road almost all the time. And there's absolutely no regard for work-life balance. You're expected to travel as the project needs. You need to be there first thing Monday morning - fine, you're traveling Sunday night! And there's no leaving early on Thursday - generally, you're not leaving the client site until after 3 PM on Thursday, so unless you happen to be staffed pretty close to your home city, you're not getting home until late. And then back at it Friday. And your Friday will be filled with training classes, Talent Community meetings and Market Unit meetings, as corporate has mandated that all non-client meetings be held on Friday. That's not a bad idea, but I bet the corporate wonks that make those decisions have any clue just how many of those non-client meetings Avanade field employees get dragged into every week.

    You'll read elsewhere in this forum about how things have gone downhill since Accenture "took over". That may be - I don't have the history to confirm that. I can say that my observation is that you have two organizations with completely different cultures. The majority of projects that Avanade people get staffed to are actually Accenture projects, so you can expect to have to deal with a culture that you didn't sign up for when choosing to come work at Avanade. You'll get pressured to do things that seem borderline unethical - at a minimum, they're in direct conflict with what your management staff will tell you is the right thing to do. You'll be treated like a second class citizen by these Accenture folks.

    Which brings me to another point: The non-field employees have no regard for the people working in the field. You try contacting an HR person or a staffing person, or even someone in your talent community management chain, and you'll be DAYS waiting for a response. More than likely, you'll have to email them multiple times before they respond. And expect some terse response that probably doesn't even address the question you asked! I don't know what it is those people are spending their time doing, but they have their priorities all wrong - their first priority should be taking care of the people interacting with and delivering to their customers.

    Which brings me to my last point: Staffing is a joke! In between projects, it's completely up to you to find your next project. Beginning Day 1 you are encouraged to "expand your network" to increase your odds of getting staffed. That's because the tendency of these Delivery Leads is to staff people they know. On the surface, that sounds good - you want to put the best people you can on the project, right? So, if I've worked with Sally before, and she did a good job for me, then why wouldn't I staff her? Without someone centrally advocating for a new hire to be staffed to a project, how are they ever going to be? As a result, you get these new hires that end up sitting on the bench week after week, being pressured to get themselves staffed. That's not a good way to begin a working relationship. But - for a fresh college graduate who's never experienced it done a different way, they don't know any better!

    Advice to Management

    Stop being "On the Move" with your industry big-wig cohorts, and pay attention to what's happening to your delivery staff.

    Avanade Response

    Jun 22, 2017 – President, North America

    This is Mick Slattery - thank you for your candid feedback. I am interested in learning more about your experience. If you're willing to discuss the details, please contact me directly at... More


  7. Helpful (6)

    "Director"

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    Former Employee - Business Development Director
    Former Employee - Business Development Director
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Avanade (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    The Healthcare and 401k is above average.

    Cons

    There's not one thing I miss about this company. They continue to put margins and sales quotas ahead of their workforce and the marketplace reality. The reality is they are too top heavy to compete and remain priced fairly to their clients. They add so much to their price in anticipation of their delivery errors. Former top notch firm with the same value as staff augmentation companies now.

  8. "manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Avanade full-time

    Pros

    They seem supportive at first.

    Cons

    They do not support you at your position


  9. Helpful (5)

    "Not what I expected"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Avanade (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Training opportunities, big salary, good benefits and extended benefits, prestige of the name, career opportunities all around the world, etc.

    Cons

    No support from management, no flexibility on projects (approach, project plan, staffing, deliverables, number of meetings with customers - everything is decided by people other than you but you are in charge of the project), no flexibility in working hours, project budgets are outrageous and time is spent doing presentations and research that won't benefit the client anyway, etc.


  10. "Do your research"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Avanade full-time

    Pros

    Good client facing people
    Access to Microsoft and Accenture research, products and the like

    Cons

    Just made wide scale layoffs in the US
    Accenture dominates most aspects of the company


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