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Avanade Reviews

Updated April 18, 2017
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  1. Helpful (5)

    "UCCMS - Managed Services Group is Hostile Work Environment"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - IT Service Delivery Manager in Charlotte, NC
    Former Employee - IT Service Delivery Manager in Charlotte, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    There are some really good people engineers and technical outside of management.

    Cons

    Management and leadership from the top down have created nothing short of a hostile work environment. This group has lost about 40% of it's business over the last 18 months and leadership is constantly on witch hunts to weed out really good people regardless of what you have done for them lately. They are extremely vengeful and dig up 'anything' to turn the team against each other. They cause divide in all elements of the organization and have a very short list of non-qualified persons they promote. Don't believe they have your best interest in mind because they don't. They also deceive oversell service offerings they can deliver on and they refuse to invest in any technology that will reduce burden on engineering, support and service delivery resources while expecting expected staff to take calls 24x7 for items that can wait until Monday (that only have urgency to them). They have a list of favorites and those they dislike and they aggressively and consistently go out of their way to 'talk down' accomplishments of those on their list that are doing great work but are personally disliked. I have NEVER seen such sadistically sick and void leadership within an mature IT organization. IF I were a business I would run far and fast and if I were looking for a job / career within the UCCMS organization of Avanade - I recommend running even faster because it is a JOKE of a Managed Services Organization!!! THE MOST UN-QUALIFIED LEADERS and immature tools I've ever seen in an IT organization.

    Advice to Management

    Grow up and ship out current leadership from the top / down!


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Used to be better"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Access to the latest and greatest Microsoft tech. Great colleagues who are smart and always willing to assist.

    Cons

    Avanade has shifted to a regional model, where each region of the US / Globe is responsible for its own employees. While on paper this sounds good, it leads to inconsistent treatment of employees who do the same thing but live in different areas. If you're on a project out of your region, your leadership will often not notice nor care about your achievements. Also, time at level has become a new standard. Despite your performance, if you haven't been at your level for x number of years you wont be considered for promo.


  3. Helpful (3)

    "Consultant"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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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.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    "Avanade Consulting"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Group Manager in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Group Manager in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good place for college grads to learn a specialty.

    Cons

    Subsidiary of Accenture - and more and more dependent on the parent to generate revenue, and which also makes it hard for Avanade to get out from under the parent's shadow. Also ~20% owned by Microsoft, but no special favors there. There is some great talent that comes through, but management doesn't do a great job of recognizing talent when the have it. The internal roles, such as within IT and operations are fine, but the consulting roles are too specialized and complicate efficient delivery of solutions.

    Advice to Management

    Lose the high price Agency model and focus on the big money cloud and infra solution offerings. The front end work is just frosting on the cake and should not be the primary focus. Develop some solid and mature SaaS offerings (or at least frameworks) that you can productize and/or use to augment solution offerings.


  6. Helpful (4)

    "Issues with sexism"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great place to learn and advance. If you are a guy.

    Cons

    UCCMS Department has issues with sexism and gender discrimination. Training and promotions are often give out on a basis of favoritism and gender. Complaints about sexism are not taken seriously by management. Women are often are given leas critical tasks. Men are often given assistance with work, while women are ignored and treated as incompetent. When mistakes are made, men are treated like its no big deal, while as a woman even a small error is treated with harsh criticism. Guys are given more challenging and higher profile work. Male employees often talk down to the female coworkers.

    Advice to Management

    Think management needs replacement


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Be Ready to Travel"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • 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.


  8. Helpful (3)

    "The Orange Kool-Aid is tainted."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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.


  9. Helpful (6)

    "GRoup Manager , sales executive"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Group Manager Sales in Irving, TX
    Former Employee - Group Manager Sales in Irving, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice to say you work for ACcenture company and excellent excellent benefits. Nice share office space in Irving Texas - no reviews to worry about.

    Cons

    NO ONE Knows who Avanade is - Accenture owns contracts and all client relationships and projects. Avanade is just a subcontractor that talks "no one will let you fail" yet "no ne is there to help you succeed ". Immediate terminations with no reason and no severance! BE CAREFUL HIGEST TURNOVER EVER

    Advice to Management

    Choose a good buyer


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Former Employee"

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

    I worked at Avanade full-time

    Pros

    Decent pay, decent office location (but will be moving soon)

    Cons

    - horrible and ill-tempered managers who only care about themselvesvery minimal training and guidance from above, there is a literally a no-man communication interaction between entry/mid-level and upper management, no work-life balance

    Advice to Management

    Ensure communication and training between managers and analyst/associate/consultant. Provide a portal for employees to voice opinions, held managers accountable and give credits to entry/mid-level where it's due.


  11. "haphazard"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Communications Specialist/Copywriter in Seattle, WA
    Current Contractor - Communications Specialist/Copywriter in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Avanade as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    Excellent pay, helpful colleagues and assignments can be varied and interesting.

    Cons

    Lousy infrastructure, easy to get lost in the shuffle with so much going on.

    Advice to Management

    Try to spend more time with employees to get to know them and feel that you want to know them.


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