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Updated March 28, 2017
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  • At times Work/Life Balance could be better (in 106 reviews)

  • No work life balance, pay below market, management sees you as number and not as a person (in 19 reviews)

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  1. "Flexible and challenging"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 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


  2. "Good Company, Good Pay & Benefits, Driven to Get Results"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Avanade full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good employees: lots of smart hardworking people
    Management overall does a good job: tries to treat everyone with dignity and respect
    Good pay and benefits: felt I was fairly compensated and benefits were better than most other companies I had worked for
    Good vacation policy

    Cons

    Culture declined from when the company started, moved from a regional model to a service line model and the sense of community and family suffered.
    Management is always pressing to get most out of employees, can make for long work days, stressful environment at times (similar to most companies).

    Advice to Management

    Look for ways to improve your community culture and employee's sense of well-being.


  3. "Can be a great place to work if you are lucky"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Avanade full-time

    Pros

    Can be a great place to grow if you are lucky to get placed on the right projects. The compensation and benefits are good.

    Cons

    Too many eggs in the O&G industry basket. When the oil price fell the projects and positions dried up.

    Advice to Management

    Try to diversify your accounts. Bring in salesman who can score business in all industries.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "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 (1)

    "Company in Transition & Not Going Well"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director, Delivery Management
    Current Employee - Director, Delivery Management
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Trying to do the right thing & become more relevant to our clients.
    Good marketing / spin

    Cons

    Bureaucratic organization & processes can be overwhelming.
    Public company with short term focus
    Very poor professional development approach
    Over the top emphasis on social activism (ie there is a group of everything)
    Having a very poor 2017 (especially in US & Japan)
    The offshore team (GDN) is awful to work (GDN cares only about charging hours to your WBS, nothing about delivering for the client)
    High turnover

    Advice to Management

    Good luck with the Imagine 2020 plan; you won't get there with the existing culture & resources (Sr Directors, Directors, & Regional dip-sh**ts)


  7. "Delivery Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Delivery Manager in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Delivery Manager in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    They do care about their people, and make an effort at setting up structure to connect despite the consultant's disconnected life.
    Insulation from some of Accenture's cutthroat business consulting attitude with access to their customers.

    Cons

    Office politics, silos where engineering doesn't want delivery management to step on and visa-versa ("keep off my lawn").
    Subordination to Accenture's worldview and management practices (you're a subcontractor to them).

    Lack of personal life in order to get ahead.

    Advice to Management

    Watch out for the delivery management vs engineering vs sales pettiness, it's demoralizing, inefficient and dangerously bad for business.

    In extreme cases, it goes like this: Sales sells what you don't have and can't deliver within the budget, without consulting delivery or engineering. Delivery gets handed crap requirements and an impossible margin with gets you an engineering team that can't include all the needed skills and experience. The engineers tell everyone to get off their lawn and they're backed into a corner so they end up simplifying or skipping requirements.

    Do continue strengthening the social and professional ties between people, it's the way out of that.

    Stop turning a blind eye to ghosting hours. Death marches are "necessary" when someone screws up. Then the people who stay up nights and work through the problem suffer because they didn't meet chargeability targets because they're burned out and had not time to network in order to be staffed on the next project.


  8. Helpful (3)

    "Need to Value Analysts/Sr Analysts"

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


  9. "Do your research"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


  10. "Sr. Business Development Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Business Development Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Business Development Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people. Everyone is top notch and have some of the best resources in the industry. Knowledge of Microsoft space is second to none.

    Cons

    Internal process can be a bit burdening.


  11. "Marketing manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Growing marketing organization; digital marketing focused. Work with Fortune 1000 customers. Good collaboration across teams and continents.

    Cons

    Competitive marketplace for technology services; Avanade has complex solution offerings - not "easy" to market. Need some brainpower.



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