- Work/Life Balance
- Culture & Values
- Career Opportunities
- Comp & Benefits
- Senior Management
I worked at Avanade full-time (More than a year)
Exposure to New Projects
Exposure to New Clients
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.
Great place to learn about new Microsoft technology
Nothing that i can think of
I have been working at Avanade (More than 8 years)
Empower and value employees. Provide tons of paid training and opportunity for certifications.
Better keep your self productive and off the bench.
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Great place to work and I would recommend it to anyone.
Not much that I can think of.
I have been working at Avanade full-time (Less than a year)
Working with Avanade is extremely rewarding if you are up to a challenge. Projects for Avanade and Accenture are high prior projects. You will receive a lot of visibility. Travel is fair for consulting. Great pay, benefits, and perks. You have the opportunity to gain any certification free. Training is unlimited with tons of self-paced internal training.
If you understand the consulting business, there aren't really many cons. Would like to see more frequent reviews, every 6 months, that match the pace of projects.
I have been working at Avanade full-time (More than 3 years)
Great Working Life Balance. Smart People. Excellent Thought Leadership. Great Culture. Diversity and inclusive employer.
You need to understand working at a large company.
I have been working at Avanade full-time
Avanade will stretch and challenge you. The work that Clients hire Avanade for are generally very tough delivery situations or new and unfamiliar technology. The people that Avanade hires are mostly high functioning and high achievers. Most people will tell you that the best thing about Avanade is the people you work with.
As a consultant at Avanade, you will have high pressure to be chargeable. Often times, this may mean doing undesirable work to meet short term chargeability goals. Also, most of the work heavily leverages offshore teams. For some, this is a major burden and detracts from the work. Finally, work life balance is often difficult to achieve with frequent travel and difficult delivery schedules.
Advice to Management
Many workforce issues could be solved with better HR leadership. Also, incentives and compensation seem to be lower than market demand.
Lots of people to meet on both the Avanade side and Accenture side. Working with the latest and greatest tech.
Low pay for analyst position.
Advice to Management
I worked at Avanade full-time (More than 3 years)
Worked with some great people. Plenty of training.
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.
I worked at Avanade full-time (More than 5 years)
Great technologists, TONS of training, decent compensation and perks
Annual review process is too long and sometimes subjective. Stack ranking made the process subjective.
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