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Avanade Reviews

Updated October 17, 2017
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  • 2k, lower for lower positions) to be spent on tech gadgets or work-life balance (including vacations) (in 50 reviews)

  • Great people on the planet to make things excellent inside clients (in 68 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Good place to work"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Director in Chicago, IL
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Avanade full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Knowledge of their people is very good

    Cons

    Communication is not always accurate or timely from upper management

    Advice to Management

    Expectations and communications could be better


  2. "Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Aggressive technology driven striving for excellence in the global marketplace

    Cons

    limited upward mobility and advancement

  3. "Great place to work!"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Group Manager
    Current Employee - Group Manager
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Strong teams, very supportive and caring co-workers, lots of great work to do!

    Cons

    Working remotely from your team can prove challenging to progress.


  4. "Company needs change"

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

    I have been working at Avanade full-time

    Pros

    Great people, good health benefits

    Cons

    pay could be better, promotions are hard


  5. Helpful (3)

    "Analyst factory"

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    • 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 (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


  6. Helpful (6)

    "A good place to work (with some challenges to overcome)"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Delivery Lead in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Delivery Lead in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Avanade takes its commitment to its clients very seriously and provides its project teams the resources needed to do the work. It's refreshing to work again with people who are experts in their field, and Avanade promotes training to ensure people stay experts.

    In the Seattle region especially, Avanade is committed to developing the talent of junior employees and has created a strong community of people hired directly out of college. These employees have grown their careers and now mentor the next generation of employees.

    Avanade--at the global level--has committed to hiring more women and inspiring more women to go into STEM fields and careers.

    Depending on your talent community (department), you can have excellent networking opportunities with the region's leaders.

    Cons

    Depending on your assigned project, you may find your work too challenging or too boring. A lot of the projects are going in the direction of managed services, which is steady if sometimes very dull work (compared to implementing new technologies for your customer). Conversely, it can be difficult to manage work/life balance if you're traveling every week to a project site -- or if you have a significant number of offshore/after hours calls to run.

    If you're on a project outside the Redmond office, you may feel like you're stuck out on a raft in the ocean -- disconnected from the day-to-day activities of the majority of the Seattle region.

    Sometimes the regional leadership team projects an Old Boys Club ethos. This isn't to say there's sexism in leadership, but that who you know (and how frequently you interact with them) can often mean more during annual review time than what you've accomplished on your projects. It can feel much harder to break into the club if you're working on a project that doesn't put you in the aforementioned hub of activities.

    Career Advisers are often under-qualified to fulfill their roles as mentors/advisers to more junior employees and frequently do not meet with/ignore their responsibilities to their advisees.

    Advice to Management

    Hire more women into executive / C-level positions. One of the best ways to inspire women to go into STEM fields is to be a visible role model for what women can accomplish.

    Perform more screening before assigning someone as a career adviser. Commitment, training, and follow-up on that training is required to prepare people to be effective career advisers. Implement systems to get regular (not just end-of-year) feedback on how career advisers are doing and take action to correct advisers who are neglecting their responsibilities.

    Regional leaders should proactively reach out to employees who don't work regularly in the Redmond office.

    Implement some QA reviews/assessments on the health of projects' offshore calls. There are project leads who are very good at running projects with offshore teams and those people can help guide more junior/less experienced project/tech leads through the challenges, especially when ramping up new offshore teams. Making these calls run as efficiently as possible could do a lot to reduce the tension of work/life balance.


  7. Helpful (5)

    "Director"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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. "Analyst"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Avanade full-time

    Pros

    Great co workers on all projects i have been on

    Cons

    Can't think of any cons


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Integration Architect"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Avanade full-time

    Pros

    Variety of projects, gives great opportunity to build skills and meet different people
    Big investment in training especially around Microsoft technologies
    Many perks (MSDN Subscription, Extended Benefits)

    Cons

    Work/Life balance is a struggle especially with travel demands.


  10. 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.


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