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Updated November 4, 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. "Great Company for Interns!"

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    Current Intern - Intern in Seattle, WA
    Current Intern - Intern in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great culture, my work always mattered, and I was challenged to try new things

    Cons

    None that I can think of


  2. "Decent"

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    Former Employee - Consultant in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Consultant in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Avanade full-time

    Pros

    Was able to work remote
    Medical was decent, but getting worse

    Cons

    A lot of SJW convergence, regular meetings where virtue signalling is the primary reason for the meeting which quells diversity of thought.

  3. Helpful (13)

    "Eroding Revenue - Massive Layoffs - Misdirected Management"

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    Former Employee - Director in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Director in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Strong diversity program, Microsoft platform focus, strong training program

    Cons

    Behind on cloud, no personal accountability, poor executive leadership

    Advice to Management

    Stop knee-jerk reacting to ebbs and flows. Make a multi year strategy of investment. No one ever cost-cut their way out of a top line sales problem.


  4. Helpful (4)

    "Unhappy"

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    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Extended Benefits include $2000 annually to spend on the technology of your choice (with exceptions)... some really smart people to collaborate with... generous training opportunites & will pay for certifications

    Cons

    very few women in technical roles (less than 5%), and minimal opportunities for the few that are... pay is well below market... poor to mediocre leadership... they reward and advance engineers who shmooze and brag but don't actually do much... hard work and innovative thinking are NOT rewarded...

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention to who is doing the work that makes up your deliverable. The engineer that talks about how smart he is... usually isn't. Transparency goes a long way with employees. And start paying for your talent... a high turnover does not speak well of your environment.

    Avanade Response

    Sep 15, 2017 – COO North America

    Thanks for your review. We remain committed to increasing the amount of women at Avanade across all roles and levels of the organization globally. I'd like the opportunity to discuss the feedback... More


  5. Helpful (11)

    "You don't want to know how the sausage is made"

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    Former Employee - Consultant in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Consultant in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Decent benefits and healthcare
    - Good people
    - Okay culture, but not great

    Cons

    - Make no mistake, this is a sales organization. Promotion paths after a certain level are all about sales. Being a good engineer isn't really a career path and in many ways it's a dead end position.
    - Lack of truly competent people, almost every project I was on was a disorganized mess with people who had no idea what they were doing and were improperly trained and educated. A huge emphasis on training but it was very low quality. Just checking boxes for clients. In my opinion, most of the consultant roles are filled with industry rejects who would love (but cannot) get a job at any decent tech company. No one has a formal degree or education. This is an offshoring company/staff augmentation firm, not really true consulting.
    - The global delivery network is usually incompetent. Overseas devs will chop anything useful you write to pieces in order to accomplish nebulous client goals. India was the worst offender, sadly confirming stereotypes. Never trust them with anything important. You will spend lots of time cleaning up spaghetti nonsense. Hilariously enough this work ends up in modern infrastructure projects and important areas like oil and gas. They throw lots of bodies at the problem but are 10 years behind modern development practices. Some individuals are very good, but they are diamonds in the rough.
    - Low salary for the area, 20-40% lower than anywhere else for similar work/stress levels. You're not paid by the hour, but salaried. In theory this sounds good but it amounts to working for $20/hour usually as work life balance is poor.
    - Basically Accenture owned and operated, almost all business comes from them and they call the shots in most cases. Accenture projects are also the worst in terms of work life balance. They run the show and Avanade is just along for the ride.
    - Slow and sometimes impossible promotion path, not a place for motivated individuals.
    - Extremely process driven to a fault. Independent thoughts and actions are discouraged. You follow the playbook, no questions asked.

    Advice to Management

    Start making your own decisions instead of bowing down to Accenture. Pay better salaries to attract real talent. Start employing people who actually know what they are doing instead of spitting out crap and hoping the client doesn't notice. But I guess the business model is to overcharge the client for shoddy work, so maybe you're actually doing the correct (horrific ) business thing to do?

    Avanade Response

    Jul 25, 2017 – President, North America

    From our start 17+ years ago, through today, two key principles continue to drive our business; delivering with excellence for our clients and attracting and retaining top talent. I’m sorry to hear... More


  6. "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


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Not Ready for Change Management Professionals"

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    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Great technology available to employees
    - Focus on training is reinforced
    - Doesn't feel too big, particularly for a global company

    Cons

    - Isn't differentiated enough from Accenture
    - Change Management isn't a priority as a go-to-market solution to pair with technology implementations

    Advice to Management

    Grow the business capabilities as offerings to pair with the deep technical knowledge Avanade brings to the table. Find ways to differentiate from Accenture - it felt very much like the company was another arm of Accenture at times (particularly on large Diamond accounts).

    Avanade Response

    Jul 11, 2017 – President, North America

    Thank you for your feedback, we're looking forward to the addition of Change Enablement to our Advisory practice this year. We wish you luck wherever your career may lead.

  8. 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


  9. Helpful (6)

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

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    • 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.


  10. "Consultant"

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    Former Employee - Business Systems Analyst in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Business Systems Analyst in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Opening and engaging atmosphere, and you get the sense they want employees to succeed.

    Cons

    As a consultant, you sometimes get stuck with a terrible client


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