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Updated April 11, 2017
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Pros
  • The company promotes work-life balance (in 45 reviews)

  • Great people on the planet to make things excellent inside clients (in 67 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (3)

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

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    • 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.


  2. "Consultant"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Field perspective"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Manager in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Access to training and Microsoft technology is second to none. 80/year required training. I work with some incredibly smart and humble folks. Variety of projects to work on. - that you may or may not have chosen to be on.

    Cons

    Travel can be 100%. For me it's been 100% for the past year, travelling Sunday thru late Thursday because of client commitments. Then meetings on Friday, I might get 1 1/2 days or less to spend with my family before getting back on the road. Long days, minimal options to pick projects. Always worried about layoffs from company or if/when bench clock runs out.You find out layoffs are occurring when you hear about them from the folks getting laid off then a few days later when mgt has heard everyone complain - then they issue a message about it.

    Advice to Management

    I've been reading about and talking with other Ava folks. I would agree that there is a need for a culture change/review. I haven't seen the yearly survey results But I've heard it's bad.


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  5. "Good environment"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Used updated technology, work with great colleagues

    Cons

    Salary is quite low compare to others companies in Seattle Area


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Not what I expected"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Avanade (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Training opportunities, big salary, good benefits and extended benefits, prestige of the name, career opportunities all around the world, etc.

    Cons

    No support from management, no flexibility on projects (approach, project plan, staffing, deliverables, number of meetings with customers - everything is decided by people other than you but you are in charge of the project), no flexibility in working hours, project budgets are outrageous and time is spent doing presentations and research that won't benefit the client anyway, etc.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Avanade Consulting"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • 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.


  8. "Delivery Manager"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
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    • 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.


  9. Helpful (5)

    "Issues with sexism"

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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


  10. "Avanade"

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

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

    Pros

    collaborative culture
    mobile work environment
    community events/internal team building a priority

    Cons

    too much movement in leadership org
    limited access to promotions

    Advice to Management

    Growth is catching up to you. Slow down, refocus.


  11. "Finance"

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

    I worked at Avanade full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Lots of talent in the ranks

    Cons

    Entitled employee attitudes are rampant

    Advice to Management

    Honesty to your staff and your self and everyone follow the same rules


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