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Updated December 16, 2018
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  • "Often difficult to manage appropriate work-life balance" (in 4140 reviews)

  • "there is no work life balance - a vacation an year is not what a person may be looking at - weekends are meant to be holidays" (in 864 reviews)

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  1. "Audit associate"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Audit Associate in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Audit Associate in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Learn tremendously info. Amazing working support from the firm. Tons of opportunity

    Cons

    May need work overtime


  2. Helpful (708)

    "Great Place to start your career - Carefully read the cons"

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    Former Employee - AMS Associate in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - AMS Associate in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    These folks know exactly what they are doing. They set high standards, and consistently deliver.
    Their project expectations and planning is excellent. The top level management folks are extremely smart and have a great sense of vision and planning. If you go to company social events (which are very frequent by the way), it is quite easy to have conversations with upper management people (Partners).

    Deloitte's hiring pattern is very consistent. For the young starters, they hire smart, well spoken, and subtly aggressive candidates. They have excellent training and knowledge management. They have a well oiled and empowered HR and Tech Support group. Things get done pretty fast.

    Their paid time off program is really great, and pretty straight forward. No messing about.

    They have a big social responsibility program that encourages volunteering. It also presents a great opportunity for youngsters to take event organizing responsibilities. This can be very very useful. Once, I volunteered for an event where we painted rooms for an orphanage center. There was a young guy who did the organizing. We were 10-12 people, with 3 senior executives actually doing paintwork. Quite unique.

    I have personally seen that Deloitte's top talents tend to start young, spend a 3-4 years, then take a hiatus to pursue a Graduate Degree (typically an MBA). The firm sometimes re-hires these consultants after their MBA with generous financial incentives. They offer much better packages to folks graduating from top universities. Sometimes they can offer huge joining bonuses.

    I worked in the IT consulting division.They tend to get top-end projects. On projects, the average age seems pretty low. A lot of 20-somethings, then there are a handful of 30-40 year old people and some senior Management folks.

    Beginner salaries can be a bit low. (which is expected. It takes some time to build credibility in the Consulting business)

    Overall, a great place to start your professional career. If you pay attention, you will get seasoned very quickly.

    Cons

    Work-life balance can become poor, especially during tight project timelines (This is expected in the Consulting Business). The employees have a significant amount of "firm-internal" training and knowledge contribution tasks. There are annual goal expectations. It can get tedious if you continuously work on high demand projects.

    There is intense competition, especially during targeted promotion/milestone years. There can be some backstabbing. It's part of the experience. It is not as bad as it sounds, and seems manageable.

    A lot of times, being young and inexperienced has it's flaws. The company has a simple way of seasoning consultants. They get pushed into high pressure situations, and they learn fast, and quickly start managing their own work. But they tend to be blind towards intricate details, especially in complicated IT product implementations. This has an interesting effect. If someone is able to do the hands-on work, everyone else tries to piggy-back on that person for their actual work. The hands-on guy gets overwhelmed, and others try to use him/her as a key resource.
    -- I personally went through a crunch project, and found a number of people "managing expectations" (piggy backing), while a handful of people actually knew the end-to-end solution and did the hands-on work.
    This created a lot more work and mental anguish than needed. Because of the expressed pressure, the hands-on guys have a hard time building and growing their reputation and subsequent performance evaluation rating. This also affects the project execution timelines.

    IMPORTANT: Make sure you thoroughly read through your employment agreement and understand the implications. In recent years, they have started hiring for specific projects ONLY. This falls under a particular "AMS service line". In this case, if your assigned project gets into a problem, you are exposed to the risk of employment termination.
    Their HR and Management are very helpful, and they will try to get you a new project. But there are several constraints like location, your skills, and limited time. I went through this, and it was somewhat unnerving. This was one of the reasons I ended up leaving the company.

    Advice to Management

    I have high regards for the Senior Management in this company. I think they are the market leaders in the industry, especially with their consistent high standards.

    Personally, I think they should strongly encourage some "end-to-end" hands-on responsibility in the IT consulting division. There are very few hands-on guys. I have seen a lot of segregation of duties between people that causes endless heartburn during crunch project timelines.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Big Company with great benefits and dull work"

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    Former Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Their benefits and pay are both good. Exposure to lots of different situations and clients. Some smart upper level managers.

    Cons

    I worked in support of some of the ugliest corporations in the United States in dull, repetitive roles that mostly covered the butts of corporate titans. Also traveled a lot.

    Advice to Management

    Pretty good actually. Work your low levels a little less hard.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Audit Associate"

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    Current Employee - Audit Associate in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Audit Associate in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The recognition of working in a big four

    Cons

    The hours and the pay is really bad

    Advice to Management

    Increase pay


  5. "Great professional environment"

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    Former Employee - Audit Senior Associate in Las Vegas, NV
    Former Employee - Audit Senior Associate in Las Vegas, NV
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Deloitte (More than a year)

    Pros

    Challenging work & hours
    Learning opportunities + great network opportunities

    Cons

    Challenging work & hours


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Overworked, underpaid, lots of politics"

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    Former Employee - Tax Associate in Costa Mesa, CA
    Former Employee - Tax Associate in Costa Mesa, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Unless you're absolutely incompetent, you'll always have a job.

    Cons

    Very unequal work combined with overly equal pay. The most competent employees get the most work but not necessarily any pay to reflect how much harder they work. This is because, all the managers will fight for that employee to be on their project. Meanwhile, you also have people that are better at gaming the system in which case they do less but don't get in trouble.

    Generally management consists of lots of mediocre people because the absolute best people go find higher paying jobs while the absolute worst people get fired. To be fair there are a few highly competent, good managers; however, many of them are looking for their exit (most people only stay to make manager before leaving because the job opportunities once you attain the manager title are considerably more lucrative).

    Advice to Management

    Pay your superstars more


  7. "Auditor"

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    Former Employee - Assurance Senior Associate in Boca Raton, FL
    Former Employee - Assurance Senior Associate in Boca Raton, FL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Everything - technology, tools, people.

    Cons

    Long hours, commute, and lower pay.

    Advice to Management

    Increase salary and schedule clients based on employee’s address.

  8. "Tax Senior"

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    Current Employee - Tax Senior Associate in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Tax Senior Associate in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people and great company that cares about its employees

    Cons

    work life balance is not ideal


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Political Rat Race"

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    Former Employee - Senior Associate in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    great benefits, decent pay, national staffing model so you have access to an office in most major US cities

    Cons

    review process is convoluted and promotions are highly political. Additionally, it doesnt make sense for a team not based in your home office and who you dont work with on a day to day basis decide your fate in terms of promotions, raise and bonuses


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Analytics Manager"

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    Current Employee - Business Analytics Associate Consultant in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Business Analytics Associate Consultant in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Decent company with good execution

    Cons

    Very long hours with low pay