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Updated August 15, 2018
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  1. "Project Associate"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Project Associate in New York, NY
    Current Contractor - Project Associate in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Deloitte as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    Lots of growth potential and opportunity to learn various skills; even opportunities to gain cross-industry experience; depending on project, but generally, there are many chances to work with senior managers.

    Cons

    Must have a willingness to create a brand for yourself and personally reach out to take full advantage of what the company offers.


  2. Helpful (646)

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

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    • Senior Management
    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. "Good place overall"

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    Current Employee - Valuation Associate in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Valuation Associate in New York, NY
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very smart people, great exposure to many industries

    Cons

    Hours can be brutal - even in the down season, many people leave after 2 years because they are underpaid for the hours they put in


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Associate/consultant"

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    Former Employee - Associate/Consultant in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Associate/Consultant in Portland, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Deloitte (More than a year)

    Pros

    The artificial smiles, and insincere compliments.

    Cons

    A lot of gossip and backstabbing.
    Partners and directors care about you until the moment you leave the place.

    Advice to Management

    Paying people through experience and not with actual money is pretentious. I felt like property of the company working here. We were expected to work 80+hours per week and not complain. No overtime by the way. People here also love to micromanage. Leadership is non existent. No vision at all, nor an ability to motivate the workforce.

    People are nice to your face but will throw you under the bus behind your back. You'll make very little money in your first few years here. As I said.... Very pretentious. You can make a lot more money elsewhere gaining more relevant skills. Benefits are decent, nothing to write home about.

    One positive thing about Deloitte in Portland? Oh, I'm glad I don't work there anymore. It was a waste of time and an incredibly unprofessional experience. Avoid this place.


  5. "Pretty Good Place to Work"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Audit Senior Associate in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Audit Senior Associate in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    People, resources, upward mobility, becoming more flexible.

    Cons

    Repetitive tasks, no true incentives.

    Advice to Management

    Keep providing opportunities for your good people and rewarding them to reduce turnover.


  6. "Audit Assistant"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Audit Associate in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Audit Associate in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Deloitte (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great Benefits, PTO and networking opportunities. Deloitte is a great place to start your career and build a network. During training, you'll meet individuals from other offices. The camaraderie is a truly amazing aspect of having the experience of working with your start class of 70 or so other individuals your age.

    Cons

    Although the PTO is fantastic, you do need to book it pretty far in advance - sometimes 6-8 months out because once you're put on a client, it's difficult to get rotated off to go on a trip. Everyone is well aware of the hours, but be prepared that you may be put on a busy season client in the summer or fall. Make sure to communicate with management is this happens to avoid being put on busy season clients year round. Some of my colleagues got unlucky schedules their first years and had little to no time to get their CPA done. It's relatively hard to switch from one service line to another. For example, it is difficult to switch into advisory if you are in audit. Therefore, if you think you want to do advisory/M&A/Consulting, then you should start in one of those practices from the beginning.

    Advice to Management

    Encourage managers to encourage their staff to record all hours worked and reward managers for providing realistic budgets to avoid managers pressuring their associates to eat time.


  7. "Great place to work, learn and grow"

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    Current Employee - Audit Associate in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Audit Associate in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of PTO and flexibility, great benefits, awesome people, really feel like people invest in my development

    Cons

    Busy season is obviously very busy, could do more to ensure even staffing

    Advice to Management

    figure out a better way to deal with staffing; there have been too many times a job was so understaffed that they were miserable for the entire audit; this just leads to more people quitting, less staffing and more suffering for those of us that want to stay

  8. "Half individual contributor, half manager."

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    Current Employee - Vice President, Associate Creative Director in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Vice President, Associate Creative Director in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Control, freedom, and client access in a consultancy is way better than at an agency. No inherent hierarchy. Get to work in a wide rage of industries and technologies. Finally have job security.

    Cons

    The work is only digital so I do miss more holistic brand projects. Working for Deloitte as a creative involves a lot of corporate weirdness and Senior Manageto are nightmares!!!

    Advice to Management

    Stop underpaying the creatives compares to the other consultants!!!!!


  9. "Tax Senior"

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    • Senior Management
    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

    Learning opportunity, career path within the firm

    Cons

    Office politics and no work-life balance

    Advice to Management

    Really listen to employee's voice and assign reasonable workload


  10. "Culture"

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    Current Employee - Senior Associate Consultant in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Senior Associate Consultant in Minneapolis, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fun, young culture and competitive.

    Cons

    The job is a grind.