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Updated May 11, 2017
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Pros
  • Awesome Firm to work for with good work/life balance (in 1121 reviews)

  • fantastic place to start / grow your career (in 399 reviews)

Cons
  • Work life balance required to be managed (in 3063 reviews)

  • Lot of politics no work life balance (in 618 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (472)

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

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Big firm, Big Feel :)"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent talent all around you, great travel benefits, varied projects, good social activities, nice offices, flexibility at times. Good benefits and good salaries.

    Cons

    Although Deloitte is working on the "Big firm, Small Feel" we are not there yet. It is a place that can make you feel like a small number. You need to own your career to make work/life balance happen - easier at higher levels (paradoxical) .

    Advice to Management

    Continue to flaten the organization, work on F&P on a more practical basis.


  3. Helpful (4)

    "A place for the competitive"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Human Capital Consultant in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Human Capital Consultant in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Deloitte full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    If you thrive on internal competition, this is the place for you. It is a good stepping stone to a better career.

    Cons

    There is a "sorority / fraternity culture" where the managers and above tend to be clicky and self-serving (this most likely due to the competitive culture that deloitte fuels). A collaborative team usually produces a better deliverable than one that has internal competition. They spend a lot of time "thinking" (thought leadership, white papers etc) and less time executing. Finally, they have not come up with the tools as other big 5 consulting firms have to quantify change and back their strategy with data.

    Advice to Management

    Try to move away from the "sorority" culture and reliance on internal competition. It is also very detrimental to inclusive diversity where some may be at a natural disadvantage.


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  5. "Great Company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Loved working at this company because of the people

    Cons

    Their training program is lacking


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Great professional growth"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Deloitte full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Broad exposure across industries and functions; smart, well-rounded colleagues. Strong structure in place for goal setting and professional growth. Geographic flexibility.

    Cons

    Emphasis on "extracurriculars" (e.g., recruiting support, thought leadership, proposal support) on top of client work can lead to burnout. Substantial travel required, which is not for everyone.

    Advice to Management

    Stack ranking system can incentivize the wrong behaviors and lead to burnout. Representation by Counselors" as objective advocates leads to strange dynamics.


  7. "Great people, not the best environment"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Tax Consultant in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Tax Consultant in Boston, MA

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

    Pros

    Culture, People, Reputation of firm, benefits

    Cons

    Hours, hiring decisions, work/life balance

    Advice to Management

    Put more effort into keeping new hires happy to increase retention rates and decrease turnover


  8. "All-around Amazing!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Manager in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Smart, strategic leadership; great teams and colleagues, work/life balance, etc.

    Cons

    Complex organization, internal politics, and difficult to navigate.


  9. "BTA"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Business Te in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Business Te in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Plenty of opportunities to succeed

    Cons

    Competitive environment and a lot of work

    Advice to Management

    N/A


  10. "Great Company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - ERS Senior Consultant in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - ERS Senior Consultant in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Deloitte (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    nice people, great benefits, big network

    Cons

    long hours, find a partner's coattails to ride or you will swim in open water


  11. "Multistate Tax Accoutant - Staff"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Multistate Tax Consultant in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Multistate Tax Consultant in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Resources, Networking, Scope, Benefits, Flexibility, Talent

    Cons

    Team Environment, Feedback/Reward System, Super Structured, Lack of Personal Development during busy times

    Advice to Management

    Develop a culture of constant learning through mentorship - TRUE mentorship.
    Do not hire new staff during busy season - they will be overlooked and overwhelmed and ultimately feel undervalued


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