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Deloitte Ottawa Reviews

Updated November 2, 2017
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Ottawa, ON (Canada)

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  1. "Specialist"

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    Current Employee - Marketing Specialist in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Marketing Specialist in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice office space with big windows and different seating options, work from home option too, health benefits are good. Good holiday party.

    Cons

    Work can be mundane, leadership can be unsupportive, no budget for travel for certain groups. Salary increases are small. Little opportunity for interaction at office if team located elsewhere.

    Advice to Management

    I would recommend that for employees who work remotely, management should encourage occasional travel to interact with team on-site. Career growth opportunities and learning externally should be encouraged as well.


  2. "BTA"

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    Current Employee - BTA in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - BTA in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Learning about implementation of new technologies

    Cons

    - Tough to get into strategy type projects

  3. Helpful (4)

    "Manager"

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    Current Employee - Consulting Manager in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Consulting Manager in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    - Good work/life balance compared to other locations due to the public sector focus
    - lots of bright people
    - friendly atmosphere, not competitive internally. The firm actively promotes inclusive values and you can actually see a lot of diversity ("visible minorities" and women are well represented at all levels of the organization).
    - the organization is not as vertical as it seems. Partners are busy but are always available for a chat if required.
    - Not "bossy" but more collaborative
    - rarely idle, even when on the bench.
    - New implemented performance system seems to make some sense (frequent informal check-points, no more year-end lengthy performance review to prepare but a 5-Q online form, meaningful rating system)
    - Agile work environment is great to develop network and to stay dynamic
    - Great system of "Coach" (i.e. Senior-level performance coach who is not managing you) and "buddy" (peer assigned to help you with everything from networking to answering your newbie "how-to" dummy questions)
    - lot of peer support. Even when not easy to obtain information on out-dated intranet, colleagues always have contacts who have contacts who can find you what you need and will usually be very responsive.
    - Great work atmosphere overall.
    - HR is pretty much nonexistent (1 person is in charge of all Consulting Ontario/East) but the firm is very supportive if you face personal issues. More than you would expect.
    - Deloitte University is a great toy that we are lucky to have and experience.
    - The firm is always trying to stay ahead of the game
    - The firm is great (in general) at managing clients and building relationships, not acting like so many consulting boutiques or firms by trying to sale just to sale (read: Change Request + staff aug) but aiming at selling by providing added value to the client.
    - Looks good on your resume and for good reasons. You will learn a lot and develop a great network.

    Cons

    - Everyone is expected to work on "PRD" activity (i.e. Sales and "Firm development" which means recruitment, on-boarding, internal projects, PoV). This model does not fit everyone and can create tensions. Promotions/raises/bonuses are officially not only based on your delivery results but also on "how much you contributed to the firm growth".
    - The consulting practice has been growing rapidly the last few years and the recruitment has had some holes (some new recruits are very strong but some are awfully week)
    - on-boarding process for experience hires is so-so.
    - Coaching consistency should be enforced. A great coach or an uninterested coach can change a lot on your career path and rewards (but you can change easily)
    - There could be more satisfaction and less frustration but I dont believe there are many people who drag their feet to come to work, at any level.
    - All training is self-paced, on-demand, on-line. For basic mandatory live-training sessions could hugely benefit our delivery quality (power-point for dummies, how to interact with a client for dummies, how to design a process for dummies, how to sale work for d....everyone)
    - the mantra "you build your own career" is one the few promoted lines that is pure bs for 3/4 of the workforce.
    - Bonus are not bad but salaries tend to be on the low compared to competition despite stellar years for the consulting firm.
    - The firm tries a bit to be innovative but there are not really any good drivers for this. Many initiatives eventually dont go anywhere.

    Advice to Management

    Do what you can not to lose the culture while growing and dont recruit anyone just because you need a body....it will eventually backfire.
    Focus 80% of your time on what matters.


  4. "Potential for Personal Growth But Regurgitation of Work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Deloitte full-time

    Pros

    If you put the work in, the firm can give you work you are interested in sometimes. The buddy system has potential to do great things when executed properly. Additionally the work space is catching up to modern ergonomics and conditions.

    Great place to start a career if you are unsure of what you wish to do as a new graduate, or a place to transition your career to something else that isn't as costly as another degree.

    Cons

    Many of the projects are just redressed deliverables of previous clients. This is a result of too many projects being bid on to cover large overhead and a focus on profit not value.

    Much of the culture is non confrontational and in many instances feedback had to be solicited from the office grapevine rather than the buddy that is assigned to give the feedback that colleagues send his/her way.

    There is an unofficial pressure to appear like you are working hard. There were many circumstances where colleagues had finished their work but stayed at the office for an extra couple of hours to avoid a reputation of slacking. This really isn't something that should be problem.

    Advice to Management

    Deloitte can be a great place sometimes, but if management could fix one thing I would recommend the pressure to not log the hours employees are actually working. Hardly anyone ever recorded more than 40 hours yet the actual average work week was 60+ hours. This creates a problem, because the data will show that 'x' amount of work is being completed at '40' hours, which is false. This creates an illusion that employees are productive enough to be assigned more and more projects. From looking at the numbers management will, without malice, follow them honestly. As more work is stacked on the hours recorded will remain consistent at 40, further falsifying the numbers.

    I understand the need to keep projects on budget, the competitive necessity of underbidding, and the need to manage overhead; however this system is the largest variable contributing to high turnover and employee burnout.


  5. "Great plan to start your career"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Fun people, young , tons of energy

    Cons

    Long hours, compensation doesnt match effort

    Advice to Management

    pay more


  6. "Fast-paced, tight-knit community, high standards for professionalism"

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    Former Employee - Business Technology Analyst in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Business Technology Analyst in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    A great employer for people who enjoy traveling, a fast-paced environment, a tight-knit community of consultants, and tons of opportunity for learning. Lots of young people if you're just starting out.

    Cons

    Some overtime (not a crazy amount in my experience), many different bosses (this is true of all consulting gigs), can be a significant amount of travel.


  7. "Technology Consultant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    nothing... there is no benefits except big name

    Cons

    one mistake and u r done
    no support
    too much work
    no compensation according to work

  8. "Deloitte co-op/consultant/Senior Consultant"

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    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    - Flexible hours
    - Fun fast-paced environment
    - Lots of social events
    - Sport teams
    - Challenging work
    - Can leverage a large network of bright individuals

    Cons

    - Long hours during busy season
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    Advice to Management

    Clearly communicate expectations.


  9. "Great place to learn"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Deloitte full-time

    Pros

    Great people who are very smart and capable.

    Cons

    Work life balance can be a challenge. It is doable but you need to learn to set boundaries.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Lots of learning opportunities, contacts and travelling"

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    Current Employee - Consultant in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Consultant in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Meeting very intelligent and professional individuals from many domains. Travelling in business class and trying different hotels.

    Cons

    Lots of working hours, constant travelling, less emphasis on the technical path and relatively low pay

    Advice to Management

    Better pay for more experienced consultant with technical skills


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