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Deloitte Portland Reviews

Updated October 3, 2017
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "High-performance, great training, great experience, long hours, difficult balance"

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    Former Employee - Audit Associate in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Audit Associate in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent training and opportunities. Great teams. Hard-working and fun people. Bird's eye view of businesses and management styles. Good benefits.

    Cons

    High-stress, difficult structure to get a handle on, mixed messages at times due to complex structure

    Advice to Management

    Bring back Cathy's notes.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Great way to launch accounting career"

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    Current Employee - Audit Senior in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Audit Senior in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    ton of PTO (5+ weeks starting)
    occasional flexibility and working from home
    travel optional
    builds great accounting base experience
    promotion to senior level is pretty much assured after 2 years

    Cons

    long work hours in winter/spring, and occasional long or unpredictable work hours throughout year
    limited ability to choose clients/career path (partly luck-based)
    work content not very exciting to most people

    Advice to Management

    some offices have management that can be brutal, rude, cutthroat, or extremely demanding. I did not experience this in Portland but I had some of it in LA.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Senior Accountant"

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    Former Employee - Chief Financial Officer in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Chief Financial Officer in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great training ground. Strong infrastructure. Clear path to future growth. Lots of opportunity to be part of committees and engage with others. They say 1 year at a big 4 is worth 3 at a private firm- I would agree that the exposure and learning opportunities are amazing.

    Cons

    One of the reason you can progress at a 3 to 1 rate (compared to private industry) is because you can work the equivalent of 2 years in a 365 day period. Long hours- but there is also the option to work a 'flex' schedule.

    Advice to Management

    The soft skills of some of the younger management could use some refining and compassion. That being said there is plenty of strong leadership within the firm.


  4. "Consultant"

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    Former Employee - Consultant in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Consultant in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good training opportunities. Lots of people to learn from if you keep your ears and eyes open.

    Cons

    Lots of office politics.
    Long work hours.
    Can be significant travel.
    Difficult to control work life balance.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your staff more often.


  5. "Good for career but job environment isn’t worth it"

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    Former Employee - Audit Senior Assistant (Second Year) in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Audit Senior Assistant (Second Year) in Portland, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    * Resume builder (it is a 'big 4' firm after all)
    * Staff and seniors are generally, although not always, a young group of fun hardworking people
    * Structured career progression (vs. industry)
    * Depending on how many clients you have, you're not necessarily stuck at one place with the same group of people all year. So you get nice little changes of environment every few months or so (although that starts to go away at the Senior level)
    * Vacation time is great. And you're able to use all of it, in the Portland office anyways.
    * Hours during the summer are good. Not too busy.
    * Portland office is a good size (big yet small) so you get to know most everyone
    * Client base is diverse

    Cons

    * You definitely feel like a resource/body to be used by those above you sometimes
    * Management is not interested in creating a work environment for people to stay long term. Staying beyond 1-4 years is crazy even for someone who loves auditing and has great clients and support systems. It takes a super ambitious person who is willing to put up with a lot of downsides to stick it out and management is not interested in improving any of those downsides. From talking with my friends at other firms, this is pretty consistent across public accounting in general.
    * Pay is low and you can leave at almost every level for much higher pay for lower hours. Deloitte was the lowest paying of the larger firms in my city and raises/bonuses were poor.
    * Work-life balance during a big chunk of the year is awful
    * Audit Quality and Audit efficiency are conflicting goals. So you often end up in no-win situations where there is really nothing you can do to make your partner/manager happy.
    * People eat time all of the time. Managers/Partners know but don't really care and reduce budgets every year and then hold staff to those budgets.
    * Office politics
    * It feels like a pretty thankless job

    Advice to Management

    Relieve pressure on staff by staffing engagements appropriately and increasing unattainable budgets.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to start, but probably not a life-long career."

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    Current Employee - Audit Senior Assistant in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Audit Senior Assistant in Portland, OR
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of good training and exposure to many industries and different businesses. Easy to transfer to certain locations. So far my time on the west coast seems a little more laid back than the east coast however I have yet to go through a busy season.

    Cons

    We are salaried and are not paid enough for the hours we work in busy season--probably my biggest issue with the job is the salary. The self evaluations are probably the most annoying thing to complete and seem like a waste of time.


  7. "Overall positive, but very Machiavellian"

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    Current Employee - Manager in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Manager in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Deloitte full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Lots of opportunity to develop yourself (skills, etc.), move laterally, work on 'headline' projects

    Cons

    You are the resource (it's a people business) which can be unsettling, you will have to travel (which doesn't work with kids).

    Advice to Management

    Fix the eval process to reduce favoritism; it suffers from compartmentalized myopia.

  8. Helpful (4)

    "Deloitte Portland offers an international firm with a local firm feel"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Deloitte full-time

    Pros

    Great people, work-hard play-hard mentality, high potential for learning, great opportunities, wonderful Partners and Managers who listen to staff, wonderful vacation time

    Cons

    Long hours, competitive "market" wage

    Advice to Management

    Keep listening to staff


  9. Helpful (1)

    "New Hire"

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    Current Employee - Audit Assistant in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Audit Assistant in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Vacation time is a great benefit

    Cons

    Hours worked per week are very high for pay


  10. "Great resume booster"

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    Current Employee - Tax Senior Associate in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Tax Senior Associate in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - High potential for learning tax technical skills
    - Exposure to large companies in need of sophisticated tax planning
    - Strong name for resume
    - Great networking contacts

    Cons

    - Pay is not commensurate with opportunties at other companies/firms, especially when number of hours are factored in

    Advice to Management

    - Leadership at Deloitte tends to be fairly strong; however, retention is difficult due to long hours and pay that is not competitive


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