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Updated June 26, 2017
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  • Work life balance is challenging like most consulting companies (in 3135 reviews)

  • No work-life balance during busy season (in 628 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (8)

    "Sounds better than it is."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    First job out of college - it gets to exposure to different industries and the corporate world. It also pays well if you're a humanities major. If you're a technical major, go get another job - they don't pay enough here for the hours that you'll be working (50-70 per week). But if you like to talk a lot and have really great people skills, you'll fit in. If you like substance and being in charge of your work, this isn't the place.

    Cons

    Analysts - Sen. Consultants are from top-tier universityes. Managers and above are old-timers from industry from community colleges. So you have these kind of people managing bring new graduates. Another downside is the micromanagement. Since you're on billable hours, you don't get to take an hour lunch if your manager is working 12 inches away from you crammed into a work station. Basically, you're under a microscope the entire time.

    Advice to Management

    Allow analysts to lead projects.


  2. Helpful (11)

    "Working at Deloitte isn't a job it's a punishment"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Reputation, brand, regular training, staff is talented, nice offices, project can be decent but that is highly variable depending on the engagement. I chose Deloitte because they were supposedly experts in the field and industry i'm in. I have an MBA from a top 5 school and another Masters and trust me, I was excited to join a consulting firm with a good rep. It is not what it is cracked up to be. I went into this with no expectations but after you've seen what I have, there is no wonder that the attrition rate at this firm along with many others is something over 25% every year. People get smart and move into other industries and functions.

    Cons

    Worst management teams in industry. Poor training, poor communications, no respect, no support, no accolades for good work. The hours are really long and the travel is really tough. I had clients coast to coast. If you think this is exciting like I did before, let me tell you it gets old really quick. In terms of career growth, you basically have to kiss a bunch of butt and take a lot of crap from horrible managers to move up. I saw some really talented, bright, and hard working managers get kicked out or go for years without promotion because they did not go through the political BS.

    Advice to Management

    Move to another country

  3. Helpful (5)

    "AVOID for experienced professionals, company will lose substantial business in the long run."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    To start a career, its a good place - the pay is good too.
    As an experienced professional - AVOID !!! You will not go anywhere within the firm...!

    Cons

    - The performance review process is completely absurd and not trustworthy at all.
    - The skills of individuals are less important than networking.
    - Way behind in technology skills compared to its peers.

    Advice to Management

    - Be rational to every employee.
    - Treat Senior employees with respect, and value their opinions, instead of feeling threatened by them !!!


  4. Helpful (5)

    "Deloitte - Great Place to Advance Your Career, Horrible Place to Maintain a Life"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The best reasons to work at Deloitte include:
    - Great reputation when applying for a different job
    - Salary is competitive, especially out of college

    Cons

    There are many downsides of Deloitte:
    - Work/Life balance is not promoted, you must fight for it
    - There is no sense of team atmosphere; people look out for themselves
    - The firm is very disorganized in planning engagement and evaluating personnel
    - Partners and Senior management are not aware of the feel/atmosphere of the company and therefore do nothing to fix it
    - Firm has refocused itself on tracking its employees, not for the benefit of rewarding, but rather to punish

    Advice to Management

    Senior management should take into acount the atmosphere of the firm and work on fixing it. The low morale of the company is not due to the economic downturn, but rather the horrible way the company is currently run.


  5. Helpful (6)

    "Read the fine print before signing on your Deloitte offer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Manager in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    If you are single, travel to places on company's dime. Good learning experience across the industries if that is what you want to gather. While working at Deloitte, you will certainly improve your communication and presentation skills. Even if you don't want, you will start to focus on attention to details. You will also learn a lot about politics and yes on the real positives, you will gather problem-solving skills. Dealing with C-level executives is a farse but Deloitte would give you this kool-aid. If you are Manager or below, most likely you will be a one of the employees in the sweat shop.

    Cons

    Very political. People run over you to get ahead. Partners are like GODs. A culture that encourages sycophancy. Long hours with no return on pay. The worst is the bonus at the end of the year. If any analytical mind calculates the bonus, it will hardly come out to be 5 bucks a day after tax on an average. A person has to give up a lot to just retain a Deloitte job - travel + office politics + partner boot licking + networking + project pressure + multiple performance appraisals. At the end of the year, folks are going to take less than a minute to analyze your performance. Thats what you get. Some folks are so not interested in your career development. Very selfish and self-centered cutlure.

    Advice to Management

    Wake up and look at your employees with a humane face, not just for filling your bank accounts.


  6. Helpful (6)

    "Deloitte's Working Environment in Sharp Decline due to Bad Leadership and Lack of Loyalty"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Work/Life balance is acceptable at Deloitte. It is probably the only positive aspect of Deloitte at this time. A year or two back, Deloitte was a great place to work. However, it is no longer respectful of the efforts of its employees, and has become far more secretive in its selection of individuals for layoffs, and there are definitive cliques that if you belong, great; if not, too bad for you.

    Cons

    Very poor leadership team; many incompetents rise to levels beyond their abilities; recognition and performance evaluations are extremely subjective; highly political atmosphere; environment not conducive to working together and collaborating on such things as sales pursuits; rewarded only for utilization while nothing else is taken into account.

    Advice to Management

    go back to kindergarten and learn how to work well with others, appreciate loyalty, honesty, and integrity in your employees, and re-learn what it means to be fair and just.


  7. Helpful (5)

    "Think Twice Before this Sacrifice"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The current list of projects and the partner network, thanks to its Audit arm.
    Nothing good about it

    Cons

    Bureaucracy
    Lots of politics
    Cutthroat employees
    No respect for colleagues
    Bad Performance management system
    No work life balance, people work 60hrs week and still don't get honest ratings
    No concept of Candor communication

    Advice to Management

    Focus on understanding and learning your people as well as client needs

  8. Helpful (11)

    "Deloitte - Give It 2 Years And Get Out!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Manager in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    As other folks have mentioned, it's a good resume builder, particularly if you are a CPA. I worked for Deloitte for 8 years in various professional services management roles within management/strategy consulting, technology and financial advisory services. The staff you'll work with are absolutely great. Smart, mostly good-natured, team-oriented.

    Cons

    Wow, where to begin. There are so many. As someone else suggested, if you can go in with a firm plan to only remain there 2 years, then definitely do it. Lifestyle is pretty poor. You will work many hours to be viewed as a 'team player'. They WILL pay you well for it. And chances are 2 years will slip by and you'll still be there, cursing yourself for your love of the money.

    The marketing department is a world onto itself. It seems to spend all day generating glossy e-brochures we'd get telling us how great work/life balance is (maybe it is for them, but not for the rest of us). The partners don't read or follow this stuff.

    Utilization is king. If you aren't busy on a billable engagement, no one cares what you bring to the table. Seriously, it is irrelevant.

    Partners are solely about profit. To the point when times get tough, they immediately move to layoff their talent. Keep in mind, this is professional services, so they're laying off the folks they'll need when the goodtimes return. I wish I had left this firm after 2-3 years. I made good money, got the promotions, yadda yadda. But there is a limited return on your level of effort. The consulting work is definitely 'generalist' and constantly changing. You don't get some amazing skillset that makes you irreplaceble. And the partnership overhypes their staff talent to clients to justify an average billing rate in the $500's. I mean, would you pay $20K a week for some college kid or MBA who didn't know your industry and the particular problem at hand thoroughly? Of course not. And so, you are stuck in the middle between unreasonable (but understandable) client expectations and a partnership which just wants it done well enough to collect receipts.

    Advice to Management

    None. Human nature and institutional arrogance means they would never take any.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Get out while you can!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Manager in Philadelphia, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Not very many. Compensation is fair, work life balance can be better than at other Big Four Firms. There are many highly intelligent people, and if you get in with the right team, you can do very well.

    Cons

    Our leadership is a disaster. They are incompetent and have the worst communication skills. There is a great deal of overlap in service lines, which leads to in-fighting for clients and projects. Bonuses are not in line with competitor firms. There can be a great deal of travel based on your service line. Local markets are no developed, and the right people are not in charge. Management in my group is ineffective and incapable of developing a strong practice.

    Advice to Management

    Not much - there is very little that could actually change.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "If You Are Selling Deloitte's Service - Start Licking as Many Boots as You Can Fit Into Your 60 Hour Week!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Business Development Executive in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Business Development Executive in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    First, I want to say I worked in Sales, selling Deloitte's professional services. I was not on the Accounting Audit side of the house. So my comments are reserved to that area of the firm alone.

    Best Reasons: Looks good on your resume. Best benefits of any company i have ever worked for. Any job is better than "no job" in this economy.

    Cons

    There is NO SALES CULTURE - PERIOD. The politics there are beyond anything you can imagine. And I have worked for other large cut throat companies. It is totally about WHO YOU KNOW - and has nothing to do with WHAT YOU KNOW. If you do not find a partner that serves as a benefactor of sorts - you are dead in the water. The EGO's of the Partners are indescribable. Honestly, after you learn what it takes to get to that level, you can better understand why they think they are GOD's.

    The entire sales management team - throughout all sides of the house - the entire organization is made up of 'lifers'. They have not personally been in front of a customer since 1983. The sale reps are made up of total SLACKERS who have the ultimate skill "tenure". They have tried to hire new blood but either they quit or one of the partners makes it their goal to get rid of them. It will NEVER CHANGE,. I worked there a year, and when I took the position two previous colleagues reminded me that they had worked there, both made it about 5 years. They quit because of the reasons above and the constant internal competition. That was when I knew I was in trouble. Both of these gentlemen had not been with the firm for over 10 years and every issue they described was still there and growing. I knew then, that things were never going to change.

    Your competition within the firm is 10 fold of what it is from any outside competitor. This competition includes numerous other sales reps, Sales Mangement does not have the "Guts" for lack of a better word to divide it up and take certain services out of the established reps bags. And the fierce competition continues with people who are not even in sales - their compensation plan has no provision for a commission., they have nothing to gain and absolutely needs the help of a true sales professional to win the deal but because many times they are on a partner track, they feel it is necessary to cut you and anyone else they can out so they can APPEAR TO HAVE MADE THE SALE all by themselves, thus receiving all the glory.

    Finally, if you are a CPA, hey, it may be the best place in the world to work. But trust me, if you are in sales you will hate it. You will work 50/60 hours per week and in the end you will not have accomplished much. One conference call after another, and an endless search for approvals, (even to make an initial call into an established account) you cannot 'sneeze' without getting approval from the partner on the account plus anyone else that has something to gain. As a salesperson, you are at the bottom of the barrel,. You will not be respected.

    Advice to Management

    You need to look at your sales organization and compare it to organizations that are known for their sales excellence, methodology and make changes. You could take baby steps, but you need to take some steps. I don't know anyone in the Sales Management Team that should be retained. Fire them all, hire sales executives who know how to develop a sales culture and implement a meaningful sales . Get rid of the 10, 15, 20 year slackers that have been just cashing a paycheck for years. Wake up - your sales group is pathetic.


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