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Updated July 10, 2017
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  • Great work life balance across the board (in 1177 reviews)

  • fantastic place to start / grow your career (in 412 reviews)

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  1. "Pioneer Intern"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Pioneer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Intern - Pioneer in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Deloitte really invests in the personal development of its Pioneer (freshman) interns and ensures that the national trainings (held in Atlanta and Dallas in my case) promote skills such as leadership, public speaking, networking, and team collaboration.

    Cons

    There is not much technical knowledge exposure since as a freshman intern not much is expected. However, in the eyes of many, this could certainly be a Pro since you're essentially getting paid to network.

    Advice to Management

    Although I have nothing but great things to say about this internship, I would advice making it longer than six weeks (its current duration) and paying slightly more.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Great Opportunities (and Great Challenges) of working at a large complex organization"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    People - I've worked at Deloitte for 4+ years and have worked with some incredibly smart, hard-working, driven and collaborative individuals. Moreover, there are very few people that I've met who I didn't like or who I think poorly of.

    Clients - Work with some of the biggest and most notable companies in the world.

    Learning & Development - There are lots of opportunities to learn and develop your skills and your craft. As others have alluded to, Deloitte University is an incredible investment and asset, but more than anything anytime you have to solve a problem or challenge there are lots of resources at your disposal to go and do that. Finally while there are formal learnings and trainings, it ultimately is what you make of it, and because of the resources of a big company if you're really trying to learn and grow your skills you can really do a ton of that here.

    Initiative-Driven Culture - If you are someone who takes the initiative you can really go far here. If you want to start something or do something as long as you can make a business case for why you should do it and find people to help you then you can make it happen.

    Benefits - I think the benefits here are pretty good. 401K, Health and Wellness Subsidy, Health Plans (multiple options, you choose what's best for you) from what I can gather one of the better paternity/maternity benefits in the U.S. Generous PTO packages (although it can be challenging to use it all if you work in client service) They also have a Leave of Absence Program

    Cons

    Work-Life Balance - This is not a con of necessarily Deloitte, but rather, the field of management consulting and client service. Depending on your client and project the hours can be long, the travel can be difficult and unrelenting.

    Staffing - This is hit or miss, and somewhat depending on your service area and service line, but when it comes down to it you're going to get staffed on either A) things that the Partners and Senior Managers sell to clients or B) whatever is available at any given point in time when you are looking for a gig. Hopefully that aligns with your interest and skillset but it doesn't always happen. Also, some areas can be somewhat stingy about trying to staff you on an engagement that falls outside of the group you in, which somewhat feels like you have no control over the direction of your career, and goes somewhat against their mantra of "you own your career." As such, I would be very thoughtful and careful as you think about what kind of work you want to do.

    Politics - Deloitte has all the same kinds of politics that happen at any large complex organization. I've seen people who were supposed to get promoted get it nixed, people who had the green light to transfer to a different group only to get it taken away, people fight over staffing specific people without taking what they want into consideration, and pretty much about anything else you can imagine. This is what happens and it's hard to avoid it in any organization but it definitely exists. Also, since Deloitte is a partnership, partners can kind of do what they want, and as a result, you get these fiefdoms and kingdoms which kind of pop up.

    Doing Excellent Client work is not enough - If you want to just do great client work you'll do fine but never really advance. At the end of the day, you not only need to do that, but also do firm development work (proposal work, business development work, recruiting, firm building activities) and those who basically overextend themselves and do the most work are the ones who get ahead. Now, the firm has done more to focus on quality over quantity especially at the more junior levels (attrition became a problem) but at the end of the day it still rewards those who really extend themselves and take on a significant amount of extra work, which obviously cuts into your work-life balance.

    Advice to Management

    Deloitte has all the benefits and challenges of being a global management consulting firm. Like any company (and especially with a really large one) your mileage may vary, but overall I have had a positive experience here but still filled with plenty of frustrating and maddening moments. I've certainly struggled at times with the work-life balance, feeling of lack of control, and just general issues with being in client service but overall feel like the experiences I've gotten out of this outweigh the negatives.

    For management:
    1. Keep thinking about how you are going to compete over the next 1-3-5 years, for both talent and clients
    2. Figure out your recruiting message across consulting within all the service areas.
    3. Do more to really actually create consistency and alignment when you go to market for recruiting and for clients. Its stupid that we have so many different fiefdoms and kingdoms doing the same thing just branded different. Get partners to put aside their pride and do what's best for the company or you're going to face constant rebrands and reorgs.
    4. Do more to identify high performers who are falling through the cracks. This is hard, but it happens, and you lose good talent more than you should because of this.

  3. "overall good place to work"

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    Current Employee - Analyst in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Analyst in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    ownership of your own career

    Cons

    work life balance needs to improve

    Advice to Management

    n/a


  4. "CONSULTANT"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Consultant in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Consultant in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    a lot of learning, speed in the promotions, exposure to many different industries

    Cons

    a lot of work, you have to be detail and number oriented


  5. "250+ Travel Days a year"

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    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Travel - Get to go to cool places
    Decent Pay

    Cons

    -Travel 250+ days a year
    -Massive company, easy to get lost in the fray


  6. "Great place to work"

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    Former Employee - Consultant in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Consultant in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Big company with lots of connections

    Cons

    Lots of administrative work every week

    Advice to Management

    Improve internal tools


  7. Helpful (5)

    "A great place to start for tech consulting"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    1. Pay increases. This is dependent on ratings but if you get a 1 or 2 you get 10-20% per year. I have been through 4 performance reviews and my salary has gone up from 75k to 120k. You wont get a jump like this anywhere else
    2. Growth. There is ALWAYS a path to the next level. It never takes more than 2-3 years to get to the next level. Management has to give you a reason to NOT promote you and not the other way round (which is what happens in industry)
    3. Good projects and a lot of leadership opportunity. You really DO OWN your own career. You can work in a variety of roles, industries, clients. If there is a project you want to do in the tech consulting, it probably exists in Deloitte
    4. Add Ons. Deloitte is not a cheap firm. You get reimbursed for your fitness expenses, multiple lavish get togethers, happy hours and parties, the expense policy is not restrictive by any means. The vacation policy is also amazing- 5 weeks!
    5. Flexibility. Deloitte is focusing a lot more on flexibility, Tuesday- Thursday travel weeks, a lot of work from home, a lot of remote time. I have mostly worked remote with occasional travel for 4 years
    6. Work life balance. There are crazy busy times, that is to be expected, but its cyclic. I have worked until 5 am and 18 hour days for a few weeks but I have got a chance to relax at home for a few weeks as well. There is definitely a balance
    7. Grad school assistance program. Deloitte offers to repay the whole cost of an MBA to eligible employees who joined as BTAs. This is a huge plus given how it costs an arm and a leg to get an MBA. The only catch is that you have to come back and work at Deloitte full time for 2 years.

    Cons

    1. When they say you OWN your own career, they mean it. So its up to you to fight (and sometimes HARD) for what you want. This can be sometimes frustrating because there is a real range in projects and some of the longer engagements can be more like support projects with no real consulting. Its hard to get off those
    2. Bonuses are low. BTAs do not get bonuses and at the C and SC level bonuses are low. They especially not compare to the pay you get in the SF bay area and NY. Living in SF, if I had a family, I would be literally considered low income with my pay!
    3. Bad Apples and poor experienced hire recruiting. Although campus recruiting from MBA, grad school and undergrad selects the top notch candidates, I am not sure what happens at the experienced hire level. Suddenly the quality drops exponentially. The firm hires from campus to build those candidates into future leaders, but no one stays due to all of the other reasons (pay, getting stuck in bad projects, grad school etc). Over 90% of my start class has quit the firm and most people who go to grad school through Deloitte also quit as soon as their 2 year commitment is up . So that strategy clearly isnt working and the firm is mostly left with sub par experienced hires from industry. That is not to say that the current leadership is not good, they are excellent but a lot of them are old campus hires who stayed but that is not happening anymore, which makes me question the future of the practice.
    4. Travel. This is true for all of consulting but it gets old quick. There are a lot of projects that offer flex options like remote weeks and limited travel but there are still a fair number of projects that still require you to be onsite Monday to Thursday and some even until Friday. If you get stuck on one of those, its pretty exhausting after a while

    Advice to Management

    You should look into why all your campus hires tend to leave the firm. You should also look into improving bonuses.

  8. "Good Company, no work-life balance"

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    Current Employee - Tax Consultant in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Tax Consultant in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Great place to network and gain experience
    - Great stepping stone

    Cons

    - No work-life balance
    - Work is 70+ hours a week during busy season
    - Low salary compare to other big 4

    Advice to Management

    - Try to keep current talent, too much turn-over


  9. Helpful (5)

    "A terrible place for consumer-facing digital innovation"

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    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    There are some really smart and kind people at Deloitte. These people do some difficult and worthwhile work. Deloitte delivers a lot of value for a lot of people, and some people can make a great career here.

    Cons

    This is a terrible place to work if you want to make innovative, compelling, consumer-facing web or mobile experiences. If you are a developer or designer who wants to work on leading edge experiences, do not come here! It is nothing like leading digital agencies (e.g. AKQA, Razorfish, R/GA etc...). Deloitte Digital is just a rebranding of the old, vanilla enterprise tech consulting services Deloitte has always provided.

    Most of the work Deloitte is involved in tech wise is extremely vanilla and not at all innovative (i.e. call them if you need an Oracle or SAP package architected and configured, nothing else). There are very few US-based engineers who actually get their hands dirty, and very few designers. US-based folks with engineering backgrounds are powerpoint deck makers and project managers.

    Deloitte will put any warm body on any project (it doesn't matter if you're a front-end developer, you might end up leading a QA team for an Oracle financials implementation, or writing status reports for a client's PMO office).

    Selling work is everything at Deloitte, and as a result they often present people to clients as experts who are not even remotely experts (e.g. have never used the technology, have never designed or built anything).

    Deloitte leans a lot on their IP. Most of their work products are PPT decks modeled on other (often poorly understood/contextualized) PPT decks. Sometimes, entire projects are run by someone with very little or any experience with the process or knowledge domain, based on a set of deliverable templates created years ago.

    Deloitte is also a place where charming sociopaths (who present a great face upwards to their managers, but make their direct reports lives hell through ambiguity and incompetence) can thrive.

    Deloitte operates on a 'farm team' model, value extraction at its maximum. They recruit a bunch of smart, insecure, ambitious young people each year, get the most they can out of them by treating them as endless fountains of cheap (to Deloitte,) billable hours, and the ones that don't wash out after a couple years, rise through the ranks to extract value from the next generation.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Great First Job"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - ERS in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - ERS in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great place to start your career. Lots of exposure to different clients, industries, personalities, responsibilities

    Cons

    pay is not the best given the amount of work put in. You have to get lucky in being aligned with a good team, management, and projects that you click with in order to stay happy.

    Advice to Management

    conduct more technical skill training and offer more broadly


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