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Updated May 20, 2017
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Pros
  • Awesome Firm to work for with good work/life balance (in 1130 reviews)

  • fantastic place to start / grow your career (in 400 reviews)

Cons
  • Average Work life balance for all (in 3075 reviews)

  • Lot of politics no work life balance (in 620 reviews)

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  1. "Senior Consultant"

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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

    Pros

    Flexibility, Perks, Steady Opportunity Growth,

    Cons

    Hours, Work Load, Time, Travel


  2. Helpful (3)

    "A terrible place for consumer-facing digital innovation"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  3. "Great First Job"

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    • 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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  5. Helpful (2)

    "Consultant"

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

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

    Pros

    Expense everything, earn miles, lots of coworkers to meet.

    Cons

    Long hours for no reason, low pay relative to similar positions, extremely low learning potential at work.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Strategy and Operations Consultant"

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    Current Employee - Consultant in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Consultant in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    +large amount of PTO
    +work from home on Fridays
    +career "accelerator" before you go back to industry

    Cons

    -below market compensation
    -high burn out rate, minimum of 45 work weeks with avg about 60-65
    -traveling every monday to thursday

    Advice to Management

    -hold senior managers accountable for implementing F&P instead of just saying it
    -crediting ppl PTO hours if working weekends
    -dont tell your ppl to eat hours


  7. "Senior Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Deloitte full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Steady career growth
    Surrounded by smart people
    Challenging projects

    Cons

    Hard to manage work/life balance
    Hard to switch out of the profession at that level
    Pressure on sales

    Advice to Management

    Implement better resource management practices
    Automate remaining manual processes


  8. "Great company to begin your career"

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    Former Employee - Audit Senior Associate in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Audit Senior Associate in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    They provide a lot of technical training and there are many great opportunities to grow. Many extremely intelligent, motivated, fun colleagues.

    Cons

    Work-life balance is poor.

    Advice to Management

    Improve work-life balance and provide recognition or appreciation for over time work.


  9. "For me, the PROS = CONS"

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    Former Employee - Audit Senior in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Audit Senior in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great place to start career; Great health benefits and perks; 5 weeks of PTO to start; Most importantly, surrounded by smart individuals

    Cons

    Terrible work/life balance (depending on your client, which is luck of the draw); Lack of transparency in annual reviews (back when they used to do them);

    Advice to Management

    Really take notice of your staff's emotional state and take time to help if you see fit. Take care of your best and brightest.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Work Life Balance is a Talking Point, Not Taken Seriously"

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    Current Employee - Human Capital Consultant in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Human Capital Consultant in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very sharp and engaging people who take the work seriously and lead the industry in client delivery. What feels like unlimited resources and is a fantastic addition to the resume in terms of experience.

    Cons

    -Work Life Balance: Spoken of as a "priority" and major initiative, however nothing is established to ensure PPDs and Managers are adhering to this initiative. They say career, the expectation is a lifestyle. Get ready for your personal life to suffer, dramatically.
    -"Ghosting" Hours: Get Ready. You are going to be expected to bill 45 hours and work 70. Managers manipulate their team with scare tactics by "asking" members not to bill over 45 and if they need to, come talk to them about shifting the work load. This is a clever tactic as EVERYONE is ALWAYS working more than 45 and if you are the one raising the issue, you become the problem child.
    -Overvalues MBAs: Look, I see the value and am totally on-board with the level of practitioner you get from hiring an MBA grad ... However, Deloitte Consulting WAY overvalues MBAs by hiring them as Senior Consultants, and placing them in Supervisor and Managerial positions at a young age, with very little management and critical decision making experience. In addition, they are compensated about 20% above what "traditional" analysts-senior consultants career path practitioners are compensated, when they have about an 1/16th of the experience.
    -Politics: Posturing and positioning for the sake of promotion is the name of the game. You'll find people to often be very disingenuous and inauthentic. Overly aware of who is in the room, and over the top politically correct. Conversations are so "buzz" wordy and peacock driven its borderline vomit inducing.
    -Below Average Compensation: Outside of Senior Consultants (MBA hires) and above, you will make well below industry average. In fact, Analysts and Consultants are usually 10-15k below market value. There's a reason for this > SEE TURNOVER in Junior Staff Positions (IF curious as to why high turnover in Junior Staff Positions, refer back to the top of cons list)

    Advice to Management

    We all know its cheaper to retain talent. Do more to make this happen, especially at the Junior ranks. Make work life balance a reality, actions speak louder than words. Implement measures and policies that track this.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "manager"

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

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

    Pros

    good experience in multiple dimensions

    Cons

    long hours and limited flexibility

    Advice to Management

    more flexibility


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