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Updated June 21, 2017
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  1. "Average"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Reconciliation Administrator in London, England (UK)
    Former Contractor - Reconciliation Administrator in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Deloitte as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    It was a quick process. allied through milkround and was invited for an assessment centre a week later. we only had, maths test and telephone role playing. It was short and simple

    Cons

    You have to learn fast or else they would terminate your contract.
    The pay was always delayed which made things hard for those that had relocated.

    Advice to Management

    None that i could think of


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Good place to start"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assistant Manager in Aberdeen, Scotland (UK)
    Current Employee - Assistant Manager in Aberdeen, Scotland (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent place to start with good resources
    Good progression
    Ambitious people who add value and act as good mentors
    Proactive in adopting new techniques & technologies

    Cons

    Expectations and culture of working long hours
    High turnover of staff

    Advice to Management

    Plan projects with better foresight & adjust expectations for how long projects take.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Good to have on your CV but don't stay here"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Deloitte is a brand and has a great reputation - it is a foot in the door into whatever area you want to specialize in and into career wise.

    Cons

    Deloitte is a consultancy practice and so naturally this means going out onto client site and projects, however you will not always be given the opportunity as people may get picked over you or resourcing requirements are strained. The opportunity to grow yourself in terms of SME, project management and other career skills is very limited. You are seen as a number and a rate card and that's pretty much it. Once in a while you will find a gem of a manager who will invest time and knowledge into you, but it is very rare. Most of the time when you go onto project you're thrown into tasks without proper explanation or teaching because management want it done as quickly as possible to get the best margins for the client, and a lot of the work is very monotonous and lacks any thinking on your part. Another thing which I know many people have experienced (from assistant manager grade down to associate), is senior staff blaming junior staff for errors so that they're reputation/brand doesn't get tainted, and the junior staff's career can be very negatively impacted. I know people who've moved team because of this, when really senior management actually messed up on project themselves or gave a task that was too complex for junior staff, didn't explain clearly or didn't check the work. There is a lot of bs and internal politics, and they market themselves as being all about team work and creativity but it is completely not true. Most people are out for themselves and their own career, and I've seen many situations where people have been thrown under the bus. You constantly have to watch your back. It's also quite well known that they under-pay, and that they have a high staff turnover rate but they supplement this with new grads just coming in as cannon fodder.

    Advice to Management

    Have more oversight.


  4. "Great Opportunities (If You Know The Right People...)"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Risk Advisory Senior Manager in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Risk Advisory Senior Manager in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Opportunities for global deployment. It will be interesting to see how the combination of several Member Firms into Deloitte North West Europe pans out.

    Cons

    Very political environment, senior promotions are made to those that are in with the right people, rather than possessing the appropriate skills and knowledge.

    Advice to Management

    Since working in the London office, I have really struggled to find Partners that will sit and talk to me about my career aspirations, it's all about work for them and not about getting to know the people that are working hard for them.


  5. "Helpful, supportive team-members"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    I work in the Risk Analytics team within the Risk Advisory service line. The people are almost without exception smart, hard-working, and friendly. Everyone is generous with their time and goes out of their way to be helpful. There is also encouragement to take risks, which creates an entrepreneurial culture.

    Some of the work can be very interesting, and there is a lot of variety and scope to try different things.

    Cons

    The biggest con I have found is that sometimes you are stuck on a boring project for an extended period of time, or are placed on projects that do not align with your interests or skills.

    Advice to Management

    Accelerate the trend to move away from T&M-based projects by reducing utilisation targets in order to allow creation of innovative PoCs and the development of managed solutions rather than bespoke projects.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Good"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Analyst in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Analyst in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Opportunities for career development
    Friendly people
    Interesting work - both in variety and in nature
    Global opportunities
    Good brand image

    Cons

    Inconsistent hours
    Nature of work means not so much consistency in location, people you work with and so on
    Little bonus


  7. Helpful (10)

    "Disrespectful environment, poor performance mgmt"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - high profile clients and projects with some interesting problems to solve
    - very social environment with a variety of projects
    - work life balance in general ok for consulting
    - life is very good as analyst/ consultant level with all the perks and less demanding expectations
    - because it's so big you definitely will meet some exceptional people who mentors you and helps you grow
    - free phone with latest model, upgraded every 3 years. Working technology in general above expectation. Good travel policy.

    Cons

    - Your experience is coincidental, can be extremely good or bad depending on people you work with. There is a lack of consistency of quality of people. To be fair 60% of projects are good experience but unfortunately it's the 40% that stinks and sticks.
    - Shocked by the lack of integrity of some colleagues, especially some people in leadership position - integrity and respect is not something highly valued by the company. Backstabbing is completely ok - it's an unspoken norm to climb up. HR is powerless and everything is down to Partners. Can't take it? Too bad - who ask you to be so weak?
    - Very hierarchical. There is no formal upward feedback. As long as seniors/ partners like you, you can abuse people under you with no consequence whatsoever. Certain managers only 'command' people and don't do any real work. Politics and sales take so much of their time that they forget what managing and coaching people mean.
    - Project work doesn't really differentiate performances - it's all about internal work and who you know. Certain leaders are not inclusive at all and only work with a small cluster of people. Even with new staffing tool, the process is still primarily relationship driven. Project opportunities may not open to you even though you have the most suitable skills.
    - Performance review is all about finding faults and imperfections about you rather than strength based. It is extremely subjective. Within 10mins a few partners who you probably never get a chance to work during the year define who you are and what bonus you are getting. Most people to them are just a number on a spreadsheet. There is no formal appeal process. You want to appeal? Be ready to hear how people lie, back stab, rip you apart and put a magnifying glass on your imperfections. It’s eye-opening how anecdotes can apparently paint a picture of you that’s unfamiliar to yourself or anyone who actually knows about you.
    - Lack of innovation. It's all about best practices and checking with experts. Original insights and innovative ideas are not rewarded because the firm is so risk focused. Not adding value to clients? Who cares?! As long as you are bringing revenue.

    Advice to Management

    Put down the arrogance and be respectful to employee.
    Sort out performance management.
    There are lot of really good people, however it's always the few bad ones that destroy a company's culture, value and reputation. Sad to see some of these people are promoted to senior/ leadership positions and make integrity and respect a joke.
    There has to be formal 360 degree feedback for managers and above, that is taken seriously and has compensation impact!!!

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Senior Consultant, Risk Advisory"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    There is a huge emphasis on work/life balance at Deloitte. You are able to manage your own time and they are largely flexible on holiday timings (depending on your service line). They have been incredibly empathetic during times of need, such as family emergencies.

    Cons

    You don't get anything unless you ask for it and your career progression goals can be overlooked entirely unless you pipe up.

    Salaries slow in mid management level. You either stick it out go big, or go home after 3 years.

    Advice to Management

    Take more of an interest in staff retention, I know numerous people who have quit Deloitte out of protest because they were under too much pressure from unrealistic working commitments.


  9. "Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Deloitte full-time

    Pros

    Great opportunity to work at different clients, traveling, benefits, interesting work, pensions. A global company with opportunities in different countries

    Cons

    The bonuses are small and do not reflect the hard work that is required throughout the year. Projects can be hit or miss.


  10. "Risk Advisory"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Risk Advisory in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Risk Advisory in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Lots of exposure to clients

    Cons

    Is quite cliquey
    Your expected to work very hard

    Advice to Management

    Recognise quieter staff


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