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Updated May 16, 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. "Review"

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    Current Employee - Senior Administrative Assistant in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Administrative Assistant in Arlington, VA

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

    Pros

    Benefits, decent compensation, location, and young workforce

    Cons

    Not a lot of upward movement available, promote based off of tenure not skills, can be toxic working environment, favoritism

    Advice to Management

    Tenure is important, but not as important as creating a healthy work environment and having the correct skills to manage.


  2. "Manager, S&O"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Manager in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Opportunity to work with multiple clients, Good network, Excellent peer group, Good perks (e.g. 4 month paternity leave)

    Cons

    Travel, Poor work-life balance, Skewed towards implementation work


  3. "Good Start for Entry Level"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Specialist Master in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Specialist Master in Washington, DC
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    inexperienced team members get exposed to many parts of project management
    work with generally smart people

    Cons

    at executive level, managing extra curriculars is like having a demanding part time job
    going from one project to another is completely based on relationships


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  5. Helpful (2)

    "Great career development but watch your back."

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    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Arlington, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Deloitte offers its employees great career development opportunities, including many resources to teach you to be everything you can be.

    Cons

    You will find yourself swimming in what I think of as shark-infested waters, with few you can trust. There are multiple parallel efforts going on due to competition.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "A very mixed bag"

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    Current Employee - Consultant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Consultant in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    5 weeks PTO, 16 weeks family leave; opportunities for broad exposure; generally intelligent, considerate, and committed peers.

    Cons

    - Very much a "look at me" culture.
    - If you don't kiss up (*ahem* - "network/show your brand"), then no one at Senior Manager or Principal/Managing Director cares about you except as you affect their bottom line.
    - The combination of the two above results in some relatively incompetent self-promoters who promote quickly.
    - The firm considers "leadership" to be a combination of bringing in more money/managing more revenue with going through the motions of expected management practices.
    - Disingenuous salesman-y managers, senior managers, and principals/directors generally means unpleasant work for the people who actually have to do it.

    Advice to Management

    Create more robust mechanisms for upward feedback.


  7. "Typical Corporate America"

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    Current Employee - Consultant in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Consultant in Arlington, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Competitive pay, great benefits, projects allow independence at a low level

    Cons

    Male dominated leadership, internal client work glorified over client work, long hours, very project specific


  8. "Senior Manager"

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    Former Employee - Senior Program Manager in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Senior Program Manager in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Collaborative work environment, innovative culture, good client relationships, excellent place to learn teh consulting ropes

    Cons

    Partner culture is hierarchical and very incsetuous since it is self selected

    Advice to Management

    Need to change the promotion criteria so that personality and cultural diversity can co-exist with partner culture


  9. Helpful (5)

    "Smart, hardworking colleagues, not meaningful work"

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    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Arlington, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Deloitte provides myriad opportunities to gain business and project management skills that can be applied in many industries. My colleagues were incredibly hard working, smart, sharp people. Although I think that women and minorities are at a disadvantage in every organization, Deloitte is much more forward-thinking than many in terms of social and gender equity. Leadership has also allowed people to have more relaxed dress codes when possible and encouraged shorter meetings. The health insurance is fantastic and there is an excellent family leave policy, plus a health and fitness subsidy, a corporate card you are encouraged to use for work happy hours, and discounts from a bunch of vendors.

    Cons

    One of the biggest issues is that the onus of finding a project is on the individual junior practitioner, but the availability of projects is determined by the competence of leadership - so when people are "on the bench," it's not necessarily because they are turning down opportunities, but the performance model punishes people for things that are often outside their control. In the Federal practice, the projects tend to be very long and not particularly fulfilling. Despite the adage that "you own your career," you don't. You often can't roll off projects because it's more important to provide a consistent experience for clients. Despite the message from leadership to value a diversity of educational backgrounds, MBAs are paid significantly more than people with other masters or even doctorate degrees. Vacation days are extremely generous, but it's an empty benefit because utilization metrics are too high to allow you to take days off. The 401K matching is low (maximum is 1.5% of salary) and it takes 4 years to vest. There is a lot of what feels like busywork - internal projects that never go anywhere, proposals that get abandoned or are lost, coffee meetings that keep getting postponed. Organizationally, it felt like the loudest voice in the room always wins - it's not a place for introverts. It's also hard to figure out what exactly anyone does, because there's a lot of consultanese and self-promotion. Although the Federal practice is supposed to be less demanding than Commercial, I routinely worked 50-60 hour weeks.

    Advice to Management

    Continue improving transparency: ensure consistency in pay scales, that pay scales for different levels don't overlap, and have open conversations about the realities and expectations for projects. Reward people for what they actually do and how their expertise wins work, especially when it's something different than an MBA.


  10. "Consultant"

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    Current Employee - Consultant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Consultant in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    flexibility, PTO, great perks, opportunity

    Cons

    glass ceiling, very competitive, expectation to work long hours


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Poor work-life balance"

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    Current Employee - Human Capital Consultant in Rosslyn, VA
    Current Employee - Human Capital Consultant in Rosslyn, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Phenomenal place to launch your career! Deloitte's internal learning programs enable practitioners to gain the knowledge and skills needed to outperform other consulting firms.

    Cons

    Poor work-life balance. Deloitte works better for those who are single with no children. Aside from client work, you're also expected to contribute to internal initiatives to advance the firm's capability offerings. This is where practitioners become drained and burned out.

    Advice to Management

    Hire technical writers to write proposals. Practitioners do not have enough proposal writing skills nor time. This why the proposal process often becomes a glorified editing experience.


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