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Updated July 20, 2017
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  • Great work life balance across the board (in 1182 reviews)

  • fantastic place to start / grow your career (in 415 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (4)

    "Typical public accounting firm"

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    Former Employee - Audit Staff in West McLean, VA
    Former Employee - Audit Staff in West McLean, VA
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Decent Pay but you work for it.

    Cons

    Long hours and you don't get to use all your time off.

    Advice to Management

    Less politics


  2. Helpful (7)

    "Cut-throat organization, don't turn your back for a second or you might have a bulls-eye on your back!"

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    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in McLean, VA
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in McLean, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Only good thing about Deloitte is the brand name.

    Cons

    Very cut-throat organization, placed on consulting projects not w/in interests

    Advice to Management

    none

  3. Helpful (7)

    "Make sure Your Mentor Is Invested in Your Success"

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    Former Employee - Senior Consulting Corporate & Competitive Strategy in McLean, VA
    Former Employee - Senior Consulting Corporate & Competitive Strategy in McLean, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Deloitte is a place you go if you think you're on a partner track. The second you realize that it's not a possibliity it's time to go.

    Cons

    Due to the fact they know it's a stepping stone for people for bigger and better things they pay slightly below market (although they'd say otherwise). Undestanding it's a place to enrich partners stop wasting so much money on conferences and pay people what they're worth.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on getting people staffed. Whether people are at Deloitte for a long or short time they all want to work very hard the majority of the time. Providing a multi step sales process (e.g. interview - sell oneself to Deloitte, get hired - continue selling ones self to get staffed) is an absolute joke. Once someone's on the payroll we should all be on the same team (e.g. maximize utiltization). That was not my experience at all.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Run like hell"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    I had a job
    my last day is/was soon

    Cons

    no diversity
    you have to attend happy hour at least 2 times a week to get noticed
    your project depends on your security clearance level, not your skillset

    Advice to Management

    Get some diversity at the top and stop recruiting these silly out of college kids with tattos everywhere to become managers


  5. Helpful (4)

    "No work/life balance = Unhappy employees"

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    Current Employee - Manager in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Manager in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    - Name recognition on the resume
    - Benefits
    - Good for developing entry level employees

    Cons

    - No work life balance
    - Minimum 60 hour work week
    - Unpredictable hours
    - Sweatshop mentality, all so that a rich partner/principle can get a little richer
    - Lauded work/life, womens' initiatives, etc. are just lip service'
    - Everyone is miserable

    I've worked at several different companies, and this has been the worst. I'm willing to work hard, I've always done well, but all I ask for is to be able to spend some time with my family.

    Advice to Management

    Quit treating employees like indentured servants. There's more to life than making a buck.


  6. Helpful (7)

    "Deloitte,The Good, the Bad, and the ....."

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    Current Employee - Manager in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Manager in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Big Four Brand Name
    Resume Builder
    Huge Training budget - so great place to obtain all your professional qualifications
    Opportunity to attend Industry Conferences etc.
    Opportunity to work on a variety of career enhancing projects.
    Opportunity to work with blue-chip clients and government agencies
    Challenging and Exciting work
    Extremely smart and capable colleagues

    Cons

    Many partners in the Federal Government Practice are very self-centered, and are primarily focused on personal success, rather than team success. Many expect junior practitioners to worship them, otherwise your chances of promotion are slim to none
    Wildly political, pathologically stressful, cut-throat environment. Partners of different divisions are always competing against each other.
    Many PPDs (Principals/Partners/Directors) do not respond to emails, are often economical with the truth, insincere in their interactions with staff.
    Promotion is relationship based, not metrics based. The political savvy tend to do very well in this environment, at the expense of the not too political savvy and possibly more deserving

    Advice to Management

    Promotion should be metrics based, not based on personal relationships with the Principal, Partner, Director group. Increase 360 degree feedback coverage for PPD group


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Not good......"

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    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Salary, Benefits and Vacation time is competitive with Industry. Depending on the project/staffing, you are allowed to take ample vacation time to re-energize.

    Cons

    Resource Management is the worst! They are supposed to be there to help you find new projects so you can keep your job but nobody helps; everything you do to get a new project is completely on who you know (Networking).

    Advice to Management

    Completely revamp Resource Management; they don't do anything to help people keep their jobs. The annual review system is also inadequate and needs to be dumped and redone. Counselors who are supposed to do your review don't know anything about your work and are only looking to save their jobs; creates a very negative environment.

  8. Helpful (7)

    "I do not like the culture. It is too cutthroat, and if you just want to be a worker bee, there is no place for you."

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    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Compensation
    A good place to work if you are very ambitious

    Cons

    Culture
    Cutthroat
    Not good for those who just want to do good work without moving up the chain
    WIthout a very strong network, it is hard to get staffed on projects


  9. Helpful (9)

    "Stay away from federal sector"

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    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Falls Church, VA
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Falls Church, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The overall benefits package is good.

    Cons

    -You are told you have 5 weeks vacation but in reality due to requirements on billing you will never be able to take it.
    -Incompetent managers.
    -The managers seem to think technical work is below them. Yet they give themselves titles such as "Architect".
    -It's obvious they are just ripping the government off. Unfortunately the government is no knowledgable enough to know. So much for "doing the right thing"
    -In regards to technical skills the staff is very lacking. Many meetings devolve into explaining to Deloitte staff very basic concepts. Yet these people are billed as experts in the area.

    Advice to Management

    Deloitte federal sector is just another government contractor. You should try to instill in it the values that the commercial side has. It's obvious to anyone who has any technical skills that the team is lacking. Rather then do what the client needs everything is geared towards getting more work. In the long run doing the right thing and giving the right advice will lead to more work.
    Try to remove the legacy Bearing Point staff. It really put me off how lazy they were. My impression of Deloitte Federal is very low and would never work there again.


  10. Helpful (4)

    "NO work life balance, lied to by managers constantly"

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    Former Employee - Computer Forensic Analyst in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Computer Forensic Analyst in Arlington, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Deloitte name recognized as one of big 4 looks good on the resume, in theory but that's it!!!

    Cons

    NO work life balance
    Low pay and compensation for the area
    Horrible management
    No factual communication on travel requirement
    Backstabbing culture

    Advice to Management

    When asking people to relocate to very expensive areas compensate them appropriately. When you are going to have people work projects that are different than what you are hiring them for and it requires more travel, INFORM YOUR PEOPLE!!! You will continue to have high turn over especially in specialty areas and you'll have no depth of talent as long as you keep treating people like warm bodies to use for billable hours, because it's obvious that's all you care about!!!! Thank god above I escaped that horrible company!!!!


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