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Updated August 8, 2017
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "They will suck your soul"

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

    I worked at Deloitte (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Yes, they had a solid benefit package...

    Cons

    but don't you dare use the PTO because you will get slammed for it.

    Your expected to work 40 billable hours week..sounds fair, right? To get you target you need to work 52x40=2080 hrs. Anything short and you 'fail to meet expectations'...so look at it..say you need 2 weeks away (80 hrs), that doesn't count as billable hours. you would then have to work 8 weeks at 50 hrs a week just to break even, and since you would be gone from the project for so long, a good chance you would be replaced and it would be incumbent on you to find another project so you could start making billable hours again.

    That type of thinking permeates the entire company, at least in the DC area.

    Advice to Management

    If they were listening, they wouldn't suffer the turn over they have.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Inflexible company getting by on brand name"

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

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

    Pros

    -- competent people
    -- flexibility because you choose your projects
    -- firm tries to create communities through various networking events (intent is there)
    -- computer/phone is a nice perk

    Cons

    -- EXTREMELY risk adverse which is counterproductive to the federal space
    -- good vacation time but using it risks your utilization, so it goes wasted
    -- experienced hires come in as consultants, so managers are usually younger, with less work experience and coming into their own
    -- does not take constructive criticism well; pretends to understand federal space more than it does which is a big liability
    -- chip on their shoulder. frustrating.
    -- focused on business development more than the client or employees

    Advice to Management

    Advice to management would do not good because they won't take it.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Empty promises"

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    Former Employee - Senior Solutions Architect in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Senior Solutions Architect in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Deloitte full-time

    Pros

    Coworkers are helpful, excited, interested, and competent.

    Cons

    Management makes promises on help in career progression, but they do not deliver.

    Advice to Management

    Tell the truth.


  4. "Overall a negative experience (underpaid, poor communication)"

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    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    -Great reputation (really good for resume)
    -Lots of training opportunities
    -High quality coworkers
    -Lots of reimbursable expenses (meals, parking, commuting costs)
    -Good vacation (5 weeks, but still have to hit your billable hours target which can be difficult if your on a federal contract that only lets you bill 40 hours a week)
    -Great parental leave (2 months paid when I was there, I heard it's now 4 months)

    Cons

    -Underpaid (I was paid $86,500 and when I left I had offers of 105, 115, 125, and 132)
    -Expectation to do work outside of billable hours unreasonable (it's not that you have extra work to do, that should be expected basically anywhere. The problem is they don't communicate what kind of work is actually important and what isn't. A lot of people are running around doing "firm activities" because they think it makes them look good but it doesn't really make a difference.)
    -Extremely bureaucratic and hierarchical (the senior managers and partners tightly control interaction with the client making it very difficult to do your job. There are layers and layers of review with minimal input going in each time.)

    Advice to Management

    More transparently communicated the kinds of "firm activities" that are important and that employees should focus on.

    For federal work, steer away from low margin staff augmentation. Stop pretending you don't do staff augmentation as that is the majority of the work you do. If you are going to continue doing staff augmentation, do not sign time and material contracts that don't allow employees to pursue meaningful careers at Deloitte.

    Pay people commensurate market rates. Deloitte has a lot of perks. I probably would have stayed if you came even close but you weren't interested.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Extreme Office Politics"

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

    I worked at Deloitte (More than a year)

    Pros

    Work/life balance; salary are very competitive

    Cons

    Entirely "please the partner(s)" philosophy - just do what they want; initiative/independence are not valued.


  6. "Dressed for the Beach"

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

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

    Pros

    People care how they look; dressing is sharp, but expensive.
    People talk smart, maybe smarter than they actually are, but they are effective.
    Clients pay their bills, presumably for value received.
    Seems like survival of the fittest, and many are fit.

    Cons

    Work is often dull.
    Some clients are unappreciative
    HR is controlling
    Partners are not present much of the time; meetings, you know.

    Advice to Management

    Require partners to work more closely to teams and clients. Resolve pay gap, improve branding so that company is more distinct from its competitors.


  7. "Poor labor allocation"

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    Former Employee - Consultant in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Consultant in Washington, DC

    Pros

    Large company with lots of resources and guaranteed work.

    Cons

    Overworked for no reason other than to meet arbitrarily set deadlines. Employees tend to do work to make themselves appear as if they are actually useful for their year end review that determines their salary and career trajectory while not actually being much more useful than skilled resume writers.

    Advice to Management

    Change performance metrics. Allocate labor/talent appropriately. Have a cudos type system where Managers can reward Sr. Consultants and Consultants whom provide the most important content to the final product.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Very Little Diversity"

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    Former Employee - Consultant - Human Capital in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Consultant - Human Capital in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible and predictable travel schedules

    Cons

    Teams are uptight and very little diversity. One way of thinking...must agree with the masses


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Glorified Staff Augmentation"

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    Current Employee - Senior Consultant (Federal Human Capital) in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant (Federal Human Capital) in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    --Competitive compensation for most positions
    --Many opportunities for free training and professional development
    --Recent work/life balance initiatives have put downward pressure on the growth of largely meaningless "firm activities" required for career progression
    --Deloitte attracts many terrific and talented people (even if it can't keep most of them)
    --Looks good on your resume (especially if the person reading it hasn't worked at the firm)

    Cons

    --Federal positions are mostly staff augmentation even though the firm claims to provide "strategic consulting." To make matters worse, the firm doesn't even provide high-quality staff aug and instead stuffs projects full of overqualified practitioners and has them do work one or two levels below their skill level (i.e. note-taking, aligning text in power point slides, performing basic excel functions, etc.)
    --Stiff, hierarchical culture
    --Career progression depends more on participation in largely meaningless "firm activities" rather than executing high-quality client work
    --Most federal practitioners are capped at 40 hours per week, which sounds good until you find out that many people "ghost" hours to keep up with work demands while not exceeding their cap, and add in some bs firm activities and you can be working 50-60 hrs per week performing rote and unrewarding tasks
    --Morale is low. Most people in Federal are somewhere between bored and miserable, but the pressure to pretend to find the work meaningful and enjoyable is high and serious ass-kissing is required to advance, which makes for a strange dynamic in which unhappy people plaster smiles on their faces and compete to paint a rosy picture of their grossly exaggerated contributions to the firm and its clients
    --Federal clients don't use Deloitte effectively, which isn't necessarily the firm's fault, but it makes the firm an accomplice in wasting taxpayer money
    --Deloitte has an inferiority complex vis a vis MBB, Federal has a major inferiority complex vis a vis commercial, and human capital has the same re: S&O and tech, which make Deloitte Federal Human Capital an especially unpleasant place to be
    --For all of the reasons above, high-performers have and continue to leave the firm in droves

    Advice to Management

    --The only reason Deloitte keeps winning new work in the Federal space is because of its incumbent position across many agencies and the fact that it will sacrifice anything (including executing current client work) to aggressively pursue new business and overwhelm them with quals from its more successful commercial practice
    --If our clients knew more about what goes on behind the scenes most of them wouldn't hire us


  10. "Federal Practice"

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    Current Employee - Finance in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Finance in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great Benefits, able to work from home, competitive salary

    Cons

    No work-life balance, extremely high amount of hours to work based on your project or portfolio, this might not applied to everyone, but Finance and accounting it does. Sometimes moral seems a bit low with some people, and the opportunity for advancement is good but not good enough

    Advice to Management

    Review workload, I think the company knows what to do but is reactive to challenges instead of being pro active.


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