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"Great for career growth and expanding network. Work/life balance and flexibility to move about are lacking."

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Former Employee - Systems Integration Consultant in Washington, DC
Former Employee - Systems Integration Consultant in Washington, DC
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Positive Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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

Pros

-Career growth is available. Analysts are quickly thrown into the field and expected to come out successful. These types of challenges force analysts to gain responsibility and grow extremely quickly.
-People are amazing. The people at Accenture are smart, motivated, and fun! Coworkers quickly become friends, and there are many social and networking opportunities available to expand networks.

Cons

-Work/life balance is not great. Analysts are often expected to work OT and Accenture does not compensate for OT. Leadership sometimes fails to understand that personal life events may need to take precedence over working OT.
-Flexibility is lacking. Once placed in the Federal practice or on a diamond client, it is almost impossible to roll off to another project.
-Some leadership is poor. Senior management often times do not say "no" to the client when necessary and the team suffers due to the increase in work. Also, 80/20 rule is often true for larger projects - 80% of the work being completed by 20% of the people and these top performers are not compensated accordingly.

Advice to Management

Take care of top performers. Accenture employees love the company and working with great people. However, when personal and career goals are ignored, top performers will leave Accenture and find another competitive company to join.

Other Employee Reviews for Accenture

  1. "IT Consultant"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Consultant in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Consultant in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    better than other small companies

    Cons

    worse that other big companies

    Advice to Management

    higher pay and better benefits


  2. "Great overall benefits, little room for promotion into Sr. Exec roles"

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    Current Employee - Management Consulting Senior Manager in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Management Consulting Senior Manager in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Accenture full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Accenture is really good about making "things" available to employees (free training, volunteer opportunities, community connections, networking events, generous vacation...). Project roles are generally engaging and challenging with opportunity to learn and grow from a knowledge-base perspective

    Cons

    "Work Hard/Play Hard" generally equates to "Work Hard".

    Bench time is not only frowned on, it puts a target on your back for a RIF.

    But my biggest complaint is the upward mobility. The "up or out" model worked when there were ~25,000 employees with very few experienced hires. The company is now over 250,000 employees, and Accenture hasn't figured out how to hire in the needed leadership talent (Senior Executives) while still promoting their Senior Managers. There's a stall point when promotions stop and it becomes nearly impossible to make the jump to SE. But with an up-or-out mentality, they still expect Sr. Managers to deliver above-average results in order to get fair raises and bonuses.

    And the laddering system makes it even more challenging; as much as Accenture tries to keep it fair, it's still a game of politics and loopholes where projects rate individuals, but individuals are not allowed to know what rating they received. That's a broken system.

    I've seen many good Sr. Mgr. peers leave for greener pastures where they're made "partners" or "directors" b/c Accenture failed to value their experience, opting to hire in a Sr. Exec in lieu of promoting the SM. I'm contemplating the same move...i fear my talents and efforts are not justly recognized here anymore.

    Advice to Management

    figure out how to keep the talent you've grown in-house and maintain satisfaction. Doesn't have to be promotion to SE, but has to equate to acknowledgement of experience and "real" raises and bonuses.

    And fix the rating system. Why should an individual NOT know how they were rated by a project, and why wouldn't the project leadership have a responsibility to own up to their judgement and talk an individual through the rationale. Employees deserve to know what rating the project gave them and why. Can you imagine a college class where you (might) get written notes from the professor, but they have no bearing on your grade. Your grade is based on test scores that you're not allowed to see...you just get a grade at the end of the semester and are asked to have faith that that's the grade you earned. Oh, and don't ask anyone else what their grade was, either. It's broken. fix it.

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