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"Growing pains, but still a great company."

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Current Employee - Manager in Seattle, WA
Current Employee - Manager in Seattle, WA
Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

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

Pros

Avanade is continuing to grow creating new opportunities for employees. Great benefits.

Cons

You need to manage your own career growth and champion your advancement for yourself. We no longer have company wide meetings which has had a negative effect on morale.

Advice to Management

Provide more opportunities for employees to grow or move into new roles. You have great employees that with some training could move into roles you have difficulty filling. Also, I would suggest re-instituting flybacks. Employees feel really disconnected and are leaving.

Other Employee Reviews for Avanade

  1. Helpful (8)

    "Churn and burn agency with lip service to work-life balance"

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    Former Employee - Senior Analyst in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Senior Analyst in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Training programs are great for new college grads with little experience. I participated in the Microsoft Dynamics AX "Bootcamp" which was a very rigorous training program that brought new hires with little to no experience in ERP software up to speed very quickly - but only if you put in the effort. After initial training program you can earn multiple Microsoft certifications that have value even if you leave the company, which most do sooner or later. Also, close ties to Microsoft are of great benefit when working on projects.

    Cons

    They follow a churn and burn model for their consultants, forcing them to travel extensively while paying salaries that are much lower than their competitors. They also charge clients a premium rate for the overtime their consultants work without passing any of the earnings on to the consultants. Consultants are encouraged to pretend they know more than they do for clients and learn on the job, which is difficult. Managers have very outdated ways of thinking, and believe that extensive processes and methodologies are all that is necessary to successful project delivery. They cling to an antiquated methodology that insists you can eliminate all uncertainty on projects and a "one-size" fits all development approach, at least within the ERP practice, which leads to disastrous results. Project managers who have no working knowledge of the product they are implementing are valued over consultants who do all the legwork for clients. Project managers are valued for handling clients well instead of leading effective teams. Overall, working hard is valued over working smart. HR representatives and career managers don't always look out for your best interests, and even when they do, they can't overrule senior management to help you. Your colleagues may be smart, dedicated, hard-working employees, but poor management leads to constant thrashing on projects. Overall, these methods are still profitable to the company, so burning through consultants is no problem because they focus a great deal on training and can always hire more college graduates who are eager to start their careers.

    Advice to Management

    Do more than pay lip-service to work/life balance. Increase your salaries to attract and retain top talent. Don't encourage your consultants to pretend they're something they aren't to clients, give them the management they need to be successful. Don't hire project managers who can't complete the required training. Value working smart over working hard.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Good projects,but lots of travel"

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    Current Employee - SharePoint Consultant in Hartford, CT
    Current Employee - SharePoint Consultant in Hartford, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Interesting projects for large clients. Exposure to many different people and clients.

    Cons

    Constant travel to clients. Some projects work with Accenture which means you are just labor for their poorly run projects.

    Advice to Management

    Discuss the philosophy of the company upfront when interviewing. Talk about how the goal is to have employees billable 100% of the time and if the client wants you to travel that can mean 100% travel.

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