Accenture Reviews

Updated 30 October 2014
Updated 30 October 2014
8,965 Reviews
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Pros
  • 55k range but the work/life balance is not worth the price in my opinion (in 588 reviews)

  • Good work culture generally but depends on the project u are working for (in 524 reviews)


Cons
  • work life balance despite being a tag line of many internal inititatives is a joke (in 1147 reviews)

  • Managers repeatedly ask you to stretch---I told you no WORK-LIFE balance:-( (in 184 reviews)

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  1.  

    Mixed Bag

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Analyst in London, England
    Current Employee - Analyst in London, England

    I have been working at Accenture full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good people who invest time into your development. You could get a lot of varied experience quickly and it would set you up for life in other companies.
    Competitive compensation and potential to work on interesting projects smaller firms might not get a chance to do.
    Flexible work - work from home can be negotiated.
    Budget for training if required.
    Good events.
    Get experience working with senior staff and client facing quickly.

    Cons

    The company has a tendency to push people into what ever roles are available at the time, these may last for years. Some people find their careers decided for them in something they care nothing about. Trying to actively guide your career may have negative effects - promotion is easier if you stay at one place.
    Many people feel guilty about leaving at a normal time.
    Some managers don't turn up to career discussions of their staff.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Encourage better work hours.
    Ensure all managers turn up to laddering meetings.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    You can get a lot from this company - but be prepared for a tough ride

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England

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

    Pros

    You get to meet some really interesting people from a huge variety of backgrounds and experience and can learn a lot from them if they are willing to share and mentor. Unfortunately this is not always the case

    Cons

    Very, very political - watch your back.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remember that the people working for you are exactly that................people, not machines. Using hierarchical power badly is truly weak management. Your role should be to develop and empower your team - you have the skills to succeed - now share them!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    Summer Intern at Accenture

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Summer Intern in London, England
    Former Employee - Summer Intern in London, England

    I worked at Accenture as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Extremely good teaching and support. Managers of all levels are extremely helpful and willing to answer questions. They want you to ask and learn.

    Cons

    An extremely large company that is recruiting like crazy, so if you are looking for a long career it is a long ladder to climb

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Great place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Recruitment Specialist
    Current Employee - Recruitment Specialist

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

    Pros

    Opportunities to network with the global team
    Good work life balance, flexibility for working mums, pro diversity
    Rewarded on merit
    Great support for local community

    Cons

    Complex business
    Distance from senior management

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Overall positive experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in London, England
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in London, England

    I worked at Accenture full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Accenture always has one eye on the present and the other on the future. The firm is open to new ideas and technologies thus creating opportunities for employees of all levels to be continuously learning and challenged. Work from home days can often be easily agreed although regular work from home is more challenging and primarily role dependent. The company has strong values and ethics and well published internal policies. The company has truly embraced the nature of being a global firm.

    Cons

    A strong internal network is required in order to succeed and progress within the firm. This is most easily demonstrated when seeking new role opportunities for growth or promotion. Strident competition for best annual ratings means there is pressure to work long hours (i.e. be visible) and to be available and contactable outside traditional office hours. Executive leadership can often appear distant from the experiences being encountered by those "on the ground".

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide increased communication, support, transparency and parity in the process of open internal role fulfilment rather than primary reliance on the informal network. To remember true management and leadership is a two way street, it requires communication, trust and empathy to flow in both directions if the best business results are to be achieved by an engaged team.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Good but Techy

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business & Systems Integration Analyst in London, England
    Current Employee - Business & Systems Integration Analyst in London, England

    I have been working at Accenture full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Lots of fun people, good exposure to different industries, lots of opportunities

    Cons

    More technology consulting than management

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    It's all a big game

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in London, England
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in London, England

    I have been working at Accenture full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great work ethic and people. Everyone is ambititous and it makes you want to achieve more. Great benefits package: Gym subsidy, free private health insurance, sales purchase plan, pension contribution, cycle to work scheme.

    You learn a lot of how to act like a professional and think for yourself. The support structure for analysts is great. There is the consultant group and you get a careers adviso and can find even more people to help you through the company in order to play the game better.

    Cons

    It's a big game. Promotions are based on merit which is good but you need to be very good at playing the promotion game well.
    Accenture has shareholders (you included) which would like to see the value rise. This can only be done if the work is staffed which often means you may not be doing the strategy consulting you thought you'd be doing like during the interview process case studies. You'll wont start off in the best role, but through your netowrk you'll be able to find a good one. Hang in there!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give realistic expectations and descriptions of projects

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    General

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Consultant in London, England
    Current Employee - Consultant in London, England

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

    Pros

    Great training
    Great opportunities
    Overall I have been impressed with the value and recognition especially by the direct line managers

    Cons

    Long hours, you will need to work hard to position your career, if you go with the flow you may end up getting led to a path that you do not feel like you choose and may not be the direction you want to take.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 5 people found this helpful  

    Great accelerated exposure and good work-life balance

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Consultant in London, England
    Current Employee - Consultant in London, England

    I have been working at Accenture full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    1. Brand - a notable thing about Accenture is the brand name. It’s the biggest Management Consulting firm in the world the brand name is clearly one that is well renowned and so immediately it's a fantastic CV booster.
    2. Exposure – Accenture’s model relies of consultants delivering value for money for the client while also being profitable for the business, so it’s not uncommon to find yourself in a challenging role with good exposure to key projects and programmes in the industry
    3. Networking – the UK business is boasts several thousand employs so it’s a fantastic opportunity to meet new people with different skills and from a diverse set of backgrounds great for building up your own network
    4. Work-life balance – few consulting firms will offer 30 days paid holiday along with 3 corporate volunteering days, on top of that there are several opportunities within the year to meet and have a drink on the project, the department or internal networks
    5. Training – fantastic training opportunities especially for graduates but also across the board
    6. Perks – subsidised gym membership, corporate discounts, health check days

    Cons

    1. Variance of projects - your personal well-being is very much contingent on your project and the work you do, so there is definitely a risk that is you are not placed on the right project for you then could be doing either a role you do not like or at a client / environment you do not like and this could be for a medium to long period of time. As it’s often difficult to move yourself off chargeable client work consultants may find themselves getting pigeon holed in a particular role just to meet demand.
    2. Attrition – the positive about exposure can work in reverse if the promotions and consequential salary hike do not keep up with the accelerated responsibility and scope of contribution; consultants can often feel demoralised doing a role “above their pay grade” causing them to consider their options and leave the firm.
    3. Politics – like any consulting firm internal politics can influence promotion decisions as it’s often who you know rather than what you know, but this is expected for an organisation of the scale of Accenture.
    4. Competition – competition is fierce and performance reviews are forced into a distribution, often this is not the most conducive environment for teamwork

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More coaching in the workplace, be watchful of attrition, more variety

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Excellent Technology Delivery

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in London, England
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in London, England

    I have been working at Accenture full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Delivery approach
    Rigour
    Quality of people (Below MD level)
    Excellent Learning and Development programme
    Good total rewards package

    Cons

    Poor quality of MD level personnel
    Career progression
    Value relationships over delivery

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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