Accenture Reviews

Updated 15 September 2014
Updated 15 September 2014
8,488 Reviews
3.6
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Pros
  • 55k range but the work/life balance is not worth the price in my opinion (in 488 reviews)

  • Good work culture generally but depends on the project u are working for (in 456 reviews)


Cons
  • work life balance despite being a tag line of many internal inititatives is a joke (in 971 reviews)

  • No work-life balance for consultants trying to make it up the ranks to Managing Directors (in 161 reviews)

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  1.  

    Excellent environment for the self motivated

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

    I worked at Accenture as a contractor for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Learn skills , practices and method that will stand you in good stead for life.
    Work with so many smart people form many different backgrounds
    Learn to how to operate under pressure.

    I have worked in Other 'blue chip' companies later - only then did I realize how good the skill I learnt really were. And how badly so many companies were at execution.

    All the people are pretty smart. All trying to make the best of where they are in different ways - its up to you to learn how to apply yourself and navigate you way.
    You can complain about politics etc - but any large corporate has the same issues.

     The quality of the people you work with in terms of skills, emotional maturity and diversity is generally amazing. you really notice when you work elsewhere.

    Great environment that allows you to take and use your initiative..

    Cons

    It can be tough. everyone expects a lot of you. expects to you step up and get on it - delivering projects is not a 9 to 5 job.
    If complaining and feeling sorry for your self is how you react to situations when they don't go you way - then its probably not for you.

    Work Life balance can be an issue. You need to work out how to do that. Don't expect the company to do it for you.
    In my experience - don't expect any large results driven company to make that work for you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Its easy to get people to work hard because that the type of people they are and the organisation it is. however authority could use a bot more leadership at times.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Supportive environment that lets you choose your own projects (within your specialty)

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

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

    Pros

    Note: Refers to United Kingdom Only

    People: The people are generally supportive and want to help you. I have never had a problem with a manager and can be quite open with them for instance if I am not enjoying a role or experience a problem dealing with a client.

    Hours: one of the benefits relative to strategy consulting firms is the size of Accenture. You are responsible for finding your own projects. I have not been afraid to ask people currently on the project what the work hours are like and if you are expected to be out of town Mon to Fri or can work one day from home. At smaller consultancies, there are far fewer roles available so you are usually assigned by HR to a role regardless of whether it suits your needs.

    Training: There are lots of training days which is great, but if you want to take any additional training which is not part of the mandatory training, this requires an MD to sponsor you (pay for it out of his or her budget) or get a project to pay for it (unlikely).

    Benefits: 30 days of annual leave in the Consulting group (United Kingdom and Ireland) which is more than any other consultancy. Maternity leave is also the best I have heard of at 9 months full pay plus you accrue annual leave during that time. 30gbp per month in subsidised gym benefit.

    Cons

    As a graduate, it is marketed that you can have a varied experience before specialising. However, more and more, they want you to specialise immediately after joining the company in a particular technology or industry and it is difficult to switch after, especially since roles are usually 6 months+ in length.

    HR and recruitment can be not so supportive. I would say internal Accenture HR is lovely and great. However, Accenture uses a high proportion of contractors in HR and Recruitment who tend to ignore your questions.

    As with many large companies, you are expected to do a lot of extra curricular activities which may or may not be related to your job but promote teamwork and learning internally and PR externally. Most people like myself find the non work related stuff to be annoying. Sometimes you do learn from doing it, but a lot of time it is time consuming and you feel you shouldn't be evaluated on these brown nosing activities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    See cons

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Accenture Awesome place to work

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

    I worked at Accenture full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Best policies for women.
    Supervisors help to move up in career.

    Cons

    Still keep on talking about Accenture everywhere even though left the company in 2012. Unable to come out of its effect...really good company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management is really good in Accenture , they help you to grow in career.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great Company Alround

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Accenture full-time

    Pros

    Good training and progression opportunities for most with a modern, forward thinking company culture.

    Cons

    Low salaries for the Services Division

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Awful placement year

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

    I worked at Accenture as an intern for more than a year

    Pros

    - Chance to travel.
    - Free alcohol.

    Cons

    I joined as an intern in the solutions workforce.

    - Long hours
    - Did consultancy work for most of the year instead of any software development
    - No sense of direction or encouragement from management
    - Management favours consultancy over technical.
    - Networking, networking, networking. Feels like it's all about who you know not what you know to progress.
    - The placement year is largely dependent on which project you get at the beginning.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Bad company for Technical career

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

    I have been working at Accenture

    Pros

    Good benefits
    Well organised
    Great place for consulting workforce
    Great brands to fill up your CV

    Cons

    No work life balance for technical developers.
    Bad place for developers.
    Very bad management as they have only non-technical people in the management.
    Billing is important and not the person career. Literally ruins profile only for developers.
    Senior management wants the developers after certain years in Accenture.
    Developers will never be treated fairly when it comes to promotion and increments.
    Believe it or not. Solution workforce(developers and testers) doesn't get promotions(minimum 15 -18 years to be a manager), hikes and bonuses whereas Consulting workforce at the same career level gets bonus, promotion yearly(5 years to be a manger). UKDC solution workforce 60% feel that it's a racist firm.
    On top of this when different delivery centre work together irrespective of their experience levels vary vastly with UK delivery centre and create a hierarchy problem.
    You will notice managers are more than the number developers in a development project.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    This is to UKDC management only. Treat all workforce fairly.
    Non -Technical manager delivers a project but with the expense of seriously affected work culture of great developers.
    No wonder you can't retain good developers.
    Have only technical managers on development projects.
    Billing is important and career & CV of solutions too.

  8.  

    Accenture - great

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

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

    Pros

    great place to work, empowering, competitive

    Cons

    not as well paid as would like

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great place for people with ambition

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Recruitment Specialist  in  London, England
    Current Employee - Recruitment Specialist in London, England

    I have been working at Accenture full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Massive company, with loads going on and potential to grow your career.

    Cons

    You have to go and get it yourself. Nobody is going to spoon feed you opportunities you have to go and grab them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More effort to engage employees to the wider company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Disillusioned staff, poor morale

    • 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 for more than a year

    Pros

    - Higher levels of responsibility vs other graduate jobs
    - Social, young company

    Cons

    - Major focus of work is change management, rather than traditional strategic consulting
    - Morale is low due to the terrible performance management system which favours staff who stay on same role, at same client for extended amount of time vs lots of different experiences
    - Bureaucratic, people play games
    - Lots of work outside of London - so based at client site Mon-Thurs

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Empower junior levels
    - More promotions
    - Reconsider performance management system

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    If you look up "corporate" in the dictionary...

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

    I worked at Accenture full-time

    Pros

    Big time clients, large project budgets, lots of training

    Cons

    People just keep their heads down and keep their jobs. There's no innovation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It's not McKinsey or IBM! Find your own market identity instead of being all things to all people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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