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Accenture Reviews

Updated 19 November 2014
Updated 19 November 2014
9,152 Reviews
3.6
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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. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good company to work for

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

    I have been working at Accenture full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Interesting and varied work, good pay and training. Bright people to work with and a can-do attitude to problems. Generous sick pay. Care more about results than hours in the office. Particularly good to get experience for your first couple of years out of uni.

    Cons

    Culture is gradually improving but some projects are still dominated by straight white men of a certain background.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great Company

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

    I worked at Accenture full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Your experience depends on the project you're assigned to, but the people who are on your Accenture team are always incredibly friendly, excellent people to work with. Some are very technical roles but what can you expect from a technology consulting company! You're definitely well looked after and there's tons of office events Accenture run.

    Cons

    Promotional ladder can get a bit political and the work/life balance isn't the greatest, but I've heard this tends to be the case mosly in London offices.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 4 people found this helpful  

    Overworked, ignored and treated like a number

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

    I worked at Accenture full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    If you get on the right project I've heard it can be ok.
    It's somewhere where you can get a bit of experience while you wait to make your next move to a company who will treat you much better.
    There are some good people and I made some friends there.

    Cons

    Absolutely zero work-life balance. You should expect to work late nights and weekends and get shouted at when you refuse.
    General level of knowledge is extremely low. A lot of people are very confident and talk convincingly but when you scratch the surface they have absolutely no idea what they're talking about.
    When you're applying for the job, Accenture HR will tell you about how you can do anything you want and how your career is completely in your hands. You soon fine out that this is nonsense, and your career direction will be completely dictated by whichever managers want to use you to get promoted.
    People act like there's a huge difference between consulting and technology but really if you're performing well in technology you'll end up doing a consulting role without the salary!
    People have very large egos and really enjoy being in a position of power unfortunately this often leads to an intimidating and bullying work environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    HR's version of Accenture does not match reality in the slightest. Find a way to encourage whistle-blowers to step forward without damaging their career.
    Treat your staff like human beings/

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 6 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
  6.  

    Lots of opportunity

    • 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

    Great place to start career
    Lots of training opportunities
    Chance to work with senior members of client companies
    People

    Cons

    Pay compared to counterparts in the industry should be better
    Bonus Structure is non-existant at more junior levels

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Excellent environment for the self motivated

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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 (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
  8.  

    Good Work life balance and very good opportunities if you are at the right place

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Accenture

    Pros

    Work Life Balance
    Good projects
    long term travel options

    Cons

    You can get pushed to places and projects you dont like
    Lot of managers in India office who cannot stand upto the Client or outside Accenture management to Say no or to set right expectations

  9.  

    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 (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
  10.  

    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 (more than an 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
  11.  

    Great Company Alround

    • 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 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

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