Accenture Reviews

Updated 1 October 2014
Updated 1 October 2014
8,654 Reviews
3.6
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Pros
  • 55k range but the work/life balance is not worth the price in my opinion (in 565 reviews)

  • Good work culture generally but depends on the project u are working for (in 503 reviews)


Cons
  • work life balance despite being a tag line of many internal inititatives is a joke (in 1081 reviews)

  • Managers repeatedly ask you to stretch---I told you no WORK-LIFE balance:-( (in 177 reviews)

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Overall Neutral, Highs and Lows on the way

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

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

    Pros

    - strong brand
    - intelligent people
    - interesting projects
    - heavy weight for your cv
    - you build up perseverence and stamina if you survive more than few years

    Cons

    - work life balance despite being a tag line of many internal inititatives is a joke
    - cruel performance management process
    - your own performance does not really drive your career, other people do in a non transparent way
    - too much pretention and hypocricy across the senior levels - huge gap between what the politically correct marketing says and what is every day reality

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Middle management the worst I have ever seen in industry

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Experienced Hire  in  London, England
    Former Employee - Experienced Hire in London, England

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

    Pros

    The Accenture Brand opens many doors and provides tremendous kudos.

    Cons

    Like many SI's this is a very cut throat world for experienced hires. The graduates or are offered many promotion routes as long as they tow the line and say "yes sir" to the right leadership (that is literally all you should do to get promoted). Any experienced hire who shows innovation and excels is held back and literally used and spat back out. Retention rate of experienced hires is extremely low for this reason. Management is very poor as graduates are promoted into these roles after a few years and lack and industry experience in management and any common sense - something they should teach the graduates is that being very bossy is not how to manage. Experienced hires (and here I mean most in middle management who haven't really been able to excel in the wide world prior to Accenture), who adopt the "yes sir, I will do as you say I should so" approach survive. All of these middle management are consumed with apprehension of experienced hires who show that success can be achieved outside of current business models and that moving with innovation brings even more success and therefore become awful to work for. It is also a very "old boy's club" environment in Accenture and it is a great shame as the company itself could actually be a lovely place to work as most people would be proud to be part of the firm if they were shown the same level of support that a born and bred or brainwashed Accenturian is.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't hold back your experienced hires just because they are good. Don't be rude to staff behind close doors because you are challenged by their strengths and success and because they show innovation. Remember the graduates are brainwashed into being polite and don't feel they can fight back...we know different and will fight back and if that doesn't work we walk away because we know we can. It is as simple as that. Just because you happen to have practised business one way and achieved what may have been seen as good success for a number of years doesn't mean it has to remain the only way you should approach business. If a new approach shows better success - adopt a new style. When innovation brings success - welcome it and learn from it and MOVE WITH IT.

    Being a manager and being a dictator are two different things entirely. The later is the one which gives the firm as bad name.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Stagnant row, project and promotion depends on luck

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    • 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 less than a year

    Pros

    benefits are good, especially for people on maternity leave

    Cons

    difficult to get hands on an interesting projects, a lot depends on your relationship with the manager, rather than your performance. many people will claim that your work was their work, etc. generally not a very nice environment.
    HR is fairly incapable and the promises of strategy related work is thin air, as 90% of work is Technology based, which is where you end up if you don't fight or are unlucky.
    changing performance management year to save on employee benefits worth of 3 months

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    invest in talent, not private relationships. the smartest people leave after 2 years max

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

    Short but good training

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Analyst  in  London, England
    Former Employee - Analyst in London, England

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

    Pros

    Good training opportunities - first 5 weeks as a graduate were solid training

    Cons

    Areas of work not very interesting (for me).

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Find your niche

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

    I worked at Accenture

    Pros

    Great career & skills development

    Cons

    Low-value BPO/implementation work dilutes the value and brand

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Career fast track but expect to sacrifice social life

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

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

    Pros

    Very clear career trajectory.
    - In consulting you're only ever around three years away from a promotion and there are only four from graduate entry to MD.
    - You have a clear idea of package at each level which is a good thing.
    - Much faster progression opportunities compared to industry

    Great experience to be had.
    - Accenture has great relationships with most FTSE companies and the projects are usually complex / interesting
    - Some of the people you'll work with are exceptional. Working with exceptional people will make you strive to be better
    - Good opportunity to change industry and role without taking a dip in salary (as you might if not in consulting and moving company)

    Good benefits.
    - 30 days holiday
    - Great venues for events
    - Gym subsidy
    - For women, full pay for 9 months for maternity leave
    - Shares available at 15% off market value
    - Car and bonus for Manager level and up

    Cons

    Lifestyle
    - Hours can be terrible
    - Locations can be remote and away from all non-Accenture friends (see below)
    - Slowly your colleagues will become your social circle. Actually you'll probably find your girlfriend / wife will also be someone you work with
    - When talking to non-Accenture people you may find you have become incredibly boring as most of your time will be spent at work. Normal people don't seem to get excited by the story of how you industrialised some processes, managed to socialise the perfect deck or delivered some last minute assets

    Performance Management Process
    - Can be incredibly tough if you don't have the right combination of network and PR skills. You can be incredibly competent at your job and fail to get recognition due to failure to play the game (networking & PR)
    - You'll find that you will constantly looking for the next promotion and can't seem to just enjoy being where you are; this is the culture

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    In all honesty management are pretty good at what they do. I could say don't expect people to work weekends or be more visible etc but my view is that as an employee you join knowing the hours are bad and if you want management time that's for you to sort!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Excellent place to work in a company like this.

    • 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

    Versatile, Brand value - fantastic process world class people

    Cons

    heavy travel to different place, working away from home most of the year.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Excellent

  9.  

    Good stepping stone

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great benefit package (especially maternity)

    Cons

    Bureaucracy and performance management based on who you know.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Love my job!

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

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

    Pros

    Great client list, very helpful and encouraging career counsellor, great opportunities to continue to develop and shine as an expert in my field... Fantastic. I can work from home whenever I want. The travel opportunities have been terrific as well. Maternity leave? 9 months full pay including car allowance... really supportive of the work/life balance. Excellent learning opportunities. Truly global collaborative environment.

    Cons

    HR is completely incompetent and clueless. Not enough women in senior leadership positions. Laddering (forced performance ranking) is a brutal process, but you get used to it. No one is going to help you find your next role; you have to be proactive to go get it.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    A turbulent career full of highs and lows

    • 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

    Accenture has an amazing client list and they hold good reputations with them. There is flexibility to move between clients/industries if you know how to work the system. Your career is very much in your hands and it is up to you to shape it - no one will be holding your hand.

    Cons

    Performance management is not handled particularly well but this is understandable given the size of the company. More often than not, the firm feels like a mass production machine.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Become more visible on projects and not just at events.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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