Accenture Reviews

Updated 29 August 2014
Updated 29 August 2014
8,363 Reviews

3.6
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Review Highlights

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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Great first start to your career

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Management Consulting Manager  in  London, England
    Current Employee - Management Consulting Manager in London, England

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

    Pros

    Intelligent, like minded individuals, good pay compared to the market for similar roles

    Cons

    the 'system' that comes with a large company; recognition is inconsistent and based largely on staying on one project for a long period of time; being a true 'consultant' and developing multiple client experiences isn't always encouraged

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recognise those that add value in multiple projects rather than just those that stay in one place; it is much harder to deliver well somewhere new, whereas if you've known the client inside out for 2+ years, of course you're going to know what they want!

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    A lot of opportunities if you're self motivated and a fighter

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    • 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 5 years

    Pros

    The company itself had been very good to me. They do look after their people and accommodate them if there is an opportunity to do so and if they like you. The benefits are fairly good, and salary is good too. Leadership can be subjective as there are many different areas in the business that operate pretty silo'ed but overall the support, thought leadership and direction is there. The concept of having a career counsellor is very good as it gives an opportunity for the employees to have a confidential and objective conversation with someone who's not involved in you'd say to day work in order to seek support and advice.

    Cons

    Many complain about work life balance and although I have tried hard not to fall victim of this, the sheer pressure of having to not only achieve but over achieve in order to get ahead is enough to stress you out. You are up against some very bright talented people who are not scared to run over you for a higher place on the ladder or next promotion. Much of my work has been directly for the client which does beg the question of why not just work for them or go independent.

    You really need to be strong minded and driven in order to survive in this environment and so it is definitely not for everyone.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Offer more support and feedback to your employees, it's sometimes better to be approached proactively rather than wait to be asked.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Fantastic company to work for and gain experience

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Manager  in  Manchester, England
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Manchester, England

    I have been working at Accenture full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    You do get good training and working with many clients is a great way to build experience. The internal knowledge base is also very good. Pretty much anything you can think of has been done elsewhere across the world and people are generally very willing to help you do something similar for your client. Generally the best people do get promoted first.

    Cons

    It is your career and nobody is going to book training for you - you have to be proactive and make that happen (not necessarily a con, more something you need to understand).

    Promotions are done as fairly as possible considering the variety of roles Consultants work on but if your line manager doesn't rate you then you are going to lose out against your peers - better to move to a different project in that case. However, don't discount how much work you need to do to ensure that those in the meeting have a good view on what you have done - over and above your line manager.

    Finally, Accenture does expect at all levels but particularly as you get more senior to manage a lot of internal work "on the side" in addition to your client role. This is true of all big Consultancies but be prepared for this. It can be quite tough. I can be finishing client work at 7-8pm and then working on Accenture items until midnight-1pm typically at least one to two nights a week.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More than 10 years after IPO, Accenture is now very much a listed company with shareholders to please. As a result from an accounting perspective reducing salary increases to the next level continually and very limited 'in level' salary increases can make sense on a balance sheet, but culturally undermines the feeling that after all the late nights you are at least getting well paid. Consultancies rely on this so be careful before going much further in this direction.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    A great learning experience

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • 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 for more than 3 years

    Pros

    A fantastic firm to start your career
    Provides excellent exposure to a range of industries

    Cons

    Poor performance management / promotion process
    Once aligned to an area its very difficult to move

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You are losing

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Hugely varied career over 20 years across 3 countries

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

    I worked at Accenture full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Fantastic place to start your career and learn many different skills
    Great colleagues and team members to help you deliver interesting projects
    One global firm made international work possible and fun

    Cons

    Demanding culture of long hours (not always productive)
    Very complicated matrix structure which made decision making slow

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Simplify the organisation and bring back the entrepreneurial spark that grew the company

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Best for Technology consulting

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • 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 10 years

    Pros

    All the big names in industry as clients, large scale transformation projects, compensation is good as long as you join at the right band

    Cons

    Laddering process needs to change, most of the times it is not what you do in your actual job or skills but who knows you matters, also experienced hire people suffer a lot if they join at lower bands and most of the cases they are brought in on lower bands

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    change the laddering process

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great foundation for future career, certainly learnt a lot to take me forward

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

    I worked at Accenture full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Varied work, working with high caliber like minded people

    Cons

    Fewer consulting opportunities tending towards large SI engagements

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider alternative career paths at key landing points

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Once loved the company, but over time it has lost its shine as poor work/life balance wore me down.

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

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

    Pros

    Company passionate about its diversity and always striving to do better. Strong leaders who are dedicated, compassionate and value their people. Many people in the company are bright, driven, hard-working and inspiring. Innovation and collaboration is valued and encouraged. A lot of interesting projects and challenging roles. Opportunity to shape your career and change directions. Exposure to a range of work and clients. Good investment in training and development. A place to build skills and experience quickly.

    Cons

    Long hours (overtime is expected on every role - no one works their contractual hours) and terrible work-life balance. Some roles involve considerable travel and living out of a suitcase can become exhausting and is not sustainable long-term. The Performance Management process is awful - the company aims to be a meritocracy, but there is a lot of luck involved (timing, manager, project dynamics) and it can become very competitive and at times bitchy. Some people are not recognised for their true contribution, particularly if they have had a non-standard situation during the period e.g. part-time working, returned from maternity, been unwell etc. If you want to succeed you need to be prepared to walk over other people. Process and policy can sometimes be lip-service and the reality does not always live up to the promise.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work on ensuring the meritocracy that you speak of exists in reality - reform the performance management process. Continue to support diversity within the company and maintain the positive culture - challenge those who do not value or support this. Look at ways to make flexible working an option for junior consultants as well as those in senior or Enterprise roles.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 4 people found this helpful  

    Micromanaging, bullying and stressful with a side of endless admin procedures

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

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

    Pros

    Great brand on you CV
    Once you have been there, anything else is actually not that bad nor as stressful

    Cons

    Intimidating and bullying culture.
    Lots of mindless admin and convoluted processes procedures.
    Blame culture- they are always looking for someone to throw the blame on and it’s all a big covering your back game.
    No room for new ideas or independent thought- things are as they are and you jus have to deal with it.
    Absolutely no life work balance- it’s extremely long hours, working during weekends is not said but quietly expected and lunch breaks don’t exist. They go as far as saying that if you have 30 minutes to have lunch you don’t have enough work. Your life belongs to the organization.
    Big egos that enjoy using heir position of authority to intimidate others.
    This might be obvious by now, but there is no interest in employee wellbeing. Nobody cares about you and some managers don’t even acknowledge you existence when you walk into the office unless they need you to do something. The result is low morale, fear, and a very high turnover.
    Don’t be fooled by the glossy offices and the high tech look of the place. It is a soulless big corporate where you become another cog in wheel. Utterly soul crushing and negative experience. I have never been so unhappy at a job in my life.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I know you all have targets, manage multimillion pound portfolios and all the rest, but your employees are people. Treat them as such

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Software Engineer

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Accenture

    Pros

    lots of projects, chance to travel

    Cons

    very low salaries, lack of consistency, expected to take on jobs which you do not want to do, cannot be selective, colleagues are distant, managers are unapproachable, treats employees like they are factory workers almost like a sweatshop. not open to new ideas. Still a very microsoft dependent company. unprofessional atmosphere.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    increase payscales, provide more professionalism across the company, more ethics, stop treating employees like they are factory workers, provide more options for employees to support their career growth. look to more open source options. be willing to try new things with clients.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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