Accenture Reviews

Updated 19 September 2014
Updated 19 September 2014
8,519 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.  

    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
  2.  

    Find your niche

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    • 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
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Career fast track but expect to sacrifice social life

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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
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  5.  

    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
  6.  

    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
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

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

    • 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 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
  8.  

    Fantastic company to work for and gain experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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
  9.  

    A great learning experience

    • 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 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
  10.  

    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
  11.  

    Good company to start your career

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

    I worked at Accenture full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great school to learn solid core consulting skills

    Cons

    Poor rewards compared to the amount of effort put

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take better care of your hard-working people

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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