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  1.  

    Graduate experience

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous
    Current Employee - Anonymous

    I have been working at Accenture

    Pros

    Great company to work for

    Cons

    Pay could rise further as career progresses

    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Consultant more than 3 years

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Consultant in London, England
    Current Employee - Consultant in London, England

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

    Pros

    Smart people, challenging environment, up and out, extra curricular opportunities, client exposure

    Cons

    Long hours, respect for work life balance, some very dull projects/work, politics, difficulty to navigate the company starting as a grad (easy find yourself accidentally on a career track you didn't want)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Things have changed since the "good old days" where things just got done , namely pay has decreased in real terms, no overtime and there is no positive incentive for sacrificing nights and weekends. Adjusted the delivery expectations or compensate appropriately

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Great first step in the professional world

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Accenture

    Pros

    Exposure to multiple problems and industries, training and good salaries.

    Cons

    Long hours, less strategy focused and heavily burdened by the IT related brand

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Leadership should focus on human capital, talent is very hard to retain and many times there are no efforts to do so

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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good place to start a career in Management Consulting and IT

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Accenture

    Pros

    Supportive Environment
    Good Colleagues
    Above Avg pay

    Cons

    Long Hours away from home

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Good to employees but lacks atmosphere

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

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

    Pros

    Good Salary
    Good training and travel if you want it.
    Fantastic experience, definitely a 'life in the fast lane' company

    Cons

    Not so good work/life balance
    Laddering - you feel the axe is right above your head all the time
    Atmosphere in the office is stale - normally good on projects though
    Too much onsite work

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 4 people found this helpful  

    More jerks per square foot than anywhere else I've worked

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Contracts Specialist (Level C) in London, England
    Former Employee - Contracts Specialist (Level C) in London, England

    I worked at Accenture

    Pros

    Brand name
    Plenty of perks
    Decent starting salary
    Good training and knowledge base

    Cons

    Poor career progression
    Ridiculous performance management
    Blame culture
    Pitiful annual payrises

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    OMG learn what leadership means! Inspire people instead of bludgeoning them. Make performance appraisals about effectiveness in role - not brown-nosing ACN Leadership.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 4 people found this helpful  

    Amazing first 6 months, then the fog cleared..

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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 (less than a year)

    Pros

    - Handsome salary (although I had to negotiate during hire) and benefits package
    - Some very knowledgeable people. If you want to absorb knowledge and be coached, Accenture is the place to do it. The offer unlimited mentoring and career counselling and actively promote attending industry events to keep up to date with current market
    - Global and seemingly endless network
    - Looks good on your CV
    - Access to almost unlimited trains
    - Recognition rewards are very good IF you have the right manager
    - Diamond clients
    - Good work/life balance depending but this depends on what project your on and is a rarity
    - Access to lots of different roles all over the world
    - You will learn an incredible amount and gain massive exposure if you know how to network efficiently

    Cons

    Again, I must stress that this is all hit and miss depending on the project/deal that you're working on and which part of the company you work for (BPO, Consulting or Tech)
    - Avoid Management Consulting personnel like the plague. They have no management skills whatsoever, they're dishonest and generally have no idea how to deliver any type of service.
    - Politics politics politics. Worse than being at school or college. I am on a split deal between Consulting and BPO and because of that, noone takes any responsiblity for critical decisions
    - LISTEN- No senior management listens to those actually running the deal operations and usually have no idea about your current market or subject matter expertise.
    - The HR department is the worst that I have ever encountered. Do not have any expectations
    - Do not promote even when economically viable and the best option
    - Only a small few understand the subject matter expertise being delivered to the client, but when those people see an issue related to this, a gap in the market for more services or a missed RFP, senior management do nothing because they simply don't understand the market.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Nourish your Gen-Y workers
    - Be a good judge of character in your management and stop retaining dishonest liabilities of Managers
    - Understand your market
    - Listen to those who actually have subject matter expertise and influence in the market that they're delivering to
    - Sort out your HR department!!!
    - Promote more!!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Working hard with little acknowledgement from Senior Management

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

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

    Pros

    Exposure to a number of industries and functions.

    Cons

    Work Life Balance and travel

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not for the faint hearted

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Level 7 in London, England
    Current Employee - Level 7 in London, England

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

    Pros

    Great training. Great start to one's career. Great variety of industry and technology. Some very smart people. A place to make friends for life.

    Cons

    Nightmare career progression process. Too many "yes men". Do at least 3 people's work, get paid for one. Have to compete with cheaper, but not necessarily as qualified offshore resources.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Lives off its past reputation and glories....

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

    I worked at Accenture full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good place to start off learning about the world of consulting and good training made available to all employees. Regular feedback from teams and formal reviews are helpful. There is opportunity to work across sectors, but this has to be managed carefully to protect promotion chances (as people seem to get promoted more easily for working on the same account and projects for months / sometimes years). Diversity is valued in the company and they are great employer for trying to keep women in the consulting industry post starting a family.

    Cons

    Most of the time projects are very operations and IT focused (usually working with mid to low level managers within firms). It's therefore a very different look and feel from strategy consulting houses. Very difficult to move away from projects that you don't like, especially if the MD looking after that account likes you. Management more interested in selling in volume rather than choosing better engagements for its staff with the client. Promotion policy is too rigid (you are ranked against peers and normally distributed) which means that even if all people do well, only 1 in 5 likely to get promoted.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on building a strategy practice again. Scrap the normal, force fit distribution for promotions as the organisation is too diverse and people who are peer ranked work on incomparable projects. Allow easier movement among different parts of the business for people who show an interest (better to retain talent than have to hire from the market all the time)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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