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Deloitte Reviews in Washington, DC

Updated 15 August 2014
Updated 15 August 2014
6,391 Reviews

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Pros
  • There are options for partial telecommuting which contributes to work/life balance (in 425 reviews)

  • Great place to start your career as a recent graduate who is looking for experience (in 146 reviews)


Cons
  • As per me not a long term career option for people who give imp to work life balance (in 1093 reviews)

  • Literally no work life balance(Or No life only work) as a Center associate (in 221 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Company, but don't be naïve.

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    Former Employee - Audit Assistant  in  McLean, VA (US)
    Former Employee - Audit Assistant in McLean, VA (US)

    Pros

    The people are intelligent, and you will learn a great deal in a very short amount of time. A wild ride that is quite enjoyable. Large company with awesome resources. Excellent to have on your resume.

    Cons

    You have to always cover your own behind, because that is top priority for everyone else. If its you or them, lets just say its going to be you.

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    Deloitte Consulting

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    Current Employee - Consultant  in  Washington, DC (US)
    Current Employee - Consultant in Washington, DC (US)

    Pros

    You learn a lot about business. Get billable as fast as possible.

    Cons

    You have to find your own projects.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find projects for people.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great place to learn new things, meet new people, and stress a lot!

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Consultant  in  Arlington, VA (US)
    Current Employee - Consultant in Arlington, VA (US)

    Pros

    Training (especially Deloitte University), employees have good backgrounds and are typically smart/work hard, Traveling is the best!

    Cons

    Management does not listen to employees, PTO is "given" to employees but no one is actually able to use it because it will affect your utilization, the Federal Arm of Deloitte needs a lot more work to be up to par with the Commercial Practice. Additionally, if you join the company with experience (and sometimes already a graduate degree in hand), you will not be compensated for all of that - Deloitte wants to mold you in their own way. That's why it is best to join as a new hire, right out of school!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to all employees! They are the ones who make the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Great experience- can be a career or just gain valuable experience for a few years.

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    Former Employee - Senior Consultant  in  Washington, DC (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Washington, DC (US)

    Pros

    Extremely talented and passionate practitioners, every resource at your disposal, broad opportunities to do whatever you want and make your experience what you want.
    Great training and personal growth opportunities available, high level clients that are decision makers.

    Cons

    Work life balance is a myth (however that's probably true for most companies like this).
    Advancing to manager level and beyond to PPD level is extremely competitive. This isn't necessarily a con. However if you want to do your job and go home this isn't the place for you. Kiss your nights and a good part of your weekends good-bye if you want to succeed at these higher levels.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great place for junior staff

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    Former Employee - Manager  in  Rosslyn, VA (US)
    Former Employee - Manager in Rosslyn, VA (US)

    Pros

    Great people; Would have loved to have moved from federal to commercial

    Cons

    when your contract ends, you're on your own to find your next assignment

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep good people by making it easier to transition to opportunities across segments

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great opportunity, but no work-life balance.

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    Current Employee - Senior Consultant  in  Washington, DC (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Washington, DC (US)

    Pros

    Diversify work experience, learning and growth opportunities, leadership experience, work with smart people.

    Cons

    No work-life balance and high stress environment at times.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn to appreciate junior staff.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Excellent place to work and great benefits

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    Current Employee - ERS Senior Consultant  in  Arlington, VA (US)
    Current Employee - ERS Senior Consultant in Arlington, VA (US)

    Pros

    The best most talented people I have ever been privileged to work with. It really is astounding. Keeps you on your toes, constantly learning and improving your own skills. Great support systems for women going into management with WIN. Fantastic training programs, online, at office locations and at Deloitte University.

    Cons

    Be prepared to bounce around a lot. From Healthcare to Housing, Military to Corporate. Sounds fun but it becomes a real drag after a couple of years. You never really have a job at Deloitte you are always lining up your next engagement and updating your resume

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Seems to be well managed structure, very fast paced and good corporate values. I have no complaints.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    In it for the network and exposure

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    Current Employee - Consultant  in  Arlington, VA (US)
    Current Employee - Consultant in Arlington, VA (US)

    Pros

    Great place to meet high caliber professionals and learn a great deal - but only for the motivated individual. Nothing is handed to you so be prepared to create opportunities, align yourself with the people who will be 'in the room' during your evaluation, and go above and beyond to get noticed. Otherwise it's not for you.

    Cons

    Too much reliance on networking to staff people on projects - a bit hap hazard/ad-hoc approach to staffing once you are hired.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recently on-boarded individuals should be given some say on what project sectors or industries they are staffed on.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 5 people found this helpful  

    Is the Juice worth the squeeze?

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    Current Employee - Consulting Manager  in  Washington, DC (US)
    Current Employee - Consulting Manager in Washington, DC (US)

    Pros

    (1) Know what you are getting into. This isn't a marriage...Deloitte wants you because they can sell you and make money off the top (like a traditional staffing firm). They aren't there to baby you or hold your hands (200,000+ employees can't be THAT personal). Since you can't sell yourself and cut out Deloitte, you have to know that you are there for one of the following: $, the "experience", the network, or the name (most likely the name and the $$).
    (2) Use them as much as they use you - take advantage of the travel, the fitness reimbursements, the pay, tuition, maternity/paternity leave, the clients, mediocre training, certifications, and most importantly the network. The next real step after deloitte is to start your own firm, go to industry, join another firm, or undergo a career change.
    (3) The best jobs at deloitte are the innovation team, the visualization studio team, and then staffing team (or internal project). The first two because they are cutting edge firm initiatives that secure tons of client work. The latter because its a high paying position that can be done virtually.
    (4) Managers do the heavy lifting, SCs, Consultants, and analysts have the highest ROI and do busy work, Sr. Managers are there to win work and split time on engagements, PPDs are there for their network and sheep herding. Take advantage of this breakdown!
    (5) This company is a money making machine. If you like tech adoption or system integration (90% of projects)., you can make a killing here and be very happy.

    Cons

    (1) 95% of the time the projects aren't the least bit interesting. Everyone shooting for partner wants to make a buck on their bread and butter tech implementation. The only way to land a "cool" project is to spearhead the effort of have someone in your network pursuing the engagement. Otherwise, you will be staffed to the first thing that resembles a fit. Again 200,000+ employees - all need to be staffed.
    (2) The rating system is bogus. You get a 1-5 rating for each project. Kiss enough butt you can get a 2. 1 is literally not an option to select on your assessment! If you are on a 1 yr project for a short phase and deserve a 2, and even give yourself a 2, you will get slammed with a 3 since there are other people who will be on the project longer and they will cry if they don't get one of the few (LIMITED) 3's. I've been told in confidence that this was the case on two assignments I was on. Will I try hard on my next project?....
    (3) Its all about who you know. A true networking paradigm/ frat house/ etc. If you want to get promoted or recognized at Year end, this is how you do it.
    (4) Upward feedback is a joke. Want to rate your team/ superiors after each project (like you are evaluated)? Nope! You have wait till the week before your Year End submission to evaluate these guys. Guess what, they will be called upon for your annual evaluation a few weeks later and can surely pick you out of a review (good/bad) if it was done a week prior!
    (5) Commercial travel is the pits! I've traveled 6 days a week for 5 months (cross country) only to work 15 hr days, eat poorly, forget about exercising, and be treated like a lemming by the project leads.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create an environment where people can explore different service offerings. Have a 360 feedback system available after each engagement (PE). Have bonuses every 6 months to actually "pay for performance". The "bait and switch" routine is getting old: Intersted in Project A...come on aboard, by the way the scope just changed and the work is 2x as long, 1/2 the resources, and has nothing to do with Project A!

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Extremely fulfiling at lower levels, no so much at higher levels

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    Current Employee - Specialist Leader  in  Washington, DC (US)
    Current Employee - Specialist Leader in Washington, DC (US)

    Pros

    Own your own career
    Great place to start your career

    Cons

    Cut Throat Environment
    Tough environment
    Your work funds overpaid partners
    Low yearly increases
    Extremely long hours
    Extreme amount of extra curricular activities required
    Extremely poor work life balance
    Not good place to finish your career
    Promote not keeping technical due to extreme amount of overhead type work
    Independence is horrible (force types of investments you can own)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop setting goals so high so you can actually meet target
    Stop with the firm activities and extra stuff
    Allow flexible work schedules

    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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