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Accenture Reviews

Updated 19 December, 2014
Updated 19 December, 2014
9,423 Reviews
3.5
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • 55k range but the work/life balance is not worth the price in my opinion (in 609 reviews)

  • Good work culture generally but depends on the project u are working for (in 543 reviews)


Cons
  • work life balance despite being a tag line of many internal inititatives is a joke (in 1194 reviews)

  • Managers repeatedly ask you to stretch---I told you no WORK-LIFE balance:-( (in 192 reviews)

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  1.  

    Interviewing, MCDP Program, Staff

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON

    I have been working at Accenture full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The people here are some of the most friendly and down to earth that you'll see in the strategy consulting sector. I met with and interviewed with many other firms where I frequently got a pretentious sense of being from the employees. Accenture was as friendly and welcoming as it could get. The interview process is fair- like any other that you can expect from a consulting firm, only they tried their very best to make you feel less stressed/ uncomfortable during it, while many other firms thrived on this. The compensation is very fair between starting/ end of year bonus and additional benefits packages. Overall a great and supportive firm to work for with unparalleled training processes.

    Cons

    Can't say anything here- as long as you are well prepared for interviews and for the consulting lifestyle, you will have a great time. Of course the travelling and work is busy, but time off is fair and benefits are strong. Most of all, your teams make the work pure fun.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to push a "small firm" feel that I've seen- like individual cars for people returning home from events, Christmas cards and one-on-one mentoring. Despite Accenture being such a large firm, you always feel like you are getting individual attention and care to make your experience the best it can be.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Employee Engagement was well received

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

    I have been working at Accenture

    Pros

    Business growth is above average

    Cons

    Compensation was low for role

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Excellent company if you are good at networking

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vancouver, BC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vancouver, BC

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

    Pros

    -Good work environment
    -Safe and reliable policies
    -Competitive salaries
    -Great work culture. Politics is part of any organization of this size, but still people working here maintain a certain level of minimum decency while communicating. In short it's never hostile. If it ever gets hostile, the policies are good enough to help you come out of that situation.
    -Brand value (subjective opinion i know but it is still one of the top companies and globally recognized in its sector)

    Cons

    -Messed up performance management system, lack of transperancy on promotions and annual ratings
    - with few exceptions of people being in right place at right time, I have not seen anyone getting fair ratings and timely promotions
    -poor bonuses and fudged variable pay structure
    - a constant annoying management consulting top tier wannabe while they are just below average in that field. On the other hand Technologies related verticals which are their core strength are treated lower/poorly

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -Scratch and rewrite your performance management methods. You will be surprised to know how much talent you loose because of that.
    -stop competing with Bain/Mckenzie/Boston. You don't hire or pay the kind it takes to be there.
    -Learn from Deloitte and select clients based on market conditions specific to office location. No one likes an arrogant company. Learn to identify underdogs instead of playing 100% safe bets on winning horses.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    A good company

    • Comp & Benefits
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Accenture

    Pros

    People with passion for what they do

    Cons

    Better work/life balance, career opportunity

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great place to start. Know what you want.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Consultant
    Former Employee - Consultant

    I worked at Accenture full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Opportunities to work in different industries, different projects, different roles.
    Pretty good pay.
    Fast track to an executive title.

    Cons

    Stretch model which really means get on any bloody project now.
    No help from HR/TFS. They throw you spreadsheet and you need to report back to them with your applications lol.
    People who do work get held back so that they can continue doing work.
    People who shout and make a lot of noise get fast tracked for promotion.
    Hit or miss.
    Be ready for high uncertainty and variability.
    Be ready to get on a plane if no local projects.
    Be ready for no work/life balance (12 hour days + weekends) if you want the promotion.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None. =)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Great place to kick-start your career

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Systems Integration Manager in Ottawa, ON
    Current Employee - Systems Integration Manager in Ottawa, ON

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

    Pros

    You get to work with some of the biggest clients in the world, working with some really bright people. There are quite a few training opportunities, and generally people treat you well. Travel can be stressful at times, but there are numerous perks you get in the process that make it worth it.

    Cons

    The performance management process isn't perfect, and is sometimes more political than performance-based. Hours can be painful at times, although this largely depends on the client and contract structure.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give people the recognition they deserve, even if it doesn't necessarily mean anything to salary.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to learn and start your career but suffers from internal problems that can cripple your career opportunities

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    Former Employee - Technology Consulting Analyst in Montreal, QC
    Former Employee - Technology Consulting Analyst in Montreal, QC

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

    Pros

    - Potential for traveling (which in most cases slowly turns into a negative)
    - Lots of exciting projects to work on
    - Smart, talented coworkers that make working easy and enjoyable

    Cons

    - Poor salaries compared to what industry pays
    - Poor benefits package
    - Depending on your area of business or skill set, your actual performance might not have much of an effect on your rewards
    - Poor overall culture company-wide

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Realistic

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Accenture

    Pros

    Large Company that can conduct large scale deals

    Cons

    Limited variety in types of projects.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Above industry pay and excellent benefits commensurate with high performance.

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    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Burnaby, BC
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Burnaby, BC

    I worked at Accenture full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    If they see you're younger who's smart and really honestly going for a university degree, they accommodate your schedule if you're a high performer, which is very rare to find these days as most could only get this flexibility in retail or restaurant. They give out performance points 1 pt = $1 (I've saved up $1,250 worth of pts over 3 yrs). You don't bring work home. They cover 95% dental, 100% medical for regular employees. They document ALL business processes with charts, tables and active links so you know exactly what to do on what situation and there is always support in all aspects of the business from IT to the paperwork, everything is provided. They have huge resources so they have the best technology and very lean processes, which they improve upon every few days. You have to be agile. Hybrid group role is very interesting. Good and consistent communication from senior management down to front line employees.

    Cons

    Super stickler to the rules and metrics. You get fired if you are late by more than 1 minute twice in one month. Breaks exactly 15 min and lunch 30 min--they count seconds thanks to their advanced ERP system. If you're not by your desk, they will talk to you about this and be given a "warning" depending on your seniority. High turn over due to excessive expectation to work between 98-100% at ALL times. I'm not kidding. There is hierarchy between new hires and folks with seniority. (ie. new hires can't call in sick but longer term people do it all the time and get away with it)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Currently, it takes 10 yrs to be in management if you're an honest high performing worker who's not "tight" with any managers. 2-4 lateral roles you can move into within department in a 2-5 yr timeline, but very hard to switch from say Business Process Outsourcing to a totally different field like Finance or Engineering despite having finished your directly related degree. I hear that managers are only getting paid $55-60k, which is not worth their stress and round the clock hours.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Good culture

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Consultant Manager in Toronto, ON
    Former Employee - Consultant Manager in Toronto, ON

    I worked at Accenture full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    I was able to travel to lots of different places around the world and gain different kinds of experiences as well as meet many new people along the way.

    Cons

    Having to travel a lot for work affected my work life balance with not having consistent work hours and always being in different time zones.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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