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Deloitte Reviews in Washington, DC

Updated 17 October, 2014
Updated 17 October, 2014
6,819 Reviews
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Pros
  • There are options for partial telecommuting which contributes to work/life balance (in 465 reviews)

  • Great place to start your career as a recent graduate who is looking for experience (in 164 reviews)


Cons
  • As per me not a long term career option for people who give imp to work life balance (in 1240 reviews)

  • Literally no work life balance(Or No life only work) as a Center associate (in 248 reviews)

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Good people, mediocre work, great benefits

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in McLean, VA (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in McLean, VA (US)

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

    Pros

    Good compensation, not as competitive than McKinsey, but reasonable compared to the other Big Four competitors. Great benefits. Attracts driven people.

    Cons

    Not much flexibility to migrate between practices. Once you're signed onto technology (vs. strategy or human capital) or a particular practice area (e.g. health care vs. energy etc.), it's a cumbersome process to migrate. You have to work hard to network internally to get new work. Expects long hours while on client site, especially if you don't have a good project manager.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    It was great

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Audit Senior in Washington, DC (US)
    Former Employee - Audit Senior in Washington, DC (US)

    I worked at Deloitte full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    People - you can find mentor

    Cons

    hours - long hour, hang out with co-worker for more than 10 hours a day or worse

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To keep people please don't just focus on getting new client - the analysis needs to be a cost/benefit analysis instead of just revenue analysis.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    good firm, great benefits, no real work/life balance although they try

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Arlington, VA (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Arlington, VA (US)

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

    Pros

    benefits, pension, people, time off

    Cons

    work/life balance they equip you with the best technology so you can be contacted at any time of the day and you are contacted. they hire the best but then you have to work tirelessly to get a higher than average rating even though you were hired because you are exceptional....
    get great amount of time off but no time to take it!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    communication....we hear it last often.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Strategy & Operations Consultant

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC (US)

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

    Pros

    Great culture and group of people. Mentoring is highly valued

    Cons

    Difficult to work your way up if hired as an Analyst. The evaluation system is redundant and somewhat ineffective. You have to be involved in firm activities on top of your client work in order to do well at the firm. Lack of good manager.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    I am a happy working mother - challenged and supported by Deloitte

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Consulting Human Capital Manager in Rosslyn, VA (US)
    Current Employee - Consulting Human Capital Manager in Rosslyn, VA (US)

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

    Pros

    Quality of co-workers, access to professional development, flexibility, benefits

    Cons

    Probably lower paid than other consulting competitors, but worth it for the pros

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Some people should be promoted ahead of their "cycle" and aren't without good reason.

    Some people are really underpaid and you are unresponsive and lose good people. Why not just bump them up?

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company with opportunity for growth.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Tech Risk Consultant in McLean, VA (US)
    Current Employee - Tech Risk Consultant in McLean, VA (US)

    I have been working at Deloitte full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    You can go in with minimal industry knowledge, and they will train you as long as you have the right personality and mindset. Be willing to learn and remain involved and they will help you reach success.

    Cons

    Long hours and traveling. You will find yourself working much more than 9-5, and traveling more than the advertised 20-50%.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great company - but big and slow

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Arlington, VA (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Arlington, VA (US)

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

    Pros

    Deloitte is the world's largest professional services firm - so it literally does a bit of everything, with a base of clients that spans every industry and geography. Promotion is straightforward and transparent; those willing to work hard (and smart) can move ahead.

    Cons

    Compensation is a serious issue for staff here; despite being highly profitable the firm underpays its employees relative to competitors. Churn is fairly commonplace and most junior staff don't see a reason to stay for more than 2-4 years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There's a focus on Deloitte's "Big Firm, Small Feel" efforts. Make it real and not just a catchy headline.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    The awesome staff and client challenges save this review from being one star. Read CONS.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - PPD Track Senior Manager in Washington, DC (US)
    Former Employee - PPD Track Senior Manager in Washington, DC (US)

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

    Pros

    You'll find some of the finest workers at all levels. I met some of the most creative, intelligent, humble, and professional staff, and worked at the absolute highest levels of top tier clients. I worked with a humble senior executive who I'd find drying the countertops in the men's room, just because it needed doing. Great leaders. The work is meaningful, and typically is focused on solving important, expensive, complicated problems. You may even work with "names" that you see in the news. Pretty cool stuff. Weigh that CAREFULLY against the CONS below.

    Cons

    Along with all the good people, you will encounter some top-notch jerks, spoiled frat boys, and back-stabbiing managers at Deloitte. It's all about the numbers, your metrics, so some will poach staff from other teams, lay blame at subordinates feet, and game the HR/Review process (Google "Rank and Yank") by hiring shills that they will fire later to keep their teams in place. In any given HR review cycle, which is a ridiculously complicated back-room evaluation called "consensus", where a third party presents your case for continued employment to a small group of HR and partners. The goal? Find the 70% that should be kept, the 20% that should be promoted, and the 10% that WILL be fired. Oh, and by the way, that process essentially brings the delivery at the firm to a standstill for the month of May every year. I'll call it out as others have, forget Work/Life Balance. Once you have your forty billable hours, you have about 40 more hours weekly of expected "Firm Contributions" where you must author white papers, proposals, lead training, and lots of other things the the partners are too cheap to pay to have done. So they blackmail the non-PPDs (staff) into doing this stuff that most other firms PAY people to do, by making Firm Contribution impacts a MEASURED part of your evaluation. Keep in mind, this is an $8 Billion firm, which from the CEO on down, REQUIRES people to work for free, beyond their billable client service. To me, that not just unethical, it borders on illegal. Lastly, when the firm is going to let someone go, there is an elaborate system designed to keep former employees from filing for unemployment benefits. First, after consensus, we'd put people on a Performance Improvement Plan. Give them a couple months to try to rectify the shortfall that put them in the "Yank" 10%. Once they haven't rectified it, call them into a meeting where we'd confiscate badge and laptop, explain they are no longer in service at Deloitte, and explain all the "parting gifts"-- which are actually means by which the firm hopes you won't file for unemployment. Staff get some "salary continuation" for some weeks, and continued coverage of insurances, job placement coaching which stresses "take less salary and get employed faster". Again, it's a nice separation package, but the intent isn't benevolent, its purely to keep unemployment claims (and insurance) minimal for the $8billion firm. Please, before you join Deloitte, weigh the pluses and minuses and interview a lot of OTHER firms, and ask tight questions around all you've read here. Deloitte is crazy--like a fox.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get the other side of your mouth sewn up. You can't preach about Moments That Matter, the success of Deloitte University, and our Commitment to Community while at the same time chopping 10% of your workforce annually, and blackmailing staff to do for free what you (Ethically) must pay for. Training, Proposal Work, Research, White Papers are all things other firms PAY their people to accomplish. Your reputation as a sweatshop is getting to be a millstone around your neck; clients read Glassdoor, and it influences their decisions. Run a Lean Six Sigma Process Improvement project on annual Consensus starting with metrics collection on cumulative hours spent across the firm versus value created offset by billable hours not billed in May. The annual cost of consensus FAR, FAR, FAR outweighs any value to the firm. Adopt an evaluation process not designed by Audit & Enterprise Risk (AERS) bean-counters and worry-warts, but by some of your alleged 'innovators'.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Good reputation, poor execution

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Experienced Hire in Washington, DC (US)
    Current Employee - Experienced Hire in Washington, DC (US)

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

    Pros

    Really smart and talented people. Good for recent college graduates with little or no experience. Lots of training available. Compensation is very competitive.

    Cons

    If your job is your life, then this is the place for you. For those who want to spend uninterrupted time with their families, be active in their communities, or have time for activities unrelated to their employer, do not take a job on anything other than the ASSOCIATE career track. Even then, be careful. I have worked on a number of projects and the management style is uneven. It runs from non-existent to very oppressive. They are always bringing in new people as others get burned out or leave for other reasons. Performance evaluations are constant. This is a large firm, no way around it. To its credit, HR has been trying to give it a smaller feel, but with mixed results thus far.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Respect your employees as human beings, not just "resources" to be drained of ideas and energy. Some of you are good at taking the joy out of working.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Federal Consulting: Excellent People, Sub-Par Culture

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Federal Human Capital Analyst in Washington, DC (US)
    Current Employee - Federal Human Capital Analyst in Washington, DC (US)

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

    Pros

    Smart, engaging people
    Excellent maternity/paternity leave practices
    Opportunity to move to different clients every year or so
    Several career tracks
    Opportunity to expand your breadth of experience if you take the personal initiative to pursue stretch roles and personal development

    Cons

    Overall Deloitte Consulting, LLP:

    - The vacation/PTO system is misleading. You receive 5 weeks but each day of vacation, holiday, or sick time utilized counts against you by negatively impacting your utilization - which is a key metric in your year end performance evaluation and impacts your raise. Work life "fit" is emphasized in speech, but utilization targets are set very high.

    - Expectations for contributing to internal initiatives (beyond your client work) can add significant time to your work week

    - Company is enormous. The performance evaluation process is so far removed from individual projects that it may not accurately reflect performance.

    Federal consulting, specifically:
     - The government will often not take the recommendations needed to create true, positive change. This can make this type of work unfulfilling (this is outside Deloitte's control but is important to know when considering this type of client)
    - Deloitte practitioners execute at a much higher level than federal employees can; however, many roles filled by consultants could be staffed by much less expensive workers and billed at a lower rate.
    - Managers frequently attempt to keep practitioners on projects significantly past the mutually agreed-upon timeframe. The focus is on having a practitioner in the seat, rather than accounting for that practitioner's career development -- and employees who insist on the original timeline are not considered team players.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide PTO that doesn't negatively impact utilization.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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