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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Not a true Management Consulting firm - although they like to think they are

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Management Consulting Consultant
    Current Employee - Management Consulting Consultant

    I have been working at Accenture full-time

    Pros

    Training in St.Charles is great - gives employees a real sense that they belong to a true global organisation

    Cons

    Senior Management is some competencies are useless - can't sell, can't deliver, can't organise their work
    Promotions are based on tenure in a project rather than ability to perform at the 'next level'
    Pay rises can be less than inflation - even if you are a higher performer
    Work that is normally done is heavily implementation based, lot's of Project Management and filling in for BAU roles in a business

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Think about why your attrition levels are so hire for experienced hires and fix it.
    Reward people for performance , not just tenure

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Good company but need to take care on your own

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Melbourne
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Melbourne

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

    Pros

    Accenture have many standard practices which will cater to the needs of agile, waterfall,ADL etc., kind of methods and it has also developed its own standard practices which helps the employee to execute his or her duties in a way which will create win win situation for the client..

    Cons

    Accenture has got so many official formalities like training and other initiatives which will keep you distorted however this is not an hindrance you just have to manage, Salary is standard across posts so this is not something which we can influence..Tasks are going to be challenging and it will need your good discretion to treat priority and non Priority so to meet all the clients expectations.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management should send the clear communication forehand of the client expectations since the subordinates are not aware even the slightest perceptions which is getting built on oneself..

    Approves of CEO
  3. 7 people found this helpful  

    Experienced Hires are Leaving Accenture

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Technology Consulting Manager in Sydney
    Former Employee - Technology Consulting Manager in Sydney

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

    Pros

    - Mature processes in delivering projects and resources to clients.

    - Lots of professional development possibilities especially while on bench.

    - Learned some wisdom whilst in Accenture School (i.e. St. Charles, Heathrow, KL).

    - Internally it has great library of knowledge base & assets.

    - Militaristic command hierarchy.

    Cons

    - Militaristic command hierarchy

    - Some training sessions includes brainwashing and indoctrination.

    - 85% of our new experienced hire orientation class have left Accenture within 2 years (which indicates a very peculiar staff hiring and retention strategy)

    - Career progression is designed to benefit "Accenture Babies" (i.e. employees who's been with the firm since fresh grads).

    - Strange and unique "culture" (see bigtimeconsulting.org to understand culture).

    - In order to gain rapport or possibly a promotion, the culture demands unwavering loyalty to your superiors and a lot of time & perseverance at work (whilst not necessarily being productive).

    - In IT client projects the majority of work are brainless, and these generally fall under two categories: 1.) data collection, and 2.) chasing people for task completion. Accenture can only sell low-skilled workforce & roles to clients who doesn't want to do themselves such as Testers, PM (Project Officers really), and Architects (not really Architects, as they typically love to copy-paste client designs).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To Senior Management:

    I have no right to say whether what you do collectively as Accenture Leadership is right or wrong, Accenture has been a very successful firm in creating jobs and increasing revenues in the past. However, I do believe that soon there will be a game-changer that can challenge this Accenture "way of life".

    To Experienced Professionals:

    Stay away from Accenture unless you're absolutely sure that you can use it as a stepping stone and can fit to their culture (see bigtimeconsulting.org to understand culture). Otherwise, be prepared for lots of frustrations and humiliations.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not the worst yet not great either. This is for Acc. Philippines

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Accenture

    Pros

    Brand name, overseas travel (if your a hot girl or well connected)

    Cons

    If you are "Technical" you have no future here.. This was also adviced to us in one orientation. Fresh grads can beat you in getting certified as leakage is distributed internaly. Imagine a batch of sharepoint or .net 4 certified freshgrads with 2 months experience uaing it who gets 1000/1000 on exam... Perception management is key and rude leaders that talk out loud and berate people run the organization. This is the case of Accenture Phillipine Delivery Center. Also I just noticed people who go up or go for global deployments are usualy hot girls :)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Check the background of the people you put on top. The PDC is a training ground with high attrition risk and it is due to the bad management in place. Any smart and honest person will have no future here and would likely leave.

  6.  

    Lots of opportunities, and lots of hard work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Management Consultant in Sydney
    Former Employee - Management Consultant in Sydney

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

    Pros

    Accenture gives you lots of opportunities, including interesting work, travel and you'll become an expert at something very quickly.

    Cons

    Welll....the opportunities don't come immediately and they aren't offered to everyone. If you work hard and ask, they're available, but nobody ever will just come up and offer it to you. Also, you'll be an expert, but often people don't plan their careers are are forced it roles they don't want. Again, you can plan around this, but if you want a company where you can coast, Accenture is not for you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Great company. My major concern would be to better manage expectations of new joiners. Not everyone will get promoted in a year, not everyone will work overseas. I think HR and management seem to create an attitude that everyone at Accenture will get these things, when in reality they only go to people that perform and push for them

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Hard work but challenging and exciting projects and great people

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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

    Smart people, great training, mobility and variety of projects

    Cons

    Hard work, long hours, work-life balance not great

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Excellent consulting company with a great potential to learn consulting.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Systems Analyst in Sydney
    Current Employee - Systems Analyst in Sydney

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

    Pros

    This is a great place to work if you love travelling as a part of your work, which I do. I am lucky enough to travel.

    Cons

    Need to be a bit careful to maintain a good work life balance if travelling is too regular as it gets hectic sometimes. But no complains with the work culture and core values.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Understand personal goals

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Systems Integration Consultant
    Current Employee - Systems Integration Consultant

    I have been working at Accenture full-time

    Pros

    Great people, career progression opportunities, diverse project and industry opportunities, overseas training options, networking events, career counseling setup, travel for work (if that is what you want to do)

    Cons

    Depending on project or client, can be long working hours, large focus on selling work (even whilst working on the project itself, at client site), politics (with clients and internally), Accenture is expensive so clients usually bring us in when there are big or difficult problems/working environments.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stretch targets may not be achievable in current financial environment.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 5 people found this helpful  

    REALLY Bad people

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

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

    Pros

    Company is ok - no problem - again - the company is an inanimate object.
    You can join the company but definitely avoid the people...

    Cons

    Most people are really crap.
    Freshers are treated like crap (NEVER join this company as anyone below a manager level)
    Great emphasis is paid towards oiling peoples butts rather than real performance
    Avoid the people - they are really bad and worst examples of creation.
    People are highly egoistic and they think they are the best in this world
    The culture at Accenture is more of a show off and who is who...not what you are as a person and what you are really contributing to the firm.
    Very strange culture, they secretly judge you and stab you in the back - they talk a lot
    There are many MD's at 30 - 32 and they know nothing in life and have no knowledge of life - so these cannot be good people to work with....
    People - Sincere Advise - Please look towards joining another company - or create your own...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The company pays more attention to street smart people - people who talk well rather then do their work well. I have found many examples of flaws in work but they are promoted because they are good at smart talk - Remember its the egoistic and inefficient people who are at the top and people who think they are really smart but they are not - in reality they are boot lickers, if they were smart they would create their own firm - which I have done...

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Consultant

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

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

    Pros

    Nice salary, great training and growth opportunities. Great people. I loved being able to travel and meet different people around the world.

    Cons

    Sometimes need to work in small spaces at the clients' sites. When you are on projects, you wouldn't be able to enjoy all the nice things about Accenture's offices.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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