Worst experience possible for an experienced hire.
I came into accenture as a Management Consulting Manager hired for my experience in managing change and in assurance processes. The director and Sr. Mgr who intereviewed me made it very clear I had exactly the experienced they desired. I soon learned there was a major disconnect between their point of view and the perspective of those actually running the projects. It also became clear there were a lot of rules and cultural issues which were never communicated to my by my career coaches (supervisors) or by the HR team who placed people on projects. Here are the details which support my opinion
1. The "Career Coach" I had was more interested on how I supported her career than mine. She did little to coach me or resolve the barrier on my getting onto a project. after 9 months, when I was transferred to a different group, she dropped me because I "was no longer able to support her". Career Coaches were the masters of my fate and were never reviewed on their ability to be a good career coach.
2. I joined as an experienced manager. I couldn't get on a project and was repeatedly told it was because of the risk I presented because of my lack of experience with Accenture's methodologies. This turned out to be a significant Catch 22 as I couldn't get the experience. No one wanted to use me in a developmental role because of the "cost" to do so. I was turned down on over 60 projects during the first 4 months after being hired. I sought out training on the methodologie
Senior Systems Analyst | Phoenix, AZ | Jun 17, 2014
IT Consultant working close with multiple clients and advises them on different technical facets in order to offer support to their demands and problems related to the technology being implemented. Helped in providing strategic guidance to the organization related it Quality Assurance, and System administrator duties. Highlights include:
Test Architect (Ascension Health): Managed implementation and set up of HP QC 11.0 for SAP ERP program. Developed, updated, and maintained testing standards and procedures. Created training program to be used by company on use of and maintenance of HP Quality Center.
Governance Test Lead (Google): Managed application and user acceptance test for two releases of a telecom enterprise implementation. Trained Google Analysts on standard testing processes and procedures which include test planning, test execution, test data, and defect management, metrics and reporting. Managed 30 users during UAT test execution which allowed completion of UAT on scheduled and budget. Utilized multiple project management tools in order to manage resources and risks across all aspects of testing.
Test Assessment Consultant (AVNET): Consultant of testing in order to assess the clients testing capabilities. This was done through the use of client interviews and assessment of the clients testing documentation. The assessment looked at the capabilities through the use of the testing maturity model. Analyzed the companies testing capabilities as co
Claims Analyst | Louisville, TN | Sep 11, 2020
Popularity contest, lies, and extreme labor
This Accenture branch has went downhill ever since they changed management and put Chris G. in charge . They started getting rid of all full time employees (Some were there 15+ yrs) because they just want contractors now since they can pay them less, give subpar benefits, and can get rid of them any time they want without much warning.
They will lie to the new contractors and say you will be hired in but you will not. You will just possibly get another “contractor” title that has a few more benefits.
It is nothing but a popularity contest and if you don’t fit in then you will not move up. The ones that do s*xual things with big shots will move right past you and end up being your boss but be surprised when they are not respected!
You will not move up in the company if you ever say no. If you want a claims analyst job then expect to have no home life and to be pressured and bullied to work overtime every night and every single holiday. If you say no then you will have to worry about being fired.
I worked there for over 5 years before they “laid me off” because it was “too expensive to keep me” as a full time employee which is what HR told me (HR lost her job too months later) and they had no place to put me (which was a lie). I was quickly replaced by a new DR*GGIE guy (who had been there just a few short months) on our team who was best buds with others higher up and they made him an FTE and put him over a team after saying they didn’t have room and would not have anymore
ConsManagement, slave labor, no job security
Recruiter | Remote | Jun 26, 2019
Promotions in Recruiting can be a challenge
Overall, Accenture as an employer offers lots of great things to the employees. The company has grown so much in size. I have to say that there are many wonderful people in the Recruiting organization, and those folks are the ones that understand that we have a job to do, we give what we have got during our days and they encourage work-life balance. For recruiting, work from home flexibility is valuable, but if you have been at Accenture in NA recruiting for a few years, you receive minimal pay increases year-over-year and bonuses are decreasing year-over-year, despite performance. You have to determine how much work from home is of value for you and if it is worth staying and not receiving much more over the years. There are limited positions for growth and promotion in NATA, or career trajectory. It feels like Leadership brings many in from the outside and pays them much more vs. encouraging and allowing for high potentials in recruiting to take a stretch role and guiding them along the way for growth and learning. Recruiting leads will have to die or retire in order to ever be considered for promotion, unless you are willing to constantly cheer and self-promote yourself and accomplishments and ensure in the recruiting all hands calls that your picture is up on the deck for recognition and leadership is aware. There are many unsung heroes in NATA, many. Also, performance achievement does not matter unless your lead is willing to fight for you to their leaders to ensure your
Great for right out of college If you're coming from industry at times it feels like your in Siberia
I came from actual industry not a lateral move from Deloitte, PWC etc. I worked as a process engineer in distillation process unit operations at a large Refinery for the past 4 years and got recruited to work at Accenture. They paid me enough to justify leaving a good gig at one of the best major refineries, but I hear that's not the case across the ACN footprint. They kept telling me they need more folks from industry spaces. And it's completely true, but they won't place you on the right projects that will best utilize your skill sets. You're even forced to apply for roles outside your practice which takes more than a smile to get on an out of practice project. There are currently so much talent on the bench at Accenture it's bewildering how ACN pulled it off to hire some of the best collective set of intellectual minds I have ever seen. Accenture shows complete preference for the ones who came directly from college putting the green peas in the ACN farm system. It's a good one for ones out of college. But client industry directors, c-suite, managers, PMO, HSE etc want consultants from industry not right out college.
People that complain about travel. Welcome to consulting. It's always been fly out on Monday fly back on Thursday evening. Back when I was in sales in the 2000's, it was Sunday to Friday. That was also the consultant world standard in the 2000's. Suck it up. But now with the Region only travel greatly compromises your ability to get assigned.
ProsFlexible Ability to work with some super interesting people
ConsBench time Year 1 experienced industry hires needs to diaf
Manager | Charlotte, NC | Sep 4, 2015
Worst Company I have ever worked for! (and I've been at some bad ones!)
They talk a good game but unfortunately the best part about going to work for ACS is the recruiting experience, it's all downhill from there!
The epic and constant failure of Upper and Executive management is continual, they constantly fail to properly forecast and therefore the workers are left working 12-14 hour days. Since ACS is a vendor to a very large bank in America, it will promise the world then work employees long hours to make it happen. I know the end of the month in the Mtg industry can be busy, but this place takes it to a whole new level. 'Just do it' seems to be a good motto for Nike, but in ACS language it means 'work this late and defective file, by the way, it's a same day closing'... What's needed is work life balance but what we received was a remodeled lunch room in a leased building (oh - by the way, there went your bonus).
If a person tells the truth and refuses to 'drink the Kool Aid' and waive the company pom-poms, the chances of earning a promotion are slim, no matter how good you are, but don't worry, they promote their favorites and I was personally told by Exec Mgt. one person in particular they promoted was chosen because she would do as she was told, in other words she would never rock the established management team with great ideas and fresh perspectives.
ACS has a 36% turn over rate, exceedingly high even by industry standards; in my opinion, employee burnout, poor management, and working environment is the issue. Some employees
Pros4 months of maternity leave
ConsEnviroment, no work/life balance, very poor executive management, lack of forward thinking and pre-planning
Consultant | Chicago, IL | Feb 17, 2015
Most Amazing People
Your work day completely depends on the industry, client, and project you end up getting staffed on. This is actually a huge pro because you learn so much in such a short amount of time and have the opportunity to work with a wide range of people - vendors, client, and Accenture co-workers (not always pleasant, but you're exposed to a lot). This is why other companies LOVE hiring ex-consultants. Another perk: if you don't like your project - it will END. During my 4+ years I was on about 7 different projects. Some people will stay on a single project for years, but again, if you hate it, there are ways out.
Part of consulting is the inevitability of travel. Some people like it and some don't. There is always the possibility of working locally, but it's a toss up. Expect to fly in to your client location Monday morning and fly out Thursday afternoon/evening at the very least. When you're in crunch time, you can also end up staying until Friday and sometimes even the weekend, but for me, that was the exception. For me personally, my work/life balance was great and I liked the travel (oh! the airline miles! the hotel points! per diem! visiting another city!). During my travels, I also got to meet so many truly wonderful people, which brings me to my next point, the PEOPLE.
You know how every company says they have great people, or they value their unique culture? Bla bla bla. Accenture actually lives this. Our main resource is our people and I have made so many life-long f
ProsGreat people, benefits (25 vacation days!), amazing work experience
ConsPoor performance review system, clients suck
Claims Processor | Knoxville, TN | Aug 2, 2019
Avoid at all costs!!
They purposely hire contacted workers to not keep them long term. Turn over rate is almost 100%. Everyone there is cut throat and only concerned about themselves and their advancement. They have zero regard for the people they drop like flies or how they will be impacted by the sudden lack of income. I was actually sabatoged by a manager at the time who is now no longer with the company. She went out of her way to get rid of the people she disliked for various reasons (personal or other). And she disliked me because I mentioned to another coworker that I refused to kiss her ***, her or anyone. The coworker then told her verbatim my words, as if I wouldn't have said them to her face myself, but it made appear as though I was plotting against her for how the coworker stated it. This person, who also is no longer with the company, thought by throwing me under the bus, it would help her advance. Out of my training class of 30, only ONE remains today. And frankly it's because they use him because he's brilliant. I loved the job itself. I wanted to be hired on permanently and stay forever and would've if given the chance but the drama and constant cut throat, extremely stressful atmosphere made it one of the worst jobs I've ever had to this day and unfortunately, I've had many. I have turned to temp agencies and contact work in my time of need because they hire quickly. While I was still employed there, I watched many people come in and be treated exactly the same or worse. I was b
Procurement Analyst | San Antonio, TX | Dec 24, 2019
The below is the "reason for leaving" provided at the time of my resignation, this is only applicable to the delivery center in which I was located
It has become clear to me that the center isn't concerned with the company values. I cannot in good faith, work in an organization as superficially preoccupied to mold a perception of value, when I know truthfully, that there are none. Perception has become the driving force of the motivation of the primary leadership at the SAIOC location. The client isn't valued and the KPIs & SLAs, provided at least by my project, are manipulated to hide the failings and direct attention to whatever metrics will satisfy the client. Any notion from subordinate personnel for process improvement is not taken seriously, not just from myself, but other individual's that have improvement solutions are often overlooked. To surmise my experience in the last year, my project seems only to wants its low-level employees to make it appear to the client that there are no problems. The goal being to depend highly on the inadequately developed training program required for the first two weeks of employment on the project. Indications of the inadequacy are derived from new joiners commenting on how little they understood what was required of them and how to perform their job. The strategy to maintain a renewing contract with a client seemed, in most cases, to be reliant upon the decontextualization of the metrics of performance to the extent that it appeared as if the project were providing value. This is easily achieved by the ambiguous nature of the communication between the client, vender and employee
E-commerce Manager | Atlanta, GA | Jun 19, 2014
summary of on the job exp as an IT PM
I am currently finishing up the current project and will be available 1 - 2 weeks. I worked at the current client's Corporate office for approximately 2.5 years until 3 weeks prior. I am now working from home finishing up turnover docs and D&R templates. Introduced an add on software that allows for automated forecasting, resource reallocation, budgeting and many other management tools that only enhance current project tracking capabilities when developing software with corporate methodology.
My background as an IT Project Manager combined with my IT Audit background has given me the experience and ability to evaluate IT Security control objectives combined with the Risk Management aspect involved with the majority of projects.
In my current project I was asked to provide an IT Audit of the current environment and the upfront changes that would have to be made both from a security controls, software and hardware perspective in order to move forward with a web based Sales application modules and all inclusive modules. This effort would not only increase IT efficiency but also increase the ability to get shipments to store locations and supply invoices to both local merchandise warehouses with summation reporting to backend accounting modules for real time ordering and delivery.
The previous project included the combination of 2 major logistic company’s web based lease tracking applications into one best gap fit application while adding an E-Commerce module for ACH tra
Prosworking with very knowledgable people who will share info with client SME'S
ConsNon-cooperative SME's who have made their career over withholding valuable info to the project
Questions And Answers about Accenture
What is the work environment and culture like at Accenture?
Asked Jul 17, 2016
Collaborative, Professional, Flexible, Exposure to cutting edge technologies, Excellent Internal Resources, Overall the best company I have worked in my 23 years as a software engineer.
Answered Mar 23, 2019
The work environment is great - however, it can vary from project to project. Despite levels of on-the-job focus being subject to variation, by and large, Accenture does well with encouraging quality work from employees.
Answered Jan 10, 2019
If you were in charge, what would you do to make Accenture a better place to work?
Asked Jan 10, 2017
I would reward people that work hard with the promotions and bonuses instead of letting management get all the benefits of the teams hard work.
Answered Sep 20, 2020
I would deal with staffs issues equally. I would not make preference between people I like to the one i don't like , even they are very productive. I would change management system and hypocrisy.
Answered Sep 10, 2020
If you were to leave Accenture, what would be the reason?
Asked Mar 24, 2017
I love the place, very clean and organized, make employees feel comfortable, free coffee.I applied for a full time position, went for the interview and did not get hired. To my surprise i found out that i am not hire able. my contract ended that is why i don't work there..
Answered Mar 28, 2019
I had to relocate.
Answered Mar 4, 2019
Why did you leave your job at Accenture?
Asked Mar 16, 2017
The worst management, very poor HR representatives. The only way to growth is to go out an drink with your Lead. Thanks God I'm out of that Toxic environment. Santa Isabel PR.
Answered Jan 19, 2019
Better opportunity with MUCH better pay
Answered Aug 17, 2018
What is Accenture sick leave policy? How many sick days do you get per year?