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ACN analysts- BSI to analysts consulting group

 
#1 ACN analysts- BSI to analysts consulting group
01/10/2007 16:05

newjoiner

Just wondering if anyone (maybe someone at ACN) can explain a little better this change in structure. Previously, BSI- this group is now Analyst Consulting Group. Is this a change meant to seperate the technies from nontechies and thus a move to make ACG more aligned to the management platform. Or is this just rhetoric?

Any insight would be greatly appreciated since noone at HR is willing to return calls or answer emails...

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#2 RE: ACN analysts- BSI to analysts consulting group
01/10/2007 17:02

Answer to newjoiner (#1)

To answer the question... essentially the ACG will now work cross industry and possibly have more opportunities to develop generic consulting and leadership skills than in the past. There will also be more options to do work in the MCIM service lines as well as in SI and Tech.

The vision is to offer junior people a broader and more flexible expereince early in their careers although it remains to be seen if it really works out that way in practice. I am not sure if HR would ever offer such a frank explanation!

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#3 RE: ACN analysts- BSI to analysts consulting group
01/10/2007 17:05

anon to newjoiner (#1)

We have a big thing about it on Thur but I think the general idea is that rather than being alligned to an industry group that it's hard to move out of, you can work accross them all and if you have some SAP skills for example, you can take a role in any perating group as its more about matching skills to clients.

Makes sense to me, in practice it will make no difference to my job as i'll still be at the same client doing the same stuff. Yay.

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#4 RE: ACN analysts- BSI to analysts consulting group
01/10/2007 17:06

Answer to newjoiner (#1)

To answer the question... essentially the ACG will now work cross industry and possibly have more opportunities to develop generic consulting and leadership skills than in the past. There will also be more options to do work in the MCIM service lines as well as in SI and Tech.

The vision is to offer junior people a broader and more flexible expereince early in their careers although it remains to be seen if it really works out that way in practice. I am not sure if HR would ever offer such a frank explanation!

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#5 RE: ACN analysts- BSI to analysts consulting group
02/10/2007 13:21

newjoiner to Answer (#4)

Thank you for the clarifications... I hope it's a genuine change in organization and practice! One last question: would you say it's a big challenge to be able to work on the kinds of projects you want...?

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#6 RE: ACN analysts- BSI to analysts consulting group
02/10/2007 14:04

Answer to newjoiner (#5)

Listen, if you are joining as a new analyst you will be at the mercy of whatever work is going at the time. What projects do you want? What would you be good at? can you answer those questions? You should be able to but most analysts cannot. You need to do some more research my friend.

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#7 RE: ACN analysts- BSI to analysts consulting group
02/10/2007 14:19

newjoiner to Answer (#6)

Luckily I can answer those questions- I have an MBA and 2 years work experience. Enough to know what projects I'd like to work on. I was just wondering what the internal system was like... for those of us who do know what direction they want to go in, is it an easy road or hurdles along each way? My experience at ACN thus far has been a hurdle at each turn.

Is it a matter of networking? Any other tips you could give me would be greatly appreciated, my friend.

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#8 RE: ACN analysts- BSI to analysts consulting group
02/10/2007 14:26

anon to newjoiner (#7)

Please explain in as much detail as possible the type of hurdles you have experienced at ACN... examples would be helpful too

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#9 RE: ACN analysts- BSI to analysts consulting group
02/10/2007 14:29

newjoiner to Answer (#6)

Luckily I can answer those questions- I have an MBA and 2 years work experience. Enough to know what projects I'd like to work on. I was just wondering what the internal system was like... for those of us who do know what direction they want to go in, is it an easy road or hurdles along each way? My experience at ACN thus far has been a hurdle at each turn.

Is it a matter of networking? Any other tips you could give me would be greatly appreciated, my friend.

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#10 RE: ACN analysts- BSI to analysts consulting group
02/10/2007 14:35

newjoiner to newjoiner (#9)

I dont want to get off topic, but basically just administrative problems where I turn in paperwork and they lose it, or calls and emails go unanswered..trying to get a hold of someone is completely impossible. I had another issue where an internal recommendation wasn't being processed for whatever reason... anyway, this is all beside the point.

Im only hoping that trying to navigate the system isn't as difficult. I know networking is obviously important, but are there any other tips for getting on the kinds of projects one finds interesting? Is there a database analysts can access to see what positions/projects are going on, vacancies etc.?

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#11 RE: ACN analysts- BSI to analysts consulting group
02/10/2007 14:51

acn to newjoiner (#10)

Am I correct in assuming you have not yet joined the firm?

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#12 RE: ACN analysts- BSI to analysts consulting group
02/10/2007 14:57

anon to acn (#11)

people not returning calls, being difficult to get hold of, losing paperwork... just sounds like any other big company doesn't it?

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#13 RE: ACN analysts- BSI to analysts consulting group
02/10/2007 14:59

newjoiner to anon (#12)

If anyone could explain how project assignment works that would be great.

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#14 RE: ACN analysts- BSI to analysts consulting group
03/10/2007 11:34

Hi to newjoiner (#13)

Well, it depends. If you build a good relationship with your HR rep that will make it easier but it also depends on your alignment. if you want to do "strategy" work for example but are not aligned to strategy it will be much harder. However, if you want to test large systems then you will have an Aladdin's cave of choice.

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