I mostly agree with Bainee as well. At the start of your career, you should be looking to learn, but also to establish yourself at a large brand name company. The ACN name will do just that, and will open a lot of doors for you in the future. If you were more senior, I would advise against it, but as a grad, its a great place to start.
Here are my pros and cons for a grad pos at acn:
- Internationally recognised brand name
- Since ACN is a 'tier 1' IT shop, you will be seen as 'tier 1'.
- lots of material for you to learn ( if you want to, theres stuff there to keep you busy).
- Likely have ppl in your age gp working on your team. Generally fun and friendly ppl, especially the younger ones.
- A bit of politics- success depends of who you know- gotta network here.
- Graduates will likely be given junior mundane tasks ( thus not much job satisfaction). ACN has enough competition for the better jobs such as mgt/stgy. Those will almost surely goto the senior employees.
However, your job duties will be a bit of a flip opf the coin- it depends on your PM. He/she can make life hell or quite good...
- You probably wont feel like you really accomplished anything meaningful, but will likely be just another bum on a seat turning the wheel. ( dont take this harshly- most graduate roles in any company are like this).
- Salary depends on which office, generally mkt or slighly below ( but as a grad, DO NOT go just for salary).
My concluding advice:
As a grad, take it. Your main objectives as a grad should be to:
b) Set yourself up for the future opportunities.
ACN does both. Whilst it may not have you on the most exciting jobs, nor job duties, there will be enough in the role and 'knowledge base' for you to learn.
As importantly, the international brand name carries a lot of weight, and places you well for the future. The brand alone opens many doors for you in the future.
By the way, most of the others ( HP, EDS, IBM, etc) are almost exactly the same.
The negativity on this thread regarding acn are primarilly from more senior ppl, who are frustrated with the a@@ kissing thats required to get the best jobs at these companies, or are clients who are unsatisfied with the service gotten from these companies. As a graduate, both these points are not really your concern.