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Accenture Experienced Hire

 
#1 Accenture Experienced Hire
14/05/2010 14:02

Lauren L

Hi,

Has anyone been through the Accenture experienced hire process? Is it notoriously slow?

I had an interview a while back, but have heard nothing. It took them 5 weeks to even offer me the first interview.

Would be nice to hear from others and their experiences.

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#2 RE: Accenture Experienced Hire
14/05/2010 14:29

star to Lauren L (#1)

It is slow.

Took me almost 3 months from first interview to 2nd interview.

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#3 RE: Accenture Experienced Hire
14/05/2010 14:35

Lauren L to star (#2)

Oh dear. I don't really have that sort of time to wait.

If you don't mind me asking, do you currently working there now? What was the outcome of your 2nd interview?

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#4 RE: Accenture Experienced Hire
14/05/2010 19:04

Bob to Lauren L (#1)

Hi,

Mine took about a month before I heard anything, but I have been impressed with HR and their flexibility around my current client commitments.

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#5 RE: Accenture Experienced Hire
14/05/2010 21:12

Lauren L to Bob (#4)

Thanks for the reply Bob.

Are you heading to Accenture then?

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#6 RE: Accenture Experienced Hire
15/05/2010 09:55

John Paul 2 to Lauren L (#5)

I have found their process very slow so far. Can anyone tell me what their case study and hr interviews consist of?

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#7 RE: Accenture Experienced Hire
15/05/2010 12:44

Bob to Lauren L (#5)

Lets see, I am considering other options too.

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#8 RE: Accenture Experienced Hire
15/05/2010 13:13

Lauren L to Bob (#7)

Did you apply for consultant grade? Do you know if they pay a sign on bonus for C1's and C2's?

I am coming from a non consulting big 4 background, but am unsure as to where i'll be placed on thier grade/salary levels.

A recruitment consultant told me C1 salary starts at 42k....seems quite low..

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#9 RE: Accenture Experienced Hire
15/05/2010 14:50

Anon to Lauren L (#8)

Anyone know what the case study involves?

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#10 RE: Accenture Experienced Hire
15/05/2010 19:20

John Paul 2 to Anon (#9)

I too would be coming from outside consulting with just under four years industry experience. With the increased hours coupled with the flexibility I would need to provide on location, I would need far more than £42K to convince me to move there. That's what I am on now with a 37.5 hour week. I would expect more like £60K considering a grad starts on £32K + 10K sign on.

I would be very interested in any case study tips/insights others could provide.

Thanks

JP2

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#11 RE: Accenture Experienced Hire
15/05/2010 20:34

Lauren L to John Paul 2 (#10)

Hmm, well I am 100% sure Consultant 1 starts at 42k, then C2 approx 47k, C3 mid 50's..and so on.

Unless you are applying for a manager role, I highly doubt they will pay you 60k +.

I think the salary for C level is not generally considered to be good. Grad salary and senior manager/exec salary is.

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#12 RE: Accenture Experienced Hire
15/05/2010 20:36

Lauren L to John Paul 2 (#10)

Also, how long did it take you to hear back after your first phone interview?

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#13 RE: Accenture Experienced Hire
15/05/2010 21:43

John Paul 2 to Lauren L (#12)

I know that is the salary for internal moves but is it true for external hires? What is the "lure" if you earn a similar salary for less hours in industry? Why would someone want to join to work long hours, be staying in hotels away from family and earn less money per hour?

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#14 RE: Accenture Experienced Hire
16/05/2010 07:03

Lauren L to John Paul 2 (#13)

I think the lure is the sign on bonus??

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#15 RE: Accenture Experienced Hire
16/05/2010 18:09

anon to Lauren L (#14)

C1 salary can be lower than 42k but i am pretty sure everyone will be on minimum of 40k.

The broad range for C1-C3 salaries is 40-60k though i would add that if you are out of town you'll get a daily allowance which given it's tax free nature can add quite a few thousand to your package each year, though obviously at the expense of being away from home etc.

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#16 RE: Accenture Experienced Hire
16/05/2010 20:17

Lauren L to anon (#15)

How much is the allowance per day if you work away from home?

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#17 RE: Accenture Experienced Hire
16/05/2010 20:24

What is... Consultant to Lauren L (#16)

Why don't you ask their HR if you get through the process. Per diems are common in all consultancies!

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#18 RE: Accenture Experienced Hire
18/05/2010 17:07

Msc Anthro to What is... Consultant (#17)

Has anyone had the HR interview/case study yet? Would be grateful if anyone could share their experiences.

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#19 RE: Accenture Experienced Hire
19/05/2010 11:53

Astro to anon (#15)

I come with a non-consulting experience of 10 years. What level can I expect - C1, C2, C3, M1?

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#20 RE: Accenture Experienced Hire
19/05/2010 11:55

BeenThere to Msc Anthro (#18)

Case studies I have heard about: Two breweries merging, In-flight change in flightpath, Telco acquiring multiple small broadband operaters.

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#21 RE: Accenture Experienced Hire
19/05/2010 12:04

Lauren L to Astro (#19)

Thanks BeenThere.

I've never done a case study before, what type of ideas are the recruiters generally looking for? How best to approach these things from a consultants persepctive?

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#22 RE: Accenture Experienced Hire
19/05/2010 12:06

Astro to Lauren L (#14)

How much is the sign on bonus? Do they give re-location allowance?

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#23 RE: Accenture Experienced Hire
26/05/2010 10:21

High Performance. Delivered. to Astro (#22)

Can anyone advise me on the case study aspect of the interview process? I have seen one for premier homes online. If anyone has seen this - is this the kind of thing to expect at a Systems Integration Consultant case interview?

Any tips gratefully received...

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#24 RE: Accenture Experienced Hire
26/05/2010 13:04

High Performance. Delivered. to High Performance. Delivered. (#23)

High Performance. Delivered.

Go on. Be a Tiger. But don't Cheat.

Hehe.

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#25 RE: Accenture Experienced Hire
26/05/2010 13:08

High Speed Chase. to High Performance. Delivered. (#24)

Also don't get chased down ur driveway by an angry woman trying to hit u with golf clubs.

LOL. What a PR disaster.

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#26 RE: Accenture Experienced Hire
03/06/2010 08:41

Ahmad to Lauren L (#1)

Hi,

I took me 2 months in getting first interview.One month in getting 2nd interview.

to-date 1-1/2 month has been passed and no answer after 2nd interview.I contacted HR and they said you are still under consideration by senior manager.

I dont know how much time they will take in saying NO or YES.

Just hanging in between......

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#27 RE: Accenture Experienced Hire
04/06/2010 14:26

anoni to Ahmad (#26)

Ahmad, i'm in the same position.

I don't know what takes them so long to decide, but it's their loss as they are losing good candidates with opportunities available to them elsewhere. I personally cannot and will not put my career on hold waiting for a response from them. If they were that keen to hire me, they would have let me know within the 10 days as promised.

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#28 RE: Accenture Experienced Hire
08/06/2010 15:44

High Performance. Delivered. to anoni (#27)

Well I managed to bag a job in Consulting with ACN. Just signed and sealed the deal. It took the best part of 4 months. All good though and very happy. They are recruiting in some areas! For information after the Case and HR interviews they wrapped the process up pretty quickly.

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#29 RE: Accenture Experienced Hire
08/06/2010 16:12

anoni to High Performance. Delivered. (#28)

congrats, what area? level?

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#30 RE: Accenture Experienced Hire
08/06/2010 16:31

ymous to High Performance. Delivered. (#28)

could you share a timeline of the 4 months? e.g. how long from interview 1, 2, 3 to offer.

thks

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#31 RE: Accenture Experienced Hire
08/06/2010 19:41

Heavy Drinker to ymous (#30)

Tell us more about what you do at Accenture.

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#32 RE: Accenture Experienced Hire
09/06/2010 09:06

Anon to Heavy Drinker (#31)

From the initial application through to the offer stage it took me just under 3 months. As previously posted, after the HR and case study it was pretty quick - within a week in my case. I guess they are just very busy. I did end up calling a few times to check on the process and they were pretty helpful so no harm doing that if you've been waiting a while...

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#33 RE: Accenture Experienced Hire
09/06/2010 12:30

LEG to Anon (#32)

Hi,

I'm going through 2nd Round interview with ACN on Friday. I'm supposed to have a Case Study and a Potentia Test.

Does any of you guys know what I'm likely to face?

Cheers,

Luis

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#34 RE: Accenture Experienced Hire
28/06/2010 17:11

anon to LEG (#33)

6 weeks from app to offer. grade c3.

1 telephone and 1 onsite (HR/senior exec).

Anon.

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#35 RE: Accenture Experienced Hire
17/07/2010 19:08

Praveen to anon (#34)

I have a 2nd round through telepresence in Zurich for IT projects consultants next month. This is for Systems Integration and Technology growth practice.It is clearly mentioned for Financial services clients.

Q1 - For an experience hire of 7+ years exp in IT projects related Banking, what type of case study might come up?

Q2 - Will a technology consultant with complete career focus in Banking be asked to worked for any other industry if there are no projects?

Q3 - If offered, will there be relocation expense provided, sign-on bonus, and will I be able to negotiate for a C3?

Thanks,

Praveen

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#36 RE: Accenture Experienced Hire
18/07/2010 11:01

Big Consultant to Praveen (#35)

Part of the appeal of Consulting apart from pay (even where pay is not too high) are:

The kind of skills one would learn and the intensity at which one would learn them would set you apart from peers in the long run. It is one thing to take your offspring to the local football academy to learn football (ala graduate programmes of blue chips). It is a completely different ball game to send your offspring to the youth academy of Ajax, Barcelona, Man U, Arsenal etc (Ala top consulting firms). Hence the tendency to see ex-consultants being employed a bar or even 3 up when moving into industry.

Secondly, the allowance. When I was in CapG, one gets a £15 breakfast allowance and a £30 dinner allowance when away from home (This was lower in Accenture then). That is £45 a day for usually 4 to 5 days a week (and possible £2.50 per day for tea/coffee if the client does not have any on site lol). One also get paid for mileage if going by car, which was pretty high to cover wear and tear.

Lets imagine a consultant is billed 200 days in a year with the rest being weekends, holiday (personal and public) and time on the bench. The meal allowance on its own is £9000 per year. Remember, this excludes the good mileage payment for travelling by car if one does. I used to drive a not-so-expensive car that I did not mind it building mileage so it was not really depreciating that much. I also used to get all the juice and other edibles I needed for my week from Tescos and claim it on my dinner (it broke no rules, you can get anything you want from anywhere you want at any quantity as long as it was not over the limit).

Then the consultancies normally give a corporate credit card to pay for hotel bills, but one can get a personal credit card with good rewards programme to use to pay for this. Lets go with the 200 billable days and lets say the hotel bills are £90 per day (consultancies normally organise discounts), that is about £18K a year that you can put on the card. Add the £6K meal allowance earlier discussed, and the fact that some hotel chains have some loyalty schemes that gives you free night (personally) if you keep using only them, you would get enough points to never have to pay for a holiday out of your pocket for a long while as you will get free flights and accommodation.

The fact that one is away from home and have meal allowances also means one does not have to dish into his salary that much (e.g. London Underground pass and restaurants since you will be frequenting at company expense elsewhere) means that a consultant can save loads of money.

To me, the above meant at least £5K, if not more, indirect extra payment apart from salary that I will never get in any other job in industry. The con is you are away from home, but if you are single, why not.

So to summarise: consultancy provides one with the opportunity for being better skilled at best practice levels and a chance to save a large portion of your salary through free meals and holidays that you will pay for in an industry job.

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#37 RE: Accenture Experienced Hire
18/07/2010 11:27

Big Consultant to Big Consultant (#36)

Actually, let me qualify it a bit more.

The £18K hotel bills plus £9K+ meal allowance will total £27K. I am pretty sure with the right credit card, one can rip a reward valued at close to £3K from the points offered by the cc company and free nights on offer by the hotel chain. Remember, not money but what the products and services you will get will be valued i.e. what you would have paid for them. That does not mean they are actually worth it in money.

Driving to Coventry used to mean I get paid £240 to and fro ever week. For a 200 billable day, imagine that one was in coventry throughout, although one could be further out or closer-by sometimes, that is £6720 per year payments. I used to drive a car worth £2500, lets say:

- It depreciated on average by £400 every year.

- I pay £600 per year on insurance, road tax, MOT etc.

- I pay £800 per year maintenance and repairs. I had another car as main.

- And spent £60 for petrol to actually get it Coventry and back. That is £1700 per year. Petrol prices not that high then.

That is about £3,500 costs per year. And I am being paid £6720 per year, that is about £3200 in the pocket.

That is already about £6200 without adding the fact of not having to pay for your meals for about 200 days in a year (bar lunch, which you can pick from Tescos the night before as part of your dinner if you wish).

One could easily say it is worth close to 10K non-direct earnings and untaxed.

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#38 RE: Accenture Experienced Hire
18/07/2010 12:40

Anon to Big Consultant (#37)

Far far far far far too much time on your hands

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#39 RE: Accenture Experienced Hire C1 salary is very very low
18/07/2010 13:09

may to Anon (#38)

The offer for 6 yr experience guy is mapped to C1 and salary is 42K. it is very very low.

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#40 RE: Accenture Experienced Hire C1 salary is very very low
23/07/2010 08:29

Praveen to may (#39)

Any of you are aware of Core Banking practice in system integration & technology growth unit of ACN?

I'm from a non-consulting background. Would like to know wt are the typical nature of projects within Financial services clientele in SI & T

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