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Accenture Operating Groups vs Technology

 
#1 Accenture Operating Groups vs Technology
03/11/2004 14:16

Jo

Hi,

I have recently been offered a grad position at Accenture, however am very indecisive as to where I want to go in the company (I have read the website and they all sound good)! I have a choice between:

1.The Operating Groups

2.The London Delivery Centre

3.GACTs

Would anyone be able to give me some information on how the groups differ in terms of:

*The type of work/range of projects ie a typical day

*Client exposure

*Career progression

*The amount of travelling required (both abroad and domestic)

*The benefits/drawbacks of being in the area

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#2 Re: Accenture Operating Groups vs Technology
03/11/2004 20:32

Tom

I'm in the same dilemma! Would really appreciate answers to these questions too!!

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#3 Re: Accenture Operating Groups vs Technology
03/11/2004 22:26

anon

If you have been offered a job at accenture, why do you not know what the differences are between these groups and what the daily activities involve!

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#4 Re: Accenture Operating Groups vs Technology
03/11/2004 23:28

Jo

Hi Anon,

I do have a high level knowledge of what the different areas of Accenture entail. However as you can probably appreciate this is quite a big decision and therefore I would like to ensure I have exhausted all the resources available to me to obtain as much information about these areas as possible, in order to facilitate a more informed decision.

Regards

Jo

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#5 Re: Accenture Operating Groups vs Technology
04/11/2004 14:36

george

You are asking a lot and seem to be not well informed: 1)There's no such thing as travelling abroad when you start. 2) Client Exposure is minimal (don't even think about C-Level). 3)The type of work really varies (in Operating Groups expect Testing, Design, Requirements Gathering, any other kind of low-end Excel/Powerpoint/Project work). Don't know details about LDC/GACT, however they seem to be more technical, i.e. Coding/Support type of work. All depends what *you* would like to do.

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#6 Re: Accenture Operating Groups vs Technology
04/11/2004 14:56

Jo

Hi George,

Thank you for the reply. Once again (see reply to Anon’s post) I do have a high level knowledge, however I was hoping someone from the LDC could respond to this post and give me some inside information (about all levels analyst through to partner) about the job. With regards to travelling abroad I thought you travelled to Chicargo for training after six months?? Anyway HR have arranged someone to call me from the LDC so it is not a problem, I just though it would be useful to have an extra source.

Many thanks,

Jonathan

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#7 Re: Accenture Operating Groups vs Technology
04/11/2004 18:12

anon

George - my experience is definitely very different from yours, but I suppose that just shows what a big organisation Accenture is. I ended up on being on a project abroad (Germany and Scandinavia) continously for the first three years of my Andersen Consulting/Accenture career (and this was definitely not out of choice). Also, I had a relatively high level of client exposure even as an analyst (weekly on senior management level, briefly even at board level), though I don't want to go into the reasons of why this happened...

LDC/GACT: LDC is mostly coding monkeys with lower salaries, less training and less responsibility, but supposedly better work-life balance. GACT are techie consultants - in the beginning the work is supposed to be much like LDC, but you're supposed to then develop your architecture skills ("the big picture") and become a technical/solution architect - though most people seem to end up as team leads and project managers just like all the people in OGs.

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#8 Re: Accenture Operating Groups vs Technology
09/11/2004 19:14

Anon

Hi,

Anon - i think you are confusing LDC consultants with ATS graduates. Graduates joining the LDC are not code monkeys (in fact they do less coding that those joining GACT) - they also do not receive any less pay than consultants joining the Operating Groups. All analysts joining Accenture as graduates receive £28,500 + £10000 joining bonus. ATS Grads start on approx £21,000. All analysts (excluding those joining ATS) go to Chicago for a 2 week trainin course 6 - 8 months after they start.

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#9 Re: Accenture Operating Groups vs Technology
09/11/2004 23:25

anon

Fair point - yes, I was only referring to the ATS people deployed to the LDCs. I had forgotten there were Consulting workforce people deployed to the LDCs as well (have never come across any on the projects I've worked on), so obviously I can't say anything about their job picture etc. Though I am surprised to hear they would not be coding in the beginning - thought the whole point of LDC was to deliver (that's what the D stands for!). At least that's what we've used the LDC for on the last couple of projects I have been involved with: once all the high level/functional designs have been done, ship them over to the LDC and get the people over there to build and test the code...

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#10 Re: Accenture Operating Groups vs Technology
11/11/2004 16:46

andrei

Hi everyone. Also on this topic I was interviewed in Romania for a consultig position and everythin in the group/case and so on went well. At the 1 to 1(more 2 to 1 actually) they were really focusing on my availability to code/design and so on. Then the job offer and first project is on CHANGE MANAGEMENT. Question is once you start on Business Consulting, does it happen to go to coding or whatever LDC/GACT(I do not have much details on that either exept what I found here)? Can jobs change a lot in the begining? Thanks for the help and support

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