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Accenture Vs Deloitte .... Graduate Dilema

 
#1 Accenture Vs Deloitte .... Graduate Dilema
15/02/2005 15:11

Student

I am a final year student and have offers from both Accenture and Deloitte (London). I honestly don't know which one to go with. Could anyone offer some unbiased advice that might help me decide? Thanks in advance .....

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#2 Re: Accenture Vs Deloitte .... Graduate Dilema
15/02/2005 15:20

Spongebob Roundpants

Do you want to be a management consultant or an IT systems implementer? The choice is really that stark. Deloitte for the former, Accenture for the latter. If you don't know which you want to be, look at it this way - as you went through interview, which organisation gave you a better feeling? The cultures are vastly different. Both have excellent reputations good career prospects etc, but where do you think you'll be happiest? Which organisation had the type of people you'd want to drink with after work?

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#3 Re: Accenture Vs Deloitte .... Graduate Dilema
15/02/2005 16:00

Student

Good advice, I am from a Business Information Systems background. I want to work in the area of Enterprise Applications, but more on the Business aspects rather than the technical implementation. Long term, I would like to be able to work in more strategy oriented positions. My big fear with ACN is that I will end up coding (even though I have a little experience, I have no interest). I know both companies can offer work in my desired area, but I guess the rest is up to me.

A final question, long term I feel ACN will continue to be dominant (but i fear they are going too far down the outsourcing road) but am not quite sure what the future holds for Deloitte. They seem to be REALLY enthusiastic about their future. Would you share that view?

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#4 Re: Accenture Vs Deloitte .... Graduate Dilema
15/02/2005 16:12

Spongebob Roundpants

Deloitte got the business model right two years ago when the didn't (couldn't) sell off their consulting function like the other big4 did. As a result, they are argualy several years farther down the road in terms of maturity of structures and processes than the other big4. They are truly offering cross lines of service solutions to the marketplace and seem to be doing well. Those I know that work there seem fairly upbeat and seem to have retained a sense of fun and perspective. Can anybody say that about somebody they know at Accenture?

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#5 Thanks ....
15/02/2005 16:39

Student

Thanks for the help. Very insightful and what you have said seems to represent what I have witnessed at interviews ....

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#6 People more important than the company
15/02/2005 16:48

Tony Restell (Top-Consultant.com)

I'd agree with Spongebob Roundpants (?!) in so far as how comfortable you feel with the consultants at each of these firms is far and away the most important consideration. Both firms have excellent reputations and will look good on your CV whatever you end up doing later on in life. You can also do proper consulting with both firms, depending on which parts of the business you are being accepted into. What will really determine whether you are happy in your first job, though, will be how well you get on with the people there. In all likelihood you will find yourself away on projects, staying in hotels for weeks at a time. So you want to be surrounded by the types of people you would choose to socialise with. So Spongebob Roundpants' observation that you should think about which company you fit in with socially is I think spot on. Go with your heart / gut instincts from the people you've met at each firm. Good luck, Tony

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#7 Thanks ....
15/02/2005 18:28

Student

Thanks for the advice. Haven't been on this forum much but i have to say that the quality of advice is top-class ....

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#8 Re: Accenture Vs Deloitte .... Graduate Dilemma
15/02/2005 23:38

Jealous

To be honest I'd love to be in your position. I had a final round at Deloitte but didn't get an offer and am yet to apply to Accenture. However, I know exactly who I would work for in your position (Deloitte - purely for the "people" aspect) and find it highly surprising that someone who has come through both application procedures doesn't know for whom they'd rather work.

Hope you make the right decision for you and good luck with whichever way you go.

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#9 Re: Accenture Vs Deloitte .... Graduate Dilema
16/02/2005 14:40

Dan

I'm not sure I would agree about Deloitte being consulting and Accenture being Systems Implementation. It really depends on the competency you end up in. To my mind the service lines are fairly equivalent; Strat & Ops in Deloitte does much the same kind of work as Business Consulting at Accenture, Enterprise Apps at Deloitte is like Global Business Solutions at Accenture. The biggest difference seems to be the size of engagements. Because of its audit base, Deloitte has a far greater reach into the mid-market, Accenture deals only at the blue chip end and has no audit restrictions on the work it can do. My advice is to choose based on the people you met at each. Hope this helps.

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#10 Re: Accenture Vs Deloitte .... Graduate Dilema
01/09/2005 13:45

Big4 Alumni

Hi, It's better if you post jobs in job posting section at http://www.big4.com/Careerhome.aspx You will be able to get exact candidates for your requirement. or contact big4@big4.com for the same. Thanks,

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