I would like to share my experience, good and bad, and give a word of warning to those looking to secure employment at Accenture UK . I joined Accenture late 2013 as a C2/3 and have just handed in my notice mid-2015 to start working for a smaller consultancy. I am questioning myself why I hadn't done this earlier now.
Accenture has a great brand reputation along with some very talented people within the workforce.
Accenture has great clients it works with across all disciplines.
Accenture focuses on targets and sales – but which company dosnt?
Reasonably good with the expenses policy… For example. If you have to leave your home before 6.00am then you can claim breakfast. If you leave the office after 21.00 then you can claim your dinner and catch a cab home.
It’s fairly easy to get a job after working at Accenture as it’s got that reputation.
Really good company for women because when they go on maternity leave they give full pay.
Very sales focused and hugely based on body shopping (regardless of skill set) in any location required in the UK. Be prepared to travel a lot be prepared to get burnt out.
Be prepared to do very long hours, work on the weekends and don’t expect any credit or time to compensate.
This company is very facetime based. You feel like you cannot leave before your manager otherwise this will affect your rating. People within your own team will start calling you a ‘part timer’ if you leave earlier than everyone else.
Analysts get bullied and are used as powerpoint /excel to do admin type jobs like formatting powerpoints, set up meeting rooms, dial into meetings for the managers.
Consultants are required to think a little but still get bruised by the managers aka still involved in admin.
Most of the managers are under pressure to deliver to the client. So they will micro manage what the consultants and analysts and take all the credit for it.
SMs are totally sales focused as this will depend on their bonus so they have a clear mission.
MDs are treated like gods… One MD once said thank you to me. I still remember that day!
On the other hand, once, I went to say hello to an MD who got promoted from SM. This totally got to his head and he replied. “Go away from me before I give you some work to do”.
Summary and my personal experience:
I would avoid working for Accenture. When I first started I was 'sold' a role and promised to a client despite the career discussions I had had through the recruitment process. I joined as a C2/3 and have been pushing for a promotion to M1 which never happened, despite the promises been made and having achieved my objectives. The senior manager who was supposed to represent me was focused on me selling more roles to the client, eventually an attractive looking blond girl came in who then took over from my role and I was pushed out eventually. That SM is now on LOA.
Advice to succeed:
If you can’t beat them, join them!!! This rule applies in Accenture. I got sold for a role which I absolutely hated which was completely away from my base location (despite roles within the surrounding area). Eventually I had to lie to another candidate (new joiner) to promote how amazing role it was so they could take over from me.
Network as much as you can so you can find your own roles in areas that you are interest in. Don’t rely on your resourcing manager!!!
Favouritism applies, and drinking/socialising with the right people WILL help you!
If your female then you may want to consider wearing high heels and low cut tops. This MAY help in promotion.
Avoid any bench time, your name will flag up on a hit list and you will get approached for internal work which will not benefit you in any way, nor will it get you any recognition
This post written up is purely a warning to someone looking to work at Accenture in the UK. Take as little or as much as you need from it.