Accenture and "Deliverables"

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liberal lion

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Mar 25, 2009
 
Funny article about consultants calling everything a deliverable.

http://www.examiner.com/x-3040-Minneapolis-Li...
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Accenture is one of the worst companies to work for. They treat people shabbily, have a horrible work environment and don’t even use CRM or automated tools for marketing sales. Layoffs are done quietly and freshers are recruited just to show quarterly profit. Compared to competing IT services companies is not even a 3rd tier player.
They have zero IP , high attrition and very poor management. Many bosses are abusive and foul mouthed and the company seems completely focussed on manpower selling. They don’t care if it’s software or hardware or cat food. They just want to sell manpower. Accenture also does not have any IP of it’s own and this is a big bottleneck as the company has no differentiating criteria other than cheap labour. Most of it’s products in services space are of the worst quality while it’s solutions expertise is again poor as the company frequently fails to execute solutions properly because of poor management , high attrition and poor skills. This is made worse by managers who don’t understand anything about technology. Can you imagine a company where sales
guys submit one proposal, delivery is done in another way and after year 1 the account runs into loss ? That is the normal lifecycle of Accenture’s projects. Most managers are just fooling around with excel sheet fudged data and trying to show they are meeting their numbers.Even Large deals like which Accenture has advertised as winning deals are loss making deals and have extremely thin margins. Many of Accenture's key accounts are running into loss and the company routinely fires people to maintain a thin margin. This is the most pathetic way to grow the business or show fake profits.

In reality the company suffers from huge verheads and there is an urgent need to make it a separate
the company uses "Accenture" brand name to win deals and "Screw" customers.
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I joined Accenture as a fresher 4 years ago....I was very happy with the training program as it was related to the domain I liked. So much was my enthusiasm that I topped the training in my batch. But due to bullshi* policies I was allocated to a completely different domain. Even then I slogged and performed all my given tasks well in time....what did I get in the appraisal?- "Meets Expectations" - and without any proper justification. A brain-dead maintenance project which was absolutely monotonous (full of countless 5 year old bugs which people now at TL/PM level developed)....micro management by a mothe*fu**ing Manager who was a master of playing politics. Every day was an ordeal. Thank god that I left immediately after my bond period got over to join another company which not only paid well but also recognized my contribution and ability. Now I am happily pursuing my MBA from one of the top 5 B-schools in the US and won't recommend ANYONE to join this blood-sucking company which is a fiefdom of incompetent politics players . Please avoid this company to secure your career.
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Nov 29, 2012
 
I so wish I had read this blog one and a half years ago.It could have prevented me from deciding to joining this shit hole company.As has been mentioned by a majority of the commentators, the company is not concerned with what career aspirations a employee may have- one is simply expected to be on a project at the client side ,even if it means just doing bullcrap work, in order to bring in money for Accenture.
The first 6 months at the firm were the worst of my life. I was a new joiner and had no idea or clue on what to expect. On m first day, HR informed me that I have been staffed as a PMO Specialist(read Office Clerk) on a project. I was pretty enthusiastic and was really keen on learning more. My responsibility mainly involved updating and maintaining spreadsheets and powerpoints and sending out a bunch of emails daily.It seemed ok in the beginning-I comforted myself with the fact that at least i would be learning new stuff but I really just fooling myself.

My team lead made it a nightmare for me. I used to be grilled heavily for making minor mistakes and being careless. I got screamed at regularly. My lunch breaks started getting monitored. I started getting depressed more often and this in turn affected my work quality. I asked HR if there were any upcoming rolls available so that I may exit this project. HR forwarded my email to my senior manager and I got another round of bashing
Finally I was able to leave the project and had to be on the bench for a while. I didnt mind as I tok this as an opportunity to reflect on things and plan accordingly. I still really wanted to get on with consulting work and (mistakenly) believed that I would find light at the end of the tunnel. But as I started realising through my interactions with colleagues, there is no tunnel at Accenture, its just a very deep hole- you just wosh for the hole to end so you could land hard on the ground and just die.

I dragged though Accenture for 12 more months. Another disappointing thing I found about Accenture is that its actually a case of finding a job within a job.I had to maintain contact with my scheduler to try to get staffed onto projects but it wasnt easy to do so. Sometimes, the manager wanted me on but at the last minute,client requirements changed.On other occassions, other candidates got chosen over me. I ended up supporting sales teams on business development proposals (read clerical work again) a lot.
After almost 2 years of staying at Accenture, I wondered for what sins I have been punished for by choosing a company like Accenture. I really wanted to change jobs but couldnt go about it for some reason or the other.However, just around 2-3 months ago, I got forced out of the firm. I was initially quite dejected.I really didnt want to leave this way and had this feeling of unfulfillment of my desire, of my capabilities. It was a bitter pill but I had to swallow it and I have now been able to muster up a more positive outlook towards my life and career.

I really have no regrets now and I would like to advise anyone considering a career in Accenture to forgo such an opportunity;you wont regret it

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