Work Life Balance in Accenture
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Mandaluyong City, Philippines
#1 Jul 10, 2011
Anyone have incites on the Work-Life balance in Accenture?
#2 Aug 1, 2011
There is no such thing at Accenture
#3 Feb 2, 2012
Work life balance @ Accenture is bad. Better to leave.
#4 Feb 17, 2012
My typical day working at Accenture:
7:00 - drive to client
8:00 - arrive at client office
8:42 - client arrives for the meeting
8:51 – Accenture supervisor escapes for tea/
when client demands answers
8:52 - review project with team - still 18
9:15 - daily email to 6 bosses about dire
9:25 – stress out reading replies from bosses
recommending throwing more bodies on
9:38 - take call from boss #4 - debate
pointless "strategic direction"
10:20 - coffee, snack, & bitch session with
colleagues who can switch sides at a
drop of a hat
10:45 – meeting with client again to suppress
the dire facts
12:20 – Walk to cafeteria
12:30 - have hot dog at sidewalk cafe, scope
out hot chicks just to forget the
horror show at client office
1:15 - meet with angry client for daily status
(meaning punching bag session)
1:28 - review project with team - still 18
months behind.find some to blame or
pass on the buck
1:40 - daily email to 5 other bosses about
dire status. Create stories to bosses
and find a fall guy
2:15 - take call from other boss #3 - debate
disastrous "strategic direction"
2:28 - dispute between team members in
relation to nepotism
3:20 - coffee, snack, & bitch session with
whoever one can find
4:20 - drive home
5:50 - arrive home
8:10 - take calls from 4 other bosses
debating strategy/scapegoats/ass licking
9:20 - end day knowing tomorrow will be
exactly the same
Total work done: 0
Total 'Return on Investment' for Client: 0
Prague, Czech Republic
#5 Feb 20, 2012
Life is miserable at Accenture
#6 Feb 22, 2012
work life balance is excellent... you put in as many hours as you feel are necessary to get the job done but no one breaths down your neck.. it is left up to you and ultimately it is the results that speak for your abilities. sometimes there are long days and weeks, but at other times you have a pretty light work schedule. people really care about you personally and build long term relationships. of all the companies i have worked in over the last several years, this is a by a very long shot the best.
#7 Feb 22, 2012
A few years ago I quit my job in academia to go work as a field delivery consultant for accenture. This whole thing was a ridiculous culture shock to me. I quit because I wanted to try something different -- it was different, all right.
For the first year or so I was doing some development work on the client side as well as requirements gathering and dealing with integration. I was cool with this, because I was doing something technical but wanted something that would flex my people skills as well. At one point I was tasked with requirements gathering for a customer who wanted some custom work done to their installation of our product. They bought two weeks of my time to draft a spec, and no development -- my deliverable was basically to draft the SOW for the next consultant who was to write a technical design for someone else who was to write code.
The final specification amounted to approximately 95 pages including screenshot mockups. The spec went back to the home office, where our development team reviewed it and quoted something like three or four months' time to develop it, test it, and hand off back to the customer for acceptance testing. They planned for the invariable back and forth on that as well. This was in February of that particular year; they were looking at taking the feature live on january 1 of the following year.The feature they requested? Four simple web forms, the code to validate their input, and a report generator to dump back out what was put into the form !!!!!
After we finalized the spec for this I turned in my two weeks and went straight back to academia, where four web forms and a report is something you write, wrap automated tests around, and deploy before lunchtime.
#10 Dec 6, 2012
Unethical and incompetence are very light words to use for Accenture. I witnessed their billing for their offshore resources who left the company over three months, have their T&M resources working for other clients and not working for projects they are actually billed for. I was asked to be more aggressive while at client location. I couldn't understand what aggressiveness has to do in writing code. Later on I realized that was harassing other people working at client and make them leave so that Accenture can bring in more people. Right now they have shortage of resources, and they recruiting people by telling lies about their roles and responsibilities, even working areas of Business Units. I escalated about their cheating practices to HR, Senior Managers. The answer I got from everybody is "This is how IT industry works." Horribly cheap!.
This company can't be compared with it's competitors. Most of its employees and their practices will not tolerated in companies like IBM, Capgemini or CGI. They may be doing something unethical but not to the level of Accenture.
#11 Oct 21, 2013
Hahahahahahahaah! so true and I work on the other side of the planet!
#12 Jan 30, 2014
Managers are GODs here. Everyone in the project were supposed to worship and fear the Managers. Anyone not doing so, would be liable for a bad rating. This happened to me.
Being a start performer in my previous companies, I was shocked to see my rating in Accenture. I was eventually put in PIP and all hell broke loose. I was made to submit assignments, give presentations to dumb people, provide my weekly PIP review comments to incompetent managers. I cursed my stars for choosing Accenture for me. During the PIP period for a month, I faced a lot of humiliation and disgust. I had to give written comments telling that I will be obedient to my managers.
I was told by managers to setup the projectors and keep the conference rooms ready for meetings. He insisted that this is also part of team work.
I eventually came out of PIP and immediately resigned. I could have resigned when the rating was given, but, that would have made me a coward, so I stayed for 2 months after the rating was given, proved them that they are a class of donkeys and left the company never to join back again.
Friends. My sincere advice...better be jobless than enter Accenture and get humiliated.
#13 Mar 27, 2014
Accenture Singapore is worst company. There is no work life balance.
Very stressful work life. Very racial in promotions..
Be careful while joining the Accenture Singapore.
Chiang Mai, Thailand
#14 Mar 27, 2014
In fact be careful joining Accenture anywhere in the world. Do not tell you weren't warned !
#15 Mar 10, 2015
sick company..life at Hr team sucks..unorganized work place
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