What it does: Strategy, consulting, digital, technology and operations
Staff stats: Around 400,000 globally with approximately 4,000 of those in Australia
The good bits: Training and access to leaders, prestigious brand, excellent training
The not so good bits: Project driven deadlines & spikes in workload
The Accenture story
Accenture started off as the technology consulting division of (accounting firm) Arthur Andersen and used to be called Andersen Consulting. To cut a long and litigious story short, in the 1990s it was decided to split Arthur Andersen and Andersen Consulting. The latter adopted the name Accenture on January 1, 2001 and listed seven months later. Accenture now services more than 40 different industries in over 120 countries.
A world-conquering multinational with annual revenues of around US$35 billion, Accenture services many blue-chip or otherwise notable businesses. It has operated in Australia for over three decades, Australia’s iconic brands across the areas of Financial Services, Communications Media & Technology, Resources, Products and Health & Public Services.
Accenture is made up of five business units – Strategy, Consulting, Digital, Technology and Operations. Each unit works together to offer clients an ‘end to end solution’. Accenture is committed to creating an inclusive and diverse workplace and does not discriminate on the basis of “race, religion, colour, sex, age, non-disqualifying physical or mental disability, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression”.
In Australia, Accenture has supported the LGBTI community through initiatives such as partnering with the Mardi Gras Film Festival. It’s also been a leader in workplace flexibility, with various options to suit the individual needs of employees.
In 2009 Accenture launched a global ‘Skills to Succeed’ program. This aims to equip three million people with the skills to get a job or create a business by 2020. In Australia, Accenture partners with non-profits and charities that align with the Skills to Succeed initiative, such as Dress for Success, Mission Australia and The Smith Family. Accenture has also assisted, most commonly through providing digital technology solutions, the Australian Rugby Union, Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, Australian Youth Orchestra and Cricket Australia.
The recruitment process
As mentioned, Accenture has five distinct business units. All will consider grads from a range of disciplines including humanities, economics, accounting, science, technology, and engineering. Obviously, some aptitude for and interest in the unit’s speciality is expected. For example, if you want to work for Accenture Technology you should be excited by the prospect of designing solutions to solve complicated technological issues.
The recruitment process varies by business unit, but largely follows the standard online application-phone interview-assessment centre visit-interviews with senior managers model. You can learn more on the careers page of the company website.
You can expect to earn around the industry average for an entry-level consultant, with bonuses offered to strong performers. There are also some sweet perks such as overseas training and discounts on things such as insurance, restaurants and groceries.
Given the size of the business there are lots of opportunities, though graduates shouldn't expect promotions and pay rises to start materialising immediately. But from that point it’s possible to advance quickly, if you’re willing to work hard and alert senior staff to the results you’re achieving.
Training a development is something Accenture takes seriously and helps individuals navigate their own career path. There are many ways someone can up-skill either on a project itself or through formal training courses run both in house and through external providers.
The vibe of the place
Given the nature of consulting work, people come and go a lot meaning there often isn’t a lot of socialising during office hours. That being said, there is plenty of socialising done after work. As well as playing hard, you’ll be expected to work hard so be prepared to put in the hours, especially if you want to be promoted. While there’s a hierarchical structure, senior managers are accessible and encouraging. There is competition amongst ambitious grads seeking to clamber up the first few steps of the career ladder but teamwork is encouraged.
Overall satisfaction rating among grad employees: 4.0 stars
From the employer:
"You’ve worked hard to get to where you are. At Accenture, we have the options, and opportunities to take you further.
Accenture brings The New. Not only to Australia, but the world. When we do, it’s an exciting adventure that’s often career-defining. Our thinking has revolutionised technology, transport, logistics, telecommunications, broadcasting, money markets, sport, health, and much much more. When you work with us, you’re immersing yourself in an incredible range of client industries. That’s because we work globally with over 40 of them. It also means that whether you’re dealing with financial services firms, global miners, or assisting an IT or digital transformation, you’ll have access to our knowledge, insights, mentors, training and resources to ensure what you do and the solutions you provide are the best.
The passion we share for The New unites us. It is part of all we undertake because we have a singular focus to improve the way things work, and deliver high performance to those we partner with.
This high performance extends to the careers of our graduates. Here, responsibility is yours to take faster than you’ll find in many organisations.
What our graduates say.
“I’m surrounded by people with amazing minds – intelligent, driven individuals – and it pushes me forward.” – Natasha Lay
“I’ surprised by the magnitude of the projects and situations I’m handling on a daily basis.” – Andrew Peters
“ I learned first-hand how stakeholders get things done, as well as problem solving skills and dealing with different people.” – Rima Davis"