We surveyed 110 graduates working at Accenture. Read on to get an insider’s view on life as a graduate. 110 responses.
International training, great people, interesting roles
Strong brand name on the CV, high quality clients, accessible upper management
The emphasis on self-improvement and ample support for learning and certification
Great culture, many opportunities to work with the world's best clients and staff, fantastic training opportunities and exponential growth potential.
Great training, well respected company, fantastic growth opportunities - excellent company to kick-start your career
Strong technology focus i.e. if you don't like tech integration projects there is nothing for you to do; not good at putting people in roles their experience relates to
The hours can sometimes be really long, you can have weeks where you work a lot of hours and work weekends. It comes in peaks and troughs but it can be quite stressful when you work a lot.
The strategy practice is quite young, so while we strive to do strategic work, there is not that much strategy work we actually end up doing. So we will often find us staffed in non-strategy work or work that is not strategy being labelled as strategy. However, there is a lot of effort made to grow this practice and we are seeing some strong results, so hopefully this phase will pass. So have an open mind in terms of what type of work you would like to do.
The size of the company can make it easy to get lost. It is also hard to do the work you want to do when it is demand driven.
Doing a lead role (managing 2 onshore and 5 offshore) after only 2 years. Setting expectations with clients and managers, completing reports, fixing a large variety of problems (technical, co-ordination and planning) training offshore resources.
The hours vary from project to project, and the time during the project life (this is typically higher towards the end of a project when things are ramping up for a Go-Live). I can't compare work hours to other companies since this is the only one I have worked for, but at times the hours worked I feel can be quite high. You can also be asked out of the blue to do extra work which makes it hard to plan things in advance as they may need to be cancelled.
Management Consulting analysts have training in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia a few months after they commence at the firm. I have not done this yet but all feedback I have received from others who have done it say that it is a great experience. All expenses are paid for by the firm. There is also a plethora of online training modules that you can perform on the firm's intranet - the usefulness of these modules is mixed. Sometimes they are helpful, oftentimes they are not.