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Updated 28 August 2014
Updated 28 August 2014
6,496 Reviews

3.6
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Pros
  • There are options for partial telecommuting which contributes to work/life balance (in 425 reviews)

  • Great place to start your career as a recent graduate who is looking for experience (in 146 reviews)


Cons
  • As per me not a long term career option for people who give imp to work life balance (in 1093 reviews)

  • Literally no work life balance(Or No life only work) as a Center associate (in 221 reviews)

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  1. 6 people found this helpful  

    Great Company, but don't be naïve.

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    Former Employee - Audit Assistant  in  McLean, VA (US)
    Former Employee - Audit Assistant in McLean, VA (US)

    I worked at Deloitte full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The people are intelligent, and you will learn a great deal in a very short amount of time. A wild ride that is quite enjoyable. Large company with awesome resources. Excellent to have on your resume.

    Cons

    You have to always cover your own behind, because that is top priority for everyone else. If its you or them, lets just say its going to be you.

  2. 11 people found this helpful  

    Is the Juice worth the squeeze?

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    Current Employee - Consulting Manager  in  Washington, DC (US)
    Current Employee - Consulting Manager in Washington, DC (US)

    I have been working at Deloitte full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    (1) Know what you are getting into. This isn't a marriage...Deloitte wants you because they can sell you and make money off the top (like a traditional staffing firm). They aren't there to baby you or hold your hands (200,000+ employees can't be THAT personal). Since you can't sell yourself and cut out Deloitte, you have to know that you are there for one of the following: $, the "experience", the network, or the name (most likely the name and the $$).
    (2) Use them as much as they use you - take advantage of the travel, the fitness reimbursements, the pay, tuition, maternity/paternity leave, the clients, mediocre training, certifications, and most importantly the network. The next real step after deloitte is to start your own firm, go to industry, join another firm, or undergo a career change.
    (3) The best jobs at deloitte are the innovation team, the visualization studio team, and then staffing team (or internal project). The first two because they are cutting edge firm initiatives that secure tons of client work. The latter because its a high paying position that can be done virtually.
    (4) Managers do the heavy lifting, SCs, Consultants, and analysts have the highest ROI and do busy work, Sr. Managers are there to win work and split time on engagements, PPDs are there for their network and sheep herding. Take advantage of this breakdown!
    (5) This company is a money making machine. If you like tech adoption or system integration (90% of projects)., you can make a killing here and be very happy.

    Cons

    (1) 95% of the time the projects aren't the least bit interesting. Everyone shooting for partner wants to make a buck on their bread and butter tech implementation. The only way to land a "cool" project is to spearhead the effort of have someone in your network pursuing the engagement. Otherwise, you will be staffed to the first thing that resembles a fit. Again 200,000+ employees - all need to be staffed.
    (2) The rating system is bogus. You get a 1-5 rating for each project. Kiss enough butt you can get a 2. 1 is literally not an option to select on your assessment! If you are on a 1 yr project for a short phase and deserve a 2, and even give yourself a 2, you will get slammed with a 3 since there are other people who will be on the project longer and they will cry if they don't get one of the few (LIMITED) 3's. I've been told in confidence that this was the case on two assignments I was on. Will I try hard on my next project?....
    (3) Its all about who you know. A true networking paradigm/ frat house/ etc. If you want to get promoted or recognized at Year end, this is how you do it.
    (4) Upward feedback is a joke. Want to rate your team/ superiors after each project (like you are evaluated)? Nope! You have wait till the week before your Year End submission to evaluate these guys. Guess what, they will be called upon for your annual evaluation a few weeks later and can surely pick you out of a review (good/bad) if it was done a week prior!
    (5) Commercial travel is the pits! I've traveled 6 days a week for 5 months (cross country) only to work 15 hr days, eat poorly, forget about exercising, and be treated like a lemming by the project leads.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create an environment where people can explore different service offerings. Have a 360 feedback system available after each engagement (PE). Have bonuses every 6 months to actually "pay for performance". The "bait and switch" routine is getting old: Intersted in Project A...come on aboard, by the way the scope just changed and the work is 2x as long, 1/2 the resources, and has nothing to do with Project A!

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    An excellent career choice for an aspiring partner

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    Current Employee - Specialist Leader  in  Arlington, VA (US)
    Current Employee - Specialist Leader in Arlington, VA (US)

    I have been working at Deloitte full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Deloitte is a partnership. The culture and incentives of a partnership are very different from that of a corporate environment. You will be required to build the skills that will make you a business partner (communication, flexibility, diversity of thought and skills, planning, sales, engagement delivery). But it's also in every partners' best interest to grow more partners, so you'll find a mentoring/apprenticeship culture. The Firm has, in recent years, become even more aware and encouraging of work-life fit, though the experience varies greatly within the Firm.

    Cons

    Like many professional services firms, Deloitte will consume you if you allow it. Individuals who do not do well in setting and managing boundaries experience burn out, and there won't be many people (if anyone) to stop this from happening.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Risk management consultant for the federal sector

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    Current Employee - ERS Consultant  in  Arlington, VA (US)
    Current Employee - ERS Consultant in Arlington, VA (US)

    I have been working at Deloitte full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Provides training and good experience.

    Cons

    The pay is more on the lower end.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work on your compensation for those who don't match to their peers or even this site.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Fantastic first step in starting a career

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    Former Employee - IT Services Analyst  in  Arlington, VA (US)
    Former Employee - IT Services Analyst in Arlington, VA (US)

    I worked at Deloitte full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    You will be on-boarded and have lots of information thrown at you.
    It is a very structured environment that will reward you in theory if you work very hard.
    There is a lot of networking opportunities and sense of community

    Cons

    Feedback can be hit or miss.
    You can work excessive hours and not be compensated for them.
    very little small margin of error
    Expectations are not always communicated well

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take time to get to know who you are hiring and how to make employees feel less alienated

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great People and Great Work

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    Current Employee - Consultant - Strategy & Operations  in  Arlington, VA (US)
    Current Employee - Consultant - Strategy & Operations in Arlington, VA (US)

    I have been working at Deloitte full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Flat organization, lots of really smart, really great people, leadership is very personable, a ton of opportunities to join high-visibility projects, opportunities to lead.

    Cons

    The work-life balance here isn't the greatest (you work 40 hours some weeks, and 65+ other weeks), compensation structures is really frustrating, you don't have time to use all your vacation days.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give better base raises and focus less on bonuses.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great company to start out at and get industry experience and name recognition on your resume.

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    Current Employee - FAS Associate  in  Rosslyn, VA (US)
    Current Employee - FAS Associate in Rosslyn, VA (US)

    I have been working at Deloitte full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Deloitte offers a number of benefits. In addition to an above board starting salary, Deloitte caters to an aggressive and outgoing professional. Along with a strong compensation and benefits package, Deloitte offers a number of continued education programs and provides its employee's with a healthy amount of extracurricular activities to build your own professional brand. Lot's of free professional perks, outings, and get togethers.

    Cons

    It's a big company, so you have to make a name for yourself. Office culture can be a little stubborn at time, but with a little socializing and networking you make your own career.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Company needs to better its work-life fit model and not penalize employees who have earned PTO from taking it. Utilization is important, but it should not factor in holiday time or earned PTO.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great opportunity, but no work-life balance.

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    Current Employee - Senior Consultant  in  Washington, DC (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Washington, DC (US)

    I have been working at Deloitte full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Diversify work experience, learning and growth opportunities, leadership experience, work with smart people.

    Cons

    No work-life balance and high stress environment at times.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn to appreciate junior staff.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to learn new things, meet new people, and stress a lot!

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    Current Employee - Consultant  in  Arlington, VA (US)
    Current Employee - Consultant in Arlington, VA (US)

    I have been working at Deloitte full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Training (especially Deloitte University), employees have good backgrounds and are typically smart/work hard, Traveling is the best!

    Cons

    Management does not listen to employees, PTO is "given" to employees but no one is actually able to use it because it will affect your utilization, the Federal Arm of Deloitte needs a lot more work to be up to par with the Commercial Practice. Additionally, if you join the company with experience (and sometimes already a graduate degree in hand), you will not be compensated for all of that - Deloitte wants to mold you in their own way. That's why it is best to join as a new hire, right out of school!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to all employees! They are the ones who make the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great experience- can be a career or just gain valuable experience for a few years.

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    Former Employee - Senior Consultant  in  Washington, DC (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Washington, DC (US)

    I worked at Deloitte full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Extremely talented and passionate practitioners, every resource at your disposal, broad opportunities to do whatever you want and make your experience what you want.
    Great training and personal growth opportunities available, high level clients that are decision makers.

    Cons

    Work life balance is a myth (however that's probably true for most companies like this).
    Advancing to manager level and beyond to PPD level is extremely competitive. This isn't necessarily a con. However if you want to do your job and go home this isn't the place for you. Kiss your nights and a good part of your weekends good-bye if you want to succeed at these higher levels.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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