Former Business Intelligence Consultant at Accenture
about 3 years ago
Generally, to succeed at Accenture you need to be hard working, very flexible, and a team player. The hours in consulting can be very long (60+ regular) and include weekend work depending on the engagement, so be prepared to put in extra time to stay on top of your work. Flexibility is also key to succeeding as the types of roles you may fill may not align with your education or past experience. Even if you have never touched code in your life, you may be asked to code up portions of work for the client because there are just not enough people to meet a deadline. Finally, being a team player cannot be emphasized enough! No one succeeds in consulting without having a good reputation among the people you have worked with and on every project you will have to work with a new group of clients/colleagues. So people skills are key and many consultants talk about the 'airport test', where if they are interviewing a new person for a role they generally want to get a feeling about if they would want to spend hours with this person at the airport waiting for a delayed flight.
The philosophy at Accenture is of Customer centricity and they really believe in the power of collaborating amongst your colleagues and asking for help when anyone requires it. If you are an initiative taker, there is a definite possibility of fast growth.
To succeed at Accenture it takes to complete your work on time & be responsible in your deliverables. In order to move to next level one needs to take initiatives and not take the back seat. Jump on to any or every opportunity that comes your way or to your team. A senior software engineer is just not expected to meet the expectations but also to provide leadership qualities. As the next level is Application Development Team Lead , one need to showcase the talent of managing and guiding resources under them. Apart from these always be on good terms with your supervisor and other members of the team. As Accenture rates good relationships quality highly, one needs to maintain this quality. Be on time with your work and be on good terms professionally with everyone around you. Recognitions would follow & life would be easier and fun at Accenture.
Definitely should value the opportunity and try to make the most out of it. It's important for you to expand your network while working. It will be a great idea to schedule a coffee with senior management or grab lunches with your colleagues( asking about their recruiting experience, it could be useful information when you go into formal recruiting). In the same time, you should learn to adopt the methodology(the way to thinking, solving problem, constructing solutions) of the company and make it a great assets of your own.
Former Delivery Service Operations Intern at Accenture
about 3 years ago
In order to succeed at Accenture, you just have to do what you need to do and then do more. Every individual has responsibilities as well as every team. As long as you are on top of your duties, everything should flow. What I mean by doing more is by getting involved with the activities available. As I've said before, Accenture is very welcoming and in order for them to make sure their staff feels welcomed, they have different activities all-year round. I would participate in those activities and the reward was like a little mental break for me. From those breaks, I was able to go back to work with a fresh mind. Overall, Accenture is a great company and all anyone needs to do to find out more information is call them and they would gladly try to help them.
Honestly it doesn’t take much. To be successful at Accenture all you have to do is truly be yourself. In addition, step out of your comfort zone. Dare to be different. Accenture loves to know what big new things can be done. Accenture is very big on its employees finding their definition and identities and expressing it in conversations and their work.
As a 17 year old a company as big as Accenture was intimidating. The highlight of my whole internship is when I was asked to return to Accenture and speak about my internship and how much it meant and how much I learned from being there.
It takes grit, excellence and collaboration. If you can consistently demonstrate that you support your team effectively then you will have greater chances to succeed. Supporting your team effectively depends on the level where you are. An Analyst would need to demonstrate a superior mastery of his/her main operational skills whether it is technology or strategy. A consultant, on top of doing his/her job perfectly would need to demonstrate an excellent client relationship that help an engagement succeed. A Manager would need to develop new business opportunities beyond the project he/she would be working on. A Senior Manager would need to develop new engagements within the industry where he/she is positioned. It involves having lunches with C-level executives, understanding their problems, positioning Accenture and making offers.