Work-life balance is definitely different at Accenture. Almost every job/role at Accenture travels. People in all areas, not just consulting, are traveling to the client sites. A typical week is Monday morning, 3:00am alarm clock goes off, get ready and leave for airport in your home city. Catch the 6:00am flight to client site. Arrive to client site between 9am - 11am depending on where you are going. Work on client site until about 6 or 7pm. Return to hotel in local city. Tuesday and Wednesday - work on the client site typically 8am - 8pm. Thursday is the day you fly home, so typically work on client site 8am - 2pm or 3pm. Head to airport and catch flight home. Friday - working from home typically 8am - 4pm or 5pm. And repeat. This is a typical travel Mon-Thursday schedule which is posted in jobs as 80% travel or sometimes as 100%.
People hear horror stories about large consulting firms: unforgiving environments and absurdly long hours. This is not entirely true in my experience, at all. While the expectations on my performance are always held to a high standard, I have been fortunate to have been surrounded by collaborative individuals and groups on all my Accenture projects. Like anything, time management is key. As a designer and researcher, I have learned to be more effective during my work day... doing so has let me both work as a full-time consultant while being a full-time student. Your work/life balance is as manageable as you make it. Of course, there are a few late nights occasionally, but that is highly dependent on project teams and client expectations. A nice experience I have with Accenture is that leadership has been very receptive to my concerns over respect for my life outside work.
Former Business & Integration Architect Senior Analyst at Accenture
over 3 years ago
Experiences vary greatly at Accenture. Some projects you will find there is very poor work-life balance while others are very comfortable. It's important to understand the skills that you bring to the table and the direction you would like to take your career. You have control over what projects you join (for the most part), so be sure to ask a lot of questions when you are evaluating different project opportunities. Travel can play a big part at the company so that is something to factor in when understanding what the work-life balance will be for a particular project.