Accenture is a big company, it has more than 400,000 employees as of today. The company is so big that you can probably find any kind of roles that you want and it is a safe place to make career experiments before you find out what you really like. By accident, I was assigned on a Product Management role for an oil and gas company. It was challenging at first but then I realized that this was the best thing I ever done in my career and I wanted to do only that kind of work going on. Accenture is also a place where you can have as much leadership experience as you want. You may per example volunteer to take a lead role in the organization and be the lead of cloud migration or lead of AI or whatever you can convince a Managing Director that there is enough demand in the pipe and you have enough experience to be a valid point of contact to facilitate that promising new area. There used to be a up or out policy in the past that would force people to over perform but that policy has been removed few years ago. Still people tend to beat themselves up to get promoted because it becomes annoying for someone to stay at the same level for too long. I have seen many people resign by themselves out of frustration after a certain time. An other career contributor is coaching. You're assigned a Career Counsellor who will guide you in your career and who will be your advocate during banding sessions to determine how you perform within your peer group and whether you should get promoted, receive a hike or a bonus. Accenture allows you also to choose your career counsellor if you're not satisfied with the one you have so it may help to get the most senior person that you can who served the longest in the firm and who can help you find a project when you're on the bench or navigate the organization if it becomes too political.
I have worked at Accenture for the past 3 summers. I have seen an immense growth over the years both in my professionalism and skill set. Through the teams that you are placed on it provides a supportive and structured environment where you can practice your professionalism. This is clearly demonstrated when I was on a client facing project and had to be the main point of contact with the client. This created a space for me to practice how to clearly communicate information that is beneficial to the client and represents the team in a very professional manner. While writing emails I would ask for my teammates to look over it to make sure that I was being as clear and concise as possible. It is moments like this where I learn how to communicate effectively and prove that I am a valuable asset to the team. At the same time, I am growing in my skill set with Microsoft because Accenture has its own specific tools like QPT to help create PowerPoints. This is specifically shown through the end of the summer presentation that is shown to managers at the company. This presentation allows me to hone my skills in PowerPoint and showcase my skills in presenting. Of course, before the presentation drafts are created and I practice with my teammates to get feedback. Through this, I am learning how to speak with confidence and creating a presentation that is both informative and innovative.
Working in Accenture has helped me understand and imbibe the professional etiquette and behavior required to be a successful IT professional. In addition to greenfield training, Accenture provides a lot of internal trainings to help its employees be updated and skilled in latest technologies. We can also obtain various industry standard certifications either at a discounted rate or free at Accenture. I learned about developing solutions in a professional manner and having a client centered approach in the work I do at the company. As I worked for a retail client I attended multiple domain knowledge trainings which helped me understand the inner workings and the business vocabulary in the retail industry. This helped me gain the necessary business knowledge to perform effectively. For technical growth, I completed my Six Sigma training and got certified for developing a software tool for my client. I was also part of a hackathon with members from the other team to develop a web service to be used internally by all the teams. This experience helped me build my soft skills and working on large cross-functional teams. Accenture also encourages its employees to develop proof of concepts apps to demonstrate a new technology to clients thereby improving its service and also enabling us to work on new technologies.
During my time at Accenture I was able to build my team management skills and develop my own core values. The work is always coming, and the skills required in order to complete different tasks, afford one the ability to learn new and skills. Skills that are definitely relateable and useful in other positions within Accenture or throughout life. Professionally Accenture helped me understand all that I am capable of and how to exceed my own limits.
Working at Accenture contributed to my professional growth because I learned more soft skills that I haven't developed in engineering school. Additionally, Accenture offers many workshops and classes which you can take to be certified in various things and further your career.
I started my career with Accenture so I owe a lot to them for who I am today. I was trained in my technology and while at the job, I was constantly urged to continue following different training. I had frequent one-to-one discussions with my managers to discuss my growth and valuable feedback. Also, I used to take up initiatives with mentoring, holding a women's growth and balance circle, cultural and general events at Accenture which helped me see different side of the professional world.
As Accenture is based on multiple locations so you will get many different opportunities to work on various locations in the world. This would be helpful in all round growth and development.Accenture is a service based company so will interact with clients from every continent and that will help you to learn how to handle different types of situations.
Accenture contributes to my professional growth because of all the experience that I get while working here. Accenture has its hands in a lot of different industries and there is so much to learn when working here. My major was Marketing however, the work that I do here does not necessarily have a direct correlation with marketing. A lot of the things I do are more technology based but having a Marketing background has helped when communicating with clients and coming up with new ideas.
Working at Accenture gave me an exposure to SAP and analytics. It also helped me with communications as I was required to interact regularly with clients. Being my first job, Accenture provided me with the tools to grow professionally and use different skills and software that I use today as well
Working for Accenture or any consulting firm gives you exposure to technology, processes and great people where you can learn and hold responsibility at a young age. If you are successful and deliver, you can regularly gain additional responsibilities. Additionally, you create an instant professional network of other talented professionals and also client contacts. It’s an ideal place to start a business career even if you don’t anticipate staying in consulting for an entire career.
I am learning new skills, they have really good professional development programs. They assist with certifications and higher education. So far, I haven’t taken advantage of such but I’m looking forward to.
At a personal level I can tell you that I feel good about myself because I’m learning new technologies and techniques every day.
Accenture was the first company I worked for and I would say it laid the foundation for my professional growth.I had the opportunity to work on different tools and learn new skills.Also I worked across different functional domains and with teams across the globe.