What it does: IT-based services and consulting serving companies across the world.
Mission: To deliver on the promise of technology and human ingenuity. We help our clients become the next and best versions of themselves.
Best known for: Being the world’s leading IT consulting firm.
Size & presence: 710,000 employees, working in more than 200 cities in 50 countries.
The good bits: One of the world’s best places to start a career for recent graduates, since the company provides a good opportunity to pursue a career path in the firm, regardless of educational background.
The not-so-good bits: Long working hours, as can be expected for a consulting firm.
Accenture’s story begins in the early 1950s, as a division of the accounting firm Arthur Andersen. After years of growth, it became a subsidiary known as Andersen Consulting, operating as part of the Andersen Worldwide Société Coopérative (AWSC), a global multinational professional services and consulting firm.
By 2000, Anderson Consulting became a separate business entity focusing entirely on providing IT services for its clients; and by 2001, it became known by the name that it goes by today—Accenture, born from the abbreviation of “Accent on the future”. Within that same year, Accenture also became a publicly listed company on the New York Stock Exchange.
Accenture’s main business services today are focused on the following sectors: Accenture Strategy and Consulting, Accenture Song (previously known as Digital and Interactive), Accenture Technology, and Accenture Operations.
As a global consulting firm, Accenture employees work on a variety of projects for clients operating in vastly different industries. However, one thing that you can expect from working in Accenture is the opportunity to partner with senior management to help solve an issue or even offer your own perspective on things. Collaboration is also highly valued in Accenture—and the scale of it can go beyond mere inter-departmental; it isn’t uncommon to work on projects that require the expertise of people around the globe who also work for Accenture.
As the company puts it in their own words: “[...] there really is no typical workday. As we embrace change and deliver 360-degree value for our clients, people, shareholders, partners, and communities at speed and scale, each day brings fresh and exciting challenges.”
Accenture has a lot of opportunities available for recent university graduates, from those who hold Bachelor’s degrees to more advanced ones. One of the most popular of these is its Consulting Development Program (CDP), which is divided into several specializations depending on the divisions where an applicant wishes to pursue their career—making it the perfect place for graduates who have already decided which field they’d like to build a career in.
Aside from CDP, Accenture also has the following programs for Bachelor’s degree graduates: Technology Development Program (TDP), Accenture Strategy Analyst Development Program (ASADP), and Song Development Program (SDP).
Besides opportunities for recent university graduates, Accenture also has internship openings that usually open during the summer. Unique to the U.S., some of these internship openings may require students to work for a federal agency as part of Accenture Federal Services Consulting. Interns also get a mentor assigned to them during their time working in Accenture, and top-performing interns would have the chance to be invited to the Student Leadership Conference.
Accenture’s recruitment process for university graduates usually starts in either of these two ways: campus hiring or online application. The selection process for a full-time role in Accenture typically requires you to undergo several interview rounds, which are the following: phone interview, video interview, skills interview, behavioural interview, and case-study interview.
The length of the process may vary, depending on the role you’re applying for. Nonetheless, you can expect the process to take at least a month from the time you send your application until an offer is made by Accenture.
Whether you’re an intern or a full-time employee, you can expect to be well-compensated for your work. A typical Accenture intern receives basic pay in the range of $50,000-$70,000.
Recent college graduates who are working as an Analyst in any of Accenture’s development programs usually receive a basic pay of around $80,000-$90,000.
Full-time Accenture employees in the U.S. also receive other additional benefits, from bonuses and performance rewards to identity theft insurance and gym membership discounts.
Accenture is engaged with various environmental, social, and governance (ESG) initiatives, such as tracking and decreasing carbon footprint from both its own business and assisting the company’s clients to do the same.
It also operates the Skills to Succeed Academy, a free resource available for job-seeking individuals to learn the skills necessary to determine the right career for them and succeed in attaining it.
Accenture’s branch in the U.S. has been embroiled in several scandals, mostly related to projects where they function as an intermediary between their client and a group of contractors. The most recent of these is a recent complaint delivered in the form of an open letter published in 2019 from their contractors hired for a Facebook moderation project, describing suboptimal working conditions, from strict non-disclosure agreements to severe restrictions on work breaks.