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Deloitte IT Consultant or Accenture IT Delivery Project Manager

 
#1 Deloitte IT Consultant or Accenture IT Delivery Project Manager
28/11/2012 00:33

FriendInNeed

Hello,

I have an offer from Deloitte for the IT Consultant role. At the same time Accenture offered me a role in IT Delivery Project Manager in their technology workforce.

Obviously Deloitte consultancy role is offering a much higher package than Accenture. But that’s short term benefit.

I am finding it difficult to make decisions based on long term prospects. I have made an advantage/ disadvantages tables for both Deloitte and Accenture. I'd be extremely grateful if I could get some advice from helpful/kind professional on the web forum.

Thanks

FriendInNeed

Deloitte

Advantages:

*Good package

*Better brand than ACN

*Small chuck of projects with 8-12 weeks duration

*Good career prospects, chance of rapid promotions and pay rise

*Chances of securing projects into financial sectors

* Chance to work on strategy projects?

* Most of the projects are UK based, so will not be spending lot of time internationally away from family.

Dis Advantages:

1. Will not be managing a team directly

2. Lot more stress full than working for Technology solutions in ACN

Accenture

Advantages:

1. More stable

2. If the clients like you, one can hang around on that project for a long time

3. Will build your management skills as will be managing resources in India Delivery centres.

4. Will be managing large scale £1M - £2M projects

5. Less stressful?

Dis Advantage:

1. Not as good package as Deloitte

2. Likely more mundane IT delivery projects, small enhancements to large systems?

3. Projects based all over the global, so would involve lot of international travel and spend time away from family.

4. Technology solutions growth is much slower than consultancy roles.

Back ground:

1. 5-6 years experience of managing 10-15 people, PRINCE2 qualified, Experience of 2-3 industries, but not financial

2. I come from a technical background but I am good at management/presentation than technical skills. :-)

Assumptions:

1. ACN has more mundane IT delivery projects, most of them are bug fixes and minor enhancements to already existing systems.

2. Deloitte will have more strategy projects.

3. As a consultant you most likely will NOT have responsibilities for analysts working for your project? You will be a team member working for Deloitte Manager.

4. Work in Deloitte would not involve expert technical skills like JAVA development, C++ development etc? Even if there are projects which demand these. Your role would be getting a team of developers to get the work done and deliver the output to clients?

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#2 RE: Deloitte IT Consultant or Accenture IT Delivery Project Manager
30/11/2012 14:37

FriendInNeed to FriendInNeed (#1)

Guys, Any help here would be much appreciated. I will have to make a final decision by Wednesday next week.

Thanks once again for your time.

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#3 RE: Deloitte IT Consultant or Accenture IT Delivery Project Manager
30/11/2012 15:20

itsalongwaytoharrogate to FriendInNeed (#2)

Most of your points (especially the assumptions) are false and completely incorrect.

However, do not join Accenture Technology Solutions if you have any aspirations of making it to Senior Exec level (there are none in Solutions in the UK). In the UK there are 2/3 Senior Solutions Managers and these are the most senior individuals, you MUST join the Consulting workforce in Accenture or you will be forever be second class within the organisation (and have limited promotion opportunities).

Go with Consultancy at Deloitte over Solutions at Accenture. If it were Consultancy at Accenture I would go with whoever pays more/puts you in at a higher level.

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#4 RE: Deloitte IT Consultant or Accenture IT Delivery Project Manager
30/11/2012 15:21

itsalongwaytoharrogate to itsalongwaytoharrogate (#3)

Just have to add to that- if it's a less stressful job you're after, Accenture Solutions isn't bad, as it isn't up or out, you can (and probably will) stay at Manager level for the rest of your career there.

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#5 RE: Deloitte IT Consultant or Accenture IT Delivery Project Manager
30/11/2012 22:09

TripleTwistTrump to FriendInNeed (#1)

Agree with the previous posters completely. If its ATS you have been offered, then it's not better than Deloitte Consulting however, if you want to get in and remain long term with the likelihood of wanting a few years of biding your time, relaxing and having a life other than just hours and hours of work then ATS is a better option.

Given that no one can predict long term what's in store go for Deloitte if you want a more challenging work environment and take ATS if you are so-so with work but want more down time

3Ts

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#6 RE: Deloitte IT Consultant or Accenture IT Delivery Project Manager
02/12/2012 19:11

FriendInNeed to itsalongwaytoharrogate (#4)

Many thanks for the advice.... Spoke to some of my consultant friends over the weekend and they all agree that Deloitte is much better choice than ACN specially technology solutions.!!!

itsalongwaytoharrogate - interesting that you say that that most of the assumptions are false and completely incorrect. Curious to understand which one of these assumptions are incorrect.

Best Regards

FriendInNeed.

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