Federal: great work life balance but limited mobility
Technology Consultant (Former Employee) – Washington, DC – December 9, 2017
Most people here on the federal side are great, supportive, honest, and professional. I've met quite a few who are really bright and impressive. Company values align pretty closely to mine and feels less corporate than other consulting companies. My managers have been very good about letting me take time off, as well as work remotely. Work life balance, at least on the federal side, has been great.
The work on the federal side is not very exciting. Your clients will be risk-averse and the solutions implemented reflect that. Sometimes feels like staff aug and not really consulting. Although AFS likes to think that they're forward-thinking, they really aren't in practice. They are also very risk-averse and shy away from innovative solutions. Many of the people I've encountered are only smart enough and don't really exhibit much intellectual curiosity or creativity. To be fair, Accenture does little to promote this. They're a bit stingy with their training budget and rarely invest in meaningful and/or prudent ways to make the most of their employees.
Advice to Management
Make it easier for your employees to get skills and work in areas that your company is looking to grow in. If you claim that AI or IoT is the future, then encourage your employees to take training in that space, not SAP. Find work for your company in new areas, not just the same soon-to-be legacy solution.
work life balance, decent salary, good people
bit boring, not innovative enough, bureaucratic