Accenture is a US$ 27.9 billion global management consulting, technology services and outsourcing company, with employee strength of 2, 57,000 across the globe. It has a high performance business strategy that assists to serve its clients in more than 120 countries. Year on year, Accenture has been recognized for its people management practices at various platforms. It made a second consecutive appearance on the Great Place to Work Institute’s Best Companies to Work for list in India. Also for the fourth year in a row (2009-2012) Accenture has been included by Experience.com in its 2012 Best Places to Work for Recent Grads list. It has also been selected as one of Canada’s Top Employers for Young People in 2012. It provides a working environment characterized by Variety, Learning, Teamwork and Growth to all its employees.
Career Opportunities in Accenture
Depending on the skills, career objectives and preferred work experience, Accenture, offers large number of career opportunities to its employees across the following four business lines:
- Consulting professionals are the experts in the business functions, industry, systems integration and technology. They help clients design, build and deliver innovative solutions.
- Technology professionals are the technology experts who deliver innovative solutions by envisioning the future needs and developing the next generation cutting-edge business solutions for the clients.
- Outsourcing professionals are the ones who provide expertise to improve the client’s business operations and help them move ahead of competition
- Then there is a dedicated professionals who manage day-to-day operations of Accenture
Accenture offers a wide variety of careers for both fresh graduates and experienced professionals. Accenture hires fresh engineering graduates through campus placements as per the different college placement seasons and experienced professionals are hired as laterals throughout the year on need basis. For any additional requirements, off-campus placements are also conducted.
Selection process for hiring recent graduates through campus or off-campus placements is simple. The minimum eligibility criterion is 60% across all the states of India, except Maharashtra, which is 55%. Also there should not be any backlogs in any semester. First, an aptitude test is conducted to assess the quantitative, logical reasoning, and English verbal skills of the applicants. The short-listed candidates from the aptitude test are scheduled for a technical and HR interview, conducted directly by experienced project managers and business leaders of the company. Those who are a good fit with Accenture will then be notified.
Experienced professionals can apply either directly by submitting resume on online portal and employee referral program or through Accenture’s preferred placement agencies. After the resumes are submitted, the selection process for hiring experienced professionals involves 3-4 rounds of interviews to discuss backgrounds, skills and interests; offerings and opportunities Accenture provide to potential candidates and how can a mutually beneficial long-term relationship be build.
Accenture looks for the following qualities in a fresher
- Outstanding consistency and academic performance
- Superior problem solving and analytical skills
- Effective communication skills
- Cooperation and the ability to be a team player
- Flexibility and the desire to travel
Working Culture at Accenture:
Accenture hires talented people and provides a creative, collaborative environment to generate results and help them grow. It aims to give its employees a challenging, rewarding and enjoyable work experience. One of its core values is respect for individuals which talks about valuing diversity and unique contributions, fostering a trusting, open and inclusive environment and treating each person in a manner that shapes its culture. Accenture’s comprehensive HR management approach for its workforce is based on three principles of creating growth opportunities, offering them learning and development prospect & appropriately compensate and reward them.
Compensation & Benefits – Accenture offers its employees a “Total Rewards” package. In addition to basic compensation or salary, this also includes a range of other market—relevant benefits and professional growth opportunities that recognize individual contributions and performance. It is one of the highest bonus-paying companies of India. Some of the attractive benefits are medical insurance, bonuses for years of service with Accenture and privileges provided to individuals through Accenture’s associations with select organizations.
Challenging Work & Career Development– Accenture has some of the leading companies of the world as its clients. This ensures a large variety of work across industry sectors. It gives its talented employees international assignments. Every employee is assigned a ‘Career Counselor’ who takes interest in the employees’ career and guides him to become an effective leader. It also has a ‘Cross Entity Leadership Program’ which allows people to switch between businesses. All openings are posted on internal portals. It allows employees to work from home and also work part time.
Learning Opportunities – Accenture has an integrated talent management initiative that focuses on career building for its employees on both domain skills and leadership skills. It has collaborated with learning organizations such as with XLRI to build HR talent; with ISB to build middle management and senior management and also with IGNOU to build talent in the BPO space. There are also several formal training and coaching programs, on-the-job experiences and e-learning initiatives that supports employees to enhance their current performance and learn new skills. Accenture invests up to $700 million a year on training and HR.
Empowering Workforce – Employees at relatively junior levels are empowered to take decisions and managers running even 100-person units are allocated budgets to run their businesses.
Unique Rewards and Recognition: Accenture offers its employees quite interesting array of rewards and recognition programs that acknowledge and reward performance. Some of these programs are Celebrating Performance points where performance gets rewarded with points that can be exchanged for tangible products; Employee Referral Program provides bonuses to employees who successfully refer their friends to Accenture and Employee Share Purchase Plan is available to eligible Accenture employees and it gives participating employees the opportunity to build equity ownership by purchasing Accenture shares at a discount.
Work environment: Employees work in an environment that enables them to collaborate with people and draw from experiences and expertise around the world. Workforce consists of people coming from a wide range of cultural, educational and geographic backgrounds therefore creating an inclusive, dynamic and diverse professional work environment. It offer its people transportation to and from its offices, 24X7 cafeterias and gyms in its facilities and most importantly, a safe, secure and highly professional work environment.