Accenture has seriously cemented its position as a leading provider of IT and consulting services. But you may wonder – why it is so prestigious for hundreds of thousands of (brilliant) employees working at the company?
I’ve known several people work at Accenture, and I believe the 6 primary reasons why Accenture is considered so prestigious among people are these:
- Ranked 6th in the Great Place to Work list last year
- Top consulting firm with impressive brand value
- Encourages employees to take charge of the careers
- Offers a favorable work environment
- Provides diverse and inclusive workplace environment
- Have long-term projects and promotes a learning culture
In this article, I’ll unveil:
- 6 reasons why Accenture is so prestigious in the corporate landscape
- Why so many talented professionals aspire to join its ranks
1. Accenture Ranked 6th In The Great Place to Work List Last Year
Accenture was ranked as a 6th Great Place to Work last year in six major countries.
Just for the record, those countries were:
- The USA
The company also received recognition in Greater China.
It has been the 14th consecutive year that Great Place to Work® evaluated and acknowledged Accenture for its exceptional workplace environment.
This really has solidified its position as a sought-after employer.
The evaluation was done in partnership with Fortune’s 100 Best Companies to Work For.
It included a confidential survey where employees assessed various aspects of their experiences in Accenture, including:
- Leadership behavior
Astonishingly, nine out of 10 Accenture US employees reported the company is indeed a great place to work for. That’s seriously high!
2. Top Consulting Firm With Impressive Brand Value
Accenture’s brand value is remarkably high. It is ranked the 6th consulting firm by prestige in the United States last year. (Source)
The company presents compelling working opportunities for IT professionals.
Most people I speak to agree it has a reputation as a trendsetter. This makes it comparable to renowned tech giants such as IBM and Google. (Source)
With over 16.6 billion in revenue in the third quarter of 2023, Accenture holds significant weight in the market. It stands as a highly desirable organization for starting a career. (Source)
3. Encourage Employees To Take Charge Of Career
Accenture is eminent for its commitment to:
- Empowering and encouraging employees to take charge of their careers
- Providing various opportunities for them to explore different career paths. (Source)
Besides this, the company offers e-learning courses to expand skill sets. These are a great opportunity if an employee is unsatisfied with their current role.
Many people agree that Accenture has a well-regarded appraisal system. It promotes the fact that its workforce’s hard work and contributions are recognized (and rewarded!).
4. Favorable Work Environment
I often roll my eyes a bit when I hear about a huge company valuing work-life balance.
But, to an extent, that is what Accenture appears to at least try to do.
The company strongly emphasizes fostering and maintaining a healthy work-life balance. Possibly even more important, they strive to provide its employees with a supportive atmosphere.
According to some employees, the company always has a fun environment. There is no dress code, for example, great for you more relaxed characters.
There are brilliant individuals to work with, and caring management. (Source)
Accenture also provides:
- Free snacks
- Time and location flexibility
- Relaxed workday
- Paid training with free certifications
Additionally, the company offers more competitive compensation and pay than other firms within the industry. (Source)
A former Accenture employee says: “A great place to work, you have extended hours of wellness, a break, and lunch. It included good benefits, but you have to be available to work weekends, different shifts, and it is very competitive.” (Source)
Here’s the list of benefits Accenture offers to its employees:
|Compressed work weeks
|Minimum days per week in-office attendance requirements
|Mental health coverage
|Limit for fertility care
|Maximum maternal leaves (Fully Paid)
|Maximum paternal leaves (Fully Paid)
|Additional leave for maternity
Recently, the consulting firm has also hired its first Chief Health Officer, Dr. Tamarah Duperval-Brownlee, to develop and implement strategies for its employees’ mental and overall health. (Source)
The company has also expanded tools and programs for its workforce’s health, like Mind Thriving.
5. Diverse And Inclusive Workplace Environment
Let’s face it – most companies claim this! But Accenture is also highly prestigious due to its commitment to promoting a diverse and inclusive employee workplace.
The company works hard to foster an environment where everyone can represent their culture.
The firm also facilitates anti-racism training. They use Building Bridges discussions to raise awareness and create safe workspaces.
Accenture is now focusing on achieving a 50/50 gender balance by 2025 in Luxembourg and Belgium.
This is an ambitious challenge, but they are up for the fight!
You don’t often associate consultants with coding, but Accenture is working with BeCode, a Belgian coding school to provide training to its employee and close the digital skill gap. (Source)
Accenture is increasing success opportunities for people in different communities. They offer initiatives like the Black Founders Development Program to support Black tech entrepreneurs by providing them access to:
- Mentorship for startup development
- Connections with potential investors to grow their business
- Venture capital
Due to the above commitments, Accenture has been recognized in these areas:
- 16 consecutive years on Ethisphere’s World’s Most Ethical Companies list
- Received the top score on Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index
- No. 1 among Fortune’s World’s Most Admired Companies in the industry
- No. 1 in Top 50 Companies for Diversity on DiversityInc’s list
- No. 1 on the Refinitiv Diversity & Inclusion Index
- The top-scoring company on the Bloomberg Gender-Equality Index
Below is the complete overview of Accenture’s diverse workforce last year:
|Two or more races
6. Long-Term Projects and Learning Culture
Accenture has a proactive approach. They quickly assign tasks to their employee after joining – there is no hanging around.
Since 85% of their clients are primarily under Fortune 500, the projects have long durations. The workforce remains involved until completion. (Source)
Besides that, Accenture significantly emphasizes learning and professional development. For this, the firm invested $900 million in the last fiscal year. This is to ensure its employees remain:
- And are well-equipped to meet their clients’ demands.
Accenture also utilizes technology to foster “omni-connected experiences.” Getting a bit technical for you?
Well, in a nutshell, this means enabling the workforce to collaborate and contribute, regardless of their geophysical location.
For example, the company’s 150,000 new employees worldwide can participate in the “Nth floor,” Accenture’s enterprise metaverse, to:
- Connect with peers and leaders
- Gain insights into the company
- Engage with Accenture’s unique culture on a personal level