Accenture Technology Analyst experience?

US Navy GoldenLoop
Jun 19 16 Comments

I recently got an offer from Accenture for their Technology Analyst position in SF. I’m wondering how it is, what you could expect to learn and potential exit opps. The long term goal would be to break into data analytics/strategy consulting.

I’m a year out of college and have been working in government since I graduated as a contract specialist (series 1102) but I find the work incredibly mundane and I can’t imagine doing it long time. However, it will pay better over time (GS-12 $85k by Sept 2021) because I get annual guaranteed raises as part of the program I’m in. What’s the better choice here?

TC 73k
YOE ~1 ish

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  • Indeed *NDEED
    Offer TC? I used consulting at a Big-4 to pivot out of government and then pivoted again into tech. GS-13 is when the pay starts getting decent, but at my former agency, it takes a long time to get there. Plus it was getting boring and my learning was slowing down. Finally, no free coffee in government.
    Jun 19 4
    • US Navy GoldenLoop
      OP
      They offered me 73k but your 2nd to last sentence resonates with me a lot. What’s making the decision hard is that I’m currently on a ladder (GS 7/9/11), so I get a guaranteed raise to the next level every year until I graduate from my intern program at GS-12 with 85k. Would you say that it was worth the pivot for you?
      Jun 19
    • Indeed *NDEED
      For me, yes. I started off in government writing technical manuals, and several years and two jobs later I do full-stack web development. In consulting I was lucky and got on projects where I built skills. Others weren’t so lucky and were doing PMO and updating tracking spreadsheets.

      What really scared me was when I searched for LinkedIn profiles of people from my agency, and found the vast majority stayed in government at similar agencies. That convinced me that if I wanted to get out, I needed to do it sooner rather than later.
      Jun 19
    • US Navy GoldenLoop
      OP
      They put my role as “Project and Program Management Analyst”, which worries me now that you mention it. I was told that any project would fall into these 4 categories: PMO, Business Analytics, Change Management, and Developer. When you say “skills”, what are the things you want to be learning?

      And that’s the same for me now. All higher management and more senior folk (GS-12+) have only done contract specialist/contracting officer/contract administrator positions their whole career and that’s not where I want to be. There’s a lot of opportunity to advance in my office and my supervisor has said I have potential to be a team lead/GS-13 in <5 years but I can’t help thinking that I would be giving up “this” if I went to Accenture.
      Jun 19
    • Indeed *NDEED
      I was looking for hard technical skills—coding and software development—and was on several projects building custom dashboards.

      Can’t speak for Accenture specifically, but since analysts are low on the totem pole, they often get the grunt work of meeting notes, updating slide decks, etc.

      Also to consider is the 3-year vesting period for the federal pension and, if you have student loans, the student loan forgiveness program for public service. I knew someone who used the latter to negotiate his offer with my last firm. Tough call.
      Jun 20
  • Accenture eakehwofhq
    the data analytics (accenture digital) and strategy are two different groups in accenture. and then government contracts are under accenture federal

    the lead on my previous project hired someone from sfo 1YOE and offered him 130K

    btw for strategy, the people i come across are usually hired as fresh grads from top tier schools or someone who just got their MBA. and then when these guys go to customers they are not really technical but groomed to be good in orals, quick to learn all jargons, and experts in making slide decks. it's a totally different career path. they are more like sales in my opinion

    if you want to pursue being in tech stick w/ accenture digital then work your way up to principal, director, or MD level, when you reach that level you'll get into strategy/deal scenarios
    Jun 19 2
    • US Navy GoldenLoop
      OP
      My offer is under Accenture Technology, not Accenture Digital. I wouldn’t want to go under Federal due to me being in government already.

      Is the “someone” your lead hired also fresh out of school? I want to try to leverage my experience in federal government to negotiate a higher salary but the chances seem slim.
      Jun 19
    • Accenture tgeodogb
      not fresh out of school. 1 year of experience

      definitely you can leverage your experience to negotiate higher offer
      Jun 19
  • Perficient redbirds
    The probability of you moving to Strategy Consulting from TC without going to an elite (T5) MBA is pretty close to 0.

    Source: former ACN strategy consultant
    Jun 19 2
    • US Navy GoldenLoop
      OP
      That makes sense, but I want to go back to school to get my MBA a few years down the line so that might be in the cards.

      How did you enjoy ACN and how are tech analysts perceived?
      Jun 19
    • Perficient redbirds
      @GoldenLoop: ACN is too big to generalize. It really depends on which practice you're in and who is managing your projects and which MD you do/don't develop a good rapport with. I found it painfully bureaucratic.
      Jun 20
  • Microsoft / Eng cholical
    It's very difficult to move into strategy from tech because everyone wants to do that. Also 73k is going to be rough in sf.
    Jun 19 2
    • US Navy GoldenLoop
      OP
      I’ve run the numbers and I believe I can make 73k manage, but the main thing is if making the move is worth it to advance my career in the direction I want it to go. If I stay in tech consulting, will I be pigeonholed in that side forever?
      Jun 19
    • Microsoft / Eng cholical
      I would recommend looking at the consulting subreddit. A lot of discussion there regarding moving from tech consulting to strategy. Overall consensus there is that it's very difficult especially at accenture
      Jun 20
  • Accenture / Consultant anagr19
    Ahh Accenture technology isn’t great. I’m in it right now and it’s mostly PMO stuff or testing for IT implementation projects. You’re really gonna have to network to get on any kind of analytics or digital project.
    Jun 27 0
  • Accenture trike
    Hate to break it to you but $85k by 2021 is not worth sticking around for... at all. You'll make way more than that in 2-3 years at Accenture. Also if you hate the work you're doing now then this seems like a no brainer. I'd be more worried about being stuck in a dead end government job than "pigeonholed" as a consultant
    Jun 20 0