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Anyone have any insights on Accenture strategy? Market reputation? Work culture? How they play with the rest of Accenture?

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If you're a manager at a non strategy firm it is worth a shot. You won't be doing strategy work most of the time but the brand is decent and I've seen good exits come out of it. Source: Primary research (see appendix pg. 73 for interview list), BCG analysis.

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D1, the way Accenture Strategy does it -Analyst level (2-3 years): you work cross-industry / cross-function -Consultant level (3-4 years): you specialize in a specific industry (e.g., financial services) or function (e.g., technology strategy) -Manager level (~3 years?): you start to specialize more within your initial area (e.g., if you're part of technology strategy you may focus more on one particular industry -Senior Manager level (up to 5 years?): you continue building even deeper knowledge (e.g., if you're part of technology strategy you may focus more on IT operating model strategy specifically)

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I do. Accenture strategy is quite well respected within Accenture. Work is not super special but clearly more interesting than in rest of org. Slightly higher pay. Good exit opportunities. Worth a shot I’d say

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Overall, the growth has been awesome and a great success story for the company. Accenture Strategy started only in December 2014 and now actively wins against MBBs and Deloitte especially when it comes to nextgen strategy work that relies on analytics and data expertise where Accenture Strategy can pull in/partner with extremely well qualified data scientists and analytics experts (PhDs, Ivy League, etc.) from Accenture Digital and Accenture Tech then package deliverables/results in a strategy/exec way. Whereas MBBs and Deloitte are just now starting to build (and poaching ppl from Accenture for) their Digital/Analytics groups. That by itself should tell you Accenture was right all along with building analytics based strategy groups and has the edge now while competition is scrambling to catch up

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It's a great time to join us. We've historically been peerless when it comes to technology/digital strategy but now it seems like the areas of Strategy outside of that have finally started to "make it" in the marketplace. We're hiring like crazy as we're selling projects faster than we can sell them, and that's true even with our continuing focus on selling more strategic, higher value projects with higher bill rates every year since we've formed

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Thanks all. Says c-suite clients are main clientele. Have you guys seen that hold through the work?

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How’s the M&A strategy group with ACN Strategy?

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Why lol?

Our sponsors are always C suite by nature of the work and pricing. Don't expect much exposure personally though if you're below Sr. Mgr

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I focus on a particular industry/type of client. I think it makes me more credible when interacting with clients

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Thanks A2, I’ve got an eye on a utilities manager level opening :)

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I don’t sorry

Love the blanket statements here lol before you hear any of them, you need to specify which group and what level are you asking about? Culture, work, and prestige vary between groups!

I would say usually we're getting our direction / sponsorship from the C Suite but on a daily basis we work with people at a level right below that. At some clients our C-level sponsor(s) is pretty hands-on throughout the project; other times they're involved upfront to help set the direction / their expectations, then we see them monthly as part of a steering committee meeting or something similar. There'll also be some projects where you're only working at the level below the C Suite as well - probably about 30% of what we do, depending on which area within Strategy you're in

A related question ... do strategy consultants specialize focus on a specific industry? Or is it expected to work across industries?

Thanks op, makes sense. I was just wondering if there were enough projects within a specific industry / client type to allow consultants to specialize.

A2 - how’s the feedback on the Accenture Strategy (Tech Strategy) part? Any insights on projects etc. also I hear the up or out culture is really applicable in the Strategy part.

Up or out is definitely a thing. You have a set amount of years at each level to get promoted to the next level - if you don't make it, you can either transfer to another area of Accenture or leave the firm. Another option if you're at a higher level (e.g., Senior Manager) is to shift to our Innovation and Thought Leadership track within Strategy, which focuses more on project delivery / asset development and less on sales Also, screenshotted the below from another thread:

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A2 - can you point me towards this thread?

Think it was in our company bowl a long while back, otherwise I'd link it here. Tech Strat's a great place to be though, great people and interesting work

How feasible is it to jump laterally? If so, at what level/years of experience? Can you be generalist if coming in as a lateral hire?

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