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Thinking about switching to Accenture from EY. What's Accenture's expense policy like? Can you choose your own hotel? Breakfast, lunch, dinner amounts? Meal averaging if allowance? Per diem? Airlines?

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....are you seriously basing your career path on expense policies? Wow

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If your leadership is burning you on expenses and per diem, then they haven't managed their budgets appropriately and you need to be on a different account. Love the ACN model, when pricing out new proposals, I ALWAYS make sure we have enough discretionary funding to cover appropriate expenses for staff. My CAL is insistent that all levels should feel comfortable expensing what should be expensed. Basic rule of thumb, if you are morally comfortable expensing it, then do it.

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I didn't say that anywhere in my post. The role I'm considering is 100% travel, so if I'm going to have to be on the road all the time, it's nice to be comfortable.

Thus far with ACN, I have been able to pick my hotel as long as it falls within the price constraints we have been given. As for meals, each location has a per diem amount that differs. Federal policies may differ but I do not work on a federal project.

The ACN per diem helps but you will be coming out of pocket.

Pwc2: That's not necessarily true. If you have status (and there is a lounge) you can breakfast in the lounge and have dinner there, too. I only pay out of pocket if I really splurge on a meal. Even when I pay for all three meals, I can stay w/in the per diem limits and done well.

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Dinner in the lounge sucks. Breakfast is debatable. I worked with a guy who did the lounge thing and he was miserable at meal times but happy pocketing extra cash.

Also depends on city. $47 in Boston wasn't going far if you wanted a nice dinner and paid for blast and/or lunch.

My lounge does a good breakfast. Dinner, some days are better than others (true of anything). Stretches per diem and I can pocket the difference.

Guys please, don't front. Our per diems suck balls. Nothing compared to what other firms get to expense on a daily basis. Having said that, we are less stringent about other travel rules- ex. Can use personal cc for hotels, etc etc

OP: Manage expectations regarding what a $4x/per diem allows icw dining. You will not be having filet nightly nor will you eat at Michelin rated restaurant. You can manage to eat decently depending on your choices.

Do you all get breakfast, lunch, and dinner per diems? Is it a daily limit? Can you expense alcohol? Haha

Between breakfast almost always being included in the Accenture rate (plus always available if you're platinum which you will be quickly) and team dinners, I always feel like I make out like a bandit from per diems. Now that the team meal policy has changed, maybe slightly less, but I'm still coming out on top. You're in consulting and probably don't have time for 1-2 hour sit down meals that are going to cost $50- most nights the team just wants to grab something super fast, more in the $10-$20 range. Definitely even more true for lunch.

At EY, we get screwed on breakfast and lunch allowances, as we don't get per diems. We only get $15 for breakfast, which in NYC doesn't go far. We don't get money for lunch. As for dinner, we have a pretty liberal policy ($50 everywhere) and we can "meal average". We eat well since we can't pocket the difference.

Accenture expense policy is the worst. Welcome to public firm life.

A4: how is it the worst? Examples? I think not getting lunch money is pretty bad on our end...

Per diem is pretty much unmanageable if you get stuck in a project that's not in a major metro area. If you take a client out or have a team dinner, you have to take it out of your per diem too. Even though someone said you can use personal cards for hotels/rentals, audit will say otherwise. I think it also depends on project per project. Some of the new school leadership really comes down hard on expenses and are cheap as hell.

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