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Would you rather grow your career at Accenture Federal or Deloitte GPS? Just curious. And pls don’t say neither 😜

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Having spent a good bit of time at Deloitte GPS earlier in my career, if things haven't changed for the better since then, I'd probably go with AFS.

Both are interchangeable in the grand scheme of things. They are the joint leaders in the federal tech space, both live off of large low margin body shop contracts that subsidize the rest of the org, and both regularly get hired to fix failed implementations from the other.

If there's a particular niche in federal IT that one is better at than the other (say, ML), then it would be worth targeting that one, but otherwise they're pretty much interchangeable from a competency perspective. From a client perspective, having been a senior fed who hired both multiple times over my career as a fed, they're also largely interchangeable.

From a culture perspective, Deloitte GPS tends to be pretty insufferable in my experience--lots of folks who live up to the Deloitte reputation here in FB. Firm initiatives and utilization calculations are also annoying, but I don't know what those are like at AFS.

From a reputational perspective in the fed space, it's six of one, half a dozen of another. As far as fed tech, their bread and butter, goes, they're identical. In other niches, there might be reputational differences, but not in the bulk of their work.

To reiterate, there's not much difference at the firm level, but I'd go with AFS.

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Adding on--anecdotally, I've heard it's easier overall to make MD at AFS than it is to make PMD at Deloitte, but I don't know if that's actually the case. Either way, the percentage of people who stay around long enough to make either one is somewhere around the single digits.

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At AFS, as an Analyst (L11/L10) I get overtime. It’s also not “up-or-out”, and we are not expected to contribute to BD or do any +1s if we don’t want to. I also like the culture of Accenture overall more (I got an offer from D GPS but didn’t vibe with the people as much). With that said, you really can’t go wrong with either imo.

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im currently at Accenture federal and I’ve really been enjoying it. I joined my project in March 2021 and I’ll be getting my promotion to senior analyst this June. Here (and I’m sure Deloitte GPS) your experience seriously, truly depends on the team and client you end up with. But one thing that frustrates me about Accenture overall is that there’s only two promotion cycles

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Which one pays more? Whose providing some clearance? Are you going to be working with something you know?

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Deloitte GPS is what my friends in industry suggested to me has more pull/'prestige' in the industry hence why I joined here. That being said Accenture is no slouch (albeit maybe more sweaty?)

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Also in terms of ‘prestige’, Accenture & Deloitte are potato/patata in the fed space. Accenture is probably better for tech exit ops while Deloitte is probably better for Corp Strat exit ops.

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