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7.2 / 10

(based on 33 ratings in 2015)

How would you describe the career prospects at your firm? Is there much scope for advancement?

2015

"There is a reasonably rigid career progression path. Promotion (and increased remuneration) usually begin after two-three years with promotion to consultant. Progression to senior manager and managing director is possible for the ambitious, and there is a good sense of meritocracy with regard to rising."
Entry level, Dublin
"The different hierarchy levels in Accenture are very clear, and the minimum time it takes to get to the next level is too. It takes hard work, networking and differentiating yourself in some way from other peers."
Graduate, Dublin
"I think being professional and working hard is important when being considered for promotion, but also doing things outside of your role to help the wider community is a good thing too."
Graduate, Dublin
"To move up you need to be good at your day job primarily, but being involved in clubs and societies is an advantage."
Graduate, Dublin
"Promotions follow a logical, timed process and are based on merit."
Graduate, Dublin
"There are good promotion opportunities within Accenture. If you perform well in work, and form a good relationship with your managers/senior managers, the opportunities to progress will be provided."
Graduate, Dublin/Warwick

2014

"Promotion happens much quicker than at other companies so the pressure is always there to perform well."
Consulting, Graduate, Dublin
"You will be made work for your promotion and pushed to prove yourself. You are expected to be operating at a level higher than your position before you actually get promoted to that position."
Entry level, Dublin
"Laddering within the company makes the prospect of moving up the ladder easy. There is a natural progression model."
Consulting, Graduate, Dublin
"The clearly defined career path makes moving up at the company achievable, but you have to work hard to get promoted; promotions are not a given with time at level."
Graduate, Dublin
"Promotion at Accenture is a very competitive process, but is based on performance and is done as fairly as possible, involving a large group of representatives and perspectives. Accenture are also working on removing the requirements for time-at-level for promotion, which also means that a strong performer is not held back purely based on timing. Employees normally have to be performing in the top 15-25% consistently over a 12-month period to be eligible for promotion. It also helps if you have built a strong network as more people will be able to provide positive feedback on your work during the performance review process."
Midlevel, Dublin
"There are bi-annual promotion points in Accenture that ensure you have frank career progression conversations twice a year. It's competitive, but the opportunity is there."
Consulting, Graduate, Dublin
"There is a very clear career path and given the rigorous performance management cycles, it is easy to understand what is required to progress. In order to progress however, you need sponsors and people that will 'fight for you'."
Strategy, Graduate, Dublin
"When you join as a new analyst (A1) and there is no set time for promotion. There is a laddering system where all analysts are ranked against each other. Each analyst receives a rating between Below, Consistent With, Above or Significantly Above. They are then ranked against their colleagues and this is how people are chosen for promotion. It is quite a competitive way of doing things and it is not always fair. It is quite difficult to get promoted compared to other companies where you are promoted for being there a certain length of time."
Graduate, Cork

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