Fear and Loathing in Limbo Land – My Experience in Accenture
In my country (in Asia), Accenture is among the few companies that would offer very substantial compensation packages in the IT consulting industry.
With so many projects in Accenture, some may encounter a good experience, and vice versa.
The equation is as simple as it gets: If you have a capable, smart and understanding manager leading the project, you are among the luckier ones.
However, my experience with ACN was really an eye opener to me.
A few quick things I’ve learned throughout my stay in a particular project:
If you are a fresh graduate, be prepared to be bullshitted, profusely. The utopia paintings by the project lead will make you feel that working in that current project is ‘the‘ project.
- The Blame Game
They love staff who can work fast and deliver things promptly. Mistakes? No worries, just take your hand and point to others. There will be just too many new analysts that will naively take the fall (for the first time).
Over-promising clients and being unable to catch up with the pace due to inaccurate project planning, is the rule rather than the exception at Accenture.
- Dis-respect for the Individual
Respect is not a right you have. Do expect to be yelled upon or lied to.
The worst feeling being there is I don’t feel that I belonged to the company as I continued working in that project.
The ever piling work and lack of respect has totally drained me off completely up till a point it hit me:
Will I be like this forever?
I have never felt so miserable before. Despite learning many things and having wonderful colleagues (the ground peeps) to work with, I could no longer stand the insignificance of this ‘significant’ role.
Eventually, I decided to make a move.
The thought of change really tested my fears. The fear of losing. The fear of being a loser. The fear of making the wrong move. The fear of not being able to turn back what you might have done. The fear of not being able to inspire people and work from your heart, rather than for your boss.
But all that fear did not stop me from making this move as I have God by my side.
And for those wondering which project that I have described, you’ll know for sure if you ever get sucked into it.
After trying to leave for more than 3 years, I’m glad I finally did.
Joining another firm where everyone is so connected to each other and willing to assist no matter how tough times are without any hidden agenda, was all I needed to be inspired and motivated.