I have an opportunity to work for Accenture Technology Solutions. The opening is out in the Northwest so I'd be relocating from NYC. I've lived in the NW US before, but it's still a trek none the less.
Has anybody worked for ATS before or know somebody who has?
I've viewed a few forums, even vault, just trying to get a general sense of what people think about working for Accenture and Accenture Technology Solutions.
I interviewed for an Accenture consulting role a couple of months back, but just didn't like the aspect of traveling all the time, as I am married, and from what I learned, it was more or less government type work.
I've worked for various government type jobs in the past and would like to expand my experience into other fields. So it wasn't all that interesting to me...
Anyway, so this role I guess would be a java/j2ee tech person/programmer and what not.. Not sure what it really involves, I did learn a few things from the people I spoke to, but you never know sometimes.
So, I've been through a couple of interviews, a skills interview, took some online test in java, and now am waiting I guess to see how my skills interview went..
From what I know, it went pretty well and the guy seemed to be impressed with my skills, knowledge and communication skills.
I don't mind working hard, learning new things, and getting involved in the technology.
My only concern is relocating again across the US for a role and company I'm not all that familar with.. Yeah reading boards here and there is nice, but to move 3000 miles is a big process..
A little about me :
I've been in IT as a professional since around 1999.. Back then it was web type stuff, some c and c++ and HTML.. Then I moved into mainframe type work for about 4 years...
I took a job in Java at the end of 2004 as a consultant for some small company, then moved onto a few other contract type positions in java and j2ee over the last 2 years.
Yeah, I've been in IT since 1999, but most of my experience was with outdated mainframes, windows, tal, tandem, c, C++, html, css, and so on... but my java and j2ee experience is only about a year and a half to two years..
ANybody think working for ATS would be a good fit or a waste of my time....
It would be a pay cut.........but I'm not sure how much.. The recruiter quoted something like 55k-65k.. I'd prefer $65K since my last contract was at around $40 per hour on a 4 month contract.
The thing is, after reading some forums, I wonder if that 55k-65K is going to be base plus OT or does that include OT...Cause that would definitely be a deal breaker....
I wouldn't move across the country for less than 60K base that's for sure.
The reason is seems interesting is because I enjoyed living out in seattle, there isn't supposed to be much travel with this opportunity, at least not like consultants and I would like to become more or less an expert in java/j2ee and so on.
I've worked 100 hour weeks before. I've worked weekends before. I've traveled before. So a little hard work is worth if if I learn and get more experience for the future. I mean the better I become I could then move on either in the company or out of the company.
65K is less for IT person with 7 years of experience . negotiate for a higher pay . Also accenture is a big IT firm lately they are paying less by hiring recent grads . Most of my frineds dislike Accenture in India due to bad employment practice not sure how it is rated in US .
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I've read various reports...good and bad. Yeah $65K is a little on the low side, but like I said, I've only had about 2 years of Java/j2ee and OO experience.
And that includes about 4 months of not being on any projects. Not like it was straight through, but a project for 4 months, followed by 2 months off and then an 8 month project followed by a month off and so on. Yeah doing some things on my own is nice, but it doesn't really make me an expert in the field of enterprise development.
So most of my 7 years of experience was working on mainframes, procedural coding, support, flat file databases and so on. Great to learn, good organization experience and so on, but it was kind of a waste career wise.
Technology and systems that don't exist anymore just aren't impressive looking to people.. Especially when half the interviews i've been on; the people have no clue what a tandem is or what a mainframe is, tech or non-tech people alike.
So that's about 4 years of experience within a federal governmental agency.. I wasn't a federal employee though. I was let go because of department cutbacks in 2004. Also had experience as a project lead, but on a small scale.
And before that it was basically HTML and web type work...intern type work, school type work, but more or less nothing complex.
So 65K isn't that bad if I learn lots of things, get good experience, and move onward to more managerial type roles or more "expert" type roles within accenture or outside of accenture...
Only thing I"m concerned about is, will I learn things while I'm with ATS... Because if I'm working 100 hours a week, like I have done in the past, but am not really working on anything that will push my career forward, then it's not worth it.