Interview: The Life of an Accenture Strategy Consultant in Canada

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Last Updated on March 6, 2024

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In our second installment of this series, we feature an insightful interview with a consultant from Accenture Strategy in Toronto, Canada. This interview delves into the professional life of an Accenture consultant, exploring their daily responsibilities and giving you a glimpse into what a typical day at Accenture entails. Check out the full interview below for a comprehensive look at a consultant’s journey at Accenture.

The Experience of an Accenture Strategy Consultant Where do you work? What position?

Interviewee: I work at Accenture Strategy in Toronto. Consultant. What kinds of cases do you work on?

Interviewee: Mostly Growth Strategy (i.e. Distribution Strategy, International Expansion, Sales Force Effectiveness), and Organizational Restructuring Do you travel every week? How far?

Interviewee: No. Accenture employs a regional staffing model. Since 90% of our client’s HQs are in Toronto, most consultants based here do not travel. Of my 9 projects, 2 involved travel. 1 to Montreal, 1 to Memphis. Average 2-4 hours of travel time when on a travel project. What are your favorite travel hacks?

Interviewee: ALL THE POINTS! Delta accelerated status program, Delta-SPG crossover rewards, Hertz-Delta crossover rewards, check-in & out of the hotel every day to hit 25 stays per year and retain platinum status. Also – get an inflatable headrest for the flight. How does a typical day look in your consultant life? (e.g., distribution between client meetings, problem-solving, analytical work in Excel, slide preparation, etc)

Interviewee: Arrive on site between 8 – 9. 25% Excel-based analysis, 35% making bomb-ass slides, 15% independent/team-based problem solving, 15% client meetings/following up to get data/to validate facts. What are the typical hours you work during the week and on Friday? How about weekend work?

Interviewee: Typical weekday 9 – 8; weekend work typically only on +1s (e.g. asset development, thought leadership, community programs, etc.) How do you unwind during the week and on weekends?

Interviewee: Socials with my team, Explore the city (if on travel projects), party on the weekend, go to the gym, head to a park/outdoor pool (summer), escape the frozen tundra in the winter with indoor activities (game bars, museums/galleries, paint, eat, hibernate) What’s the best part of the job?

Interviewee: Bringing clarity to our clients by deconstructing their business problems and working towards a solution together, working with young, smart, ambitious, and fun colleagues, learning about best practices/market trends in diverse industries & functions, budgeting for socials & team meals, travel & points 😀 What is the worst part of the job?

Interviewee: Landing on cool projects is always a little bit up to chance (e.g. depends on roll-off timing) so you don’t always get to work on the exact project you’d like to, navigating company politics & managing perceptions What tip would you give applicants for your role and your firm?

Interviewee: All the basics – know what makes this firm different, practice cases/behavior, practice communicating clearly & concisely What exit opportunities are you considering?

Interviewee: VC, growth-stage startups, restructuring/turnaround advisory, moving to Miami/San Diego What have you learned on the job?

Interviewee: Refined my perspective on ‘what good looks like’ (e.g. structuring & executing quantitative analysis, communicating findings clearly and concisely via PPT/verbally), know how to balance serving your client & managing scope creep, protect your personal life by drawing boundaries (the more you offer, the more the firm will take), pick your battles – learn to recognize when pushing back/challenging team members during problem-solving becomes counterproductive, and evaluate whether the decision causes a material change to the deliverable. Anything else you would like to add?

Interviewee: Be focused on managing your career. Have clarity on the experiences you want to attain, and then chase them down so that if you leave, you walk away with a strong profile that is transferable to the type of work you want to continue doing.

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