January 20, 2017
If the clothes make the man, then the people make the company.
By: Victoria Ng

I’m a Technology Consulting Analyst in Health & Public Service based in Melbourne. I work with Accenture’s clients to help them integrate technology into their everyday business activities to improve their services and customer experience. Before joining Accenture, I worked in medical biology research. I made the switch recognising a need for change in Australia’s innovative space, and was particularly interested in how technology could be used to drive economic and cultural change. I was interested in Accenture as a leading global professional services company that tailors to a broad range of areas such as Strategy, Consulting and Technology Services. I was inspired by the breadth of opportunity and learnings available, and ultimately drawn to the company by its people.

People make the company

Analyst School Illinois, USA - Australians, Puerto Ricans, Colombians, Europeans, Japanese, and Mexicans! It's beautiful to meet people from all over the world. These guys are amazing!

A key aspect of why I chose Accenture came down to its people and culture. As a job-seeker, understanding a company’s culture is important as it defines the unwritten rules of behaviour in the workplace, and unlike the Emperors’ New Clothes, culture is very real. By asking the right questions and establishing a sense of a company’s culture, it gives you an idea of how work is achieved, how employees are treated and rewarded, the decision-making process, and a company’s commitment to employee development and engagement.

A good approach is to listen to stories from employees about their work. Below are three types of questions you can ask to understand a company’s culture, and some of my own experiences:

  1. How does the company celebrate? What does it celebrate? How frequently does it celebrate?
    Transparency and open communication are important, at Accenture information flow is typically top-down however there is a sense of pride that a company win is also your win. Company engagement at all levels is evident through open communication channels, region wide events, and client-account and team bonding activities. At each level of Accenture, there are training events that are held internationally. When I first joined as an Analyst, my second week I was in Illinois, USA with other new joiners across Accenture’s global offices!

  2. Are the company’s executives approachable? Are there regular opportunities to interact with senior executives? In my current role it’s not unheard of to sit next to senior executives, have lunch or coffee catch ups with your Managing Directors in both professional and casual settings.

  3. How does the company innovate? Is employee input sought?
    Specific examples should be sought, be certain to explore what happens when innovation initiatives fail. At Accenture there are a wide number of opportunities to be involved and have significant roles in cross-functional collaborations that aim to improve the way things are done. For example, I’m currently part of a Client-specific program that aims to improve on our client delivery. In the past I’ve been involved in pilots and discussions where my input has been sought.

At Accenture I’ve had the privilege of meeting and working with many talented, fun and supportive people. The diversity of people and inspiring culture at Accenture is part of what makes Accenture great.

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