In an organisation as massive as Accenture, the framework is understandably incredibly complex. One of the aspects of runway training I found most confusing was the explanation of how we, as analysts and new starters, would be organised and where we would fit in the wider organisation.
Therefore, in this blog instalment I will endeavour to give a very high-level explanation of the structure from an analyst perspective.
DTE stands for Deployed To Entity. Your DTE, in essence, is the area of Accenture you belong to. Your DTE manages its own projects, budget, training and progression. I’ve found it helpful to think of DTEs as a mini company within Accenture.
ACG stands for Analyst Consulting Group. This is the DTE to which all UKI (UK and Ireland geography) consulting, strategy and analytics analysts belong. These analysts will stay in the ACG until promotion, where they will then join a specialised DTE.
The ACG itself is broken into 16 sub-communities (sub-coms). The main purpose of the sub-coms is to develop a sense of community. More on this later….
CSG stands for Client Service Group. A CSG is the industry area of the client these include:
Communications, Media and Technology (CMT)
Financial Services (FS)
Health and Public Services (H&PS)
So here is the link; each of the CSGs have their own DTE. As well as these, there are 2 further DTEs relevant to this post; Digital and Strategy. Digital and Strategy are a little different, so let’s park those for now.
A1 Analysts are placed in a cross industry sub-com and aligned to a CSG,although these are not aligned to any particular DTE and you are encouraged, where possible to work in as many industry areas as possible.
When you have been with the company for about a year, based on your experience, preference and availability you will move to a sub-com which is associated with one of the DTEs (CSG, Digital or Strategy). This is called A2 alignment. From here you will work mainly on projects for that DTE and develop specialised skills.
When you are ready to move up to Consultant, you will be promoted out of the ACG and into one of the DTEs based on your experience, skills, preference and business requirement.
Digital and Strategy operate slightly differently. Instead of being placed into a cross industry sub-com when you join, you may be placed into a digital or strategy group. This is primarily based on skills and experience. It is also possible to join Digital or Strategy sub-com groups through A2 alignment from a cross industry sub-com.
Most importantly; prior to promotion these decisions are not final. A2 alignment to a certain sub-com does not mean you must promote into that DTE and does not mean you can only work on projects in that industry. In fact, its common that not all your projects will be. Equally, A2 alignment to a sub-com does not guarantee promotion to that DTE.
This structure represents a high-level view just one career track within one geography of Accenture - a tiny slice of how Accenture has elected to organise itself. As for myself, writing this post has given me a new level of empathy for our faculty at runway training; explaining all this to a room of bemused new analysts.