Accenture isn’t only making headlines for being ranked in Brill Street + Company’s “2011 Top 50 Chicago Generation Y Employers.” It was recently recognized in Fortune Magazine’s 2012 “100 Best Companies to Work For.” The global management consulting company provides outsourcing, consulting and technology services to clients ranging from state government agencies to national restaurant chains. It is the goal of employees at Accenture to help its clients reach their maximum potential. The Chicago office houses the Accenture Customer Innovation Network, the Financial Services Innovation Center, and the Accenture Innovation Center for IBM Technologies.
The company’s Clark Street office is a breeze to get to for Accenture’s Generation Y commuters. But a good location isn’t the only facet attracting some of the most talented Gen Y workers to the company; Accenture has an extremely flexible work environment that its young staffers find appealing. One of the key features to the office is its top-notch cafeteria.
Managing Director of Accenture Chicago and North American Human Capital and Diversity Lead Michael Scimo adds, “The Internet Café serves breakfast, lunch and snacks Monday through Friday, featuring a build-your-own fruit and yogurt bar in the morning, and a salad bar, sandwiches, soup, pizza and hot entrees at lunch, including daily vegetarian options. It’s a great place to eat and meet, with informal seating, wireless connectivity and a wonderful view of the city and lakefront.”
Being an innovation powerhouse, it is only natural that the Accenture office boasts the latest technologies in their workspace. For example, travel can be kept to a minimum for Gen Y employees through the company’s Telepresence video-conferencing technology, allowing employees from the entire world to connect in real-time. Gen Y workers can also get their technology fix through in-office communications included blogs and social network for Accenture Employees.
The company’s team setting and collaborative nature stems from one of the company’s core values, “Respect for the Individual.” Accenture caters to the individual from day one. The company’s extensive and ongoing training for employees is available onsite, online, in a team setting, and mobile learning. Employees can select how they study and what they study. It is features like these that have earned Accenture a spot in Business Week’s “Best Places to Launch a Career” list.
Scimo says, “We invested hundreds of millions in training and development of our employees during our last Fiscal Year (ending Aug. 31, 2011). For example, MyLearning, Accenture’s global online learning portal, offers more than 30,000 courses from core training to specialized functional and technical training.”
Accenture employees aren’t only treated to individualism in the office, they are provided with a diversified amount social outing to partake in with co-workers. The Accenture office is home to 15 diversity and special interest groups that are inclusive for all employees. Sport nuts can enjoy each other’s company over events like a round of golf, snowboard and skiing excursions, beach volleyball and tennis. The company even has a running club that trains and participates together in events. Other events include trips with families to Six Flags Great America, musical and theatrical outings, and special interest seminars and activities.
This global management consulting company is rightfully ranked, not only on the Brill Street + Company’s “2011 Top 50 Chicago Generation Y Employers,” but with various publications in the United States. This is a company that is truly dedicated to its employees’ growth, development and well being in and out of the office.