Deloitte is a place where it's really up to you to drive your career and collect a strong support group around you. The key to succeeding here is giving it your 110% on projects, finding key leadership that will advocate for you and getting visibility through firm initiatives. I have loved my experience here and see that the firm really is making an effort with their Flexibility and Predictability initiatives (cross-country moves for family, flexible work schedules, parental leave) and rewards practitioners for it.
If you're don't have the support of senior leadership, you likely won't last. And everyone is looking for their support so look to stand out in some way. Demands for your time and effort are extremely high so be prepared for that. They are flexible with your time but not for long periods.
This is a fabulous place to work - I'd definitely recommend. I've learned more here than I thought possible. Getting the top ratings is definitely a secretive process so it's important to find mentors who can help show you the ropes, but they're not hard to find!
Job Satisfaction Level
Improve work-life balance and policies (e.g. flex-time, limit facetime)
The maternity leave policy is quite strong, and the firm supports providing new moms with the flexibility to dial down and spend more time with your kids as needed, That being said, Deloitte is a very rigid place. Dialing down does impact your career trajectory, and given the annual review process, a 6 month break may impact you for a whole year.
Job Satisfaction Level
16 paid / 8 unpaid
The overall policy allows employees to be out for a total of 24 weeks. Some paid, some unpaid.
Maternity leave works like this:
1) 6 weeks of STD for natural birth, 8 weeks of STD for a Cesarean.
2) 8 weeks of Deloitte granted maternity leave
3) PTO. Normally, very few people use up their PTO, so most folks have banked time which can be applied to the"unpaid" time. Additionally, you continue to accrue PTO while you are on maternity leave (2.5-3 weeks depending on level and amount of time taken).
Additionally, upon return, there are options to work short term on internal projects where travel is minimal.
Not for Pay, Promotion
I think culture differs both by industry and function, but overall, Deloitte tries very hard to help women make life choices post-pregnancy.
Improve my compensation
Senior Consultant, Strategy & Business Development
I was in the China office, Beijing branch so things were somewhat different perhaps. As a consultant we didn't have amazing work life balance overall, however we did have quite a few working mothers who were able to stay on and continue with their work. Our workplace organized a lot of Women in Leadership activities and my boss was an amazing female leader, who provided great mentorship.