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Accenture is a leading global professional services company, providing a broad range of services and solutions in strategy, consulting, digital, technology and operations.

Combining unmatched experience and specialized skills across more than 40 industries and all business functions—underpinned by the world’s largest delivery network—Accenture works at the intersection of business and technology to help clients improve their performance and create sustainable value for their stakeholders. With approximately 384,000 people serving clients in more than 120 countries, Accenture drives innovation to improve the way the world works and lives.

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  • Meet a Fairygodboss at Accenture


    Julie Sweet


    Chief Executive Officer - North America Washington, D.C.

    Julie Sweet is chief executive officer—North America, responsible for leading Accenture’s business in the United States, the company's largest market, and Canada. She is also a member of Accenture’s Global Management Committee.

    Previously Ms. Sweet served as general counsel, secretary & chief compliance officer. She had ultimate responsibility for all legal support to Accenture, serving as principal counsel to senior leadership and the board of directors and leading the company's Legal department.

    Prior to joining Accenture in 2010, Ms. Sweet was, for 10 years, a partner in the Corporate department of the law firm of Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP, which she joined in 1992.

    Ms. Sweet is a member of the Executive Committee of the Business Roundtable and chairs its Technology, Internet & Innovation Committee. She also serves on the board of directors of the National Center for Children and Families and on the board of directors of the Bipartisan Policy Center.

    Ms. Sweet holds a bachelor of arts degree from Claremont McKenna College and holds a juris doctor degree from Columbia Law School. She lives in Bethesda, Maryland, with her husband and two daughters.

What Women Should Know about Working At Accenture

Accenture believes that gender equality is an essential element of an inclusive workplace, and we strive to create an environment where all of our people can be successful, both professionally and personally. To that end, we are committed to supporting the goals and aspirations of our more than 145,000 women around the globe, as attracting, inspiring and advancing women is critical to Accenture’s future.

The Accenture Women’s Network helps women find a vision of success that’s right for them, bringing to life our “Defining success. Your way.” theme. Through this online forum, women can share experiences and obtain advice, insights and inspiration from other women at Accenture.

In addition, our Women’s Employee Resource Groups—we have nearly 90 local women’s networking groups across 30 countries—help women at Accenture take advantage of a range of networking and development opportunities. With an eye to the future, we are purposeful and transparent about identifying high-performing women and including them in our succession plans.

We actively develop the next generation of women leaders through a number of initiatives, including our CEO-sponsored global executive leadership program for our most senior women; customized training, such as our Developing High Performing Women and Women & Client Centricity courses, to help women grow as effective managers of people and our business; and our annual celebration of International Women’s Day, which we host in key locations around the world with our clients.

We also offer a wide range of benefits to help our employees manage the demands of work and life, with specific benefits geared to working women. This includes up to 16 weeks of paid maternity leave for birth mothers, as well as up to eight weeks of paid time off for other primary caregivers and two weeks of paid time off for secondary caregivers.

Among the many recognitions we have received for our efforts to support women include being named to the Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For list; DiversityInc Top 50 Companies for Diversity list; Anita Borg Top Companies for Women Technologists Leadership Index; Working Mother 100 Best Companies for Working Mothers list; the National Association for Female Executives Top 50 Companies for Executive Women list; and the LATINA Style 50 Best Companies for Latinas to Work For list.

Gender diversity statistics

  • Gender diversity information At Accenture we believe strongly that gender equality is essential for a high-performing, talent-led organization.

    Our Board of Directors includes 11 independent directors, four of whom are women, including our Lead Director.
    Currently, women make up more than one third of our global workforce and 18 percent of Accenture Leadership. Women accounted for more than 28 percent of Accenture’s new managing directors and senior managing directors – up from 21 percent the year prior.

    We have also pledged to grow the percentage of women we hire to at least 40 percent worldwide by 2017 and have made steady progress toward this goal. In fiscal year 2015 approximately 39 percent of our more than 100,000 new hires were women.
  • Women in workforce 35.8%

Programs, initiatives, groups

  • Unconscious bias training Yes
  • Internal mentorship / sponsorship programs Yes
  • Internal employee networking Yes
  • Succession planning initiatives Yes
  • Diversity initiatives / processes for recruiting Yes
  • Diversity initiatives / processes for performance evaluation Yes

Flexible working

  • Flexible working policies We provide a variety of flexible work arrangements to help ensure that our employees can meet the demands of our business—making significant contributions to Accenture and our clients—while also being able to manage their personal lives.

    For instance, nearly every employee has the opportunity to work remotely; to job-share; or to compress, reduce and/or flex their hours. In fact, the majority of our people have used one or more of our available flexible work arrangements during the past year, some on a regular basis. These arrangements are not based on level or organization, but on how and if a specific team or the project can accommodate these efforts.
  • Remote working Yes
  • Part-time working Yes
  • Percentage of your workforce that takes advantage of flexible working 75%

Parental Leave

  • Overview: Parental leave policies We are committed to providing attractive career opportunities and flexibility for our employees throughout all stages of their lives. We support working parents — both new and existing by offering a variety of programs and benefits.

    Accenture offers up to sixteen weeks of paid maternity leave for birth mothers in the United States, as well as up to eight weeks of paid time off for other primary caregivers and two weeks of paid time off for secondary caregivers, including adoptive parents and parents using a surrogate.

    Accenture also has a number of programs to support additional leave. As well as nine paid holidays, our paid time off program encompasses paid personal time off and sick leave, providing flexibility for how, when and for what purpose it is taken. The number of days is based on career level and workforce, but ranges from 12 – 27 days per year. Also, our Future Leave program allows our people to take up to three months away from work with continued healthcare and insurance benefits and the assurance that they can return to work after their leave.
  • Paid maternity leave Yes, 16 weeks
  • Unpaid maternity leave Yes, Additional leave time varies, programs available are described above.
  • Paid paternity leave Yes, 2 weeks
  • Unpaid paternity leave Yes, Additional leave time varies, programs available are described above.
  • Adoptive paid leave Yes, 8 weeks
  • Short-term disability benefits Yes

Maternity-Related Benefits

  • Lactation facilities Yes
  • Phased-in post-maternity return Yes
  • Maternity leave coaching Yes

Care-taking benefits

  • Care-taking benefits information We support working parents—both new and existing by offering a variety of programs and benefits.

    For example, we offer primary caregivers, both women and men, the opportunity to work locally for one year following their return from the birth or adoption of a child. Women have the opportunity to ship breast milk when traveling on business and the Accenture Medical Plan provides hospital grade breast pumps for new moms. We offer up to 80 hours per year for back-up dependent care for children, spouses or elderly family members and an additional 40 hours within the first year of a child’s birth or adoption.

    Our Care Direct Partner provides parents with an online search tool for ongoing child care as well as prioritized enrollment in childcare centers. We also provide a personalized portal and one-on-one support for parents of children with childhood issues, such as ADHD and learning and developmental disabilities.
  • Back-up childcare Yes
  • Childcare subsidies Yes
  • Elder-care benefits Yes

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