Anyone ever work for Arthur Anderson or Accenture?

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No but I knew a few people who worked for Accenture. What's your theory? Or is it a secret?
My theory (or more like curiosity) has to do with dress code and/or whether they coach female employees on what to wear.

Any input?
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My theory (or more like curiosity) has to do with dress code and/or whether they coach female employees on what to wear.

Any input?
Originally Posted by spiderlashes5000
I am not sure. But I had a friend told me once at a job she was told to wear makeup since she's dealing with clients.

I think at the big 4(or 3 now) accounting firms there is pressure (spoken or not) for women to wear skirts and look/dress a certain way. My sister and friend (both younger than me) actually wore pantyhose(funny that thread came up) with their business skirts. Their work attire was definitely more on the business side.

Some PWC folks work next to us and I noticed they are more dressy. I figured it's the nature of the business. I love my field (IT).
I work in the public sector but I had the opportunity to work w/ a bunch of Accenture folks for a couple of years (learned a lot!).

There were women and men, and in a wide range of ages. But I noticed w/ the younger women (ie, new to the company) was that they tended to have very limited wardrobes and dressed very similarly to each other. They seemed to be making decent money and it's not like they were all friends or even from the same place or of the same ethnic group. But they all wore very high heeled black pointy-tioe pumps. That's it. Each appeared to have only one pair of shoes for work and they were all basically the same, as in a quasi uniform. Some very slightly higher heeled than the others, and ONE woman wore a dark oxblood pair. But otherwise the same. They all wore black or gray pantsuits most days. Never mix and match separates, never just blouses, never dresses, never skirts. If they weren't wearing a black or gray pantsuit, they were wearing black or gray slacks w/ a lightweight cashmere-type long sleeve sweater. Even in the summer. And they all wore the same clothes again and again. They worked Monday - Thursday and they had like 3 outfits the wore again and again. And they had a dry cleaming service that came to site and picked up their dry cleaning if they needed it.

I know the public sector is a bit more laid back than a top consulting firm would be. But I do know plenty of women employed in the private sector who don't work for Accenture. And they show A LOT more variety than the Accenture women.

The older Accenture women showed more variety than the the younger ones (ie., pantsuits in different colors)

I was wondering if women are heavily coached on what to wear when they get hired. And if so, is it just for reasons of promoting a standard corporate image? Or also to encourage them to manage their money better and not blow it all on trendy clothes?
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Last edited by spiderlashes5000; 08-21-2013 at 01:41 PM.
Did these women live in the city they worked in? My good friend works for Accenture. She commuted from Vancouver to San Francisco (M-Th) for 5 years and Vancouver to Toronto for 2 years. Standard practice I believe. I can see her having a limited work wardrobe based on the fact that she lives out of a suitcase and a long-stay hotel during the week. She is a very fashionable dresser on the weekend. I'll ask her if there's a dress code.


LOL, do you think maybe they are just not that fashionable or into their work wardrobe? It sounds kind of like mine at the moment except I have some dresses. I'm just too lazy and not that enthusiastic about my work clothing.
Did these women live in the city they worked in? My good friend works for Accenture. She commuted from Vancouver to San Francisco (M-Th) for 5 years and Vancouver to Toronto for 2 years. Standard practice I believe. I can see her having a limited work wardrobe based on the fact that she lives out of a suitcase and a long-stay hotel during the week. She is a very fashionable dresser on the weekend. I'll ask her if there's a dress code.
Originally Posted by mad scientist
They all came from all over the US but were provided housing in one of two really nice local townhouse communities. It was a three year project and most were rotated on and off the project in 12 month increments, depending on the stage we were at in the project. So they had a local home they could stay at all the time, and there were planned activities there and they went out drinking together, etc. But some chose to go back to their real home cities some or most wknds. But it was their choice. There were a few married couples and they bought or rented their own condos while they were in town.

But even if they went home every wknd, why couldn't they just keep a full wardrobe of professional clothing here and casual clothing at home?

LOL, do you think maybe they are just not that fashionable or into their work wardrobe? It sounds kind of like mine at the moment except I have some dresses. I'm just too lazy and not that enthusiastic about my work clothing.
Originally Posted by Josephine
Really? You have three work outfits? And only one pair of shoes? LOL

They were like the mannequins in Robert Palmer's "Addicted to Love" video! And some of them couldn't walk in heels and they hobbled around painfully and awkwardly but kept wearing them. Like they weren't allowed to wear flats.

They seemed like they were style conscious bc they had good haircuts and their make up was always tight.

***

Either way, I'm intrigued by the idea of the super limited professional uniform. And I might follow suit (haha pun). But my shoes will have to be comfy.
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Did these women live in the city they worked in? My good friend works for Accenture. She commuted from Vancouver to San Francisco (M-Th) for 5 years and Vancouver to Toronto for 2 years. Standard practice I believe. I can see her having a limited work wardrobe based on the fact that she lives out of a suitcase and a long-stay hotel during the week. She is a very fashionable dresser on the weekend. I'll ask her if there's a dress code.
Originally Posted by mad scientist
They all came from all over the US but were provided housing in one of two really nice local townhouse communities. It was a three year project and most were rotated on and off the project in 12 month increments, depending on the stage we were at in the project. So they had a local home they could stay at all the time, and there were planned activities there and they went out drinking together, etc. But some chose to go back to their real home cities some or most wknds. But it was their choice. There were a few married couples and they bought or rented their own condos while they were in town.

But even if they went home every wknd, why couldn't they just keep a full wardrobe of professional clothing here and casual clothing at home?

LOL, do you think maybe they are just not that fashionable or into their work wardrobe? It sounds kind of like mine at the moment except I have some dresses. I'm just too lazy and not that enthusiastic about my work clothing.
Originally Posted by Josephine
Really? You have three work outfits? And only one pair of shoes? LOL

They were like the mannequins in Robert Palmer's "Addicted to Love" video! And some of them couldn't walk in heels and they hobbled around painfully and awkwardly but kept wearing them. Like they weren't allowed to wear flats.

***

Either way, I'm intrigued by the idea of the super limited professional uniform. And I might follow suit (haha pun). But my shoes will have to be comfy.
Originally Posted by spiderlashes5000
Right now i'm rotating between 3 - 4 pair of pants but more tops. I've gained some weight so the other ones are on hold. Last winter i wore the same boots. This summer I've rotated between three sandal/heels. I do not wear uncomfortable shoes.

I'm so sick of work clothes. I want a job where I can wear tshirts, jeans, and flip flops, and casual comfy dresses. The drycleaning, ironing, hang drying, etc is such a pain. And it's so expensive and useless for anything outside of work. This week I was getting so mad as I had to iron my clothes that I don't even want to wear. Rant over.
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They used to have a required dress code for both their male and female employees, similar to many of the big tech companies (IBM, Xerox, etc), but I don't know if they still do.
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