Monday, February 21, 2005

Accenture-ate the negative

Deptford Highway Patrol
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… whilst on the subject of IOC inspectors and London's bid for the 2012 Olympics I have to confess that I didn’t, as intended, attend any of the anti-bid demonstrations last week. Some demonstrations did take place but, as far as I could tell, the inspectors were kept well away from the demonstrators, or any local residents at all come to think of it. For most of last week it would have been easier to locate nuclear submarines sailing under the Arctic ice cap than to pinpoint the IOC inspection team.
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The comparison with a staged school inspection really is very strong. At one point, the Culture Secretary Tessa Jowell went on air to tell people who are against the bid not to demonstrate whilst the inspectors were here in case they 'spoiled things for everyone else'. She forgot to tell us not to run down the stairs or fool about with scissors but the bossy, psycho headmistress tone came across loud and clear. I really haven't heard language like that since I left school and it was particularly rich coming from an elected public servant.

Fuck off Tessa. I didn't vote for you or any of your mates you old trout.
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One clue as to the reason why the Labour party and certain businesses have a hard-on for the Olympics can be found in the following little snippet …
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Accenture, the Management Consultancy firm formerly known as Andersens (renamed so that we wouldn’t confuse them with their corrupt, thieving sister company Arthur Andersens) is one of the biggest sponsors of the London 2012 bid and has chipped more than £1m into the pot.

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Amusingly, Andersens are also sponsoring the Paris, New York and Madrid bids. Top quote from Accenture UK spokesperson:

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"I can assure you that the Accenture UK team are passionate about securing the 2012 Olympics for London. The team in France is passionate about Paris and the team in Spain is passionate about Madrid."
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Sadly for Accenture's Russian team, however passionate they may be about their city's bid, their firm hasn’t chipped any money there because everyone knows Moscow is going to lose.

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Naturally, Accenture's sponsorship is purely altruistic and nothing at all to do with snagging a fat chunk of the billions that will be spent by the winning city.

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Any third party who has ever had any dealings with Accenture style management consultants is painfully aware they have an appetitie for money and a capacity to destroy value that is second to none. And they are so good at what they do it is truly scary. It's easier to shake a rutting puppy off your trouser leg than get shot of management consultants once they get a foot in the door .
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Verily it is said 'He who avoids any major project endorsed by both Tony Blair and Accenture will live a longer and more prosperous life.'
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4 comments:

Kate said...

I didn't make it to the demonstrations either and feel a bit guilty about that. However I did find Channel 4's coverage of it fairly entertaining - did you see it? They played it all at double speed making it look like all the school kid dancers were on speed.

Stef said...

No, I missed that, dang nabbit ...

Anonymous said...

There has been quite a few comments on the net against Accenture’s core values. I just quit yesterday. Its the most wise thing I have done in my life. Its disgusting to experience and observe the horror unfolding in the company. Its just a matter of time when ACN will become another Blue-chip company loosing its clothes in public because of bad corporate practises.

To those who are researching the company before you join them : These days having Accenture experience goes against you in the industry as the entire Tech services sector considers Accenture work culture to be appalling. And hence anyone from Accenture is considered as ‘AIDS’. I’m not being vindictive, just plain frank.

You can bid you skills goodbye by being with them as it is never encouraged. I was in the Manager level after having extensive IT experience in the industry and a degree from Stanford. The politics practised by everyone from team lead and up have made the environment toxic. Which any imbecile knows is a recipe for disaster.

Now that I work for a fantastic financial institution, I really pity the ones still stuck there due to the recession.
http://www.lexisnexis.com/Community/LitigationResourceCenter/blogs/newlawsuitfilings/archive/2010/04/20/accenture-sued-for-alleged-discrimination-over-background-checks.aspx

Anonymous said...

There has been quite a few comments on the net against Accenture’s core values. I just quit yesterday. Its the most wise thing I have done in my life. Its disgusting to experience and observe the horror unfolding in the company. Its just a matter of time when ACN will become another Blue-chip company loosing its clothes in public because of bad corporate practises.

To those who are researching the company before you join them : These days having Accenture experience goes against you in the industry as the entire Tech services sector considers Accenture work culture to be appalling. And hence anyone from Accenture is considered as ‘AIDS’. I’m not being vindictive, just plain frank.

You can bid you skills goodbye by being with them as it is never encouraged. I was in the Manager level after having extensive IT experience in the industry and a degree from Stanford. The politics practised by everyone from team lead and up have made the environment toxic. Which any imbecile knows is a recipe for disaster.

Now that I work for a fantastic financial institution, I really pity the ones still stuck there due to the recession.