1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
Software Engineer Lead. C programming language, SQL and unix shells. Change Management processes. 24/7 support.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
No formal training has been required/nor pushed outside of my apprenticeship. I have honed skills in client delivery, project delivery, technical support and programming.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I enjoy my team. They are both pleasant and supportive. Still keep in touch with past team mates and go out for a beer every month or so. The company is quite flexible and encourages honesty in your work and personal affairs so they can offer support. You are under no obligation to share your personal life, however they have many ways in which they would happily support someone going through a tough time. The company work ethic is also flexible, as long as the job is getting done in a morally, secure and reasonable way management are able to re-review existing processes and make decisions on whether they are still the best and most efficient practice.
SO far I have enjoyed most of my time at the company.
4. How valued do you feel by Capgemini?
Hard to say. On this particular programme (Junior Talent) I feel they put extensive attention into making sure we are being supported correctly. If I were to come across grievance in the work place, I have no doubts that I'd be heard and it would be dealt with. The pay progression path is also very reasonable. They review a case by case basis and allow for any pitfalls as long as their is reasonable justification. In a company so big its hard to identify how valued you feel, but in no way do I feel undervalued.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
I personally do not know enough about the ins/outs of the programme. Due to being supported so effectively, I have felt no need to. That implies it is structured well enough to me.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
At least enough. Probably more than. Never have I had an issue that wasn't able to be talked through and resolved/negotiated.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
You live within your means. Cap Gemini pay me a fair wage for my age/skill range. If my costs are too much, that's my fault.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
There are a few that crop up each month via email. Boards placed with leaflets/posters throughout buildings as well. I'd say there are a reasonable amount of opportunities (especially charity driven).
9a. Would you recommend Capgemini to a friend? *
9b. Why? *
It's a fair work environment where you can get out what you put in. If you are looking for a job that is valuable to employers, but not necessarily a stress induced mess like lots of office jobs this is a great place to start and perhaps end your career. This is also a place where you will be recognised for hard work. The company is huge and constantly evolves when taking on new contracts. You may well work within a team of people and meet up again years later. People remember you for your character and work ethic. If you put in the effort the company will remember.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Capgemini? *
There's a huge lean toward people being their selves here. CapGemini aren't looking for robots; They want people who are both themselves AND capable of working efficiently. It's important to be able to enjoy yourself at work and that mostly comes down to who you interact with.
Secondly, theres much room for growth. You may start in finance and be a developr 3 years later. People are always moving onto new contracts/clients within the company and there are many roots to take. I'd say if you want to work in IT, get yourself a place here and allow the opportunities to present themselves, as they will.
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