1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
I am a software developer. My day to day role includes writing code, providing code reviews for other team members code, and testing software. On a daily basis, I deal with other team members and managers, and externally, I often conduct demos for the customer.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I have gained an ISTQB foundation qualification, which is a qualification in software testing. I have had formal training in java programming, and have learned PL/SQL informally.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
The programme has been good in terms of some of the training offered. Some parts are not relevant to my current job role, but other parts are. The government mandated qualifications, however, are not relevant to my job.
4. How valued do you feel by Capgemini?
I feel valued by Capgemini. I have had recognition from managers and colleagues, and have had an active role in projects. I have felt as valued as any other member on my team.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
The induction, and training provided, is well organised. However, once the induction is completed, the training provided by QA is not as organised, and a lot of self organisation is provided. Also, the work assignments do not match up well with the day to day work.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
I had 6 weekly meetings, where my assessor went over what work I had completed, and what work was still to be completed. She also went over any issues I might have been having. The only problem with these meetings, were the mandated sections such as asking about health and safety, and discrimination, as they weren't relevant.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
My employer provides a lot of support. I had an experienced mentor assigned to me when I joined, and a "buddy" who was someone who more recently joined.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
Within the induction period, travel or accomodation are paid for, dependant on personal choice, and after that, the salary is sufficient to cover all costs. As far as apprenticeships go, it is highly paid.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
There are voluntary initiatives which are organised by the company, for charity work. There are also company events designed to improve teamwork. These are all available to all employees.
9. Would you recommend Capgemini to a friend?
The training provided is excellent, and there is a lot of support for new starters. Also, if you are willing to work hard, then you will not be treated differently to any other employee.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Capgemini?
Research the company, and what you will be doing. There are a number of interviews, including a phone interview, an in person interview, and a group assessment. Being prepared to answer any questions about why you would want to work for the company always helps.
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