Responsible for all 5 aspects of development, requirements gathering, design, development, deployment, maintanence
1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I think with Accenture the answerto this question varieson the project you are on. Overall I enjoyed working with the innovation programme most, Accenture internal people are the nicest and the work environment is so friendly.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
I did not have the best experience with the first two projects I was involved in, unrealistic deadlines made team mates quite defensive. Other than that I was always valued and respected.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
This question would also depend on the project. Out of 3 projects I participated in, I can confidently say for 2 of them that all help I need was there. On the other hand for 1 project Accenture was short on developers in the whole department and there was no help available. I think everyone is happy to help in Accenture, unless times are tough.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
I was quite busy on one of my projects, as I was the only developer on the branch I had to do the whole development by myself which meant I had to do a lot of overtime. No body actually forced me to do it, I just did not want to disappoint the client but it was a shame there was no help available and I had to solider through alone.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
On project 1 I was given little responsibility. Main developer managed us and gave us work to do. On my second project I was in charge of my own branch, meaning I had to travel to Edinburgh often to see the client and attend high level design and demo meetings. It was amazing exposure. Within my 3rd project which is internal, I am the main developer and I have most of the responsibility on development.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
My experience with Accenture meant I was exposed to how things actually work in a consultancy company, I was finally out of the theory and into the practice. Taking actual responsibility over real work, instead of coursework, meant I was much more motivated. I developed myself really fast to ensure client satisfaction and this experience have both changed my perspective and taught me technical skills. I now have knowledge of the IT, financial and consultancy sectors.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
Accenture's offices are very nice, with coffee and tea selection and tables you can move up and down. Most people hot desk in the offices, which means a lot of opportunity to meet new people on a daily basis. I think Accenture's employees are hand picked to be nice and outgoing. I couldn't have a better time with the people in here.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
With Accenture everyone is responsible for finding projects for themselves. Otherwise you are not chargeable and that is when you are a dead weight.
There is so much opportunity as far as I experienced from my starter group, everyone was placed on a project while in new joiner training still. So what you do on your placement is completely up to you. If you choose to sit back and relax instead of showing yourself and going for the available roles then you might spend 12 months on the bench, not really doing any work.
I think this gives you a lot of freedom and as long as you are a proactive individual.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
In Accenture there is always training, hackathons and professional events. Completely depends on how much you want to get involved. Invitations are emailed across every day. I was involved in Java Oracle training, Agile academy, Testing Fundamentals and etc. You can also get involved in teaching within the company! Doing so was one of the best experiences I had.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Sports and Social Club
Working from home
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
I think the salary is competitive and I would be happy to come back and work here, I think your experience here really depends on the client and the project but this is the case with all consultancy firms. I like the people Accenture chooses to take on board and I know that this place is full of opportunity; even if you are not having the best time in one of the projects you ended up contributing into, you can pick your next project accordingly.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
Yes there is, I made very good friends with some people on my starter group and we often meet outside of work.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
Accenture's office that I am working at is at Bank. Very central, everything is at walking distance, but of course, not so cheap to live in. I would say my placement salary was barely enough. London rent is very expensive.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
Night life is colourful, I am not a fan of night life, I did not participate much, money was tough too, of course for the people who does like the kind of thing, Accenture is located very centrally and you do not even have to go far to have an amazing night.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
There are hackathons and professional events. There are also social clubs and events they make. My favourite was when we went to play ping pong. Sometimes if the project you are on is really busy you might not have the time for these, also if the project is on a budget you will not have much social events going on within your team. There are always general Accenture events you can take part regardless.