Analyst at Accenture

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Duration
Placement (5-9 Months)
Region
London Central London and City
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Salary
£22,000 - £23,999
Roles
Management Consultancy

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7.2/10

The Role
7.3
Organisation
7.4

Socialising

6.8

The Role

Role Description

Working on the replatforming of incumbent onliune retail insurance platforms, resposibilities included:

o Organising and developing materials for business workshops outlining changes to systems
o Presenting and running 15 workshops, facilitating business debate and collating information and actions
o Owning the action log and ensuring they were progressed and closed
o Identifying risks within the plan and researching appropriate solutions or escalating where appropriate
o Developing a detailed knowledge of the systems and processes
o Developing and completing a Process Inventory cataloguing the change impacts of the move from one system to another

1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?

I had a fantastic placement. I was given signifiant responsibility and had much face to face client contact. I was able to establish myself as a credible resource for both accenture and the client. I was given significant support and training not only by my manager but the wider Accenture community on my project. I also found that it was a throughly enjoyable social environment, where Accenture made a lot of effort to organise events and opportunities to meet senior managers.

9/10

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2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?

I felt immediately part of the team. I was included in all meetings emails and social events and quickly felt like I could contribute inteligently. Colleagues would always help when required but were also happy to rely on me for a range of work.

8/10

3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?

I was provided with a lot of IT support initially and given detailed training on a range of Microsoft packages. Subsequently training was on an ad hoc continual basis in the form of informal and formal feedback on my work outputs and deliverables.

7/10

4. How busy were you on a daily basis?

Initially for the first 3 months I was reasonably busy but on a basis of a 9-5 working day and not feeling under pressure. This was due to embedding me in a complex environment with a large learning curve. In the last 5 months I was increasingly busy and working significantly longer hours.

6/10

5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?

I was given significant responsibility particularly in being entrusted to communicate with the client on a daily basis without any manager suprevision. I was responsible for answering senior client stakeholder concerns - researching solutions in my remit or otherwise esclating client queries to my team. I was responsible for a deliverable which was included in my teams scope of work, and it would feed into developing training materials and the clients internal process design work.

6/10

6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?

My Accenture placement quipped me for skills for life. Most notably was my advancement in written and verbal communication skills, my confidence in communicating with any level of stakeholder and handling unforseen critical circumstances I atrribute to Accenture and my manager. In addition, I have developed excellent IT skills and a fantastic attention to detail which will continue into my degree studies. Furthermore, the opportunity to interact on a daily basis with colleagues much more senior to myself in age, provided me with many life lesson anecdotes.

8/10

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The Organisation

7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?

The general atmosphere in my office was fantastic. I worked in a team made up of both Accenture and client resource; at times this detracted from the atmosphere as Accenture had to be political in their communication, however, often the client enhanced the atmosphere as well. Team moral was very high and communication from senior managers kept everyone engaged and abreast of project news and performance. The atmosphere was engendered by a mutual respect and team bonding socially outside of the office.

8/10

8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?

My placement was very impressive. HR did a great job at communicating with me both whilst I was an employee and a pre joiner. They also organised numerous social events and charity days.

7/10

9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?

I did not go on external courses for training, however, I was given time and support from my Accenture team.

5/10

10. What were the perks on your work placement?

  • Subsidised Canteen
  • Subsidised/Company Gym
  • Company Parties/Events
  • Above 25 days holiday
  • Working from home
7/10

11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?

During my final appraisal I was recommended to be offered a graduate position within the ACG. They treat their staff fantastically and have a very healthy work life balance.

10/10

Social

12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?

Socially there were about 40 people between the age of 18 and 22. Socials occured at least weekly regardless of whether HR had organised an event or not. In addition, there was a fantastic social scene out of town on my project, with a large number of accenture resources. Drinks and dinner most nights were commonplace.

7/10

13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?

I was fortunate enough to be on an out of town project therefore, I was entitled to a £30 living bursary each day as well as being able to expense in hotel accomodation. I could also expense petrol. Therefore, being out of town had a low cost of living.

7/10

14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?

My project was based out of town in Horsham, there was a variety of bars, restaurants and clubs that we frequented during the week, however, London was easily accessable and is where we spent most of our thursday and friday nights.

7/10

15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?

On my out of town project there was a different sport activity every night if you wished to participate.

6/10

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