Find out what life is like for our new grads. Teena Channa blogs about her experience of joining the Capgemini Consulting ACA (Analytics Consulting Academy) graduate scheme.
Capgemini figures reveal strong business performance in 2017, with growth fuelled by digital and cloud. Consulting Services in the group showed particularly strong performance, growing by 14% in the year.
Tackle leading-edge projects that focus on what really matters to our clients. Collaborate with people who have strong intellects, focused ideas and clear opinions. Experience freedom in how you develop as a consultant. All in a culture that values what’s made you who you are.
Why join us? What makes Capgemini Consulting unique?
When you think of it, who really wants to work where everyone is ‘like-minded’? We believe that the very best ideas are forged in the heat of creative, constructive debate – in an environment where everyone’s contribution is just as strong.
Our teams bring together people with passionate opinions, fierce intellects and open minds. People who want to bounce their ideas off others, and be challenged.
Life here suits self-stretchers: people who are intellectually adventurous; who don’t need routine; who are at ease with ambiguity; who can up sticks and take on a new project at a moment’s notice; and who form relationships quickly.
After all, you’ll be operating in areas that are often uncharted, working directly with senior clients, delivering high impact projects – right from day one.
Our view on career progression? Help yourself and we will back you all the way. There are countless opportunities available to propel your career forward and we encourage you to seek those out that suit you.
You’re free to make your role, and your career, what you want it to be. This is a place where proactivity and ambition flourish.
Individuality matters to us. We actively seek out people from a variety of backgrounds who bring a diverse range of experience and perspective.
We don’t look to develop clones, nor do we look to tone down your personality or alter your ambitions. If you have courage in your convictions, so do we.
Clients trust us to tackle their most important, business critical challenges - and we take great pride from that. We thrive on the knowledge that the work we do has real impact.
Whether it is transforming their business through digital, or working in any other field, we won’t settle for anything other than the sharpest, most original thinking. We are always pushing new boundaries. We’re about innovation, not replication – and our capability means you will actually see business initiatives through.
For the incurably curious, this is an ideal environment. A place where inquisitiveness, entrepreneurial thinking and risk-taking are encouraged – where you don’t have wait to be told what to do.
This is also a place where you’ll never just explore things for the sake of it. We keep our feet firmly on the ground. Most of all, we listen to clients and work together so we’re always focused on discovering and delivering what truly matters to them.
At the heart of Capgemini Consulting’s business strategy are seven shared values that influence the way we meet clients’ needs.
Our goal is to help our clients achieve effective transformation while respecting the regulatory requirements of each country in which we operate. We work to promote ethically sound practices within Capgemini Consulting and within each of our partnerships. Our values are:
To us, these values are more than just buzzwords. Our code of ethics clarifies and promotes practices that build employee satisfaction, meaningful client collaborations, and lasting professional relationships. Learn more about how our long-standing values and practices are reflected in our corporate social responsibility and stewardship.
Diversity is deeply engrained in our culture. We strive to work with talented individuals from various backgrounds and different points of view. Diversity enriches our creative solutions and ultimately adds value to our clients’ businesses. Capgemini Consulting’s presence in over 12 countries with employees from more than 50 nationalities gives us a wealth of cultural diversity, not to mention the diversity we achieve through other dimensions such as gender, disability, ethnicity, age, and lifestyle. We promote diversity in the profiles that we recruit and gather experts from a wide array of fields (e.g. sociology, medicine).
Why diversity is important to us
We view diversity as both a strategic advantage and an ongoing challenge. We are continuously implementing diversity initiatives to make the most of the perspectives and experiences that our consultants contribute.
Our differences are a source of innovation and inspiration. They enable us to generate new ideas, anticipate market trends, and become thought leaders in our chosen markets.
We are committed to ensuring that:
Our employment practices focus on creating an environment where individuals from diverse backgrounds thrive. Innovative, enthusiastic, and culturally aware, our consultants are committed to delivering a truly collaborative experience to our clients.
Join us and be part of an industry-renowned Management Consulting Graduate Programme, helping us transform the way businesses work, behave and deliver their strategic objectives. You will join our Consulting Development Community (CDC) and over 24 months you will learn how to be a Management Consultant, gaining industry recognised qualifications along the way.
Learning & Development
As part of your Learning and Development, you will have access to a comprehensive blend of courses and formal qualifications, with all new joiners completing a two week induction, as well as a 3-day residential Consulting Skills course, usually based out of our Capgemini University in Paris. You will also have the opportunity to work towards specific qualifications depending on your chosen programme.
Life as a graduate management consultant – what to expect
From day one you'll be encouraged to be bold, inquisitive and entrepreneurial. You'll work in a team of supportive colleagues who will challenge your ideas – and will expect you to challenge theirs. Every opinion and idea counts here, and you’ll have the opportunity to build your reputation with senior clients.
Your career is in your hands and it’s up to you to steer it. Project lengths can be anything from a couple of weeks to the best part of a year. Similarly, the industry and the content of your projects can vary significantly. You’ll need to be flexible about working in a variety of locations. You could be working in London or in any other UK location, or even internationally, to suit our clients.
Support structure and community
The support structure within Capgemini Consulting is a huge asset for your professional and personal growth. A CDC programme manager oversees your professional development and you’ll also have a counsellor as the main contact for career progression and development queries.
Informal support for personal development ranges from a personal buddy – a more experienced graduate consultant to help you settle in – to CDC chapters. These chapters bring together graduates from different intakes into communities that are a bit like school houses. Each is headed by a senior consultant who helps organise social gatherings – a good starting point for building your own network.
Individuality matters to us, deeply. We’re in the business of offering our clients a different perspective, so we make a point of seeking out people from a multitude of backgrounds and experiences. Bring your own personality and ambitions with you – it’s what we’ll be expecting.
That’s not to say there’s no common ground. In every team you will find passionate opinions, fierce intellects and open minds.
Have a look at some more in depth testimonials on our website https://www.uk.capgemini-consulting.com/careers/our-people-at-capgemini-consulting-uk
I have been working at Capgemini Invent full-time (More than 10 years)
Support your career
Good work/life balance
Sometimes the leadership don’t always communicate as much as they could
I applied through college or university. I interviewed at Capgemini Invent (Woking, England) in April 2009.
Process was quiet low, three step interviews with a final assessment centre. First phone interview , with questions around Capgemini and run thru the CV. Quite easy and not particularly challenging . Second step was a face to face interview with a director. Technical questions mixed to past experience. Third assessment centre . Standard , with a written exercise
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