September 16, 2014
Week 5 - Settled in
By: Declan Moran
I've just finished my first week of project work in Accenture. This week has really taught me about the variety of work that Accenture provides. I am part of the application support team, and have already been given details about the roles and responsibilities. These include checks and tests every day to ensure that the system is running smoothly, and if not, how to resolve them. I report directly to my line manager, who reports to the overall project lead, who in turn oversees the support team, the development team, and the bid team for the upcoming tender. Even for this comparatively small project, I could quickly see how everything was divided up amongst the sub-teams to maximise efficiency.
The amount of unique passwords I am required to remember have quadrupled in size as I have been given access to the various systems and databases that make up this role. Unique passphrases are required for SharePoint, the system's remote servers, and disaster recovery servers among others. I'm becoming more and more familiar with things like SQL, BizTalk, and Crystal Reports. I had never had any experience working with some of this software before. I am also putting in a few hours of overtime when required, which is fine by me because the work is so interesting. Didn't I say that Accenture wasn't a regular 9-5 job!?
All of this work is being balanced out, however. Accenture go out of their way to ensure that you have a solid work/life balance, and that is exactly what I experienced on Friday. On the last Friday of every month, packages bursting with Crunchies are sent to Accenture projects across the city, with the aim of enticing people back to GCS after work. When we got there, we saw that the canteen had been transformed into 'Club GCS', complete with a DJ and lit up like a night club. There were beers and wine available for attendees, which is always a welcome sight after a long week of work!
I have also signed up for the upcoming Accenture surf trip. I have been told that this is an unmissable event.