Atos

Atos

Atos

Company Profile

About Atos

At Atos we power progress. We’re more than just a global leader in digital services.

We help organisations fulfil their potential. We listen to our clients and use genuine technical understanding and strategic business acumen to produce innovative answers to our clients’ business challenges. We bring together people, technology and business to power progress.

As worldwide IT partner of the Olympic and Paralympic Games, Atos business technologists deliver on an extraordinary scale, under the scrutiny of the entire world. We believe a dynamic and changing business environment requires a unique sort of person, and we call them Business Technologists. Someone who is able to understand complex problems and produce innovative solutions; a good all-rounder, with a proactive, flexible approach and a commitment to delivering strong business motivation and clear communication.

Open, informal, flexible — the communication skills of our business technologists set the tone for our company. We understand that our progress is powered by our people. That’s why we employ 93,000 people in 72 countries, bringing their expertise to clients across the globe. Last year, we hired more than 175 graduates and interns to join Atos teams across the UK.

Whether you’re working towards your degree, or you’ve already graduated, your journey is just beginning. We have a range of schemes for graduates and interns of all disciplines, so whether you decide to take a technical or business focussed route, we’ll be with you all the way, nurturing your talent, developing your potential and powering your progress.

There is so much more to get to know about Atos, our Graduate Programme and Internship Programme. For more information about us visit http://uk.atos.net/graduates or http://uk.atos.net/interns

Case Study


Katherine

Name: Katherine
Degree: MPhys
Role: Finance Graduate
Joined: September 2012

I joined Atos because I wanted to gain experience of working within a large, global organisation where I would be given real responsibilities from the start within a well-defined role. My aim was to gain experience of working within a fast paced, challenging industry that has a lot of opportunities for progression within my chosen career path. Atos has offered all of this to me as well as excellent study support and sponsorship to gain relevant accounting qualifications and a very strong graduate community with regular social and networking events


A typical day in my life at Atos

09:00-11:00

Next year’s budget review of key projects with project managers.

11:00-13:00

Key account P&L review –reporting on a detailed analysis of cost and revenue of projects to date, identifying driving factors of variances against assumptions made in the business case for review with project managers.

13:00-15:00

Month end activities - talking to project managers analysing and managing cost base, discussing revenue recognition and talking about in month business issues which may have driven variances.

15:00-17:00

Talking to project managers about new projects coming on board in the near future, how this revenue will be recognised across the duration of the lifecycle of the project and elements of risk associated with the project. Building strong relationships with project managers and working with them to help solve finance issues as well as aiding them with finance processes such as invoicing.

17:00 until late

Graduate Christmas party planning with fellow graduates for an event to be held in Birmingham, designed to bring together past and current graduates from across the organisation.


Luke

Name: Luke
Degree: Applied Psychology (BSc), Occupational Psychology (MSc)
Role: Change Management Business Consultant
Joined: August 2011

My undergraduate degree was Applied Psychology where I learnt how to effectively apply psychology theories, methods and techniques to real life situations in a range of different environments. Once I graduated I undertook an Occupational Psychology post graduate degree where I focused my learning to effectively apply psychology theories, methods and techniques in business. I developed my knowledge and skills in a range of areas including organisational culture, employee relations and motivation, human behaviour with technology, consultancy, environmental psychology, selection and assessment and training and development.

A colleague in my previous job applied for a place on the Atos Project Management graduate scheme. Following his assessment centre he told me some really positive things about the company and the Atos people he met.

I always wanted to work as a Change Management Consultant so I could apply my Occupational Psychology knowledge to solve real life people and behaviour related business problems in different business environments. I had graduate scheme offers to be Change Management Consultant from other IT companies, but I chose Atos because:

  • Atos offered the right balance between putting graduates in positions of responsibility where they could push and prove themselves, as well as providing a support network and learning and development programme for guidance and growth
  • Atos had recently acquired IT Solutions and Services subsidiary of Siemens, which showed me the intent to grow and become one of the big players in the ICT space. This excited me and I wanted to be part of it.
  • The Change Management team within Business Consulting seemed strong, focused on people related business solutions and had numerous Consultants who like me were also from an Occupational Psychology background
  • Business Consulting had a range of impressive clients and interesting projects to work on
  • Everyone I met from Atos at my assessment centre from HR and the graduate programme team to Atos graduates and Business Consultants were friendly, enthusiastic, ambitious and honest.

I have really enjoyed my time with Atos so far. I was never given menial tasks as a graduate and have worked on some great projects, including some highly sensitive projects in the public arena.

I have had the pleasure of working with some great colleagues who I have learnt a lot from and who have treated me just like any other colleague, regardless of how senior they are. I have made some good friends too and I enjoyed the large grad community and regular social gatherings. I have always been treated fairly and good performances have always been rewarded and not overlooked.


A typical day in my life at Atos

09:00-11:00

  • Check morning emails.
  • Hold a daily check point meeting with my Project Manager and the Change Manager from the client team to discuss where we are with certain activities and what activities still need completing.
  • Work on those activities that still need completing.

11:00-13:00

  • Continue to work on those activities that still need completing.
  • Lunch
  • Have a phone call catch up with the Atos graduates I am a buddy to.

13:00-15:00

  • Run a change champion workshop with key members of the client team to begin instilling the benefits of change into them and help them adopt behaviours necessary for change to be embedded into the client’s organisational culture.

15:00-17:00

  • Continue to work on those activities that still need completing.
  • Attend a weekly work stream round up session with the Atos Delivery Director of the project where all work stream leads report on what activities have been completed and need to be completed and raise any issues or concerns.

17:00 until late

  • Attend a weekly conference call with my Change Management Business Consulting team to discuss updates, changes to the team, future activities and any upcoming client projects in the pipe line.
  • Attend an Atos social for all the Business Consultants working on client site.

Claire

Name: Claire
Degree: Biology
Role: HR Graduste
Joined: September 2013

Having worked for Atos for over a year now, in the role of HR Graduate, I can confidently say it has lived up to all my expectations. I was originally attracted to Atos due to its Global client base and presence in the IT industry, having been introduced to the company through a careers fair at the University of Nottingham, where I was studying Biology. I was drawn to the company due to the diverse range of graduate opportunities available and the exposure and responsibility offered by such schemes. As a Science student, I thought I would be unable to follow my ambition of progressing into Human Resources, but I was wrong. Atos were unique in being open to accepting any degree discipline. It’s clear now, that it’s more about the person you are and the drive and determination you have to offer than the discipline you have studied. It’s also great to know you have a permanent career from day one - something that many other companies do not offer – you know your future is secure! Furthermore, it was evident when I first explored the opportunities at Atos and has been proven since then that the company fully invest in the personal development and career progression of their graduates; viewing them as future leaders in the business. I’m currently coming towards the end of my first year of the CIPD qualification, which like many diverse qualifications taken by the graduates, is fully sponsored by the company, with not only financial backing but practical support being provided throughout.

The past year has gone so quickly! The Atos graduate scheme is fast-paced with the opportunity to contribute to the business on a daily basis. I have been given exposure to many different areas of Human Resources including Reward and Recognition and Emerging Talent. In the HR Graduate scheme you are at the heart of Atos continually driving results and improvements. The scheme has allowed me to contribute my own innovative solutions and ideas and explore new ways of working. I have learnt a great deal and been given the opportunity to complete projects which have now been incorporated into the company policies and procedures.

For me, one of the best things about the company is the people. I have a great network of colleagues, both within HR and in the graduate community. In Winnersh, where I’m based the graduates regularly meet up for lunch or evening drinks. You also have the opportunity, through the two week induction programme, to meet graduates from around the country. I made some great friends on the induction programme and have stayed in touch with them despite being spread across the country at different Atos locations. We arrange to meet up outside of work for dinner or nights out and are currently organising our graduate Christmas party!

It is difficult to describe a ‘day in the life of a HR Graduate’ due to the variety of the role but generally I will take ownership of various improvement projects, attend team calls and liaise with managers in all the different service lines. I have been challenged with various tasks and find my ideas are always considered, I communicate with colleagues across the company and have found that at Atos everyone has an important role to play, regardless of salary scale, working as part of their own team as well as being involved with the wider team. I have met an interesting and diverse range of people and enjoy the different encounters each day brings.


A typical day in my life at Atos

09:00-11:00

Team conference call – discuss priorities, brainstorm ideas and agree next steps of key projects. Emails – I will attend to any urgent emails in my own mailbox, also checking any shared mailboxes such as Emerging Talent.

11:00-13:00

One to one meeting with Managers to cascade the latest communications from Top Level Management. Attend calls with our suppliers to check progress

13:00-15:00

Lunch with the grads at ‘The George’ Pub. After lunch, conduct an exit interview with intern and their manager to move them onto the graduate programme. Followed by analysis of business demand for graduates, interns and apprentices – this is then presented to the HR Practice Leads to ensure they understand the requirements for their area and are happy to sign off the budget.

15:00-17:00

Stemnet call with South East region to decide which volunteering activities we have/wish to attend. Meeting with senior mentor to discuss career progression. Presentation to Senior Leadership team of time on the graduate scheme and lessons learnt. Myself and Laura (another HR Graduate) were given the opportunity for an hour slot in the leadership team meeting.

17:00 until late

Drinks/Dinner at the Holiday Inn in Winnersh. If it’s a nice day we can even sit outside in the sunshine! As a more healthy option I also sometimes go running in the local park with one of the grads based here.


Robert

Name: Robert
Degree: Computer Science
Role: Wintel Technical Specialist
Joined: June 2012

Atos was able to provide me with the right position tailored to my expertise and my career aspirations. They provided me a job with a very exiting client which had lots of exciting upcoming projects and provided the facilities to allow me to progress my career.


A typical day in my life at Atos

7:30-09:00

Start work on any outstanding incidents, problem records, changes that require attention. From time to time we can be called out for high priority incidents for application failures which could significantly impact our customer.

09:00-10:00

Service Improvement Plan review, in this we present plans for service improvements. These are typically things that show the customer what we are doing to further improve the service we provide. This is presented to the account management where they take the decision on whether we progress with it or not. Anyone is allowed to present Service improvements and is a great way to work with many different members of the account.

10:00–11:00

Preparation for the Change Advisory Board takes place; we evaluate all of the proposed changes on the estate before joining the board to provide points of view and eventually approval or deferral of the change.

11:00-12:00

Maintenance patching review: As a part of the contract with the customer we are required to undertake maintenance patching of all the servers in support, this is a complex process which requires the input of almost every supporting team. This is carried out once a quarter and must be tested in both test environments prior to deployment on our production environment.

12:00-13:00

Lunch

13:00-16:00

Preparation for Architecture Technical Assurance Board, This is where we present concept designs for changes to the infrastructure or new infrastructures. When presenting these designs everything has to be taken into account like: cost, resources, infrastructure design, impact to the customer, impact to Atos users, sourcing of equipment.

A few that I have presented are:

  • Terminal Server redesign for access to the Atos estate through one of our partners.
  • Test infrastructure platform: Would allow testing of major infrastructure upgrades without the impact upon our application testing platforms, create a reduction in contention on the platform and decrease the chance of failure.

116:00-17:00

Review and resolution of incidents, preparation for the next morning, handover to the person working the late shift.

17:00-19:00

Last part of the day, typically one person works these hours, ensures no incidents impact the estate and applications, prepare some applications for the next day.


Louise

Name: Louise
Degree: Computing with a Year in Industry
Role: Graduate Project Manager
Joined: October 2013

I studied Computing with a Year Industry where I completed my year in industry at Atos in 2010 as an Applications Developer. During my time at Atos I was offered a number of opportunities to work within different areas of the applications development lifecycle, such as testing, development, requirements analysis. Towards the end of the internship I was offered an opportunity to project manage a project developing a proof of concept working with the Systems Integration Senior Management. This experience led me to explore a career within Project Management that I had not previously considered to be attainable at such an early stage in my career.

I have been working as a Graduate Project Manager for the last twelve months, during which I have had an extremely varied role, working in the Project Management Office to gain experience around what is expected from a Project Manager which prepared me for my current role as a Junior Project Manager.

One of the things I have enjoyed most about working at Atos is the people. I have made a great network of people both colleagues I have worked with on projects and the graduates I have met on the two week induction and subsequent training sessions.

  • Atos offered the right balance between putting graduates in positions of responsibility where they could push and prove themselves, as well as providing a support network and learning and development programme for guidance and growth
  • Atos had recently acquired IT Solutions and Services subsidiary of Siemens, which showed me the intent to grow and become one of the big players in the ICT space. This excited me and I wanted to be part of it.
  • The Change Management team within Business Consulting seemed strong, focused on people related business solutions and had numerous Consultants who like me were also from an Occupational Psychology background
  • Business Consulting had a range of impressive clients and interesting projects to work on
  • Everyone I met from Atos at my assessment centre from HR and the graduate programme team to Atos graduates and Business Consultants were friendly, enthusiastic, ambitious and honest.

I have really enjoyed my time with Atos so far. I was never given menial tasks as a graduate and have worked on some great projects, including some highly sensitive projects in the public arena.

I have had the pleasure of working with some great colleagues who I have learnt a lot from and who have treated me just like any other colleague, regardless of how senior they are. I have made some good friends too and I enjoyed the large grad community and regular social gatherings. I have always been treated fairly and good performances have always been rewarded and not overlooked.


A typical day in my life at Atos

09:00-10:00

  • Emails
  • Team meetings – discuss progress and priorities for the week.

10:00-12:00

  • Tracking finances and ensuring the validity of forecasts
  • Review resourcing requirements and attend meetings with workforce managers
  • Attend checkpoint meetings with Programme Manager

12:00-13:00

  • Lunch with graduates

13:00-15:00

  • Checkpoint Meeting with the customer every Wednesday
  • Reporting to the customer and internal to Atos

17:00 until late

  • Planning meeting with suppliers to plan for the Desktop Rollout
  • Catch up with my buddies
  • Attend project risk reviews

17:00 until late

  • Drinks in the Union
  • Graduate Christmas Party Planning
  • Helping out with Graduate Recruitment events

Dan

Name: Dan
Degree: : IT MSc, Zoology BSc
Role: Technical Analyst (Java Programmer)
Joined: July 2012

I didn’t join a graduate scheme immediately upon finishing university, instead starting a ‘normal’ job working in IT for a big bank. After a few years I realised that I needed something more, and Atos provided just that: genuine career opportunities, proper training and support, and ultimately an environment in which I could really put my skills to use.


A typical day in my life at Atos

08:30-09:00

The first half-hour of the day is my own little admin time. I write up my to-do list, chase anything outstanding from the previous day, and prioritise my work.

09:00-11:00

Technical Workshop: a presentation by the Development team on some of the inner workings of our latest product. I’ll be writing code to support this product once it goes live so it’s vital that I get as much as I can from this session.

11:00–12:00

Product Transition Meeting: I’m part of the Transition Team, meaning that I need to ensure that the Support team are provided with all of the documentation and training required for this new product post-implementation. The project plan is very ambitious, so minor setbacks can have dramatic knock-on effects, and I need to make sure that the whole team are kept up to speed with developments.

13:00-15:00

I’ve been tasked with the role of Business Analyst for the rewrite of one of our client-facing websites. This work is high profile due to the fact that several areas of the company are hoping to utilise the new site, so I need to make sure that the requirement specification I create is up to standard. I spend a couple of hours documenting the existing functionality to prepare me for the stakeholder meeting I’ve arranged for tomorrow.

15:00-17:00

For the last couple of hours it’s time to put my geek hat on and roll up my sleeves for some coding. I specialise in Java and need to design a couple of solutions for minor bugs that have occurred in existing products. This is a nice opportunity to zone out from the hustle of the office and really get my brain working.

Other interesting activities

Conflict resolution

At the start of the month I travelled down to London to attend a one-day course on Conflict Resolution. Soft skill courses are spaced regularly throughout the grad period. They’re a welcome addition to my job, allowing me to develop new skills (or formalise existing ones) and to meet with the other grads.

Client Visit

Mid-month I was required to travel to a client site for a meet & greet and to discuss the upcoming deployment plans for our latest product. I’ll be part of the technical team supporting this client so it is really important to develop a relationship with the key stakeholders.

Peer shadow

Last week I hosted one of the other grads for a day, and had them shadow all of my work. The next day I travelled to their site to learn all about their role, and how their business unit fits into the company as a whole. Learning about the different areas of the company is vital to allow for really joined-up solutions, and also to give me a head’s up on possible career directions.

Mentor visit

Yesterday I met with my Mentor for the first time. Having completed my first year with the company it is time to start considering what role I will transition to when the Grad Scheme finishes, and what actions I can perform now to help facilitate this. My Mentor has a great deal of experience at the top levels of the company, and is likely to prove a great source of advice in the years ahead.

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