I attended an Accn final round for BSI yesterday and just wanted to share a few of my thoughts. I did have my heart set on getting this job but got sent an email saying I was unsuccessful. I opened my eyes to a few things during the assessment centre that made me think a little:
(1) I applied in May 2007 and first available start date currently available is Jan 2008. Be aware that from app to actually starting could be the best part of a year.
(2) Don’t be fooled by the £10,000 sign on bonus. What this really means is you get a salary of 34.5K in year 1 and 32.K in year 2. It is paid in 2 instalments. My first reaction seeing this bonus was I’d have 10K in my bank. The reality is very different esp after tax and how it is spread.
(3) There are no further pay rises, bonuses, overtime payments (ever!) until you reach consultant level. This takes a min of 2 years and promotions only happen in September. If you join in eg November 07 you wouldn’t be eligible for promotion until September 2010. That’s a long time with no pay rise!
(4) I get the impression ACN hire a LOT of staff. I was offered 6 different slots in May for a final assessment centre. Each one had 8 candidates. My gut feeling says it might be difficult to be noticed in such a massive organisation.
(5) I didn’t really get a “personal” feel about ACN at all. Just seem like they were just getting the next staff onto never ending conveyer belt. Felt like just another applicant.
(6) 30 days holidays – can’t get better anywhere else I don’t think!
(7) We got to speak to some analysts who had recently joined ACCN. Few comments were none of them got their preferred operating group choice, they work on Avg 9am – 7:30pm every night, they’ve spent a lot of their time doing very dull work, testing, testing and more testing and the 1st project they are on will last a min of 12 months. Another point is they completed 7 weeks of training but after 8 months have yet to use any of the training provided!
(8) I got sent a 2 line email saying I had not been offered a job. That kind of tells its own story that they recruit so many people and each applicant is just another number they don’t have the time/will to respond a bit more professionally. Most companies invite you to a final round assessment centre will phone you up and provide feedback not send an automated email. So unprofessional I think.
Despite what is a long list of negatives I did want the job. Would have looked great on the CV and career opportunities.
Just thought I’d share some of my thoughts for those who were interested.