MBA students choose Google as top employer

by Editor 5/30/2008 4:08:00 PM
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Consulting and banking may be very popular career choices, but it was Google that was chosen as the most desirable company to work for by MBA students for the second year in a row. These are the results of a new survey by Universum Communications.

Almost a quarter of the 5,769 students who participated in the survey named Google among the top five most desirable companies to work for after graduation. The survey covered students at 52 business schools. Mc Kinsey and Co. and Goldman Sachs came in second and third.

Google's director of global university programs Yvonne Agyvei says that what attracts so many MBA students to Google is that they “really get a lot of responsibility right at the outset. MBAs are looking for the opportunity to make an impact.”

Even though competition for a job with Google is fierce, with MBA students applying in thousands, Google hired hundreds of new MBAs last year alone.

Claudia Tattanelli, CEO of Universum North America, says that the search engine has become a “worldwide name, it is global and it recruits only the best,” adding that the company also treats its employees very well and in fact “has revolutionized how employees are treated. They are famous for keeping employees happy.”

Here are the top 10 companies and percentages of MBA students who listed them: 

 

1. Google 23.65%

2. McKinsey and Co. 15.84%

3. Goldman Sachs 14.98%

4. Apple 13.68%

5. The Boston Consulting Group 12.12%

6. Bain & Company 10.81%

7. Walt Disney 8.83%

8. Nike 8.82%

9. Deloitte 8.11%

10. J.P. Morgan 7.94%

 

Consulting firms in the top 100 include Merrill Lynch (#18), Ernst & Young (#22), Booz Allen Hamilton (#25), PricewaterhouseCoopers (#35), Accenture (#38), KPMG (#51), Mercer Management Consulting (#83) and A.T. Kearney (#96).

 

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BCG study: aging workforce creates talent gaps

by Editor 5/30/2008 3:54:00 PM

Managing talent is the most critical human resources (HR) challenge worldwide and will remain at or near the top of executive agendas in every region and industry for the foreseeable future, according to a new global study conducted by The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) and the World Federation of Personnel Management Associations (WFPMA)/Canadian Council of Human Resources Associations (CCHRA).

Key findings of the report, Creating People Advantage: How to Address HR Challenges Worldwide Through 2015, are being released in Canada today.

The study, which is based on a global survey of 4,741 executives in 83 countries, found that managers also rated improving leadership development and managing work-life balance as urgent priorities. The report provides rankings and analyses of 17 HR challenges in seven major regions of the world and suggests specific actions to address those issues.

"Our workforce is aging, and demand for talent is increasing. Finding talented, future leaders has become more difficult than raising financing," said Kilian Berz, Canadian Organization Practice Leader and managing director of The Boston Consulting Group (BCG). "Many Canadian companies serve global clients, but their leaders have limited global experience. It is critical to re-evaluate how to recruit." He adds, "This is also a big challenge for our own business."

This will place exceptional pressure on the financial services, consumer goods and energy sectors. With nearly 24 percent of the population projected to be older than 65 by 2031, the study notes that over 78% of Canadian companies expect that by 2015 - or earlier - they will be offering flexible employment options to attract or retain semi-retired or retired employees.

Managing talent ranked as the most important HR challenge in 9 of 17 countries analyzed in depth, including the United States, Australia, Singapore, Japan, and the United Kingdom, and was at least in the top three in 14 of the 17 countries - a reflection of increasing globalization and competition.

To help address this challenge, executives from all regions, including Canada, expect their companies to boost global sourcing of talented employees. Although few companies today are moving businesses to new locations to access people, Canadian executives expect this to be the most rapidly growing HR trend through 2015.

"The study, the most comprehensive review of global HR practices ever conducted, provides piercing insight into the current and future challenges facing companies," said Florent Francoeur, Past-President of the WFPMA, one of the world's leading HR organizations, and President and CEO of l'Ordre des CRHA et des CRIA du Québec, the Quebec Human Resources Association.

 

Other Challenges: Improving Leadership and Work-Life Balance

Improving leadership also ranked as a top three HR challenge in 10 of the 17 focus countries, including developed nations such as Canada, the United States and Japan as well as emerging markets such as China and India.

Demographic shortages will create competition for experienced leaders in Canada. "As the executive pool shrinks and as shareholder expectations and board accountability continue to rise, we anticipate HR strategy will be fully integrated into the overall corporate strategy. For some it already is, while for most it is often an afterthought and mostly focused on the upper echelons during talent transitions," said Marc Gilbert, a partner and managing director with BCG in Toronto. "More and more, HR strategy is being discussed at the board level."

Managing work-life balance was also rated a key future challenge in every region except the Pacific Region and a top-three priority in Argentina and Chile, Brazil, Canada, India, Italy, Singapore, and South Africa.

"In Canada, two thirds of women with children under the age of six are employed, so the importance of this topic in Canada is not surprising," said Lynn Palmer, CEO of the Canadian Council of Human Resources Associations. "Some 82 percent of Canadian executives said they expect their companies to offer flexible work arrangements by 2015, and 74% expected their companies would be offering part-time work as a work-life balance initiative by 2015, up from 61 percent in 2007."

"Companies are forced to enhance their offering to further employee loyalty," noted Gilbert. "Employees, especially the most talented ones, often make career choices based on factors such as flexibility and emotional gratification."

 

About the Methodology of the Study

BCG and the European Association for Personnel Management (EAPM) conducted the Web survey in Europe through January 2007, receiving 1,355 responses from HR and other executives in 27 European countries. In conjunction with that survey, during May 2007, we interviewed 102 senior executives in Europe. Between September and November 2007, a global Web survey was conducted in cooperation with the WFPMA, eliciting an additional 3,386 responses from participants in 56 countries. This survey was rounded out with 118 interviews with executives from those countries. In all, the two Web surveys elicited 4,741 responses from 83 countries, and BCG conducted 220 interviews with senior executives.

 

About The Boston Consulting Group

The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) is a global management consulting firm and the world's leading advisor on business strategy. We partner with clients in all sectors and regions to identify their highest-value opportunities, address their most critical challenges, and transform their businesses. Our customized approach combines deep insight into the dynamics of companies and markets with close collaboration at all levels of the client organization. This ensures that our clients achieve sustainable competitive advantage, build more capable organizations, and secure lasting results. Founded in 1963, BCG is a private company with 66 offices in 38 countries.

For more information, please visit www.bcg.com.

 

About the Canadian Council of Human Resources Associations

The Canadian Council of Human Resources Associations (CCHRA) is a collaborative effort of human resources associations from across Canada, which represents more than 33,000 professionals, 18,000 of whom hold the Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP) designation. In less than 15 years, the CHRP designation has become the symbol of excellence in human resource management.

 

About the World Federation of Personnel Management Associations

The World Federation of Personnel Management Associations (WFPMA) is a global network of professionals in people management. It was founded in 1976 to aid the development and improve the effectiveness of professional people management all over the world. Its members are predominantly the continental federations, which are made up of more than 70 national personnel associations representing over 400,000 people-management professionals.

For more information, please visit www.wfpma.com.

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IT consulting jobs require interpersonal skills

by Editor 5/29/2008 3:55:00 PM
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In IT consulting, communication skills are vital, says a new ComputerWeekly article, citing several industry insiders who have made the move to consultancy.

While many professionals employed in IT industry perceive consulting as a desirable career option mainly for the money and interesting projects that go with it, not all of them are cut out to make the move.

“Consulting is very much more people-oriented and people skills are much more important than in many in-house roles where you can be more focused on the technology," says Rebecca Smith, who had made the move from IT industry to Deloitte’s technology delivery management arm.

"In house, you are working with the same people and get a chance to build up a rapport. In consultancy, you are involved in projects that last perhaps three to six months and you need to integrate quickly into the team to get the work done,” she says.

She also points out that IT consultants need to be able to adapt to management styles on different projects and be quick to acquire industry terminology and get up to speed on operations for each project.

Linda Jureidini-Cox, IT Practice associate director at the Hudson recruitment consultancy, shares some further insights:

"You have to be comfortable managing client expectations and making decisions, and have a can-do attitude. You have to be a very good listener and be able to convert a good idea into a practical solution for the customer. There is often a misconception that you go into a client site to do a particular piece of work, but with consultancy there are add-ons, and everything is billable."

Recruiters consider both character and a person’s extra-curricular activities when selecting candidates, says Julia Harvie-Liddel, recruitment director at Accenture:

"We look for examples of where people have handled sensitive or difficult situations - not necessarily just commercially but in extra-curricular activities - and where they have been able to move a group of people forward to a successful conclusion. We want people who are capable of working in teams and influencing and driving things forward, not being the one who sits in the background.”

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Consultants get summer training camp invite

by Editor 5/29/2008 2:11:00 PM

Consultancy training firm Elevation Learning has invited all management consultants to a two-day “summer training camp” at Latimer Place in Buckinghamshire on July 17 and 18.

The idea is for consultants to get a chance to learn new skills and broaden their horizons. A number of consultancy experts and gurus will be present at the event to share new insights on methods of engaging one’s clients and boosting sales and profits.

The notion of a consultants' summer camp was conceived by Calvert Markham, management consultancy veteran, author and managing director at Elevation Learning. He says:

"Consultants are a talented and maverick bunch, who tend to respond well to a creative approach to training rather than formal 'classroom' style, and our event reflects that with tai chi, qi gong and opportunities to network and recharge built into the two days. Delegates then create their own tailored agenda to suit their individual needs, by selecting subjects from 3 streams -- Growing Sales, Consulting Skills Refresh and Consulting Labs. I guarantee they will take away a range of innovative tools and techniques that they will be able to apply to tricky client situations straight away."

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IT sector still top choice at engineering colleges in India

by Editor 5/29/2008 2:05:00 PM

Information technology is still the top choice for future employment at engineering colleges in India for the Class of 2009, according to an AC Nielsen Campus Track T-schools study.

The study included 140 top engineering schools and surveyed students’ attitudes toward recruiting companies and prospective employers.

The top three companies among the students are Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), Google and Accenture.

Asked about the top five industry sectors of the future, students listed IT products and services, nanotechnology, management consultancy, energy, oil and gas and finance.

Vatsala Pant, Associate Director, Client Solutions at The Nielsen Company, said:

“Though IT continues to be the favourite among engineering students, we can expect to see them face the heat from unexpected quarters in the years ahead through the resurgence of energy, oil and gas, financial services and banking firms, and an upsurge of nanotechnology.”

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EDS appoints new head of Applications Services and Systems Integration

by Editor 5/29/2008 1:59:00 PM

Technology services leader EDS announced that it has appointed Randy J. Hendricks as senior vice president of Applications Services and Systems Integration, effective June 16. He will report directly to Charlie Feld, the organization's senior executive vice president.

Hendricks, 51, will lead all aspects of EDS' nearly $7 billion applications business. He will work closely with Feld to accelerate EDS' growth and investments in high-end, industry applications development and consulting.

Additionally, Hendricks will help expand EDS' current global applications practices - including SAP, Oracle and global testing. He will also drive delivery of end-to-end consulting and systems integration capabilities to clients worldwide.

"Randy brings nearly three decades of deep IT services and consulting experience in the financial services industry and government sector to EDS," said Feld.

"His broad industry expertise, combined with his in-depth systems integration knowledge, will be instrumental as we help our clients modernize their global business processes. I look forward to working with Randy as EDS aggressively competes in a global market estimated at $250 billion."

Hendricks joins EDS from Unisys Corporation. As corporate executive vice president and president of Global Industries, he was responsible for driving sales, business development and delivery for the company's worldwide financial services, commercial and public sector businesses.

Previously, Hendricks served as corporate senior vice president and president of Unisys Global Outsourcing and Infrastructure Services. Under his leadership, Unisys' outsourcing operations expanded to become the company's largest services division. Hendricks earlier led the Unisys Public Sector practice in 26 countries in which the company does business in the EMEA and Asia Pacific regions.

Before joining Unisys in 2002, Hendricks served as president and CEO of Digite, a Silicon Valley based technology firm that develops integrated applications for software lifecycle management.

Previously, Hendricks spent more than 10 years with Andersen Consulting, serving in senior partner positions in the firm's government and higher education consulting practices.

Hendricks earned a bachelor of science degree in industrial administration from Iowa State University.

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IT jobs 'fairly secure' despite credit crunch

by Editor 5/28/2008 2:28:00 PM

IT security professional, network engineer, software tester and web designer are among the ten jobs most likely to survive the current economic slowdown, according to a study conducted by the Learning and Skills Council.

Employment expert Sarah Berry, author of Write a Perfect CV in a Weekend and How to Love the Job You Do, says that IT jobs look set to survive the credit crunch, explaining that IT professionals’ skills will keep being in demand. She points to the growing use of websites and e-commerce and says that these areas will keep needing  computer professionals.

Adding that IT jobs are “fairly secure at the moment," she advises IT employees to become proficient in these skills to safeguard their careers.

"Companies are going to be looking to their employees to have particular skills, rather than bringing in outside people or contractors to do it for them," she concludes.  

 

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Accenture expands Global Delivery Network

by Editor 5/28/2008 2:19:00 PM
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Accenture has opened a new delivery centre in Monterrey, Mexico, with the goal to improve its systems integration and outsourcing business in North America and expand its Global Delivery Network.

This is Accenture's sixth delivery centre in Central and South America. It had previously opened two centres in Brazil, Argentina and another one in Mexico.

The company's Global Delivery Network now counts 51 centres employing 76,000 professionals.

The experts employed at the Accenture centre in Monterrey share knowledge, experience, practices and architectures with delivery centres across the globe in order to deliver technology consulting, application development and maintenance, systems integration and testing services to clients in various industry sectors.

The Monterrey centre supports a wide range of platforms and technologies: SAP, Oracle, JAVA/J2EE, Microsoft.Net and mainframe among others.

Keith Haviland, senior managing director at Accenture’s Delivery Centre Network for Technology, says:

“The ability to serve the needs of our clients using a global capability is a key feature of Accenture’s global sourcing approach. We bring together the right mix of people, skills and common standards to provide our clients with price-competitive and cost-effective solutions and services. Our global network offers the flexibility of multiple locations for the integrated delivery of services to clients.”

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EDS acquires a small IT consulting company

by Editor 5/27/2008 3:44:00 PM

Electronic Data Systems (EDS) has acquired the Feld Group, a small, privately held technology consulting company that helps technology businesses reorganize their operations. With the acquisition, EDS hopes to boost its outsourcing services.

EDS paid $89 million in cash and stock for the consultancy. The deal was announced on Monday.

EDS chief executive Mike Jordan said:

“We see tremendous growth opportunities in the business process outsourcing and business transformation services market, and the addition of the Feld Group will greatly enhance our offerings and expertise in the field.”

As part of the deal, EDS will get Feld’s information technology and business process implementation software as part of the deal. The company will keep most of Feld’s employees (about 60 of them) and several Feld executives will be given key roles at EDS.

Charlie Feld, founder of the Feld Group, will assigned to the position of executive vice-president of EDS’ portfolio management operations, while Feld’s CIO Steve Schuckenbrock will become executive vice-president of EDS’ global sales and client solutions operations.

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TCS among top companies for corporate responsibility

by Editor 5/27/2008 3:37:00 PM

IT consulting firm and India’s biggest software exporter Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) has been named as one of the top 100 companies chosen by The Sunday Times for the list of "Companies that Count in 2008" for helping people globally through various corporate responsibility programs. 

TCS is a global leader in information technology consulting, services, business process outsourcing and engineering services, says the report. The company has reshaped the IT services industry when it introduced the “Global Network Delivery Model” and perfected a unique method of global deployment and delivery for high quality products and services in IT consulting and business process outsourcing.

Consulting and accounting giant Accenture is at the top of the list, followed by the British Airport Authority (BAA) in the second.

Last year, Tata Consultancy Services took the top position among the “Top 10 Best Performing IT Services Providers” on the Global Services 100 list.

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