Beyond the Job Posting: Life as an Associate Engineer at SWC

September 2, 2015   //   Careers, ,

Zeba Hasan is on the Network Operations Center (NOC) team in SWC’s Managed Services practice. Zeba enjoys working at SWC because we have a great corporate culture and team dynamic, she also enjoys all of the professional development opportunities SWC provides her to grow in her career.

We sat down with Zeba to give potential applicants a glimpse of what it’s like to be an Associate Engineer at SWC.

What makes SWC a great place to work?

What makes SWC a great place to work is a combination of things, namely the culture, people, and the team environment. It’s very well-rounded and professional, but at the same time we have a lot of fun here with company activities and celebrations. SWC really likes to celebrate our achievements!

What skills and qualities make a successful Associate Engineer?

Since we do consulting for a multitude of clients, it’s really helpful for anyone applying for the Associate Engineer position to have been in consulting or worked with many different clients at the same time.

As far as skills, you need to have a little bit of everything when you’re coming into consulting—not just technical skills, but organizational and writing as well.

Personality-wise, we look for someone who is eager to learn. There is a lot to learn here, but it’s never too overwhelming because we have such a great team; everyone wants to help you. And because there is a lot to learn, you are always growing your skills, which in IT is absolutely essential.

How is the work-life balance at SWC?

Work/life is really well balanced, especially for an IT consulting firm. Employees say that SWC is fundamentally different from their previous places of employment, and I would have to completely agree based on my past positions.

In many IT jobs, you are expected to work overtime and always be on the grid. At SWC, there are times you will also have to work overtime, but we take turns doing it. On our particular team, we have pager duty or are “on call” once every six weeks – which is not bad at all! We have one person “on pager” from the NOC, service desk, and escalations team in case of an emergency, or if our afterhours team gets overwhelmed. They can then call us for help.

What professional development opportunities are there?

The great thing about SWC is that they will help put you on the career path you want to go down. We have regular meetings with our career advocates to make sure we are on the right track to grow our skills and pursue our areas of interest. If you are good at what you do and exceed expectations then you will find that there are many different paths you can take.

SWC also covers the cost of certifications. If it’s in line with your career goals, they will make sure you are working towards at least one certification.

What are some of your favorite SWC perks and experiences?

SWC does a lot for their employees and I appreciate that. There is always free food and drinks. They are always looking for new, creative ways to celebrate our achievements, so there are lots of events and parties. They even treated us to a manicure/pedicure one time!

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