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Gaggiol0 07.02.2014 18:16

EPAM & Banking sector
 
Hi guys,

Did someone of u work in EPAM for the banking industry?
How is the job environment?

Gaggiol0 11.02.2014 19:36

Re: EPAM & Banking sector
 
no clues?

elvishsu66 11.02.2014 21:54

Re: EPAM & Banking sector
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Marzullo (Post 2086613)
no clues?

Sorry, mate. I wish I could help you as I am still looking for a job. I have a friend who works at EPAM. I can ask her but she is in HR.

swissmute 12.02.2014 23:00

Re: EPAM & Banking sector
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Marzullo (Post 2082597)
Hi guys,

Did someone of u work in EPAM for the banking industry?
How is the job environment?

www.epam.com?

Not so many replies, so, I guess, some information is better than nothing :)

Worked there for 5 years, but this was in Belarus.

EPAM is one of the biggest (if not the biggest) outsourcing companies in Eastern Europe. Major development centers are located in Belarus: Minsk + regional cities (worked there for 5 years) and in the Ukraine (Kharkov and probably Kiev).

Of course I have no information regarding your particular position, but looking at the web site (Careers -> Switzerland), I would assume that they require on-site developer to assist/coordinate development team in, say, Minsk.

Regarding working conditions, I would expect lots of corporative stuff (~ 10000 employees around the globe). Back in my days things were generally reasonable though.

Feel free to ask additional questions, though my info can be outdated.

Superfast 12.02.2014 23:06

Re: EPAM & Banking sector
 
If you are talking about working for EPAM or through EPAM.

In UBS, where i work EPAM provides the development team. So in the end like all consultant jobs or in client site jobs the enviroment depends more on team you gonna work than employer.

I have been here for 3 years, 4 different projects...4 different teams.

As i said, all depends on the team. As of now, Swiss people based teams were the best so far.

Gaggiol0 19.02.2014 16:48

Re: EPAM & Banking sector
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Superfast (Post 2087996)
If you are talking about working for EPAM or through EPAM.

In UBS, where i work EPAM provides the development team. So in the end like all consultant jobs or in client site jobs the enviroment depends more on team you gonna work than employer.

I have been here for 3 years, 4 different projects...4 different teams.

As i said, all depends on the team. As of now, Swiss people based teams were the best so far.

Swiss people based teams, do you mean people based in Switzerland, or Swiss people?
What were you working to?
How is the environment? Pushy? Relaxed? Are there skilled people? Salary fork?

czester19 04.03.2014 21:04

Re: EPAM & Banking sector
 
Hi,

@Superfast, I am also interested in EPAM/UBS work atmosphere, so I will appreciate if you answer for Marzullo questions.

Do you know how look like a typical day for the software tester in UBS Zurich?

Thanks

wildwarp 24.01.2017 23:35

Re: EPAM & Banking sector
 
Very much depends on the team, location, your Resource Manager, Test Manager and your ability to survive :msntongue:

Generally EPAM guys are normal and friendly, the cooperation is generally good, inter-team relations are generally relaxed, the social life is great, work/life balance is generally very positive, occasional working-from-home is supported, HR is friendly and supportive, there are support pages written by employees (and ex-employees) who have suffered the pain of various aspects of Swiss life that will help you enormously in your first few months in Switzerland. All in all, this aspect of EPAM is excellent.

A good Test Manager will keep a steady feed of work to keep his team going, a poor one will struggle to supply enough work and there may be weeks/ months where there is little or nothing to do.

A Test Manager is not normally the same as a Resource Manager, though they can be one and the same thing. A good Resource Manager will actively attend to your goals in EPAM, but a poor one will offer excuses and excuse himself from meetings, because they say they are too busy. Try to swap RMs if you can, because these people are weak that should you ever make the mistake of having an opinion, they will not back you up and you will fall......

EPAM can be a place of great internal political battles, between Test vs Development, Management vs the Executive, but without a strong & influencial Test Manager, it is a place where most non-Managerial Test staff fear to tread (or fear to have an opinion), in case they get used as a pawn and discarded (made redundant) to prove a political point for someone or as a donkey for someone else's career.

It used to be that EPAM Switzerland would employ the right people for the job (from wherever was necessary), but now they employ the cheapest people for the same job, so they have increasingly rejected Swiss or Western European applicants and prefer to import from other locations where the average salary expectations are very much lower. It is normal that these people have lower salary expectations (much lower than a Swiss person would), so accordingly they don't know to ask for it and therefore the company saves a great deal of money.

If you can survive here, then great, but beware that EPAM, though they have won a major CHF 300 million contract with UBS recently, have at the same time increasingly trimmed benefits (although there were not many to begin with) and remain economical with training (so long as you don't mind getting Training that uses up your weekend).

Good luck....


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