ABOUT SOGETI

Genuine, Special People who Take Pride in What We Do

Our DNA is made up of a lot of very special people, who go the extra mile every time when it comes to our customers, our partners and our colleagues.

As a consultancy, it really is our people who make us who we are, and we're proud to share some insights into some of our super stars. They make Sogeti a very special place.

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Short facts
Name: James Dowdall 
Family: 1 sister
Hobbies: Badminton, skiing, cycling, board games

Describe yourself with 3 words?
Keen, excitable, sociable

Tell us a little bit about your background?
Originally from South Wales (with a laughably undetectable Welsh accent), I studied Computer Science at the University of Bath. I started my career with an industrial placement between my 2nd and 3rd years, working as a functional tester on a safety critical project for another company. I returned to this role after university, rotating through other roles in software development, test automation and infrastructure. I joined Sogeti after 3 ½ years in these roles, ready for a new challenge (specifically something not waterfall)!

What's your career been like so far at Sogeti?
I have been working at Sogeti a little over a year, working for some great clients and on a number of internal projects/bids. These roles have varied, starting off in testing, and then transitioning to a DevOps role. Working in DevOps, I started off as an engineer working with Docker, Kubernetes and Jenkins on a daily basis; more recently taking on more responsibility as team lead and scrum-master.

What are you most passionate about within your area of expertise?
Having come from a strict safety-critical waterfall background, working with Agile methodologies (DevOps specifically) has been a breath of fresh air. Some of the fundamental tenets of Agile & DevOps (visibility of work, continuous improvement, The Three Ways) align with my views on how work should be done, and how we can always do things better. Specifically I enjoy the cultural and process aspects of the work, as these facets are often overlooked by technologists, despite the business context technology inevitably exists in.

What does a regular day at work look like?

08:30-09:15 Arrive at work, grab coffee (Shower & eat breakfast on the 2-3 days a week I cycle in).

09:45 Lead team stand-up, ensuring that work on the board is representative, any blockers are identified and everyone is productive/has things to do.

10:00-12:30 Varied engineer/scrum master work – This can be anything from debugging our Jenkins pipelines and Kubernetes deployments to working on our backlog, ensuring there is work on our backlog, work is estimated and broken down appropriately, and liaising with external stakeholders adding to/prioritizing existing work in the backlog. I like to work using the Pomodoro technique (splitting time into 25 minute chunks), so try to get 2-3 uninterrupted Pomodoro’s in during this time when everyone’s still a bit sluggish!

12:30 Lunch – I like to bring my own lunch in, but I frequently succumb to attending Boxpark (I am weak to Katsu curry).

13:20 More coffee

13:30-17:15 More engineering/scrum-mastering. More Pomodoros! Everyone is a bit more talkative post-lunch, so I’m lucky if I get another 3-4 in!

1715-1730: Reflecting on/recording the day’s work and compiling a to-do list for the next day in my trusty notebook.

1730-1815: Home time! I typically stick around a bit later if I’m cycling home or if I’m playing badminton that evening.

Why do you work for Sogeti?

I really enjoy the small-company vibe that Sogeti has. Our head office only has ~40 employees present most of the time, so you get to know many of these people well, employees from engineers up to Vice Presidents and the UK CEO are all working in the same area. When I first joined the company I ended up sitting on a hot-desk with two Solution Directors and a Delivery Director, chatting, working (and sharing biscuits) with these guys day-to-day for a few weeks - one of these is now my people manager! Balanced against the small company feel, Sogeti is still part of the Capgemini Group, giving access to an extended network of employees and expertise. There are a large number of Capgemini employees on my current project, but there is no Sogeti/Cap distinction. My only complaint is my sister also works for Capgemini – so she’s able to harass me in work via the corporate IM system! 

Q&A 

Short facts
Name: Elaine Jueno 
Family: 1 daughter who has just completed Uni
Hobbies: I enjoy historic architecture and also working with wood. I have an interest in alternative therapy/medicine. I like going to the gym and cycling but now and then doing something different like Land Sailing or Zip Wiring.

Describe yourself with 3 words?
Organised, driven, sympathetic

Tell us a little bit about your background? 
I started my testing career in SAP working predominantly on HR then moving on to learn other modules for 10+ years.  I then expanded into working on other systems and progressed into Test Management. 

What's your career been like so far at Sogeti? 
I started as a PC1 but with hard work as well as embracing the differences between being a permanent employee and a consultant at a customer site  I have been able to progress to MC2.

What are you most passionate about within your area of expertise? 
I’m very passionate about testing SAP in the right way and leaving organized, well-structured documentation for the next person to pick up. I always try to help the customer with advice on tools/approaches so that they can benefit from my experience.

What does a regular day at work look like?
A regular day working for Sogeti at a customer site is similar to working in IT in any company, except you don’t need to become involved in the politics of the company – you can take a more objective view which helps to see where Sogeti can assist the customer. 

Why do you work for Sogeti? 
I enjoy the variable working environments, meeting new people and finding new challenges. Working in different sectors is also interesting as it gives you an insight into the background operations which you wouldn’t normally have visibility of or appreciate.

Q&A 

Short facts
Name: Anthoula (Annie) Poniraki
Family: 1 younger sister 
Hobbies: Dance (salsa and bachata), zumba, table tennis, volleyball, gym 

Describe yourself with 3 words?
Passionate, hard-working, positive thinker

Tell us a little bit about your background?
I studied Electrical and Computer Engineering (MEng) in Greece and then did a MSc Management at UCL in London. Having acquired a strong technical and numerical background with problem solving skills throughout my studies, I have been able to adapt to different situations and to apply my skills on the different projects I have worked on.

What's your career been like so far at Sogeti?
 I joined Sogeti as a graduate a year ago. Snce then I have been promoted twice which shows me that Sogeti recompense its people for their hard work. I have worked with clients in retail and law and gained experience in both automation and manual testing.

What are you most passionate about within your area of expertise? 
The fact that I am involved in the delivery of a good quality end product to the client.

What does a regular day at work look like?
Hmm… This depends on the project/client you work on.. Currently, my morning consists of catching up on emails, attending daily standup meetings, picking up TSRs (Test Service Requests), attending meetings and conference calls with the stakeholders and tpnnes of other things.

Why do you work for Sogeti?
Because it is a company that cares about its employees and prioritises them.

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