What it does: Creates ‘virtual universe’-enabling software
Staff stats: 15,000 globally
The good bits: Reasonable hours, good pay, pleasant colleagues
The not so good bits: Big-organisation bureaucracy
The Dassault Systèmes story
What’s now Dassault Systèmes came into being in 1977. That’s when 15 engineers at a French aircraft manufacturer called Avion Marcel Dassault began developing cutting-edge computer-aided-design (CAD) software. At that point, the goal was simply to create software that would make it easier to design planes. But the computer-aided three-dimensional interactive application (CATIA) software the engineers delivered was so game-changing that a subsidiary was incorporated in 1981.
Over the last four decades, Dassault Systèmes has both continued to produce its own cutting-edge software as well as snapping up an almost endless list of innovative tech companies from across the globe. Dassault Systèmes is now best known for its 3D design, 3D digital mock-up and product-lifecycle-management (PLM) software and likes to market itself as “The 3DExperience Company”. The company has over 220,000 customers across 12 industries. It is now headquartered on the outskirts of Paris in Vélizy-Villacoublay. It also has impressive regional headquarters in Shanghai and Waltham, Massachusetts. In 2017 Dassault Systèmes had revenue of €3.2 billion (A$5.2 billion).
The company has staff from 130 nationalities employed at 181 sites spread across 40 countries. Males in the 20-40 age bracket are overrepresented in Dassault Systèmes’ workforce. In recent years the company has launched a range of initiatives, such as WIN (i.e. Women’s Initiative) Summits and female networking groups in an attempt to improve the gender balance.
The company aspires to be a civilised meritocracy. One where “recruitment, training, promotion, assignment and, more generally, all work-related decisions are based on competencies, talent, achievements and employee motivation, without any form of discrimination, harassment or bullying”.
Dassault Systèmes regards pursuing “ethical and sustainable growth” as one of its fundamental values. It is “committed to nurturing social equilibrium and protecting the balance of the natural world”. It also “nurtures long-term, trust-based relations with our customers, partners, shareholders and government bodies”. The company’s corporate social responsibility principles are “based on the fundamental international principles of human rights, social rights and environmental protection, such as the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International Labour Organisation's fundamental conventions”.
Dassault Systèmes shares Dassault Group’s commitment to eco-design, that is creating products that optimise raw material and energy use and producing them in a way that minimises the impact on the environment.
The company foundation is called La Fondation Dassault Systèmes. It aspires to harness “the powerful capabilities of virtual universes and experiences to develop a more sustainable society by driving improvements in education, research and heritage and enabling a broader and more equal access to them”. Not-for-profit organisations from around the world wanting to launch ‘virtual universe’-related projects can apply to La Fondation Dassault Systèmes for support.
The recruitment process
If you’ve completed an undergraduate or postgraduate degree in Computer Science or Mechanical/Mechatronic Engineering in the last couple of years and are an Australian citizen, you can apply to for Dassault Systèmes Australian grad program. This can be completed at the company’s Adelaide, Brisbane or Perth offices.
The company aims to employ those with “a passion for technological innovation, a desire to work with other people and constantly learn and an appetite for a challenge”.
To commence the application process you’ll need to create a profile on the careers page of the Dassault Systèmes website then apply online for a graduate position. The company doesn’t disclose information about its recruitment process. It reportedly involves telephone and face-to-face interviews and technical tests.
The grad program lasts two years. It will “build your industry competencies in your chosen field through a structured coaching program, travel and skillset training”. The program involves two rotations working on two Dassault Systèmes brands. Grads are exposed to “world-class, leading-edge technology and practices” and “solve complex problems among unique world-class projects”.
Dassault Systèmes doesn’t reveal any information about its remuneration arrangements. However, reports suggest that, like most tech employers, it goes to some lengths to keep staff happy. All going well, it shouldn’t be too many years until you’ll earning a six-figure salary. There’s plenty of opportunities to both travel and work internationally. Workplaces are well-appointed and well-stocked with free food. Possibly because it’s a French company, there isn’t the long-hours culture that’s common with many of its competitors.
It appears that continuing employment once the grad program is finished is not guaranteed but “should you be selected, you’ll embark on a long-term career within the Dassault Systèmes global family”.
Dassault Systèmes internally advertises almost all its available positions. It attempts to promote internally wherever feasible.
The vibe of the place
Dassault Systèmes promises grads they will experience a “vibrant culture of inclusivity” and enjoy the sense of fulfilment that comes from providing “business and people with virtual universes to imagine sustainable innovations” while “nurturing social equilibrium and protecting the balance of the natural world”. The company puts on regular social events and encourages “friendships that cross continents”.
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From the employer :
"Dassault Systèmes, the 3DEXPERIENCE Company, provides business and people with virtual universes to imagine sustainable innovations.
Its world-leading solutions transform the way products are designed, produced, and supported. Dassault Systèmes’ collaborative solutions foster social innovation, expanding possibilities for the virtual world to improve the real world. Awarded #1 Most Sustainable Company in the World by Corporate Knights we have 15,000 team members collaborating in over 116 countries around the world.
What will your role be?
As a Dassault Systèmes Graduate, we’ll build your industry competencies in your chosen field through a structured coaching program, travel andskillset training. You’ll be exposed to world class leading edge technology and practices to solve complex problems among unique world class projects.
Our 2 year paid Graduate Program will have you solving industry problems and creating sustainable solutions in a diversity of sectors through 2 rotational sprints across 2 unique brands in the Dassault Systèmes family.
We’re proud of our vibrant culture of inclusivity underpinned by our commitment to nurturing social equilibrium and protecting the balance of the natural world in our activities. We have social events and friendships that cross continents.
We currently seek recent graduates of:
- Geospatial Information Systems
- Computer Science
- Mechanical Engineering
- Marine Engineering
- Mechatronic Engineering"