What it does: Provides integrated IT services
Staff stats: 137,000 across more than 70 countries
The good bits: Professional development opportunities
The not so good bits: Training could be better structured
Hiring grads with degrees in: Engineering, Maths, IT & Computer Sciences; Finance, Accounting, Economics & Business Administration; Sciences.
The DXC Technology story
DXC Technology, commonly referred to as just DXC, was created in early 2017 when Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC) merged with the Enterprise Services division of Hewlett-Packard Enterprise (HPE).
CSC was founded in Los Angeles way back in 1959 by a couple of computing industry pioneers called Roy Nutt and Fletcher Jones. Shortly after launching, the company began writing software for the likes of IBM and NASA. By 1963 it was America’s largest software company and had listed on the stock exchange. In subsequent decades, the company conquered the world through both organic growth and numerous strategic acquisitions. By the time of the merger, CSC had 59,000 employees and annual revenues in excess of US$7 billion. For CSC, the jewel in the crown of HPE’s Enterprise Services division was Electronic Data Systems. This was a multinational IT equipment and services company Hewlett-Packard had bought in 2008 for US$14 billion.
DXC has 6,000 private and public sector clients spread across the globe. It is the world’s leading independent, end-to-end IT services company, one devoted to “helping clients harness the power of innovation to thrive on change”. Its local arm provides “Australian businesses with best-in-class cloud, mobility, security services, application development and modernisation, IT services, workplace, big data analytics and business process services across a range of industries, such as banking, telecommunications, insurance, government and education”.
DXC is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. This means it doesn’t discriminate based on, “disability, protected veteran status, race, colour, religious creed, national origin, citizenship, marital status, sex, sexual orientation/gender identity, age… or genetic information.” More unusually, DXC has recruitment processes in place to prevent the long-term unemployed being discriminated against and promotes ‘pay transparency’. This means you’re free to discuss your salary and your co-workers’ (if they volunteer it) with fellow employees.
DXC goes to great lengths to protect its employees against human rights violations. All staff receive annual training on the company’s Code of Ethics and Standards of Conduct. Staff are expected to “treat others equally and without discrimination of any kind” as well as “maintain the highest standards of ethics and business conduct”.
DXC is committed to “a sustainable environment, human rights, responsibility and safety”. Its ‘Dandelion Program’ teaches IT skills to, and creates career opportunities for, Australians on the autism spectrum. There are now 55 graduates of the program pursuing IT careers in Australia. The company also runs coding challenges. It recently offered prizes to schoolchildren aged 10-13 who created an adventure game using the coding tool Scratch. The DXC Foundation funds programs in the areas of education (particularly STEM), health and disaster relief. DXC is a supporter of marriage equality and has conducted regular fundraisers for Cancer Council Australia, MS Australia and The Smith Family.
The recruitment process
At the time of writing, DXC is encouraging Australian students to register their interest in joining forthcoming internship and graduate programs. It is looking for graduates who “want to be part of an amazing team delivering some of the world's most challenging and complex business and IT solutions”. The grad program is aimed at “talented graduates who are looking to join an industry focused leader which is agile and ready to meet the everyday business challenges of the new digital world”. DXC’s grad program will “help you build a solid foundation in your career, apply your learning and create value for tomorrow’s customers”.
The recruitment process will begin with an online application. This will involve uploading a cover letter, CV, academic transcript and proof you’re an Australian citizen or permanent resident. You’ll then undertake an online behavioural and aptitude assessment. If that goes well, you’ll be invited to do a video interview. The final stage involves attending an assessment centre. This is “an opportunity for you to learn more about us, experience our corporate culture and meet some of our business leaders”. If you make a good impression at the assessment centre, you can expect a job offer within a couple of days.
You can expect an above industry average salary but no bonuses. Compared to some other tech sector employers, the benefits are modest. In saying that you can look forward to free sporting tickets, plenty of food in the office kitchen along with the occasional dinner and Friday night drinks on the company tab, a retail discount card and subsidised health insurance.
Based on how things worked at CSC, if you hit your KPIs you should be promoted, particularly in the early stages of your career. CSC offered early-career employees access to training in everything from project management to business analysis to the Seven Habits of Effective People. It seems likely that DXC will continue to offer these type of programs.
The vibe of the place
While there is a clear organisational structure, those at all levels of it are approachable. While the workforce skews middle aged, there’s a social atmosphere in offices and most people take part in the social activities.
Star Rating: 4.4 stars
From the Employer:
At DXC Technology, our people are an amazing collection of professionals, hired for their skill, passion and ability to innovate and tackle tough problems.
Make a difference for our clients. Opportunity to work alongside senior leaders on real projects and always exciting with a diverse range of people. Develop your skills and gain experience in the areas you are passionate about. Take your career to the next step with our ongoing training and development. Most importantly, there will be plenty of opportunities for social and cultural engagement.
Don’t just take our word for it, let’s see what our graduates have to say.
The best thing about my job is being offered the opportunity to work with the client on the client site, and being exposed to a number of different streams allowing me to expand what I am capable of. Since starting the graduate program, I have been lucky enough to experience a great opportunity working at two major Australian banks. Each role was different from each other which allowed me to develop and focus on growing my skills and abilities. With each new skill comes a new challenge, which is beneficial to excel in my career path and be involved in future opportunities.
Charisse – Associate Professional: Banking
A major part of my role involves using immersive technologies, including augmented, virtual and mixed reality, to help clients find solutions to their business problems. What surprised me most about this role was the range for creativity that it allows. In the team, we're always experimenting with new design ideas and technologies to bring more engaging and interactive experiences to our end users. It's exciting to see the amazement when people interact with virtual objects and worlds for the first time. Projects vary widely, so I'm constantly learning new things from my team members and mentors, who have given useful advice and tremendous encouragement to me in my time at DXC.
Anna - Associate Professional: Immersive Applications Consultant
No two days are the same when you are a project manager. From stakeholder/client management to resourcing, scheduling, budgeting and risk and issues management, it is important to maintain an overarching view and balance of these constraints in order to allow a successful outcome to be achieved. This role has provided the flexibility to tailor the project in a way that best suits me and has also equipped me with skills and lessons that can be applied to everyday life.
Tony – Associate Professional: Project Management
I get to work with cool hardware and use my game design experience. Coming into a consulting role, I never thought I would have the opportunity to use my game design skills, let alone for a business purpose.
I think a defining moment for me at DXC was when I rapid prototyped a demo on the HoloLens for a major airline. Rapid prototyping is my favourite task, as the (nice) pressure drives me to be a better developer, and a better consultant.
Patrick – Associate Consultant: Business
During my time here at DXC, I have had the opportunity to investigate many exciting forms of technology in order to understand its ability to help our clients on their digital transformation journey. Some of the technology I have recently been working with includes drones, 3D printers, robotics, holographic computing, artificial intelligence, virtual assistants, computer vision and internet of things. What excites me the most about my job is not the technology that I have listed… it’s the not knowing what the list will look like tomorrow.
Phillip – Associate Professional: Sales Solutioning (Innovation)
The best part of my job is that I get to do something that is creative which I love to do. Coming from a creative and technological background, which includes music and tinkering with software and hardware, having the opportunity to use those skills that I have learnt is something I look forward to doing. Having a large cohort of other graduates to talk with is a great opportunity for me to get to know different people and how they operate under situations. I am also excited to see the skills I learn here be used on my own personal projects that I wish to do to explore my creativity side.
Alex Chew - Associate Professional: Application Developer