What it does: Enterprise software
Staff stats: Over 1200
The good bits: Great culture, enjoyable work
The not so good bits: Demanding pace
The TechnologyOne story
TechnologyOne started in a demountable building in front of an old tannery in 1987. University of Queensland graduate turned entrepreneur, Adrian Di Marco decided to have a crack at using relational database technology to make accounting software. After hitting up Dugald McTaggart (a former customer) for funding, he opened up TechnologyOne’s first office and R&D centre on the fringes of Brisbane .
It didn’t take too long for Di Marco’s powerful and integrated enterprise software to become a hit. Within a year, TechnologyOne was able to move out of the tannery. Within three years it was signing up significant clients in Australia, such as Murdoch University and the Murray Darling Basin Authority. By 1993 it was starting to attract international customers, such as Malaysia Development Bank. In 1996, it opened its Sydney office. This was followed by a Melbourne office in 1998 and a listing on the Australian Stock Exchange in 1999.
TechnologyOne is now Australia's largest enterprise software company and a major player internationally with14 offices spread across Australia, New Zealand, The United Kingdom, Papua New Guinea and Malaysia. Its client list boasts more than 1200 “leading corporations, government departments and statutory authorities” and it is now Australia’s largest enterprise software company. Having been profitable since 1992, TechnologyOne recorded revenue of $273 million and a profit of $58 million in 2017. In 2017, Di Marco relinquished the CEO role but he remains the company’s Executive Chairman.
TechnologyOne has a “strong commitment to diversity”. To help ensure “TechnologyOne is an inclusive place to work – for everyone”, the company runs an unconscious bias awareness program and career resilience courses. It also engages in gender-pay analysis and provides female staff with “mentoring opportunities to grow their own skills”.
Women comprise 34 per cent of TechnolgyOne’s workforce and have “more than 29 per cent participation in technical roles”. That makes the company one of the IT industry’s most gender-balanced employers. Nonetheless, it determined to “do better” and aims to have women making up 40 per cent of its workforce by 2020.
As TechnologyOne prospered, Di Marco has supported various philanthropic endeavours, including charities such as the Salvation Army, Mission Australia, World Vision and the Royal Children’s Hospital Foundation. In 2016 the TechnologyOne foundation was launched and is now committed to the 1%pledge, of time, profit and product. The foundation helped fund the development of an e-learning program for a Tanzanian charity-funded school, The School of St Jude. TechnologyOne is committed to encouraging young Australians, especially female ones, to consider a career in technology. It partners with various industry associations to encourage Australian students to study STEM. It also invests in the Tech Girls Movement and hosts Girl Geek Dinners.
The company’s software engineers are trained in Web Accessibility Guidelines. The software they design meets stringent accessibility criteria, allowing it to be accessed by anyone, at any time.
The recruitment process
TechnologyOne typically hires grads with IT, software engineering or business information systems backgrounds to work in either the business or software development sides of the business. If you’re interested in a career at the company, you should consider applying for either an intern business analyst or intern developer role while still studying.
Those who’ve finished their degree can apply for a graduate business analyst or graduate software developer role. TechnologyOne looks for applicants who are creative, eager to learn, entrepreneurial, innovative, passionate and willing to think unconventionally.
To be in the running for a grad business analyst role, you’ll need a GPA of five or above, a “keen interest in business process improvement and the drive to provide a compelling customer experience”. You’ll also need to demonstrate, probably with reference to an extracurricular activity, what makes you stand out from similarly qualified candidates.
If successful, your job will be to “dentify, capture and translate user requirement into development stories to make TechnologyOne’s software world leading.
To be in the running for a grad developer role, you’ll need a GPA of five or above, a passion for building serious software and to demonstrate, probably with reference to an extracurricular activity, what makes you stand out from similarly qualified candidates.
All grads receive training and are paired with a buddy and experienced mentors. They also have a professional development plan and access to the TechnologyOne College.
You can apply for grad roles here. You get the ball rolling by creating an account and joining the company’s talent community.
It appears the recruitment process can range from a couple of interviews to, especially for would-be developers, coding challenges, take-home assignments, group assessments and attendance at an on-site ‘networking night’. Once you’ve demonstrated you have the technical skills for the job, the rest of the recruitment process seems to be about ensuring you will be a snug cultural fit.
TechnologyOne prides itself on providing its staff with “earned recognition”. Among other things, this recognition takes the form of “competitive salaries”. Like most tech industry employers, the company also offers an extensive range of benefits. There is plentiful food and a beer tap in the funky office(s) you’ll be working in. There are also Friday drinks and many other social events, lots of health and wellbeing programs and “state-of-the-art bike centres” if you want to cycle to work.
Another aspect of TechnologyOne’s commitment to “earned recognition” is allowing staff to progress their careers. Given the company is doubling in size every five years, “career opportunities abound”.
The vibe of the place
The company was voted ‘Employer of Choice’ at the 2017 and 2016 Australian Business Awards. It ticks all the boxes – good pay, great benefits, an industry-leading, fast-growing company offering fast-track career progression, ethical corporate culture and friendly colleagues and supervisors. So, if you are lucky enough to score a grad role with this company, you’re almost certain to enjoy being part of the TechnologyOne team.
Star Rating: 4.7 stars
From the Employer:
"Are you ready to join an elite team of professionals who are shaping the future of enterprise software?
As a TechnologyOne graduate, your first two months will be spent learning about our business while working on a project with the graduate team, which will see you create working software and showcasing this to the organisation.
During this time, you will be supported by mentors, buddies and leaders as you receive technical and professional skills training. We’ll give you the foundation you need to excel in your chosen field.
When you join our team, you’ll be joining a top 200 ASX-listed company, which operates in six countries and employs over 1,100 people worldwide. We create solutions that transform business and make life simple for our customers. We do this by building ground-breaking enterprise software, allowing some of the world’s biggest industries to run smoothly on any device, anywhere, at any time.
We work hard to attract the best and brightest to our team. We have all the perks you’d expect from a global tech company: all day breakfasts, beer on tap and plenty of social and community activities.
We want you to be inspired and enjoy the journey. You can get most things in life at the touch of a button – but not job satisfaction and strong relationships. At TechnologyOne, we create a culture where you can get both."