Job title: Information Technology Associate
Business Group/Line: Internet Services Group
Location: San Francisco, CA
Number of months at Wells Fargo: 11
Undergraduate institution: University of California, Los Angeles
Undergraduate major: Computer Science and Engineering
Why did you choose Wells Fargo over other potential employers?

Three key reasons:
  • Opportunity to rotate through various positions and areas within Internet Services
  • Work and life balance
  • Abundance of training opportunities and career development

Would you recommend Wells Fargo as an employer? Why? What should students consider when making their choice for employer?
I recommend Wells Fargo as an employer because of the variety of opportunities that are available here. Things to consider when looking for a job are location, job function, and potential for career development.

Has any one thing surprised you about Wells Fargo? If so, what?
I quickly learned that wellsfargo.com is consistently ranked as one of the top online banking sites. It’s a very high standard that we’re able to successfully meet each year.

Has your perception of Wells Fargo changed from the time you were a student until now? How?
My perception of Wells Fargo has changed from viewing it as my parent’s bank, to seeing it as a large financial services company with many complex businesses. While consumer banking is a large part of the company, my program exposed me to many other areas that I didn’t know existed before, such as Private Client Services and Wholesale Banking. Being a part of the Internet Services Group has also let me see Wells Fargo as a very competitive Web development company.

Why is your program or business group a good fit for you?
The Information Technology Associate program is a great fit for applicants who are coming out of college and don’t have a set idea of what they want to do. This program gave me a chance to try out a variety of roles and groups to get a good idea of what interested me. It was thorough in providing professional training that I didn’t get in school, and exposing me to important people and areas of the business. The network of alumni who participated in previous years of the program was a valuable resource, as well.

What are your co-workers like?
Every team has a different feel, but overall, people in Internet Services are helpful and generous with their time. There’s a lot of guidance from co-workers and managers around professional development, as well as work-sponsored activities like community support campaigns that promote a social and friendly work environment.

At Wells Fargo, we pride ourselves on the professional development opportunities we provide. Are you taking advantage of these resources? If so, what and how?
The Information Technology Associate program provides monthly professional training classes. There’s also a wealth of classes and training offered to team members through other internal resources. Plus, I’ve participated in technical training courses ranging from Secure Application Development to learning to use our source control software more efficiently.

What do you think current students should do while in school to prepare themselves for your program?

Three key actions they can take:
  • Keep your Java programming skills sharp
  • Expose yourself to Web application programming technologies, such as XML, Cascading Style Sheets, JSP, Web Servers, etc.
  • Take an effective communication or public speaking course

Do you feel like you have enough free time to pursue a life outside of work? What do you do with your free time?
Yes, working at Wells Fargo allows for a great work and life balance. I spend my free time at the gym, participating in after work volleyball and softball leagues, and exploring San Francisco festivals, shopping and night life.

Day in the Life
This overview of a team member’s typical day on the job should give you an idea of what it’s like to work in this business group’s development program.
Day in the Life
8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.How does your day begin? What time do you get in? What’s the first thing you do?
I live close enough to walk to work so I get up between 7:30 a.m. and 8:00 a.m., depending on how many times I decide to hit snooze. I get into work at 9:30 a.m., and the first thing I do is bring up my Outlook calendar to check my meeting schedule and emails.
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 noonWhat are your mornings like? How do you organize your daily “to-do” list?
Most mornings are spent resolving any issues left over from the day before, fixing bugs, setting up time with people who can help answer my questions, and getting started on my tasks for the new day.
12:00 noon - 1:00 p.m.The morning’s wrapping up – what does the rest of the day hold? Do you have time for lunch?
Every now and then a group of co-workers and I will get lunch at a new restaurant. If I’m not eating at my desk, I’ll be out in one of the courtyards enjoying the outdoor concerts the city sponsors.
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.What are your afternoons like? Describe any unique business processes you engage in or meetings that you attend on a regular basis.
I have a weekly one-on-one meeting with my manager shortly after lunch. It’s a good opportunity to let him know what I’ve been working on and make sure we’re on the same page with my tasks. I take this time to continue with my coding, testing or project management deliverables.
3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.Describe the end–of–day push. What gets done today? What gets pushed until tomorrow?
A lot of project team status meetings are scheduled in the afternoons. These are a chance for the team to get together, asses the progress on the project we’re working on, and discuss any technical or scheduling issues we may face ahead.
5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.Working late? What does this entail? What time do you leave? Do you take work home?
I sometimes stay a little bit later to finish things up. I take advantage of the time I have outside of coordinating with people or in meetings. Generally I leave the office between 5:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., depending on how the day goes.
 
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