Job title: Business Systems Consultant
Business Group/Line: Technology Infrastructure Group, Technology and Operations
Location: Minneapolis, MN
Number of months at Wells Fargo: 12
Undergraduate institution: University of Arizona
Undergraduate major: Management Information Systems
Why did you choose Wells Fargo over other potential employers?

Three key reasons:
  • Wells Fargo really demonstrates a belief in "people as a competitive advantage." That’s rare in any industry, and it makes me proud to work for a company that delivers on its promises to Team Members.
  • The Leadership Development Program provides an opportunity to put my education into practice, while continuously learning and developing my leadership potential.
  • I love technology, and Wells Fargo offers a chance to meet and learn from world-class people who use world-class technology to solve complex problems.

Would you recommend Wells Fargo as an employer? Why? What should students consider when making their choice for employer?
Absolutely. There’s a lot to think about when selecting an employer, but I think the culture is the most important. So choose an employer whose values reflect your own. At Wells Fargo we continuously strive to innovate, learn, and do things right for our customers and Team Members. Companies and individuals get the most from each other when Team Members feel valued and enjoy their work, and that’s evidenced at Wells Fargo.

Has any one thing surprised you about Wells Fargo? If so, what?
I’m continually surprised by how large we are as a company. You can never run out of people to meet or opportunities to explore.

Has your perception of Wells Fargo changed from the time you were a student until now? How?
I used to think that all banks were full of pretentious people who only cared about making money. Now I admire the way that Wells Fargo is able to keep an eye on the bottom line, while continuing to develop its people and invest in the communities where we do business.

Why is your program or business group a good fit for you?
I enjoy learning, applying technology, and working with others. The Leadership Development Program provides the opportunity to do all of these things.

What are your co-workers like?
My co-workers are very intelligent, experienced, hardworking individuals, many of whom have been with Wells Fargo for years. Some are Systems Engineers others are Systems Consultants, but they all enjoy what they do.

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?
I’ve been able to take advantage of the many classes that Wells Fargo offers, from Web-based courses on wireless networking to instructor-led public speaking classes. There are literally thousands of opportunities for development.

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

Three key actions they can take:
  • Get some real-life leadership experience. It doesn’t matter if it’s running your own small company, working as a youth counselor at a church camp or being a supervisor at a local movie theater — the experience that you get from dealing with people will be invaluable in your career.
  • Work to continuously improve your persuasion and oral communication skills.
  • Take on a challenge that you wouldn’t normally feel comfortable accepting. This can help you develop the confidence that you need to succeed.

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. I spend most of my free time with my beautiful wife and participating in activities at our church. I also spend time practicing and playing golf, being a car enthusiast and watching movies.

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 wake up at 6 a.m. and usually get to work a little before 8 a.m., after dropping my wife off at work. The first thing I do is check my email and calendar to see what my schedule looks like for the day, and take care of any action items.
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 noonWhat are your mornings like? How do you organize your daily “to-do” list?
I spend this time preparing for my daily meetings, which includes reading project documentation, speaking to other Team Members, and working on documents. I also run a bi-weekly meeting to update users of our systems on the status of current projects.
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?
Most of the time I’ll work through lunch and eat at my desk so that I can leave on time to pick my wife up from work, so it wouldn’t be uncommon to find me working on a database or analyzing some data. But sometimes I go to lunch with colleagues in the office.
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.
My afternoons consist mostly of project meetings where we discuss issues or work on resolutions. I also use this time to meet with my manager to ask questions and talk about ideas or progress on projects I’m leading.
3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.Describe the end–of–day push. What gets done today? What gets pushed until tomorrow?
This time is spent listening to project status updates, setting up meetings for next week or reading about new concepts and technologies.
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 usually leave around 5 p.m. to pick up my wife from work. Sometimes I’ll take a conference call in the car or finish reading some documentation when I get home, but that doesn’t happen too often.
 
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