Where can I learn about career opportunities with AST?
As a result of our continued growth, we often find ourselves seeking talented, full-time staff for all departments. All of our available employment opportunities are listed on the Open Positions page, where you can view detailed job descriptions and apply online. We also invite prospective employees to follow our company on professional networking sites such as LinkedIn, Glassdoor, Facebook, and the AST Blog.
What should I do if AST does not have an opening that matches my skills?
As AST continues to grow, so does our need for talented professionals. Though we may not currently have an opportunity that matches your skillset and background, chances are we will in the near future. We invite you to email your resume to email@example.com. We will keep your resume on file and contact you when a suitable opportunity arises.
I really want to join the AST team; how can I get hired?
AST seeks talented individuals with a broad range of interests. Most new hires have undergraduate or graduate degrees, or significant experience working with Oracle products. We also seek highly motivated, creative individuals who are eager to develop innovative solutions for our clients. Great AST candidates are comfortable with and have experience working in a team environment. All AST projects are highly collaborative, with project teams that are typically made up of AST employees, clients, and partners. As part of our due diligence during the interview process, we will spend time to get to know you, understand your professional goals, and provide opportunities to learn more about our corporate culture and professional development environment.
What is typical of the interview process at AST?
AST's Talent Acquisition Team will coordinate the interview and offer process. Typically, the first interview is a 'get to know you' session, which is conducted over the phone. You will also take online tests prior to subsequent interviews with various AST employees and managers. These interviews may also be conducted over the phone and/or Skype, when appropriate. Once the Talent Acquisition Team determines that your candidacy is a strong fit, you will be invited for a final interview with AST's Executive Team.
How long is the interview process?
We want to ensure that all prospective employees are not only a good fit for us, but that AST is a good fit for them. Therefore, due diligence in the interview process is important. The length of time from first contact to official offer letter may vary. On average, the process takes 2 to 3 weeks.
Does AST require years of Oracle consulting experiences?
AST's greatest strength is the depth and breadth of its consultants' Oracle experience. Our unmatched record of performance and continued success depends on our recruitment and retention of seasoned Oracle professionals. We typically require our consultants to have 2 to 3 years of Oracle-related experience, but we also value the talents of those who demonstrate the ability to be creative, entrepreneurial, and flexible in developing solutions for our customers. AST's solid, supportive professional network and commitment to career development help our consultants grow and thrive, regardless of experience level.
Where does AST rank itself in the consulting marketplace in terms of corporate culture and employee retention?
AST has achieved a leadership position in the professional services industry by attracting, hiring, and retaining top quality personnel. Our exclusive focus on Oracle technologies has distinguished us in the marketplace as a premier integrator of Oracle solutions. We provide an environment that respects and rewards our employees' unique perspectives, provides balance between professional and personal obligations, and encourages employee participation in our future strategic direction.
AST hosts many entertaining and team-building events throughout the year, such as spirit weeks, BBQs, intermural sports, potlucks, bowling, ping pong tournaments, summer family events, and AST's annual holiday party.
As a result of this commitment to our employees, AST has achieved many workplace recognitions, including 2015 and 2014 Chicago Tribune's Top Workplaces, 2014 and 2012 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For, and 2011 Top Small Workplaces to Work For by INC. Magazine and Winning Workplaces.
How does AST distinguish itself from other Oracle Applications consulting firms offering similar services?
Our single greatest strength, and what sets up apart from other Oracle consulting firms is our people. At AST, you will be joining a team that is recognized among the most experienced and knowledgeable Oracle consultants in the industry. AST's commitment to our employees' professional development has resulted in an average retention rate better than any other Oracle systems integrator. This gives our clients the comfort of knowing that AST consultants will be there to provide long-term Oracle support and advice, not just for the duration of the project. We are proud of our client retention rate and the fact that our entire client base is reference-able.
What can I expect in the way of client assignments?
Our goal is to provide you with the most challenging and rewarding work to help you stay ahead in your field. We seek to provide our consultants every opportunity to apply their skills to a wide range of projects in a broad spectrum of industries. We rigorously evaluate all opportunities to ensure that the client's needs and expectations align with our direct experience, expertise, and ability to provide the right resources. This central philosophy sets our consultants up for success and has resulted in an extremely high percentage of on-time, on-budget project performance.
Are there advancement opportunities for experienced Oracle consultants? What should I expect in the current consulting environment?
Everything we do - individually and collectively - focuses on at least one of our four Strategic Drivers: Growth, Customer Focus, Operational Excellence, and Leadership Development. It is the blending of these values into a tailored and differentiated business culture that sets us apart from our competitors and uniquely positions AST to emerge as a market leader in professional services.
Other than salary increases and promotions, how does AST reward its employees for their commitment to the company and its clients?
We value the hard work our consultants provide to our clients and to the growth of our business. In addition to our world-class benefits package, we offer compensatory time off, overtime pay, sabbatical leave, and a performance-based bonus to our employees. We also provide monthly employee recognition awards, spot-on instant rewards, conference paper bonuses, project team celebration events, and company events that include spouses and families.
How often will I be traveling to client sites?
AST serves clients across North America, and travel is a requirement for most consulting positions. However, in order to minimize costs to our clients and ease the impact on our employees' personal and family lives, we try to place consultants on projects that are as close to their home bases as possible. Work weeks for consultants traveling to client sites are typically Monday-Thursday, giving our employees ample time to travel home over the weekend.
What is AST's dress code?
We are business casual at all AST offices; however, we follow the client's dress code while at their sites.