Thursday, March 25, 2010

An Interview with Intergen

The organising committee recently caught up with Emillie McKenna from Intergen who are a Gold Sponsor of NZCSRSC 2010.

NZCSRSC: Who and what is Intergen?

Emillie: We are proud to be yellow. We are proud to be geeks. We’re big on talent, big on empowering our people, and there’s no mistaking us in a crowd. We’re passionate about what we do and proud of what we’ve done. We think big, we innovate, we play hard and we work smart. We’ve been on the block for over 10 years and have grown like topsy since the early days. We have more than 200 staff spread over our offices in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch, Dunedin, Sydney and Perth, and we’re still growing - which is where you come in.

NZCSRSC: What does Intergen do?

Emillie: Intergen specialises in the design, development and integration of business knowledge, information technology and creativity. We are New Zealand’s most experienced provider of Microsoft-based business solutions, focussing on delivering business value in our solutions and working closely with Microsoft to ensure we have the best possible understanding of their technologies and directions. This focus and understanding allows us to be highly successful early adopters of their newest technologies.

NZCSRSC: How is Intergen helping with global issues?

Emillie: Intergen are very focused on helping with global issues such as lowering our carbon footprint by using 100% recycled paper when printing and having various recycling stations around our offices.

NZCSRSC: Why is Intergen a great company to work for?

Emillie: Intergen has participated in the JRA Best Places to Work Survey for four years now. The strongest theme that comes out of the survey every year is that our people more than anything else make Intergen a great place to work! Since day one Intergen has had a Big Hairy Audacious Goal: That everyone, every day is touched positively by the things we do. Intergen’s culture comes down to our people, and we’re lucky to have talented and passionate staff who love using technology to make a real difference. It’s not just a job to us.

NZCSRSC: Are there any employment or internship opportunities at Intergen?

Emillie: Intergen does not have any internship opportunities we do have a fantastic graduate programme – so how does it work?

Graduates come on board as new Intergenities in late January. There is a lot to learn and a lot of people to meet, so to make things a little easier, we run a Boot Camp in Wellington for all new graduates. Not only is it a great way to find out in-depth information about Intergen through presentations, you get to meet and greet, attend workshop sessions, learn about the teams and what they do and how we work.

Here’s what the 2010 graduates are saying:

“Life beyond Uni is awesome. You initially dread being cooped up in the office, but it’s not like that at Intergen!” - Elaiza

“I love the culture, drive and enthusiasm here at Intergen!” - Mohit

“Intergen has been an amazing eye-opening experience for me ever since I started working here!” - Margaret

“I love being an Intergenite!!” - Matt

“We get to work with the latest and greatest technology, often before it’s officially released!” - Andy

It’s not all work and no play though - we also have a social event one night so you can ‘let your hair down’ with your new workmates before you get into the real work. To be in the running for the 2011 graduate intake, complete the application online at and submit a covering letter including which city you wish to work in, CV and a copy of your academic transcript. Applications open 1 April 2010 and close 18th June 2010.

For more information on what we do and why you should join us, check us out at

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