Frequently asked questions
Q: Do you hire international candidates?
A: Yes. We will only consider and respond to candidates who are legally entitled to work in New Zealand and have obtained work permit status. We also expect that candidates can make themselves available for face-to-face interviews in New Zealand. If you do not meet these criteria please do not apply for a role with Equinox IT, we do not want to waste your time or ours with applications that will not be progressed further.
Q: What is it like working for Equinox IT?
A: Equinox IT is a values-based company. We genuinely focus on our people and their families. We are honest, open and transparent. We are driven to share our knowledge to make a difference and add value. We operate as a collaborative and collegial team.
We focus on minimising company complexity, bureaucracy, and micro management. Our people have a good degree of autonomy and with that we expect them to use good judgement and behave in the best interests of the company and our clients.
Consultants spend a great deal of time working alongside client teams, often at the client's location, sometimes at ours, to help them solve their problems. This work will vary greatly between clients and assignments. There is a lot of variety and the work will often be challenging.
Q: How will working for Equinox IT help my career?
A: We focus on providing the challenges, experiences and opportunities to accelerate your career.
Working with us you will:
• Get broad experience across a range of clients, client problems and technology sets
• Face new challenges, forcing you to get outside your comfort zone
• Regularly need to research new and better ways for solving problems
• Have the opportunity to build your reputation for solving tough problems
• Attend regular training – we run our own and partner training courses regularly
• Have the opportunity from time-to-time to learn from international thought leaders and luminaries that we bring to New Zealand
Many Equinox IT alumni are today are in roles such as Managing Director, CIO, CTO, Senior Executive, Head of Software Development and Applications, and Business Analysis Manager.
Q: What training will I get?
A: Training at Equinox IT is individualised to your role and your development needs. You will work with your manager to agree the most suitable training plan.
Equinox IT is a training provider and so there are opportunities to attend our courses and our partner courses and as required third party training courses or conferences.
From time to time you will have opportunities to learn from international IT thought leaders and luminaries that we may bring to New Zealand to train our people and/or work with our clients.
Training is just one approach for developing new skills, and so we also provide a range of learning opportunities such as coaching, joint client assignments, peer reviews, assigning work that requires new skills, and researching new and different ways to solve problems.
Q: What clients and sectors will I work with?
A: Our clients vary considerably including multinational enterprise, government, vendors, corporate and small/medium enterprises, not-for-profit organisations and start-ups.
Government organisations include:
• Central government agencies
• Local government
• State owned enterprises.
Business sectors include:
• Banking, financial services and insurance
• Telecommunications, energy and other utilities
• Health and education
• Internet and software
• Primary and manufacturing.
Q: What type of work do you do?
A: Client work will vary considerably based on the client need and your areas of specialty.
Common examples of our work include:
• Project management, programme management and project quality assurance
• Business analysis and business change advice
• Architecture, technical advice and technical quality assurance
• Process improvement and Agile and DevOps adoption
• System performance monitoring and testing
• Technical trouble-shooting and problem solving
• Independent workshop facilitation
• Software, application, web and mobile development
• Resourcing client projects with analysts, developers, testers and other specialists
• In-house and public training
• Microsoft Azure, Visual Studio and other solution implementation and configuration
• Managed services and support
A full range of current examples of our work are provided on our 'Our work' page.
Q: Will I be expected to travel?
A: Our expectations for travel are light compared to many consulting companies. Most of the time you will be working for clients within the city where you are based, and this may require a different commute or regular trips to their offices. International travel is infrequent, but travel within New Zealand may be required for some client assignments and training course delivery. We actively manage travel expectations when agreeing assignments with clients and you will be part of those conversations to factor in your personal and family commitments.
Q: How does Equinox IT decide what type of work it wishes to do?
A: Equinox IT is a commercial business and we actively pursue client work within our areas of focus and competency - where we can clearly see that we can add value to the client, deliver a successful outcome, enhance our reputation and ultimately earn an appropriate return on investment.
Q: How much say do I get in the client work I do?
A: Our sales team works closely with your manager, other senior people and the consultants to understand work preferences. All key service delivery people are actively involved in the sales process and if a project is considered excessively high risk (for the client or us) any participant has a 'right of veto' for the opportunity.
At times you may be asked to work on a client assignment that is important to us and our client, but not a perfect match to what you want. We know however that there will be future work assignments that will better meet your needs and provide exciting and challenging work that will grow your experience and credentials.
If you have been on an assignment for a long time that does not fit your expectations, wherever possible we will look to swap you out and onto a new project.