Computer Weekly, in association with human resources magazine Personnel Today, is searching for the best places to work in IT. We aim to put together an "alternative prospectus" of good places to work as selected by those who work in them. We have had a phenomenal response and week-by-week we will bring you highlights from some of the entries. This week we get Owen Street's thoughts on working at Merrill Lynch in London
Very lively, lots of things going on, be it work-related or chilling between jobs.
Pub, cinema, go for meals, snowboarding. Did I mention the pub?
The 10ft auto-return golf course is a must for any office. We couldn't do without ours.
There are a lot of pubs within walking distance. Difficult to pick which one to go to. Beer is usually bought by the management (good on 'em).
Centre of London, fantastic. Loads of restaurants, pubs and shops.
Two weeks paternity.
Yes, it costs a couple of quid for a decent lunch (pasta, chinese, roast, etc) and a large seven-item fried breakfast is about £1.50.
Yes, generally a meal at a restaurant then clubbing the night away (all free).
Dental plan, health insurance, company share scheme, ability to trade through company, gym, swimming pool, squash courts.
I have always spoken to management about what my possible career paths are within the company. I have always received backing and support when attempting to attain personal goals.
Business, SMS, Win2000, TCP/IP, Bloomberg, Reuters.
Very well developed in-house computer-based training and material.
Gigabit networks, ADSL, Firewire, mobile Web applications.
Testing most of the above.
2 x 21in.
Young, immature, professional.
I work here
Name: Owen Street
Job Title: System specialist
Company: Merrill Lynch, investment bank