GradAustralia surveyed 37 graduates working at ALDI. Read on to get an insider’s view on life as a graduate. 37 responses.
The autonomy and the trust placed in you to build your stores as your own business.
The work is very challenging. In the Area Manager role I am always busy and there is never a boring moment! The pay is great with 5 weeks annual leave and a full maintained company car.
Working in a highly professional organization that provides a competitive pay rate and allows you to initiate organizational change.
The pluses include high responsibility, a fast paced environment, decision making opportunities, the ability to influence staff development and a high level of autonomy.
I am always challenged and have been given a national project to work on independently.
Long hours. It can include a lot of travel. At times there can be inconsistent workloads and there is a lack of technology due to the efficient nature of the business.
Hours of work.
There can be significant pressure involved in running such a lean structure. There are long hours at times and the autonomous nature of the role can be isolating. There is not consistent positive reinforcement and tasks are often urgent.
There can be pressure and long hours at times.
The workload can sometimes affect work/life balance.
As an Area Manager I am responsible for all personnel requirements in stores (such as recruitment and performance management). I am also required to ensure that my stores maintain a consistent standard and work towards achieving company goals, that are both financial and customer focused.
The company culture is one of promoting productivity, hard work and the development of people. It has a fairly flat structure but a very clear hierarchy. It is very important to respect the senior management. Teamwork exists but due to the autonomous nature of the role, it can appear selfish. There are good opportunities for team building and socialising.
The interview process is very thorough. There is an online assessment, phone interview, Skype interview, group interview, team building exercise, individual interview, pre-employment medical, an interview with an Area Manager to approve suitability for the role, an aptitude test and another final individual interview with the Managing Director.
We are required to work 45-50 hours per week however this sometimes requires additional effort and time depending on business needs. Area Managers are responsible for planning their own time; including selecting days off each week.
The business has improved on giving consistent and transparent feedback in a structured environment. In the past there has been a lack of positive feedback, although this is changing in the company. I believe this culture did exist to ensure people do not become complacent.
The Area Manager role has a 1 year training program and there is a 2 year training program for the Graduate position. Initially, there is a three month in store training where you start as a Store Assistant and move up to a Store Manager. Then you spend 9 months with other Area Managers: learning the role and covering their stores when they are on annual leave.
Promotion possibilities definitely exist for high performing and motivated employees as most promotions come from within. We set high expectations for performance and generally have high performing staff; so the best of the best will have the opportunity to be promoted.
ALDI strong supports charity organisations with both food and clothing donations. All of our work practices are sustainable. We implement all our processes only after considering the environmental factor.