GradAustralia surveyed 21 graduates working at Bankwest. Read on to get an insider’s view on life as a graduate. 21 responses.
The office is very modern- with activity-based working (hot-desking). It is an excellent building with plenty of collaborative spaces. No employees have their own offices with the exception of the CEO, who has an office with entirely glass walls and an always-open door
Definitely the most up-beat, enthusiastic and positive work place I have ever been involved with, with many events and programs in place for sharing, teamwork and fun.
Great people, enjoyable and challenging work, opportunities to try working in lots of different areas of the bank
Strong diversity focused culture. Flexible working arrangements.
The culture. It doesn't get better than this.
Activity Based Working (where you don't have a set desk) has been a challenge sometimes, with space at a premium on some floors meaning it's hard to sit with your team if you come in later than the others
There are a lot of corporate hoops to jump through to get work done
I have found that management sometimes do not make positive changes and the responsibility for fixing the problems raised in our culture surveys are left to staff
The bank-wide Graduate Program is brand new and so it still has a few bugs to iron out
There are a lot of old processes in place and due to a lot of people being here for a long time, they can be hesitant to change and therefore things take time and there can be a lot of red tape
I am currently working with Business Intelligence where I will perform duties across the entire process of converting data into information. This includes liaising with the business to determine what they require ("analysis "), the design and creation of database schema (Design/ETL), and the presentation layer
Most people are great to work with. Of course there is a reasonable amount of people with negative energy, but its not too much of a problem. Outside of work the people I hang around with are great, but I guess that's why I choose to hang around them!
My role requires looking at various technologies and I've been given access to online video tutorials. Research is business as usual for my team so I personally have picked up lots of those skills since I started here. Ive also been able to learn new skills from collaborating with other teams
Every employee is allowed two days of leave a year to spend on volunteer activities. The bank organises several volunteer activities each year that you can be a part of, or you can organise your own if you like
The office space is somewhat reminiscent of Google. We have high quality chairs and workstations, collaboration spaces and varied meeting rooms. Activity Based Working (where you don't have a set desk) has been a challenge sometimes, with space at a premium on some floors meaning it's hard to sit with your team if you come in later than the others