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
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
Activity based working is good, it feels like being in a library where we can sit anywhere we want. Casual dress Friday is always nice, but the Bankwest polo shirt is the best because they are really comfortable!