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
The workplace is very flexible and theres a strong learning culture. Everybody is willing to help everybody else and there are no feelings of hierarchy. Colleagues can comfortably speak to senior management regularly
Its very flexible. If I need to come in half an hour late to look after my child or take care of an "outside of work" issue it's never a problem, I can make up the time elsewhere. If I work after hours on something, it's acceptable for me to take those hours off the following day(s)
Volunteering is encouraged (with employees given a number of paid days per year to engage in volunteer work), and there is an "Easy Grants" program for colleagues to recommend community services or local clubs to receive up to $1,000 to assist with that community's development. I have worked on an engineering task for Telethon since starting, and will be doing a kitchen day for a charity group in the future
We have what is called Activity Based Working, which means that we all have laptops and lockers to hold our things but desks are not assigned to any one person. You may work alongside your team or choose to work from another floor. The dress code is business smart. We have coffee machines and fruit in every floor kitchen for employees