GradAustralia surveyed 8 graduates working at Cochlear. Read on to get an insider’s view on life as a graduate. 8 responses.
Great friendly environment, a lot of variety in my tasks, the feeling that my work makes a positive difference to society.
Relaxed trusting attitude.
My fellow engineering colleagues - very intelligent people who are driven to benefit society.
The work I do allows people to hear. Everyone is friendly, if you need guidance in a particular subject area, you only need to ask.
The work is really interesting. The people are friendly and helpful. The work is really satisfying (getting to help people). The environment is really nurturing, the people are smart and always willing to share knowledge. Work-life balance.
The company is a medical device company, and as such things move quite slowly due to the large number of regulatory submissions required to make simple changes. This can get frustrating.
having to wear business casual most days
Aspects related to corporate bureaucracy.
You spend a good chunk of your time writing documentation.
There is a lot of documentation required and projects can be slow moving due to regulations. Remuneration could be higher for the calibre of work that we do.
Flat structure. The head of department joins us in the lunch room for lunch, the SVPs sit amongst the employees and know a lot of people personally. Great work-life balance. People are extremely collaborative and non-competitive. Easy to make friends. There is a lot of diversity (culturally, socially and in terms of interests).
They do initiatives to encourage women to enter engineering related fields, outside of this I don't really know. I certainly don't know of any discrimination against, but as for actively encouraging diversity i don't know.
Our company runs engineering tours and 'exploration days' to help encourage children into STEM careers. As one of the few Australian design and manufacture sites, this is perceived as a social responsibility within the business. Additionally, the nature of the work (producing medical devices) means that all the people within this business feel passionately about making people's lives better. There is a strong sense of responsibility to the recipient of our devices; we aim to make things which are of a high quality and safe.