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.
Psychometric evaluation and then in person interview.
Lots of technical questions, particularly asking what i was currently learning about at uni, what projects I had worked on, what decisions I made on those projects and why. Some basic electrical circuit questions like how to fix a basic LED schematic.
Know the basics of your field really well, and be prepared to talk about something you have worked on in as much detail as you can. Showing a good understanding of the basics and also that you can dive into a topic to learn about it when you need to.