GradAustralia surveyed 49 graduates working at Coles. Read on to get an insider’s view on life as a graduate. 49 responses.
Real ownership & accountabilities. Contributing to major outcomes of a multibillion dollar company
The senior leadership at Coles are very supportive of the graduates and take the time to provide support.
Large grad cohort - very social, we do out of work events and you don't feel out of place in the organisation. Always someone to have lunch with! Great team, friendly and supportive which makes your integration easy. Lots of formal and informal training and support provided. They put trust in you to do real work so you feel valued and challenged and not just doing admin etc. Great salary especially in comparison to other graduate jobs. Team member discount card. You get to rotate within the function you're interested in and not forced to do different areas you don't want to be in like many other generalist programs.
You are given ownership and accountability of large pieces of work from day one. No two days are the same and you have a large support network behind you who are invested in your development.
The opportunities here are endless. I have been able to get such a broad range of experiences in such a short time. I feel that my career has developed so much faster at Coles than it could have elsewhere - it provides so many incredible opportunities and experiences.
Part of working in a large business is that there are a lot of processes and people you need to engage with to make things happen. It can be frustrating to try and action things with barriers in the way.
The hours can be pretty long compared with other companies, however this isn't too strictly enforced. Most people I've come across are motivated to go the extra mile, and I've never had a problem with it; I like the work I'm doing, and I feel like Coles takes care of its team members well
At times there's long working hours - but you'd get that in any workplace!
As a graduate, I'm very much still in the learning phase. Despite this, I've been given the chance to build up my analytics skills in a way I never thought I would. I'm trusted to take on real analysis as part of one of the business transformation teams, and I'm involved in every aspect of the project, from end to end.
I think the culture in the building is really good. We take the work very seriously but not ourselves too seriously. Simple things like taking coffee breaks and lunches are encouraged which I find helps me not feel too stressed and to be able to work more productively. Socialising tends not to be company led but as part of the Graduate Program, there are plenty of group activities and fun things organised.
There are a whole number of benefits on the mycoles website for Coles team members. This includes discounts on theme parks, movie tickets, car hire, accommodation etc. There is also the 5% discount for all store in the Coles Group family.
Very accessible - we have a manager who we report to in each rotation and I see my manager minimum once a week. We also have a mentor for the length of our program who I see regularly. We also received 3 monthly reviews with feedback.
Coles offers applicants from less privileged backgrounds a safe and reliable place to gain employment. The work is relatively unskilled and Coles offers training and support for every duty in the shop.
We have a dedicated sustainability team that always looks at how we can move towards bettering our environment and lowering our carbon footprint - we have had many initiatives in this respect including one which has rendered our company almost paperless; by massively reducing printing.