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!
My day to day work involves facilitation of many different people and areas, both internal and external to Coles. I have been given a lot of responsibility and trust, and allowed to fully run my own projects.
The culture here is amazing! Everyone is very passionate and enthusiastic about the business and the work that they do. It is a very social business and there are a lot of opportunities for afterhour�s events, which contribute to building better teams and relationships.
Surprisingly fun. Even if I had been unsuccessful, the experience would have been worth it. I liked that the process lasted only one day, and I found out that I had been successful less than 24 hours later
Directors constantly make an effort to hear about how ALL employees are travelling in the business from always open surveys, to listening sessions, to email inboxes to ask questions and regular catch-up sessions. This is also applicable to the other high level managers who tend to be very personable and open. While they may not know all the team members' names in the business, they certainly don't act like anyone is beneath them and express they are always more than happy to have a chat/coffee.
I am blown away at some of the initiatives that Coles develop. They are evident in every function/department of the business. Regarding some of the areas I've worked in: always looking to reduce impact of packaging on environment, high ethical and suitability standards for private label (e.g. all Coles brand palm oil sustainable), including trolleys to accommodate disabled kids in stores, recycling plastic bags into materials used to build public benches/park equipment, sustainable sourcing choices for our catalogue/magazine, developing websites that hearing and visually impaired audiences can use, our continued work with several charities including Red Kite, Second Bite and the Cancer Council (to name a few).