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!
I have been assigned a good mix of tasks, which keeps the work interesting. The work I have been given in this rotation is necessary, useful and meaningful, rather than 'busy work', and this is a great motivator
My team is fantastic. They are helpful and supportive and I enjoy working with them all. The graduates are great as well and most of us get on really well both in and out of the office. The hierarchy is a lot less pronounced than at other companies that I have worked for
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
The graduate program is highly regimented and it specifically is designed to accelerate your development and land you in a permanent role thereafter. Our understanding is that the business does this with the view of "creating future leaders"
We have targets set for women in leadership roles and a great indigenous team who are making great head way with recruiting more indigenous people in our stores. We also have a great mix of ethnic backgrounds within the team and we have excellent parental leave schemes and parent support groups.
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.
Open plan office, in a rather central location in hawthorn East. It's accessible via public transport and there are tons of parking spaces. The facilities are always well kept and clean and food options are not limited.