Culture at Commonwealth Bank

Please describe your company's culture both in the office and after hours. Let us know about the structure and hierarchy, cooperation and teamwork, and socialising amongst colleagues.

The people care about each other a lot. People like to help and will go out of their way to do so even if they don't know you that well.
Graduate, Sydney
colleagues are great, work with very similar minded people. plenty of opportunities/activities to get involved in if you go searching. it is a very big workplace so hard to understand everything that is going on and often hard to find the right people to talk to when you have some problems
Midlevel, Sydney
Diverse, very collaborative, lots of social events
Midlevel, Sydney
Best culture ever! Weekly Friday drinks, monthly team building events, monthly training sessions, monthly workshops to share projects, buddy system, strategy community brown bags, the list goes on! All levels of the hierarchy are very approachable and supportive of our development!
Midlevel, Sydney
Collaborative, friendly and highly capable. Employees are mostly older so after work drinks varies.
Graduate, Sydney
Culture within the organisation as a whole is fantastic and there is a great focus on values across the organisation. There are pockets where management are hierarchical and not necessarily great leaders, but overall my experience of leadership has been positive. Collaboration is very high across teams and it is a great company for development opportunities.
Graduate, Sydney
There is a good culture of not working ridiculous hours. People are generally friendly even colleagues a lot more senior. There are many social activities and the team is very interactive.
Midlevel, Sydney
Engineering culture is extremely good. Politics is kept to a minimum and the main focus is how to build software in better, cleaner ways. From an outside perspective, the culture surrounding the business is hostile and a major source of frustration. Business often don't even know and sometimes don't care about what engineer's do at the bank, as they use some of the products we build every day. On the other hand, engineers are always encouraged and eager to learn about the business to better help the end-customer, some who are even branch staff. There is an air that employee's who do not have a finance background or are not directly involved with business decisions are 'second-class citizens', meaning that they are just grunt workers who work to fit whatever politics is happening within the company at the time.
Midlevel, Sydney
CBA has a very friendly and inclusive culture which I rate very highly
Graduate, Sydney
Culture is great here at my workplace. Colleagues are willing to drop their work to help you out - which is great as a newbie when you have lots of questions. Our social club provides an opportunity to socialise after hours (and 5pm on a Friday - which is also casual day which generally includes fundraising for various charities).
Midlevel, Adelaide
Reasonably flat hierarchy. Managers are always willing to consider suggestions from everybody, and there is a strong emphasis on continuous learning. After hours, some teams enjoy going out and partying, and some are more reserved and quiet--you need to find the team that's right for you :)
Graduate, Sydney
Really great supportive network. The culture is honest and open and I feel 100% comfortable with my team. The focus on diversity and inclusion really amplifies the comfort I feel with the workplace culture.
Midlevel, Sydney
This is highly dependent on the team you work in. Some teams display greater levels of teamwork and cooperation than others. Some teams can be quite competitive (particularly frontline roles). Generally the culture is good though, they make an effort to ensure management gender and race are diverse.
Midlevel, Sydney
In office is relaxed so long as work gets done we can have fun along the way. Out of office there are opportunities to socialise but it's all dependent on the individual
Midlevel, Sydney
Happy culture to work in, my team is happy for me to leave when I have completed work and organise my own hours. After hours, we have drinks and often reflect on the week that has been. My managers have been down to earth and easy to talk to.
Graduate, Sydney
Great colleagues and managers. People who you would see outside of work hours
Midlevel, Sydney
Lots of team building and support from all levels of the hierarchy
Midlevel, Sydney
Each team acts very flat - everyone is accessible and willing to help out. The only expectation is that you work as long as you need to complete the tasks you have. If you don't have much to do, there is no expectation to stay late.
Graduate, Sydney
There is a strong values-based culture which works incredibly well. Socialising is rare, as most people have families, but I'm really glad there's no pressure to stay back on a Friday.
Midlevel, Sydney
Great collaboration between business areas and locations. Flexible workplace encouraged. Good interaction between senior management. Good after-hours culture of spending time together.
Midlevel, Hobart
The culture is very strong. Strong focus on collaboration and getting involved with the company and its internal groups.
Graduate, Sydney
Culture varies greatly between teams. Current team - high performing, Big expectations but lots of support to achieve them. Strong focus on development. Previous teams very little recognition for performance, lots of individuals who don't pull their weight. Very poor comradery & very clique with individuals not creating an inclusive work environment.
Graduate, Sydney
Inconsistent. A lot of people work through their lunch breaks or eat at their desks. Rarely have a drink after work on Friday. But when we do it's always enjoyable.
Graduate, Sydney
Culture is a hit and miss. Each team is different. You can be put in a very good team that are friends and like going out together (which is my current team), or a team that talks about each other behind their backs (previous team).
Midlevel, Sydney
Culture is fantastic. Management are very very approachable. My colleagues are all friendly and supportive. Everyone will drop what they are doing to help someone, if need be.
Midlevel, Adelaide
Everyone is chill and laid back. Super accepting of the weirdisms that people bring because they understand that diversity is key to succeeding.
Midlevel, Sydney
The culture at the group is amazing, everyone is friendly. I have made very friends through the graduate program who I now spend time with outside of work and overseas.
Graduate, Sydney