GradAustralia surveyed 20 graduates working at DHL. Read on to get an insider’s view on life as a graduate. 20 responses.
The best main points of working at DHL would be the culture and people. Everyone I have been in contact with is extremely helpful, patient and friendly. Also, the level of training I have received not only from being around very experienced professionals but also very patient and knowledgeable trainers/managers has been extremely beneficial.
Working for a multinational that allows an individual to get access to best practice tools. Development opportunities, fast paced agile environment and a dynamic workload.
Being able to gain in work experience all different aspects of the wider business, across a range of sectors and many diverse customers.
Lots of opportunity to meet different part of the company; project management work, which is what I'm interested in, flexible working hours. Overall great people and workplace culture
There is a lot of amazing, hugely capable people who are willing and excited to impart their wealth of knowledge onto you. Also when given tasks of any nature, the support is there.
Location, as we operate in the warehousing and logistics industry we are limited to where we can have warehouses which means they can be a bit far depending on where you live.
Depending on the rotation there is at times not a clear idea of what your learning objectives are, however it is also your responsibility as a graduate to seek clarification.
Due to it being an international company can become very closed minded, and at times this can limit what we are able to implement and innovate as a graduate.
I would not say there is a "worst" thing about working for DHL Supply Chain. All roles have their challenges, for example at the time of large projects there will be some long hours required. But once the project is complete, the recognition and positive feedback you receive will make all the long hours worth while.
The company has many locations spread around Sydney, a car is essential and daily travel can be a negative.
In my current role I am working with the Pricing/Reporting and Inventory team for DHL's Direct to Market - Healthcare Sector. On a daily basis I consult with DHL's clients/customers to manage all the pricing that is used for our end customers to purchase. I also manage reporting for a number of clients.
DHL Supply Chain has a positive culture inside the office and after hours. The team is always available to help regardless of their workload, they will stop what they are doing to assist you. The CEO dedicates a day per site throughout the year to visit the employees (especially in the warehouse) and has even been challenged to a game of ping pong recently! The organization has a clear structure and hierarchy as a whole and in each team.
The interview process involved 3 stages. First was the initial phone conversation where a relationship was established as well as both parties backgrounds and expectations. Second was a face-to-face interview where further questions and program outlines were established. Third and last consisted of a presentation between yourself as well as a member of the Senior Management Team. From there a decision was made regarding whether you were successful or not.
The questions centered how you worked and reacted in real life situations. I was asked when I had to show leadership in my previous workplace and how that was received by my colleagues. Also questions about how I react to pressure and examples where I've been in this type of situation.
Don't be of the impression that there is a certain mold you need to fit. Know your strengths and drive them through but also know your weaknesses and have actions in place to build upon them. Do your research. Understand the company you'll be working for so know how you'll best be able to contribute but also so you can decide if it's the right company for you.
My current managers are very approachable with any concerns. Their wealth of knowledge and experience make them great mentors. I receive monthly reviews about performance where I have received praise for work I have done as well as constructive ways to improve myself.
CSCS is a one and a half day course which enables you to learn more about supply chain and how your role plays a crucial part in the company. It helps you reach your full potential and ensure we are all aligned with the companys overall strategy.
Surf Life Saving, lots of SCR initiatives including Go Green (reducing our carbon footprint), Go Teach (helping those who are less privileged) and Go Help (Helping countries that have been struck by natural disaster).
Our offices are very aesthetically pleasing and ergonomic. The new office at Rhodes has city/harbor views from the lunchroom and the most recent technology. Each workstation is equip with a standing desk and ergonomic chair approved by our safety team. The office is an open plan to promote cross functional communication. Depending on your role you will have a different dress code, my dress code is corporate.
GoGreen is one of DHL's main initiatives, which aims to reduce waste through various recycling schemes both within the office and throughout all warehouses. Also, power saving and power reduction through, automatic lighting in the warehouse, to ensure only power is being used when necessary.