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.
The culture here at DHL is remarkable and initially it was overwhelming. During my induction period of 5 weeks within one of DHL's warehouses I made many friendships both professional and outside of work which I have continued to maintain after rotating into the office at a different site. Once joining the office, the management and leadership team have been more than helpful, not only in my personal development but also being extremely approachable, really making my time here enjoyable.
I was initially invited to a one on one interview with the talent and acquisition manager. I was then invited to a panel interview with the HR director, HR business partner and talent & acquisition manager. The panel interview included a quick presentation.
The questions were very diverse, they revolved around my previous work experience, time management skills, questions that got to know my personality and finally my career aspirations. In addition there were some questions that were communicated through scenarios.
I have received numerous performance feedback and support from my manager since I've started with DHL. My manager is fairly accessible, if I couldn't reach my manager in person then I can always contact them either through email of phone. My manager provides me with great advice which helps with my progression.
Still being fairly new I have not had a whole lot of exposure to possible promotion possibilities, however, from talking to past graduates of DHL I have found some have moved into vital managerial roles around project management and account management which has been very appealing to me.
DHL Supply Chain has a disaster response team built volunteers from the business. There is also the opportunity to volunteer to feed the homeless with your fellow employees. Finally the organization participates in the Red Cross clothing Drive.
Due to working within one of our newest offices, I was taken back at the entire office space with its modern design and technology. The dress code is business, with the exception of some sites having smart casual on Fridays.
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.