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Reviews by DIAGEO graduate employees
- starstarstarstarstar4.7GradAustralia surveyed 8 graduates working at DIAGEO. Read on to get an insider’s view on life as a graduate. 8 responses.
- I get to work on some of the biggest and most loved brands in our industry
- The incredible work culture, the brands we work on and the focus on developing individuals to be the best they can possibly be
- The people you work with are great
- The people we work with is the best thing. I have a fantastic team and a great leader
- The culture and focus on being yourself, as well as the ability to move around different teams and gain cross-functional experience
- In peak selling periods like the lead up to Christmas, working in field sales can mean longer hours
- As a marketing grad, you’re required to do a rotation in the commercial function so that you get an understanding of the sales/marketing mix; normally this is a field sales role
- During my time with Diageo I’ve seen a lot of structural changes as the business streamlines the way we operate
What insiders say about…
I own a territory and am an account manager for all independent bottle shops, bars, and restaurants in that area (Sydney Northern Beaches). There is a lot of selling, contract negotiation, relationship management, and admin in this role.
Relatively flat hierarchy, strong relationships and positive energy. Being a drinks company, it's a social working environment and enjoy socialising during after work.
It was a long process with many interviews and it took a long time to get a contract
I can't remember specific questions because it was a while ago but I do remember talking about things like strengths/developments, past experience and also things that were not necessarily related to work directly (this was probably a way to determine cultural fit)
Know yourself - be candid and open about your strengths and weaknesses and be clear about what you have gained in your past experience and what you will have to offer to Diageo. Being authentic is highly valued (it is one of our 'official' values) and will go a long way.
Work hours can fluctuate depending on the level of work you have on. Overall, the business is quite flexible, allowing us to play sport at lunchtimes, and to leave early or get in late if you have an appointment, or to work from home occasionally if you need to.
The pay package is very satisfying at Diageo, but in the graduate program you do commit to a capped salary progression for three years so by your third year you can feel under compensated for the work you're doing. That being said, the experience, training, and development you get through the program is unbelievably good so I am happy with the trade-off.
Summer hours - during the summer months the office closes at 3pm on Fridays, allowing people to get to the beach or go home and spend more time with family and friends. It is expected that you work an extra few hours Mon-Thurs to compensate for the early finish but it is an amazing perk.
Managers are really accessible - we have a fantastic Marketing, Commercial, Finance and Supply leadership team who we are able to interact with at a junior level
We have a range of formal training programs which teach us the Diageo principles, a few times per year
From my short experience, and speaking to colleagues, it does seem difficult for some employees to move up the ranks once they reach a mid-level role and are looking for a senior role.
The business is focussed on its diversity and inclusion agenda at the moment and are working really hard to embed a diverse and inclusive culture
I am an ambassador for our "Drink IQ" programme that promotes responsible drinking by educating people on healthy drinking habits and how to have a safe night out. We run this both internally and externally (to corporates like law firms or NRL teams etc.) and take our commitment to drink responsibly seriously.
Office space is light and airy and great location just down the road from North Sydney (easily accessible by bus, train, or even ferry down the road). We also have a car park that operates on a rotational roster - you get a spot for a month every 2-3 months. We have a great rooftop that overlooks the whole harbour and city, as well an amazing bar with floor to ceiling windows overlooking the city as well. The dress code is smart casual which makes it a relaxed environment.
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