GradAustralia surveyed 33 graduates working at Optus. Read on to get an insider’s view on life as a graduate. 33 responses.
The people and the meaningful work
At Optus flexibility and support would be the best things about working. The amount of support that I get including mentorship, training and education really helps me in finding my way through my career and my life, the flexibility to choose what I want to do, and also when I come to work (within reason) really puts me at ease every morning when I wake up.
The best thing about Optus is the great work culture and the awesome opportunities available to graduates. The two year graduate program really allows you to explore all the different areas of the industry as you progress through the four rotations. You can even do a rotation overseas if you wish! But one thing that really stands out is the quality people who you get to interact with in the projects day by day - it makes you look forward to getting up in the morning!
Work life balance initiatives and culture are great. I have also enjoyed working in the teams I have worked with.
The rotational program is really great. I'm still not sure what area of HR I want to specialise in so it gives me a great way to try out my options before settling into a team. There's also an opportunity to rotate internationally which is exciting! Optus as a culture is just amazing as well. We have entertainment on campus (yep, campus) every week, and so many free events it's always fun. My first rotation also had me working on projects which were then launched to the entire company so its high profile work that keeps you really engaged!
Red tape: as with all big organisations there are a lot of internal control measures that are in place, which means that to get things done, I need to get approval from a lot of people.
The previous outsourcing model in some work groups means there is a skill gap and it can be challenging when trying to have fast turnaround on new initiatives.
Sometimes the systems are hard to understand or can be overly and unnecessarily convoluted making simple tasks harder.
Optus is a large business so has to deal with the red tape delays I imagine most other large companies are dealing with. There's often a lot of different levels or individuals who need to sign off on actions which can take a lot of time. We're also very bound by SingTel in a lot of our decision making and systems which can be frustrating, particularly in times of change.
Slight minus would be working out at North Ryde away from your friends who work in the city, however the campus is amazing with restaurants and bars, and the company is great at organising social events, which more than makes up for it.
Optus provide the option (where appropriate) to work from home. The hours vary based on team and activity going on in the business, but a typical day for me starts at 8am and finishes between 6pm and 7pm.
If you have the skills and networks, and there is a position vacant it is quite easy. I would say it also depends how expensive you are. I was able to move up faster than others because I accepted a lower remuneration initially and then was regraded based on my performance.
Many many leave options give flexibility with family life. There is a child care centre on site, people from all walks of life are working in Optus. There is a great mix of gender, different ethnic groups and people of different convictions.
Dress code depends on your area. Mine is neat business but every Friday is casual dress. Office space is open plan with heaps of meeting rooms and collaboration spaces. It's located in a business hub of Sydney near a large shopping centre. There are many food vendors on ground floor surrounding a well maintained garden and pond areas. Toilets are easily accessible and everything needed is in easy reach.