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Project Everest Ventures

4.7
  • < 100 employees

Project Everest Ventures Reviews

GradAustralia surveyed 3 graduates working at Project Everest Ventures. Read on to get an insider’s view on life as a graduate.
4.7
Based on 3 reviews

Pros & Cons

  • For me the best part about working at Project Everest is the people - both the team in the office I interact with day-to-day, and our wider pool of leaders and consultants, trekkers and alumni that I get to be a part of. Everyone has been through similar experiences and has lived and breathed the value that we are actually showcasing to our customers and partners, and so the pride and passion towards what we do make me really love coming to work every day. I also love the work and mission that we have at Project Everest - enabling a billion people around the world through processes aimed at achieving sustainable and scalable outcomes is so much more valuable than just throwing money at an issue. Having spent time with customers of our service and products overseas, I have seen first hand how important solutions like this are in alleviating the big social issues the world currently faces.
  • Everyone that works at Project Everest Ventures has an unwavering passion for what they do and it influences everything. This is not a 9-5 job for anyone, it is their life. Everyone is working for a purpose and for something greater than themselves in attempting to enable 1 billion people. Being surrounded by such passionate people enables you to strive for more and work harder. The office culture is extremely strong, where everyone looks out for one another where possible. You feel extremely welcome and despite pushing hard in all tasks, it never feels like work. Having a small core team, means everyone is more like family than colleagues. Working at an organisation where you want to do the hard yards is now something I will strive for in my career.
  • The ability to constantly push myself in areas that are foreign to me and have a network of support that really fosters that growth. The passion and strength of each coworker are incredible and inspiring as well. The work itself is rewarding and there are multiple occasions throughout a month of which I can see my tasks having an impact on the bigger picture of the companies strategy.
  • Whilst it's definitely not the "worst" thing, and not for me specifically, an aspect of working at Project Everest that definitely wouldn't work for everyone is that it's a lot harder to really "get" what we do unless you've experienced it yourself. Almost everyone in our team has started as a trekker on an internship with us, and/or undertaken our immersive leadership and business trainings, as well as having returned to lead at a range of levels overseas. Project Everest is great in recognising this though and ensures that new recruits get this exposure and immersion to our culture here, however it does make it hard to really understand what we do without any prior experience like this.
  • Once you are in, it's incredibly hard to find the same satisfaction anywhere else. Working with Project Everest Ventures is highly addictive and you will try to add value in whatever possible. Having a small team does mean that a lot of responsibility is burdened on each person, making an unwavering passion critical to success.
  • Being still in the early days of the company there are times in which a lot of pressure is put onto my department to deliver. This happens in each area and can cause a destructive mindset of pushing yourself to work as hard as possible without self-care. Although, this feeling takes place due to the sheer love that each employee has for the organisation rather than the stress the manager's place. Another negative has been that the main office is in Sydney and I have been working remotely since I began with them. This has led to problems with communication flow and feeling properly part of a 'team'.

What Insiders Say

7.3
Career Prospects
7.3
Career Prospects
There isn't a huge scope of where I can move to increase my role capacity nor for other roles in different organisations. Especially considering my university background in engineering. However, I knew that walking into it and am doing this because of personal interest.
8.7
Corporate Social Responsibility
8.7
Corporate Social Responsibility
While our projects that we operate in overseas are focused on social impact, we run few workshops in Australia itself around these issues when we have such a large and knowledgeable alumni base who are passionate.
9.7
Culture
9.7
Culture
Each morning the team runs through their most important and medium tasks, as well as if there is anything another team member can run through. The team often has lunch together in the kitchen. When benchmarks are reached a gong is rung in the office and it's celebrated. There is often excited voices chatting about what they have achieved that day. The team often does drinks on Friday night, participates in lunch time netball and sometimes has dinner together. At the bottom of the corporate culture is that team members are more than colleagues.
8.7
Diversity
8.7
Diversity
We have some incredible people who work within our organisation who consistently push everyone to be not only aware but also active in the multitude of issues surrounding diversity. We still have various ways in which we can improve but we are always pushing ourselves to improve. Unfortunately, not a lot due to the large cost barrier to be able to go through our higher level pathways.
8.7
Satisfaction
8.7
Satisfaction
The overarching role is to deliver leadership training in both teams and senior capacities for groups of students up to 35 people per session. As well, deliver on business development methodologies. On a day to day basis, I will organise the logistics surrounding these events, modify various scenarios, improve operations during in-country and research other ways to ensure our students are prepared for the workforce.
9
Management
9
Management
I've been able to set performance reviews with my manager at a frequency that I feel is right for me, ensuring that I make sure I'm nailing my KPIs and the expectations. The support that my manager and colleagues have is unmatched, even to the point of looking for any other opportunities to supplement my skillset as a designer/digital marketer. This said, we're not a company that gives out participation certificates or does any handholding, which makes the wins even sweeter when we get them.
7.5
Office Work Environment
7.5
Office Work Environment
The Adelaide office suits its purposes very well, except we often feel uncomfortable because the co-working space is so quiet and we are loud. It also doesn't allow our team to get much bigger because the next space up is too expensive.
8
Recruitment
8
Recruitment
The recruitment process for an overseas internship compared to the process for an internal graduate role are actually a bit different. For an internship, we have an online application and screening process, with an interview assessment following that. Depending on the role, with a grad position there are a series of interviews with different members of the business including role-specific aptitude tests and often a casual presentation about what you could bring to the position and how you would implement these changes. As this was the first time my role had been created, the questions were predominantly based upon what kinds of tasks I felt were my strengths and weaknesses, and how I envisioned the role changing and growing over time. My tip is to make sure that you know the social enterprise/start up space as best you can, as well as how you see yourself fitting into the role. We look for a cultural fit as much as someone who is great at what they do, so try to learn what you can about Project Everest beforehand and ask questions of us to make us think!
8
Salary
8
Salary
Given the early nature of the company, I don't expect much more than what I am getting. Would love to see the growth of the company allow for higher initial wages to incentivise people to work for us without needing a strong passion for our work. Unlimited leave (unpaid) as long as it isn't during the most important times of the year.
9.3
Training