What it does: Owns and manages residential, retirement living and commercial properties
Staff stats: Around 1500 employees
The good bits: Work-life balance, community focused
The not so good bits: Big-organisation bureaucracy
Hiring grads with degrees with: Health & Medical Sciences; Humanities, Arts & Social Sciences; Law & Legal Studies; Property & Built Environment; Sciences; Teaching, Education & Human Welfare; Engineering, Maths, IT & Computer Sciences; Finance, Accounting, Economics & Business Administration.
The Stockland story
Stockland came into being in 1952 when a young Hungarian immigrant and entrepreneurial architect called Ervin Graf built a housing estate on a former poultry farm in Sefton, NSW. From the start, the company’s mission was to make a “worthwhile contribution to the development of our cities and great country”. By 1957 Stockland had listed on the Australian Stock Exchange and was already beginning to diversify by building retail projects throughout suburban Sydney.
Nowadays, Stockland is Australia's largest diversified property group with a real estate portfolio estimated to be worth $15.8 billion. Headquartered in Sydney, the company owns and manages shopping centres, business parks, offices, retirement villages and residential communities throughout Australia.
Stockland focuses on four key values: community, accountability, respect and excellence (CARE). Stockland truly lives and breathes its values in everything they do, every community they develop. The company is committed to fostering a diverse workforce and providing equal opportunity in recruitment, training, promotion and remuneration. It believes that an inclusive workplace facilitates greater diversity of thought, more informed decision-making and better business outcomes.
The company has partnerships with the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC), the NSW Equal Employment Opportunity Practitioners' Association (NEEOPA) and the Australian Network on Disability. Stockland offers staff who are parents generous paid parental leave and on-site childcare centre at its Sydney head office.
Stockland endeavours to create the right balance of social, environmental and economic conditions for communities, customers and investors.
The company’s charitable trust – the Stockland CARE Foundation – delivers infrastructure and initiatives that improve the wellbeing of communities residing in and around the properties it owns. Stockland also has a Reconciliation Action Plan, a community grants program and has partnered with the likes of Conservation Volunteers Australia, Good2Give, Jamie’s Ministry of Food and The Big Issue. All staff get two days paid volunteering leave a year.
Stockland also provides the $12,000 Ervin Graf Scholarship (for high-performing property undergraduates), the Stepping Into program (paid internships for undergraduates with a disability) and the Lucy Program (a leadership program for female undergraduates studying business, finance, accounting and law).
The recruitment process
As would be expected, Stockland is mainly interested in grads from disciplines such as finance, HR, marketing and property/project management. The company looks for candidates who are ambitious, passionate, respectful of others and keen to make a difference through the work they perform.
The recruitment process starts with an online application. This is reviewed by a HR staffer, who will get in touch if your qualifications and experience are deemed suitable. At this stage, you can expect to do a 10-20-minute video interview, during which your application will be discussed in detail. If that goes well, you will be invited to complete an online psychological assessment. After which candidates are identified to proceed to interview. This includes 2-3 interviews with ‘Stockland Stakeholders’ (i.e. your potential manager, future colleagues and HR staff). A comprehensive background check is undertaken before an offer is made.
During the grad program you will:
- Participate in graduate-focused development days
- Be partnered with a mentor
- Complete discipline-specific professional qualifications
- Take part in graduate and business unit volunteering days
- Meet the executive committee and senior managers
- Present a group project to leadership teams
- Attend innovation workshops
- Attend events with other graduates from around the country.
The Graduate Program runs for two years. Upon successful completion of the program, you may be offered a permanent role.
You can expect to start on somewhere around $67,500, with the prospect of cracking six figures within a few years if you perform well. You’ll be able to access an employee share plan and short-term incentive program. There is also the option of purchasing additional leave.
Stockland staff are provided with training and development programs, on-the-job experience, mentoring and support for continuing education. Stockland’s performance-management process requires managers to provide ongoing coaching to those on their team. The company facilitates internal promotions and transfers across business units and supports the development of technical expertise, interpersonal skills, management and leadership capability.
The vibe of the place
Property developers aren’t typically held in the highest esteem by Australians but Stockland is the exception. Over the last 65 years the company has developed a well-earned relationship for behaving ethically towards both its customers and staff. In recent years, Stockland has also gone to great lengths to improve the diversity of its workforce and make life easier for staff with children. Most staff like the culture and their colleagues and find their work challenging but not overwhelming.
From the Employer:
Stockland was founded in 1952 with a vision to ‘not merely achieve growth and profits but to make a worthwhile contribution to the development of our cities and great country’. It is this recognition, that business has more to offer society than profits alone, that has seen us endure.
As a real estate owner, manager and developer, we believe that we have both the opportunity and the responsibility to create the right balance of social, environmental and economic conditions for our communities, customers and investors now and in the future.
Our sustainability strategy focuses on this opportunity to deliver shared value; that is deliver economic value in a way that also creates value for society by addressing its needs and challenges.
Stockland - We create the places that people make their own.
Our vision and Purpose:
Our vision is to be a great Australian real estate company that makes a valuable contribution to our communities and our country.
This approach is underpinned by our purpose – "we believe there is a better way to live" – and is brought to life by our employees who are guided by Stockland's values of Community, Accountability, Respect and Excellence (CARE).
Our vision is achieved through our values. Regardless of your role, our community of employees are encouraged to work and deliver in accordance with our CARE values. At Stockland we value:
- Community - Work together to create better places and experiences for everyone.
- Accountability - Take responsibility for ourselves, our work and our team’s and Stockland's success.
- Respect - We value each other's points of view and differences.
- Excellence - Strive to be the best in what we do and what we deliver
Our Graduate Program
At Stockland, we're proud of the role we play in supporting the careers of the next generation of property professionals and our program offers you a full time permanent role that takes you on a 2 year journey to develop your capability and participate in focused development days.
You will also benefit from coaching as well as the support of a dedicated sponsor to help you make the most of the program. Highlights of the program include design-thinking innovation workshops, spending time together with graduates from around the country and the chance to bring your fresh ideas to Stockland.
We have been recognised as both a Top 100 Graduate Employer by The Australian Financial Review (placing in the top 30 in 2018) and an Australian Association of Graduate Employers (AAGE) Top Graduate Employer graduates in 2018 and 2017.
As a Stockland Graduate, you will have a number of opportunities to develop yourself and future proof your career. In addition to dedicated Graduate Development Workshops you’ll attend with the rest of your graduate cohort, you will also have access to a number of other Stockland learning and development opportunities as well as training courses with the Property Council of Australia to help you deepen your knowledge of the property industry.
About the program:
Commencing in February, highlights of the Stockland Graduate Program include:
- Working with an allocated sponsor and buddy for your two years on the program
- Attend tours of our various assets to learn about all aspects of Stockland’s business
- Meaningful exposure to our Executive Committee and other senior leaders
- Dedicated career management and coaching
- Various volunteering and mentoring opportunities, and
- Making a contribution through our Employee Advocacy (diversity & inclusion) and Employee Innovation Groups.
At Stockland we offer a range of benefits. Alongside a competitive remuneration package which is reviewed annually, we have developed a suite of benefits and options to enhance both your work and personal life. Below are some of the great benefits you’ll receive working here at Stockland:
Flexibility & Work-life quality:
Your well-being is important to us and we know that you’ll deliver at your best when you have a work life balance so we are committed to making this a reality. Stockland encourages all employees to do ‘One Simple Thing’ to integrate flexibility in how they work and over 80% of our employees have informal or formal flexible work arrangements in place. This ranges from sporting activities, family commitments to life admin and community work.
We deliver on our commitment to ensuring work-life quality through several benefits programmes including the option to supplement your annual holiday entitlement and offering various types of leave to assist employees in meeting their personal, family, professional and community commitments. Additionally, we offer the Work Life Links concierge service designed to connect you to services and suppliers based on your unique needs and requirements.
From household appliances to apparel, as a Stockland employee you will be able to take advantage of corporate rates. This also includes discounted leisure and travel benefits.
Health and wellbeing:
You and your families’ health and well-being are important to us. All eligible Stockland employees are offered a Bupa corporate membership plan and have access to our employee assistance programme which is on hand to provide impartial pastoral support. To “sweat the good stuff” our employees have access to gym and fitness related discounts.
Our wider benefits list is extensive and is inclusive of a financial, legal and health services provision. To support your ongoing professional development, Stockland will explore paying membership fees for a career related professional body each year.
We're looking for graduates with a passion for property and a belief in our values of Community, Accountability, Respect and Excellence (CARE).
Our selection process includes these key steps:
- Submit your application, CV and academic transcript
- Complete a psychometric assessment
- Attend a video interview
- Attend an in-person interview, and
- Submit contacts for a reference check.
As a real estate owner, asset manager and developer; we believe that we have both the opportunity and the social responsibility to create the right balance of social, environmental and economic conditions for our communities, customers and investors both now and in the future.
Supporting the communities in which we operate is at the heart of Stockland’s purpose. Pivotal to this is our CARE Foundation, a charitable trust set up for the purposes of delivering infrastructure, programs and initiatives that improve the health, wellbeing and education of communities in and around our assets. Our employees are provided with ongoing opportunities to support the work of our CARE foundation.
Our broader volunteering program provides our employees with the opportunity to volunteer in activities with national community partners in and around our communities or with an organisation of their choice. The workplace giving programme also enables you to make one-off or ongoing dollar matched donations up to a maximum of $5k each year.
As part of the Graduate Program you will be involved with participating in volunteering programs in the community and mentoring other students.
Why Join Us…? Together, We Create the future
At Stockland, we work in a highly collaborative environment that provides flexibility, opportunities and respects differences. You will be supported by extraordinary people while having access to diverse experiences to grow and progress your career.
To answer the question why joined us, we asked our people what made Stockland a great place to work. This is what they told us:
- We are driven to deliver sustainably
- We collaborate to grow and succeed
- We find flexible ways to work
- We are a community, creating communities
- We have common values and different perspectives
Together, we create the future….
Stockland Diversity Programs
Our customers come from vibrant and unique communities all across Australia. To reflect our range of customer needs and drive innovation throughout our business, we want to create a diverse team with a range of backgrounds and experiences.
Stockland is committed to creating a diverse workforce by providing equal opportunity in all aspects of employment including recruitment, training, promotion and remuneration. We offer a workplace environment where everyone can contribute authentically and holistically. It is also important to us to ensure flexibility is not just supported, it is encouraged.
Embracing a diverse workforce is critical for our business to attract and retain the most talented people. Building a more inclusive workplace facilitates greater diversity of thought, more informed decision making and ultimately better business outcomes.
At Stockland we embrace difference and are very proud that 94% of our people feel that Stockland provides a working environment that is accepting of differences in cultural backgrounds and lifestyles.*
We deliver our diversity and inclusion ambitions through our Employee Advocacy Groups which drive across a variety of areas including Gender Equality, LGBTI+, Flexibility, Wellbeing and Disability.
Stockland has also been recognised as an Employer of Choice for Gender Equality with the Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA) for the fourth consecutive year.
*2018 Our Voice employee engagement survey results.
Stockland CARE Foundation
The Stockland CARE Foundation is a charitable trust set up for the purposes of delivering infrastructure, programs and initiatives that improve the health, wellbeing and education of communities in and around our assets. The Foundation works with our partners to amplify our existing community contributions.
For more information please visit our website.
Stockland is recognised as an Employer of Choice for Gender Equality by the Workplace Gender Equality Agency for the fourth consecutive year, demonstrating our longstanding commitment to creating a diverse and inclusive workplace.
Stockland is committed to providing an inclusive working environment for those of Aboriginal and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander decent and in 2017 Stockland launched our ‘Innovate’ Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP).
Our Innovate RAP builds on the success of our first ‘Reflect’ RAP, which began our reconciliation journey.
Since the launch of our Reflect RAP, we have celebrated the following milestones:
- purchasing over $3.2 million in corporate procurement from 31 First Nation suppliers since 2013,
- delivery of five-week cooking classes by Jamie’s Ministry of Food (in partnership with the Good Foundation) to local Aboriginal communities at Mossman Gorge and Cherbourg in Queensland, and
- our first traineeship for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth.
To find out more about our RAP please visit our website.
At Stockland we have an LGBTI+ Employee Advocacy Group to reflect Stockland’s commitment to create an inclusive workforce that reflects the communities in which we operate.
Stockland participates it the following LGBTI+ Events
- Submission to The Australian Workplace Equality Index
- International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOT Day)
- Rainbow Laces
- Wear it Purple Day
Stepping into Program
Stockland partners with the Australian Network on Disability (AND) to deliver the Stepping Into program. Stepping Into is a paid internship program designed specifically for university students with disability to gain practical work experience. The program helps us to create an inclusive workforce and reflect the communities in which we operate."