GradAustralia surveyed 18 graduates working at Suncorp Group. Read on to get an insider’s view on life as a graduate. 18 responses.
Everyone pulls together the culture is really first notch.
Culture, work style is industry leading and innovative
Patient leaders that focus on graduate development - time is given to learning and understanding ideas and tasks; it is a 'safe to fail' environment. Great culture with welcoming and innovative people. The company is open to multiple career paths, which allows talent to move around the diverse businesses within the Suncorp Group.
The best thing about working at Suncorp is its culture. Everyone here is willing to share knowledge and support you in your career development. There is also plenty of opportunity to move around and learn new skills and work with new teams.
The company offers a supportive environment that has enabled me to put my university studies into practice. Suncorp is also committed to developing its people, offers a flexible way of work and values innovation. This is something that I was drawn towards and I can see that the diversity of Suncorp�s businesses and brands will continue to provide many opportunities in the future.
Multiple organisation restructures - common in most large companies though.
Disorganised graduate structure for some streams.
limited ability to work overseas or gain overseas experience
Internal hiring and promotion policy
As a large, diverse organisation it can sometimes be difficult getting a cohesive approach from different stakeholders.
Day-to-day responsibilities vary. There is definitely a BAU component, but also opportunity for growing and developing. However, this is very self-driven. If you want to own something and want more exposure, it is definitely on you to speak up and voice that. Opportunities are there, but you have to take action because people aren't going to approach you and tell you what to do.
Suncorp's culture is flexible and relaxed. The management structure is relatively flat, meaning access to upper management is relatively unrestricted. We are encouraged to build relationships within and between teams, as well as with managers and executives from other areas. Teamwork and collaboration is continually promoted.
I work quite long hours when it is required, although there is little expectation for me to work more than ordinary business hours, there is an expectation that I will meet the set deadlines. Specific start/ finish times are very flexible/
Grad salaries are competitive and pay reviews are regular. I have received annual bonuses and the company share offer each year.
I've received free State of Origin tickets, QLD Reds tickets, Discounted vehicle, contents and travel insurance, Fee free banking and free credit card, gift cards, discounted airline lounge membership to name a few perks.
The Suncorp graduate program provides unbelievable exposure to higher management. I have two mentor-type relationships. Both are with higher management; one (team leader) acts as my mentor and the other (my executive general manager) I reverse mentor. Both are a great forum to bounce ideas off of and gain feedback from. Outside of mentorships, our CEO does regular web casts which I really enjoy. All higher management is very approachable.
There are a few training programmes provided/required through the Suncorp graduate programme. Outside of those, there are numerous programmes offered, however it is up to you to involve yourself in them. Quality of the programmes I have been to thus far has been great.
Suncorp is largely a paperless company and is willing to support charities or organisations that support the environment. In my experience, I don't think Suncorp would forego a good business opportunity that has a negative impact on the environment unless it would cause it reputational damage though.