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Reviews by Swire graduate employees
- starstarstarstarstar4.2GradAustralia surveyed 5 graduates working at Swire. Read on to get an insider’s view on life as a graduate. 5 responses.
- Variety of roles and experience while progressing in the same organisation.
- The people are excellent to work with, the variety of work is exciting, and the respect for my role has been phenomenal making it much easier to successfully work.
- Diversity of experience, exposure to high level management, accelerated responsibility, endless opportunities to learn.
- Diverse and interesting projects to work on!
- One of the best and worst things is the requirement to move cities/ countries in line with opportunities in the company. This has resulted in some fantastic experiences in new cities, but can also be disruptive to life outside of work.
- The worst (and also the best) thing about working for Swire is the travel. Changing roles and locations every 12-18 months can be unsettling, but if you embrace it, it can be very rewarding.
- Having a longish commute (offices are not in the CBD, usually in industrial areas)- so not too much to complain about really!
What insiders say about…
Responsible for ensuring the site/ warehouse runs effectively while meeting safety, operational and financial KPIs.
I have been very fortunate to work in close-knit, high performing teams. There is a flat hierarchy in most of the divisions I have worked in, and I believe this contributes to the positive working environment. The only negative (which is not isolated to Swire, more-so the industries in which they operate) is the gender balance and the typically older workforce.
I was hired following Psychometric Assessments, a recorded Video Interview, a one on one Skype interview, and then a face to face interview.
I was asked questions around why I chose this company, what I thought I could bring, what my skills were, where I see my strongest personal and leadership skills, and what my weaknesses were. Very personality focused, which allowed an assessment of my strengths in teamwork and problem solving.
It is quite an intense recruitment process, but the support from the hiring manager was sensational. My tips would be - know your strengths and weaknesses, and what you would bring to the company. Come prepared to every stage with your own questions, treat the interview as a conversation for them and for you - make sure it's the right company for you! And most of all, be relaxed and honest with every answer.
Work hours will depend on the company you are working with, but generally Swire is focused on providing a good work-life balance.
Pay rates ensure that you are comfortable in whatever city/ country you are posted in.
Managers are generally quite accessible and for the most part approachable, however there is always opportunities for improvement in this area. Within the head office(s) and sites the management is very close to the workforce, but not all management exhibits this trait. Communication always needs work, and praise and recognition can also be much improved in a general sense within the company.
There are various safety and leadership training programs. Specifically in safety, I have learnt a lot about the way to approach safety for the best outcome, and also how to engage the workforce in safety in order to assist a change in culture towards zero harm. I have not been involved in leadership programmes as of yet.
Promotion opportunities are encouraged and the company tries to meet your development goals.
There is a commitment to diversity, however this is yet to be completely reflected in the workforce (although this may be due to the industries in which the company operates).
Swire is committed to CSR. I personally have worked on a mixture of safety and sustainability projects, which massively benefit the environment and the people we work with
Office space is good. The dress code is standard office - with some uniform items provided which makes it easy in deciding what to wear! The office also has casual Fridays. The location is in an industrial area - so there is not much outside/around the site.
The group has a sustainable development fund which can be used to finance sustainability projects. Within the company there is also an energy efficiency manager who comes up with strategies to increase energy efficiency in the business.Join us to bookmark!
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