GradAustralia surveyed 9 graduates working at Vodafone. Read on to get an insider’s view on life as a graduate. 9 responses.
The support provided for Graduates and forming close bonds with the other graduates. Also the company perks are great as well!
Technology changes very often and I get a lot of exposure to these technologies very often. The changes I make to the network can affect a lot of customers therefore before any change is made a very detailed analysis has to be done to understand the impact of any change and how to best progress through such a change. The people I work with are very friendly, professional and highly knowledgeable in their respective fields, coming in as a graduate I had 1000's of questions and everyone I asked has the grace and patience of explaining various things to me with great detail. The support and encouragement I have received to empower myself is unlike anything I have had before and makes me feel very secure in my role.
Flexible working arrangements, casual dress code, lack of hierarchy, challenging and meaningful work on offer, great colleagues, awesome new building and state of the art technology.
Great range of working experiences, as a graduate get to experience the company with the added benefit of being provided with the support to help you learn and grow both personally and professionally
Support and learning is always available. Fun and vibrant culture.
I had to move from my home back in Melbourne, but this gave me an oppurtunity to make new friends and network with professionals in another state.
Lack of governance structure in certain areas
Learning and development program for Graduates, Large discrepancies between the funding of different departments, Not enough health and wellbeing initiatives.
There are no drawbacks that I can identify. Yes, sometimes my job role is challenging and I get thrown in the deep end but throughout all these experiences I've always had everyone behind me to help me along the way.
Inefficient processes - task responsibility changes hands before the resolution
On a day to day basis I make reports on network performance for the Radio Access Network (RAN) elements, this involves heavy use of Access and Excel. on top of this I also get Ad-Hoc requests by various people for data on certain aspects of the RAN elements. These requests usually require me to create new reports within the OSS platform used for monitoring performance. Once I have this new data I would have to create a short powerpoint on the it and present it to my line manager. Also I have been involved with network audits where I have verified configurations of network elements and adminstrative databases of these elements with other departments to ensure we all have the same, correct information regarding our networks RAN elements.
People don't watch the clock, its okay to leave a bit early as long as the work is done. We are encouraged to work from home once a week. Hot desking is available in the office to encourage collaboration
When I started the pay I was getting was well under the average graduate pay, this was well known across the company and a change was made roughly half way through our first year. Subsequently pay rises have bought us in line with what should be first year grad pay levels, this is based on information from presentations by Engineers Australia and Professionals Australia that I have attended. My salary has definitely gotten better to a point where I can actually save a respectable amount of money, plus pay rent and support my mother back in Melbourne. On a separate note the Bonus rate is great
Hands down the greatest perk that any youth could have is a subsidised phone on an unlimited everything plan. Every 2 years we get to choose a new phone and most of the cost of the phone is subsidised, even though the phone is for work purposes you are allowed to use it for personal use as well. There are plenty of other benefits, like 10% off Virgin flights and many more. There is a moving expenses benefit too, this was very handy for me when I moved from Melbourne, they even shipped my car to Sydney.
Promotion at VHA is very probable if you are a consistently high performer. Often progression opportunities are unexpected. Living the Vodafone values and displaying good communication, team work and leadership skills are what it takes to move up the ranks in a general sense.
VHA is very committed to diversity, there is a great maternity leave packages which VHA was the first to do in Australia. There are a huge mix of ethnicity, gender and orientation at VHA, honestly its great to see so much diversity within a technology oriented company.
Open plan, hot desks, stand up desks, collaboration areas, technologically advanced, lots of natural light and great views. The dress code is casual Mon-Thurs and then really casual on a Friday! Jeans and t-shirts are completely appropriate.