Coles Graduate Engineer Trainee Reviews

Updated 13 Feb 2018

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  1. "Exceptional Opportunity"

    Current Employee - Coles Operations Graduate in Gold Coast

    I have been working at Coles full-time for less than a year


    Highly competitive wage rate Challenging Extremely supportive


    Long Hours Difficult work Heavy labor requirement

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    "Avoid the operations management graduate program"

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    Former Employee - Operations Management Graduate 
    Doesn't Recommend
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    I worked at Coles full-time for less than a year


    High salary for a graduate program. Some of the team are really nice, but it's luck of the draw.


    While some of the program is helpful, there are very long hours doing a lot of menial work and one weekend off per fortnight. You may be stuck stacking shelves for hours and doing lots of manual labour in freezers. Store Managers often use you as free labour and may frequently have you fill in team member's shifts. You may find that you receive very little training and get thrown into roles that are more about saving money than actually training you. Team are often needlessly cruel and treat you badly. No one from head office monitors your progress, so if you get sent to a store where the Store Manager won't help you, then there is not much you can do. The end goal of this program is to be a store manager, but most of them do 70+ hours a week of mostly stacking shelves. I really regret passing up other opportunities to do this program. Unless you know what you are getting into, avoid at all costs and go to a nice 9-5 job where you get weekends off.

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