Coles Graduate Engineer Reviews

Updated 9 Aug 2020

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4 Ratings
  1. "Great experiences in a fast paced environment"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Graduate in Melbourne

    I worked at Coles full-time

    Pros

    You are given a lot of responsibility, which allows for great on-the-job learning. There were also good mentors and support to help you through challenging tasks as you learn how the business works.

    Cons

    Not a lot of support when rolling off the grad program and trying to land a full time role

  2. "Great graduate program"

    5.0
    Current Employee - Graduate 

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

    Pros

    one of the biggest companies in australia

    Cons

    can be long work hours


  3. "Great place to learn as grad, but don't get too comfy!"

    5.0
    Former Employee - Graduate 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Coles full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great colleagues, great opportunities to learn. A great business to learn the ropes in.

    Cons

    Can be a very slow moving business at times. There can be a lack of accountability, particularly for the many team members who have been around for 10+ years. It sometimes feels like there's a large chunk of people who have found an easy job and plan to sit on it forever, and those who are motivated and ambitious move on because they are frustrated by these colleagues and the amount they slow the business down and are resistant to change.

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  4. "Friendly team"

    3.0
    Former Employee - Graduate 

    I worked at Coles full-time

    Pros

    Friendly team, generally good atmosphere

    Cons

    Long hours, repetitive work etc

  5. "Coles Operations Grad Program"

    4.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Operations Graduate in Brisbane
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great pay, plenty of retail expereince with the management side of things. Plenty of opportunities in your career if you stay at Coles.

    Cons

    Long hours, difficult challenges and metrics to hit if you want to become SM in the timeframe given.

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  6. "Diverse and fast-paced work"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Graduate 

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

    Pros

    Opportunities for high-profile, high-impact work with great people. If you push for it, you can often have access to wonderful learning opportunities.

    Cons

    Hierarchical culture in some teams that makes building influence as a graduate difficult at times. Lack of secure roll-off opportunities at the end of the program.

  7. "Great experience"

    4.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Graduate 

    I worked at Coles full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great exposure, very fast paced, high accountability and responsibility.

    Cons

    Just a number, bad management in certain teams, long hours.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Graduate Buying & Trading"

    3.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Graduate Buyer in Melbourne
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Coles full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    - Good experiance - lots of responsibility

    Cons

    - work horse - dont care if you stay or go - you are purely a response to grind

  9. Helpful (3)

    "Avoid the operations management graduate program"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Operations Management Graduate 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Coles full-time for less than a year

    Pros

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

    Cons

    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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  10. Helpful (1)

    "Terrible place to work. Graduate program does not deliver."

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Graduate in Melbourne
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Coles full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Graduate/DM salaries good Meet some great team members who want to do a great job Graduate program is versatile - have the opportunity to work in all positions

    Cons

    General attitude in stores that graduates are 'skipping the queue' and stealing management jobs from people who have worked hard for years Zero work/life balance from DM position and up Seems like everyone in the company is physically exhausted No structure to graduate program - often feel like you're just being used to fill the rostering gaps in stores No one is actually accountable for graduate development at store level Not enough investment in team member rosters Reward and recognition is lip service - thank you cards are not enough

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